Two Hands Are Better Than One

It’s easy to find excuses to put off our artwork. But it’s important to set aside even five minutes in your day to create. Make a habit out of making some sort of art every day—even if you only take a moment to rearrange the food on your plate.

Let’s start by getting a feel for drawing. Two-handed drawing is a simple way to create a symmetrical design. It’s also a good warm-up exercise to put you in an artistic frame of mind.

  • Hold two different-colored pastels, one in each hand, as you draw on a piece of paper. Whenever one hand moves, so does the other in a corresponding manner. Start with a simple vase shape, then begin drawing the flower shapes. Keep the drawing as symmetrical as you can.
  • Begin another drawing. Change the colors of the pastels as you draw the various flowers. Let your flower and leaf shapes swirl over the paper. Draw several sketches. Vary the subject. Anything that’s suited to loose symmetry will work.
  • Most importantly, don’t erase, and always more both hands at the same time. Don’t worry about your drawing abilities. You’ll be drawing with both hands, so you’ll be twice as good! When you’re done, spray fixative over the drawing to prevent smudging.

Now, try painting with two hands. It’s difficult to be exact and careful, which makes this a great way to learn to paint.

  • First, tape down the paper. Create a simple drawing with large shapes. With a yellow pastel, start drawing a large cake shape. Make stars and swirls around it, drawing symmetrically with pastel. When you have a drawing you like, draw over the yellow lines with an orange pastel.
  • Now, holding a brush in each hand, begin with the background. Mix blue and white together with your palette knife. Pour about a tablespoon of acrylic medium near the color. Dip each brush in water, then in the blue mixture. If the paint seems too dry, mix in a little acrylic medium. Paint the larger spaces first with whatever colors you like, working symmetrically as you fill in the shapes.
  • When your large shapes are done, begin painting some of the details with other colors.

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