Lisa Wessels is a behavior therapist for children living in San Francisco, US. She recently discovered the joy of creative mindfulness. Although she has always had a creative mind, she never took the time to put her creativity into practice. However, since the pandemic started, she wanted to do something that would not only cheer her up but also the people around her: that's how she started painting! Lisa says that painting fulfills her creatively and helps her clear her mind.
After discovering how enjoyable painting is, she also realized that she started paying more attention to her surroundings: she pays close attention to the colors and shapes of flowers and leaves in nature and tries to remember pretty color combinations she sees during the day.
Fun fact about Lisa: After she finishes her watercolor paintings, she writes a happy message on the back and strolls around the neighborhood to hand them out or put them in random mailboxes. She loves nothing more than to make other people smile!
Jezzreen is an IT Engineer from India. She rediscovered her joy for painting back in 2018 when she started painting as an activity to cope with stress at work.
Slowly, it became her habit to paint a few times per week. Jezzreen says that her week feels incomplete if she has not painted something that week yet.
“Painting brings a sense of calm, relaxes me and transports me to another world full of color and limitless imagination. I try to draw inspiration from nature, colors around me as well as from my travels. I also love taking photos of objects, nature and anything interesting which catches my eye. This helps me to bring creativity to my artwork.”
Petra van Dreumel lives in the Netherlands and is an author, illustrator and – as she puts it – cheerleader of dreams. She uses creativity to help others on their path of self-discovery and personal growth. Petra herself started painting when she had to recover from a severe concussion. She found out that creativity and making art helped her to clear her head and relax her body. After this, she started painting more and more, and she even quit her job as marketing director to spend more time on this. Her illustrations can be found in her two books 'Van Dromen naar Doen' (Make your dreams come true) and 'Een boekje vol geluk' (a little book of happiness), a greeting card line and on her Instagram account.
In her tutorials, Petra combines creativity with beautiful exercises to get to know yourself better, to become more aware of your strength or to balance body and mind.
Irin Jeya Sheela, also known as @hobbyistletters on Instagram is a psychology master student from India. She started the art of calligraphy back in 2019 when her friend introduced her to some designs of “pretty letters” as they used to call it back then.
After feeling inspired by these beautiful handwritten letters, Irin bought her first set of brush pens and started her new hobby. After a while, calligraphy became way more than just a hobby to this young creator. Now, calligraphy is Irin’s go-to relaxation where she can “calligraph” all her worries away. According to Irin, the beauty of brush calligraphy is that it does not have to be perfect all the time. She loves playing around with letters and bringing her own style to this form of art.
“I have never realized I could be this creative until I started brush calligraphy” shares Irin.
Disi Ye is a full-time communications advisor and part-time creative enthusiast. She has always enjoyed creating and putting her imagination onto paper. Ever since she was a child she loved to express herself creatively, her school notebooks always being filled with doodles. Now she has even more creative passions: from drawing to painting and indoor gardening, Disi finds her peace of mind by enjoying the present moment with a creative activity every chance she gets. From her tutorials, you'll find out that she likes to teach you creative skills as well as provide a fun relaxing time for you to fully enjoy! 🎨
Nienke Vletter is an illustrator from Utrecht, The Netherlands. She gets a lot of inspiration from the city and its people. She never leaves the house without a sketchbook, so she can draw anytime and anywhere.
Living with attention is an important value in her life. She balances all the outside stimuli with quiet time in her studio. Surrounded by her art supplies (preferably organized by color ;) She gets into that mindful flow. In her tutorials, she likes to teach you creative skills as well as providing a fun relaxing time for yourself.
Suzanne Thee is a former banker who turned creative. She finds balance one of the most important aspects in her life and discovered the power of creativity a couple of years ago. It helped her to completely relax, let go of her perfectionism and find a good work-life balance. It even saved her from a burnout, so it became her mission to co-create a world where everybody has a creative outlet to relieve stress, enjoy, be mindful and live a balanced life. She started giving mindful watercolor workshops as unicorn scale-ups like Pinterest and o9 Solutions and launched Unwindle to help people with busy lives discover creative ways of relaxing and enjoying their free time through online creative sessions!