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8 thoughts I had while painting

Painting Set-Up // 8 Thoughts I had while painting // Ella Was Here

I took up painting again the other day. For the past few weeks I have had this cute DIY idea in my head and I finally decided to act upon it. Then I got distracted by all the beautiful paint I forgot I had. And I decided to just let my creative side out and have some fun with it.

It has been ages since I last painted something and doing it all again made me reminisce about the past. I used to be so creative when I was a little kid. Then I grew up and forgot all about it. It makes me so happy to get in touch with my creative side again.

Here are some pretty random thoughts I had while painting:

1. DIY’s and painting in general is not just a ‘kids thing’, even though my ‘art’ is a little childish.

2. You don’t need to be an artist or have any painting talent to be allowed to do it. It is fun because you can do what you want, there are barely any restrictions.

3. Paint smells good.

4. Am I weird for liking the smell of paint?

5. I am making such a mess of this. There is paint everywhere. I will just call all of it art and be done with it.

6. Coffee and painting are two things that go perfectly well together. Maybe I should try doing this while drinking wine too?

7. Oh my, it has been such a long time since I last used this stuff. Almost half of it is dried up. I need new supplies.

8. How do I make this into digital art. Is it good enough to be made into digital art? I should look into that.


Painting + coffee photo // 8 Thoughts I had while painting the other day // Ella Was Here

What creative/artsy things do you like to do? Inspire me!

Love, Ella

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  • Sara Steele

    I love this. I totally agree with you. You don’t have to be an amazing artist to paint. I do it because it’s fun and I find it relaxing. I have this massive book that I use for paintings, drawings and poems. It’s my happy place.

    • I have just purchased a book for that purpose. I want to create a creative place :).

  • I envy anyone who can paint because I can’t. I am still drawing stick people, no joke. I don’t think I have a creative side, I can’t sing, can’t paint but I can cook. I guess it’s a different sort of creativity.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I love your cooking posts! I like cooking too but I’m a terrible baker. Definitely need to improve my baking skills 🙂

  • I used to be very hands on and creative when I was a kid, drawing, painting and making stuff. When I hit 25 I went all digital, I dunno, I loved doodling so maybe reading this has given me a kick.

    Buckets & Spades

    • You should try doodling again, it’s so much fun and really relaxing!

  • Love how unique this post is 🙂 I love taking time out and doing things like this, making it into digital art is such a fab idea 🙂



    • I’m going to buy some new supplies first and then I’ll figure out how to make it into digital art. If all goes well, it’ll be on this blog one day!

      • Eep, exciting!! x

  • Honeypot Blogs

    I don’t have an artistic bone in my body but love trying out new ways to be creative! Great post!xx


    • I don’t have a lot of artistic talent either (well, I don’t think my creations are art anyway), but it is so much fun trying!

  • Arden Rubens

    Amazing. I hope to be right behind you with this.. Such a great hobby to have. xx


    • You really should get your paint back out or get some new ones if you don’t have any. It is so much fun!

  • Cool on getting in touch with your creative side! Mine comes in the form of cooking or baking (I’ve made over 50+ macaron flavours. A fav being Popcorn, nutella and peanut-butter), and sometimes the sewing machine comes out too.


    • Macarons are the best! I am a terrible baker, I just don’t have the patience to stick to a recipe!

  • I found some water colours recently. It is years since I’ve attempted to paint. I was hopeless at school and don;t expect to be any better now, but it will be fun trying.

    • I like being creative but I can’t really paint. I have so much fun trying so I hope you do too!

  • You’re absolutely not weird for loving the smell of paint – I love it too! It’s definitely a subjective smell though, like petrol (which I also love haha). Although I don’t paint myself, I really love seeing other people do so – so needless to say, I love this post! Your photos in this post are fantastic by the way Ella 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • Thank you Gabrielle, it is weird how I like these photos more than my regular ones and I took these in like 5 minutes!

  • I agree, painting and coffee go very well together. For a better effect, try painting with coffee! Depending on how you make your coffee, you can get different depths of colour and effects. It’s super artistic and involves little to no effort. 🙂
    Aria | Girl in a Whimsical Land

    • THAT’S GENIUS, going to try that this weekend!

  • Hehe. This was such a cute post. I agree – you don’t need to be an artist or have any painting talent to be allowed to do it. 🙂

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl’s Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Hihi, thank you lovely!

  • Leanne

    haha, i love your train of thought :’) painting is so therapeutic x


    • hahaha, glad you appreciate my randomness :p

  • Laura

    I’ve always wondered how to make physical art into digital art!! Glad you got your paints back out! x

    Laura | laurakathren.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’m glad too, I’m looking forward to buying some new supplies as most of it is so old!

  • Haha basically the same thoughts going through my head 😛 I’ve been slowly getting back into it, my rents’ bought me lots of lovely supplies for Christmas so I have new paints, oil pastels, pencils, pens, and paper! It was fair enough seeing as all of the stuff I’d collected over the years with my own money, my sister took when I moved out and wouldn’t give it back! So my sweet parents’ bought me brand new supplies hehe! I just opened the oil pastels and oh I forgot how much I love them! Use them if you don’t already! I don’t have much artistic talent but the oil pastels are so helpful, blending the colours is easy. It’s messy but that’s part of the fun 😛

    • I haven’t yet used them, I’m trying to save them for when I buy new brushes. Mine are so old and the hairs are falling off!

  • I totally agree on thought #1! I kinda love it that we now have coloring books for adults cuz sometimes I seriously want to sit down and color ahaha

    xx Izzy | Qthee

    • I really want to get myself one of those colouring books, just for that reason alone haha

  • I used to love art when I was at school, but after finishing I forgot about it! Until recently where I’ve become slightly DIY and craft obsessed and I absolutely love it now again! I love spray painting – it can change the look of something completely! Great post – I like the smell of paint too haha! x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

    • Glad that I am not the only one liking the smell of paint :p. I might pick up some spray paint soon, I want to try a DIY with mason jars!