Have you ever heard of the saying, “That’s about as exciting as watching paint dry”? Well, they clearly never watched a video of paint colors being mixed, smeared, and brushed on a blank canvas.
You might have seen these paint-mixing videos going viral in your Instagram feed lately. And as simple as it sounds, they all follow the same formula: for 30 or so blissful seconds, an unseen artist takes a dollop of untouched paint and silently gets to work swirling, smearing, and quietly scraping different complementary pigments across a palette to create a beautifully blended new shade.
You’re wondering: What makes this so mesmerizing? Science says that it might have something to do with the colors used; specifically, cool tones like green, blue, and violet, as well as white and grey. But there’s more to it than that. Artistic activities have been proven to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and improve cognitive functions. And the action of painting — repetitive movements, focused concentration — lulls the artist into a kind of meditative state. And it follows that watching a short clip of paint being mixed puts the viewer into that same meditative state of mind, if only for a moment.
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In fact, some artists have garnered huge followings on Instagram based on the simple premise of mixing colors and putting their paint palettes in action.
See? You’re feeling relaxed already.