by Amylee Paris
Are you looking for a creative moment, a colorful relaxing break, an easy trick to empty your mind? Do you know Hirameki? Amylee explains to us this new technique that keeps your eyes, hand and brain entertained for hours.
If it’s true that we can find happiness in little things, Hirameki is perfect. A good way for anyone who likes to draw, especially creative people who need a bit of inspiration.
If like me, you see goblins in paint spots, characters in clouds, landscapes in moisture rings, and if a small splash of colour quickly turns into something wonderful or poetic, welcome to the club, you’re already practicing perfectly the art of the Hirameki.
Hirameki what it is? I explain how it works and how to practice it at home very simply.
Hirameki ||| Definition
Hirameki is like colouring books that reinforce the sensations of well-being and de-stress.
In Japanese “Hirameki” means “flash of inspiration” or “brainwave”. This art technique, created by 2 German artists Peng and Hu, allows you to draw freely from random blots.
It’s time to follow your imagination! Hirakemi has nothing to do with the Rorschach test. Nobody will analyze your drawings at the end. Draw what you see and get into a sunny mood.
Hirameki ||| Key features
- When doodling and imagination come together
- Turning a random blot (made by ink, watercolour, coffee, wine, etc.) into something amazing, just by adding a few dots and lines
- Addictive pleasure for any age and any level (students, amateur, beginner, advanced etc.)
- Little equipment needed. If you feel like a bit of fun and have a pen.
- Relaxing artistic practice that unlocks your imagination and stops white-page phenomena.
Hirameki “Homemade” ||| Material
- Watercolour paper sheets
- Water and Cleaning Paper Roll
- 1 Fountain pen (or black felt-tip pen)
You can find all these materials online or at our GreatArt’s flagship store located in the heart of Shoreditch, London.
Note: Liquid paint or ink is essential in the art of Hirameki because it is the fluidity that gives rise to the forms of the blots. For nice lively colours, I worked with Liquitex acrylic inks.
- acrylic inks in bottles (30ml)
- 30 vivid colours with pigment resistant to light
- available in opaque, transparent, metallic inks
- ideal for watercolour effects, illustration, calligraphy, airbrush
- extremely fluid, odourless, quick-drying
- practical with its built in pipette
- shake bottle before use.
Step 1 – Random Blots
To create random blots, I use several techniques. I will let you choose the one that suits you.
- On dry paper, work with your left hand or with both hands.
- On wet paper, apply freely paint with a brush or a pipette.
- Do not look at the sheet paper while doing the blots with your brush.
- Work quickly without thinking.
Step 2 – Imagination & Doodling
My blots are completely dry, so I take an ink pen (or a black marker) and I follow my imagination.
At first, my brain needs a few seconds to connect to the blots but inspiration happens quickly.
Here, a rabbit … and there an old lady … and here a parrot! Have fun ….
Tip: Before drawing, I usually turn my sheet at 90 ° or 180 ° to have another angle of view.
Tip: Create a notebook with a several pages with blots to practice hirameki during your free time..
Thanks Peng & Hu
The Artists Peng and Hu have published several books about Hirameki. These books will keep your eyes, hand and brain entertained for hours. Website: hirameki.de
Book available at GreatArt just here.
Find all Amylee’s posts published in GreatArt online Magazine by clicking here!
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