Mom, relax with this watercolor rainbow cake tutorial

Unlock calm with my watercolor rainbow cake tutorial for moms. A simple, stress-relieving guide for relaxing and vibrant art. Perfect for relaxation.

As moms, it is so important to do something for ourselves at least once a day. We need a moment to be ourselves without being a mom, a partner, or a colleague. A moment where we can relax and recharge. By taking care of ourselves, we are able to balance our energy and stress and be a better mom. With this exercise, we focus on the soothing power of blending watercolors.

With some simple supplies, you can have a few minutes of creative me-time. Let’s get into the magic of watercolor with this rainbow cake tutorial.

Why This Exercise Calms Your Mind:

The process of watching colors blend on wet paper is very soothing. It draws your focus away from stressors, allowing you to be fully present in the moment. The unpredictable nature of watercolor blending helps us to embrace imperfections and find beauty in the unexpected. Creating something from scratch, especially using these vibrant rainbow colors, brings joy and satisfaction. It reminds us to enjoy the simple things.

Please let me know if you’ve tried this calming watercolor exercise; I would love to see it.

You can find a small video of this exercise on my Instagram @thecreativecooldown

Supplies for the watercolor rainbow cake tutorial

Supplies used:

Watercolor paper 300 grams (Arches), watercolor paint (Kuretake), brush pen (Tombow), paint brush (Da Vinci, Amsterdam), paper towel, and washi tape.

Alternative supply suggestions:

You can use your kids’ watercolor paints or other paint.

Use a pen or a fine liner as an alternative to the brush pen.

Step 1: Wet a rectangle part on your page where your cake will sit

Step 1: Wet your paper

Before you start, take a deep breath. Let go of any thoughts that have been troubling you.

Start by determining where your cake will sit. Grab a wet flat brush and gently apply water to this area in the shape of a rectangle. Now, you’re ready to do some blending.

Step 2: Add candles in rainbow colors on top of the cake that will end in the wet rectangle part.

Step 2: Add your rainbow candles

Dip your brush into the red watercolor. Draw a vertical line from the top of the page and let it end in the wet rectangle. Watch as the color softly blends into the water.

Repeat this process with the orange watercolor, placing the orange line close to the red. The goal is to see the colors meet and blend naturally within the wet rectangle.

Continue with the rest of your rainbow colors (yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). These vertical lines will be the candles on top of your cake.

Step 3: Enhance the blend with some extra water

Step 3: Enhance your blends

Once all your candles are painted, take a clean, wet brush and gently go over the rectangle area again. This helps the colors to mix further, creating a stunning, blended rainbow cake.

Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 4: Add some flames to your candles

Step 4: Add your flames

Draw flames on each candle with a pen to bring your birthday cake to life. The cake might look a bit wonky, but that adds character and charm to your artwork. After all, this exercise is not about creating a brilliant masterpiece but calming your mind and having some well-deserved me-time.

Step 5: Add a birthday wish

Step 5: Add a birthday wish (optional)

If you like, you can turn your creation into a personalized birthday card by adding a message alongside the cake.

This rainbow birthday cake exercise is more than just a creative project; it’s a moment of mindfulness that we busy moms can easily integrate into our day. It’s an invitation to pause, breathe, and enjoy the calming blends of colors on paper.

Will you give it a try?

If you liked this exercise, you might also like my paint the stars exercise.

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