#41: Neurographic Line & Mindfulness

Neurographic art is a mindfulness practice that works with the subconscious mind while drawing. It was developed by Russian psychologist and artist Pavel Piskarev in 2014. Neurographic art purports to alter your approach to a problem through drawing.

Gather Materials:

Today’s Exercise

  • Think about a problem or issue that is making you feel anxious or stressed. If you choose to, you can write a few words about it on the back of the paper before you begin drawing.
  • For 3 seconds, while thinking about the issue, use a felt tip pen to draw long looping or crossing lines on your paper. Don’t try to draw something, just let it be a line.
  • If there are any lines that stop on the page, complete them. Extend the line right off the edge.
  • Transform any sharp corners where lines cross by curving and rounding them off, softening the harsh edges and colouring them in. Check every intersection to ensure you have rounded all of the corners.
  • Begin to think about this as a piece of art and add additional lines to balance the composition. You can also add shapes that overlap the lines if you wish to. Add circles by tracing around round objects. Don’t worry if the circles aren’t perfect.
  • Round off any additional corners that these new lines caused.
  • Add colour with pencil crayons or watercolours.
Neurographic Art Exercise

Reflections on the Exercise

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you enjoy the process?
  • How did you feel during the process?
  • How do you feel now?

I will definitely do this more, a lot more.

  • I loved the way my Pigma pens felt on the watercolour paper.
  • I didn’t like using the pencil crayons, next time I might try watercolours. But, that said, I really like just the black lines so expect that going forward I won’t bother with colour.
  • I didn’t feel relaxed today. My dog was wanting attention and I felt arthritis in my hand. I hope next time is calmer.

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