Press Sample (Affiliate Links)
The pandemic has forced so many of us to essentially live and work through our devices. And I, myself, spend so much time on Zoom that staring at electronic screens has created an inordinate amount of tech fatigue. Therefore, if you are seeking a creative analog alternative, I have something to share with you.
Buddha Board, which is based in Vancouver, BC Canada (founded in 2000), is a wonderful no-tech way to paint simply using the board, a brush and water. It is a very peaceful, calming and gratifying creative outlet, and it shuts out the noise from all of our tech devices. They are available is three sizes, and can be purchased from Buddha Board or their Amazon Store. Additionally, they are quite affordable, and they make wonderful gifts (for Valentine's Day, too!).
According to the company,
Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. Simply ‘paint’ on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate
and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water - no ink, no paint, no chemicals - and it will last for years with proper care.
Buddha Board Highlights:
- Designed with a sleek, modern aesthetic
- Quick to set up
- Enso and Mini fold closed for streamlined carrying
- Creating with water is truly MESS FREE
- No ink, paint, or chemicals
- Encourages mindfulness
- Doesn’t add to your digital footprint
- Taps into your creative side
- Fun for all ages
- Helps kids explore the creative process judgment free
Original Buddha Board ($37.95 from Buddha Board and their Amazon Store): "Paint on the surface with water and watch your creation come to life. As the water slowly evaporates your art will magically disappear... leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind." This Buddha Board has a wonderful built-in water well in its base!
- Buddha Board "canvas" (12" high x 9" wide x 1/4" thick)
- Sturdy waterproof stand, complete with a roomy reservoir for water & separate grooves for holding both the board & brush
- Premium bamboo paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles
Mini Buddha Board ($17.95 from Buddha Board and their Amazon Store): "The Mini Buddha Board is an elegantly packaged, 5-inch square portable Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand. It has a little trough for water if desired, and comes with a small paint brush. Enjoy!"
- Mini Buddha Board (5" high x 5" wide x 0.5" thick)
- Portable Mini Buddha Board that folds into its own small easel stand
- Premium mini paintbrush with thick, ultra-soft bristles
Enso Infinite Art ($27.95 from Buddha Board and their Amazon Store): "gently encourages you to value the here-and-now. Simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear allowing you to create a whole new masterpiece."
Enso (en-so) comes from Japanese word 'circle' and is a simple, single brush-stroke that represents infinity and the flow of life. It is an artistic 'expression of the moment'.
Enso is environmentally friendly as it only uses water - no ink, no paint, no chemicals - and it will last for years with proper care.
- Enso (10" high x 10" wide x 1" thick)
- Portable Enso that folds into its own small easel stand
- Premium refillable handle with thick, ultra-soft bristles
Overall Assessment: This is such a fun, grounding and peaceful way to be creative. This is also such a nice way to do something without the use of tech devices!