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Updated on May 18, 2013

Paint with Water on Buddha Boards

Buddha Boards are a wonderful way to paint and enjoy the moment.

A Buddha Board is a Zen-inspired product that lets you paint with water on a special canvas. When you're done, as the water evaporates, the painting disappears and you're ready to paint again and again.

Buddha Boards encourage relaxation and living in the moment. A Buddha Board could just be the perfect gift for someone who could use a little relaxation in their daily life.

This simple form of art therapy might help with physical ailments related to stress like headaches and anxiety.

Buddha Board Original courtesy of Amazon.

Benefits of a Buddha Board

Buddha Boards were first sold in 2000 as a form of art therapy to help with relaxation. Here are some of the benefits of playing with a Buddha Board:

~ The picture is not permanent. Therefore, there is no pressure to "get it right."

~ No need to refill the paper supply since the image dries and disappears.

~ The wide brush allows people to make sweeping strokes that may help with awareness and expression.

~ The act of relaxing painting with water lets the mind relax and loosen up your mind if it's full of thoughts. As the water evaporates and the drawing disappears, so might your worries.

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A Buddha board makes a wonderful gift for someone who needs to relax a bit more.

The surface of the board is porous, so when you paint with water, it darkens the board so your "painted" image appears. Since you just paint with water, when it dries, the surface is blank again. It's very zen.

A Quick Look at a Buddha Board - in action

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Buddha Boards

make great gifts for any occasion.

If someone is feeling stressed, a Buddha Board can help untangle those knots and let them relax.

Try Grooming a Zen Garden - To Relax Away Your Troubles

A tiny zen garden on a desktop can help ease the stress of a busy day. Along with a Buddha Board, these small tabletop accessories can be uplifting and soothing during a stressful work day.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Does painting on a Buddha Board sound like fun? - It really is!

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    • MelanieMurphyMyer profile image


      5 years ago

      I got a Buddha board for my son a couple Christmases ago. He likes it. I might need to borrow it now and then, if he lets me! :) My other son recently saw one of those Zen Gardens in the bookstore and considered buying it. Maybe if he holds off, I will get him one next Christmas.

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      5 years ago

      It was a lot of fun. The first time i saw one and used it was in a doctor's office.

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      6 years ago

      That takes doodling to a whole new level. I can see using one to center one's mind when it gets too full of thoughts.

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I didn't realize that is what they are called. I did get to paint on one in a bookstore recently. It's fun to play with! :)

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      6 years ago

      I've never heard of Buddha Board before. It sounds like a great way to express a momentary feeling in an artistic way!

    • TheJVilleKid profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow, these are sweet! Thanks for such a great lens!

    • aksem profile image


      6 years ago

      I'll certainly buy Buddha Board for my niece's birthday. She loves to draw and Buddhism is her favorite topic of conversation.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago


    • andreaberrios lm profile image

      andreaberrios lm 

      6 years ago

      Now this is awesome, my daughter would love this! i love painting, it's so relaxing and therapeutic!

    • belinda342 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love zen gardens, but had never heard of Buddha Boards before. They certainly look relaxing. Thank you!


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