6 Reasons Why You Should Start Painting During Lock-down

New cases of COVID-19 are rising all over the world, having many people staying at home practicing self-isolation and social distancing. And while this might have been quite fun for a few days (or in other words, the time you needed to binge-watch your favorite new Netflix series), by now we all start to feel the boredom kick in. But fear not, our beloved Bob Ross has got you covered! Let us show you why now is the perfect time for you to pick up a brush and start creating your own masterpieces.

1. Calm your nerves

Well to say the least, it’s definitely a strange and unsettling time full of uncertainty as we all collectively try to overcome this global pandemic. Amid the fears of the disease and all the consequences we are facing because of its spread, it’s no wonder we feel our anxieties heightened. It’s even more important now to find ways to care for ourselves and look after our mental health.

Countless studies have shown that painting can be a great tool for that. Only 45 minutes of doing art reduces the stress hormones in your body by a significant amount, calming your nerves and relieving anxiety (for more information check out Why Painting Is Great For Your Mental Health)

We all can surely need a little positivity right now, so what better way than to watch an episode with the happiest painter of all time and start painting a few happy little trees yourself?

2. Learn something new

While you might have run out of a few things by now (we hope you could get your share of toilet paper), free time surely isn’t one of them. With all this extra time on your hands while you’re stuck at home, why not use it to learn something new? You don’t have to put on jeans to feel productive – we promise!

Just use our simple guide showing you how to get started and become the artist Bob would have wanted you to be. If you’ve already got the basics down, you can use the time to advance your skills. Have a look at our articles section and check out the amazing tips given by our great community.

3. Get a lot for a little

You want to free yourself of the boredom you have endured the last couple of days, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money? We get it. Starting a new hobby or other ways of entertainment can be quite expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

The best option for beginners is to opt for the official Bob Ross Master Paint Set, which provides you with all the tools and colors you need to start painting right away. The best part: you get to entertain yourself painting your very own masterpieces hours upon hours for under 100$. All of the tools – including the infamous two inch brush – were especially designed to provide the best results for the Bob Ross wet-on-wet oil painting technique and they will basically last you forever.

After testing many different brands ourselves, we can fully recommend buying the official Bob Ross painting products. They really do offer the best value for money. And in case you wondered: no, we are not affiliated with Bob Ross Inc., we just made it our goal to provide you with the best Bob Ross experience possible.

To help you save money when buying painting supplies, be sure to check out our Dealfinder on Bob Ross supplies.

4. Get the perfect outdoor feeling at home

You miss seeing the sun setting down behind the snow-glazed mountains or the waves breaking at the beach? We feel you. Especially now as spring has finally arrived and the days are getting longer, it can be really challenging to stay inside.

But why not make your own beautiful landscapes in the safety of your home? By painting your favorite outdoor settings, you can let your mind wander to these amazing places without having to step foot outside of your door. So the only question is, where should your journey take you?

5. Make paintings for others

Before you start to paint your first pieces, you might ask yourself “Can it really be as easy as Bob makes it seem on TV?”. The answer is a resounding “YES!”. We know many of you may think that you just wouldn’t be able to create these beautiful art works yourself – we’ve all been there. You might not expect much of it now, but you sure will be amazed by the results of your inner artist once you get started.

And not only you. Soon your family and friends will ask you for paintings and what better gift for your loved ones than a homemade one? And if you are looking for an easy yet fulfilling side hustle, you will be surprised how much people are willing to pay for your creations. We’d say that’s a true win-win situation, so, what are you waiting for?

6. Be part of a worldwide community

While it’s important for us all to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus, we should not completely isolate ourselves from the outside world. Luckily, we have phones to stay connected with our families and friends, but thanks to the internet we can still also be part of bigger communities and get to know new people.

Here at TwoInchBrush we have a wonderful community of painters sharing their works, tips and tricks with each other. We would love for you to join us and share your art works with the world. From Texas to Belgium and Japan, you can be a part of it. Create an account here and together we can put the SOCIAL in social distancing!

Until then, stay home, stay healthy and happy painting!

Streetwear brand RIPNDIP launched a Bob Ross product line – and we love it!

Lovers of original streetwear and Bob Ross, hold on tight! While we all know and love the great array of Bob Ross merchandise that has come up over the last few years (check out this post for our most beloved products), Bob Ross has finally made it into the world of fashion.

With their collection inspired by famous works of art, RIPNDIP, the popular streetwear brand known for its colorful designs and its naughty cat mascot Lord Nermal, paid homage to history’s greatest artists. Featuring the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci and Salvador Dali, it seems like a pretty obvious choice to also include the icon that is Bob Ross. RIPNDIP did an amazing job with their clothing line “Beautiful Mountain”, gracing us with the Bob Ross and Lord Nermal collaboration we never knew we needed, but clearly do. But keep reading and see for yourself!

Beautiful Mountain Tee

Like our hero always used to say “You can never go wrong with a happy little tee”, or something like that. While the front of the t-shirt is very subtle, you can definitely show off your love for Bob with the main design of the line on the back, which pictures the master himself painting a mountain portrait of Lord Nermal. Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Longsleeve

This long-sleeved shirt is similar to the t-shirt above but it’s not quite the same. Additionally featuring a paint palette reading “RIPNDIP” on both sleeves, it brings just the right amount of color to your life. Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Hoodie

Next up is the hoodie version of the longsleeve, guaranteed to keep you warm during the cold months.

Beautiful Mountain Coaches Jacket

There is no better way to keep our favorite painter close than by wearing this jacket. If you think it looks amazing on the outside, don’t forget: it’s what’s inside that counts! Note that there are different colors available.

Beautiful Mountain Tote Bag

The days of carrying your paint supplies home in boring shopping bags are finally over! Gift yourself with this natural canvas tote bag or get it for your favorite hipster.

Beautiful Mountain Umbrella

If the only thing you want to get wet is your brush, make sure to check out this awesome, clear umbrella and nothing stands in the way of a happy little walk through the rain.

Beautiful Mountain Blanket

Ever wondered what it would be like to cuddle with the happiest painter of all time? Well, you can find out now with this blanket!

Beautiful Mountain Board

Last but not least, here is a real treasure for the cool skateboarders out there with a warm heart full of love and appreciation for our beloved The Joy of Painting host.

Have you found your favorite Bob Ross item? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!