The Buddha Board—Master the Art of Letting Go

Updated on December 15, 2016

What Is the Buddha Board?

I kept hearing all of this hype about this thing called a Buddha Board. So, being the curious soul that I am, I decided to purchase one and see what all of the fuss was about.

The Buddha Board is a canvas that comes with a bamboo paint brush. The unique thing about this particular canvas, however, is that your work disappears shortly after you have painted it.

Why in the world would you want a canvas that doesn't hold your artwork?

Well, the concept of the Buddha Board is to relax, clear your mind, and enjoy the painting process. The idea is to focus on the stress relieving motions of dipping your brush and creating something in the moment. After you are finished, sit back, let the painting disappear and then begin again with a new idea. The whole point is to "let go".

The Pro's

The Pro's of using the Buddha Board are plenty.

  • No mess. You use only water and your bamboo brush. There is no cleaning up any paints or wiping down any brushes.
  • No messing up. Even if you do mess up your picture will disappear shortly (usually within minutes) and you can start all over again.
  • It is relaxing. You don't have to worry about perfection. You can purely focus on unwinding and being stress-free.
  • Portable. You can take it anywhere with you to paint wherever you would like
  • Convenient. Since you never have to tote paints or extra brushes around, it is convenient to carry with you for stress-free painting wherever you go.
  • Infinite number of paintings. There is no limit to how many paintings you can paint on the Buddha board. It never gets "worn out" from use.

The Con's

There aren't many downsides to the Buddha Board I personally see other than:

  • You cannot save the picture. Once the painting is gone, it is gone. The only way to preserve them memory of it is to take a picture of it using a camera.
  • No Color. The board only generates one color as you paint. Black.


From what I have gathered, there are three main pieces that make up the Buddha Board: the board, the base, and the brush. Simply fill the base with water, rest the board in the notches of the base (either vertically or horizontally), and begin painting your temporary creation.

For the Mini Buddha Board, (the smaller version) the canvas is integrated into the hinged enclosure. Swing the case open, unclip the mini brush from its holder in the base, and paint away using water from the reservoir under the board. (You have to put the water in it, of course.)

All in all, the Buddha Board is a great creation and has a wonderful design to it. While I enjoy the relaxation of painting and watching my work disappear, I believe it would also be a good gift for an artistic child. (Parents would not have to worry about a mess!)

It is a unique board that definitely commands giving it a try. I highly recommend the Buddha Board to anyone who loves to paint or as a gift for anyone who is artistic.

You can find yours here.


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