Buddha Board, Original

Buddha Board, Original

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"Rarely has a nonfunctional design beguiled me as thoroughly as has Eric Thrall’s Buddha Board, a playful expression of the Zen idea that manages to be evocative, amusing and elegant, all at the same time. ”
                                                                  Judith Arango - San Francisco Chronicle





The Original Buddha Board gently encourages the user to value the present. You simply paint on the board’s special surface with water; the image darkens and then slowly fades away. It effortlessly brings out the creative side that exists in all of us. The Original Buddha Board comes with a bamboo brush and ‘Japanese style’ water tray / stand.

Dimensions: 12” x 9.5” x 1/4”

Get the best out of your Buddha Board Original with the aesthetics of Zen River Rocks.

Enjoy half price on Zen River Rocks (U.P. $10.80) now when you purchase Zen River Rocks together with Buddha Board Original!

Customers review on Amazon (4.5 stars with 289 reviews)

Buddha Board ~ very Zen. :)
By M. Pettengill on September 24, 2007
A unique product which accomplishes precisely what it was intended for: ~ create and then let go. Watching your creative work gently fade away as it evaporates keeps you living in the moment, for sure. I haven't yet mastered painting with water (can anyone?), but it's fun to try. I keep the Buddha Board in my office and co-workers stop by to release their creative energy. The most amusing drawing was a Chesire Cat, who disappeared just like in Alice's Wonderland :)
More than a toy
By C. Johnson on January 29, 2009
I use the board to practice my Chinese Brush strokes before placing on my expensive rice-paper. I also take digital photos as it dries which make wonderful Chinese Brush design cards and reference ideas for paintings.
Buddha Board
By Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2015
The Buddha Board is not just an elegant looking item, but it’s rather functional as well. All I did was prop up the board on the included stand, filled the base with water, and painted away. The “painting” disappeared after about 10 minutes and I was able to use the board again. Pretty neat if you ask me.

This is great for kids since there’s no mess besides a bit of water splashing around and you don’t have to worry about paint or markers getting all over the place. It’s a pretty unique idea and fun to use. I did notice that the surface of the board itself is a bit fragile so make sure that whoever is using it uses only the included paintbrush and nothing else or the surface may be scratched.

Highly recommended. 5/5 stars.

This product was provided for my honest and unbiased review.
Be gentle!
By K. Minga on May 1, 2009
I picked this up for a friend of mine in art school, and she absolutely loved it. It is easy to use, makes no mess unless you sling the water everywhere, and is a great little creative release. I can definitely see how some people see how this could be use for meditation and the like since everything melts away leaving a clean slate every time.

The one caveat of this product is that it is extremely fragile. Don't use anything that isn't a fairly soft brush on the "painting" surface. We had a few people over and noticed the next day that it had a scratch on it, and the scratch turned black like we had painted on it, and it never went away.

Otherwise, it is a total blast to use, so you should definitely pick one up!





About Buddha Board

Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You 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.  Live for the moment and enjoy!




How do I use a Buddha Board?

All the components are included in your Original Buddha Board set. The semi-transparent sheet is meant to go under your water tray if you expect potential water dripping (as with children sometimes). You may place the board in landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) position in the square notches of the tray. The curved notches in front of those are meant to hold your brush. Fill your tray with ½ inch of water only. Dip your paintbrush in the water and create! If water drips and pools along the lower edge, don’t forget to gently dab the excess with a clean cloth. Do not over-saturate the board (with brush stokes) and absolutely do not dip the board in water.


How old do you have to be to use a Buddha Board?

We recommend it for ages 5 and up. That being said, make sure children under 10 understand how to take care of their boards.


What kind of water should I use and how often should I change it?

Use clean room temperature water and change it for each use.


How long will my drawing last on the Buddha Board?

Evaporation rates depend on the thickness and saturation of the stroke. You can start to see fading at 30 seconds and some strokes may take as long as 10 minutes to disappear.


Can I finger paint using water?

No! We know it’s tempting, but we don’t recommend it as you could permanently transfer oils or other substances to the surface.


How can I make it dry faster?

While part of the enjoyment of Buddha Board is to naturally flow with the process of creating and to practice patience, dabbing your board GENTLY and with a very SOFT clean cloth will help the drying process. Do not use hairdryers as they are too warm for the surface material.




How long will my board last?

That depends on you and how you care for your board! With the proper care mentioned below, the board can last for several years.


How do I care for my board?

Handle your board by the edges only. It’s also best to avoid touching the surface as much as possible. The tray should never be filled with more then one inch of water. Don’t over saturate or fully immerse your board in water. Ensure to ONLY use a clean soft-bristled brush on the surface of the board. If water drips down the board and settles along the bottom edge, dab it with a soft cloth [especially where the board rests into the water tray].


What will permanently damage a Buddha Board?

Anything that isn’t water! Oils from skin, ink, crayon, cooking oil, paint, food, sharp edges, dirt, jello, highlighters, pencils, etc. Keeping your board in the kitchen is NOT recommended. Most mishaps occur there or with children trying other tools on it. Take care to not let anything but a brush touch the surface, and note that hard edges can cause permanent scratches.




Will other brushes work on the Buddha Board?

Absolutely! Any NEW clean soft-bristled brush can assist you in your creations. Note: Do not use brushes that have been previously used for real painting purposes, as some of the colour could still be present and could permanently mark the surface.


Can you put anything else in the Original Buddha Board’s water tray for decoration?

Yes! We offer the beautiful Zen River Rocks to complete your experience. They are natural, polished rocks that are safe to put into the tray. They also assist you in ‘squeegee-ing’ off excess water from your brush, plus they just look so darn lovely.