Enjoying Artistic Pastimes

Daniella Cressman

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Perhaps you are looking for a creative outlet, but you feel as though you don’t have one artistic bone in your body!

Fortunately, there are many activities you can engage in that will help you enjoy arts and crafts without having to face enormous pressure or pay an inordinate amount of money for items that you probably won’t ever use again. There are actually many subtle ways to be creative that are wonderful for people who are on a budget and would really prefer not to showcase their work to the public! Art is about expression, after all, so anything can be beautiful, and it’s really more about the process than it is about the results.

JOURNALING

This is one of the simplest — not to mention private — ways to express your creativity. It’s also excellent because you get to vent to a blank page about your day without having to unload on your friends and family! The practice truly is therapeutic.

DOING PAINT BY NUMBERS

If you are not an inherently gifted painter, you may want to try this product, because it can help you explore your artistic prowess without starting from scratch. That being said, with a bit of time and practice, you might just be more talented than you ever could have imagined! Everyone has to start somewhere, after all.

USING ADULT COLOURING BOOKS

Adult colouring books are a great way to unwind after a long day. They also bring out your inner child! What’s not to love?!

REPURPOSING CLOTHING ITEMS

If your skirt is too small for you, and it has interesting patterns, you might want to cut it up and sew it onto your favourite pair of jeans: You’ll have a unique look, and you can walk around town in style!

PAINTING WOODEN FURNITURE

If you have a chair that has a fading finish, you may want to simply paint it another colour: Black and white are popular choices! The same goes for dressers, cabinets, cupboards, etcetera.

CREATING YOUR OWN ABSTRACT ART

All you need to create fabulous abstract art that adorns your space is a blank canvas, a brush, and a few bottles of paint. Then, you can simply splash the colours across the white background, making absolutely whatever you want to! Art is subjective, and abstract art is beautiful chaos, so there really are zero limitations!

After you’re finished, you can hang your masterpieces on the walls!

PAINTING YOUR WALLS A DIFFERENT Colour

If your walls are a sickly eggshell white, and you’re quite sick of them, don’t be afraid to liven up the place with a few splashes of colour! They can be as bright as you want them to be!

KNITTING

Knitting a scarf for your loved ones can be a great way to show them that you care. It’s also a fairly simple and affordable option: You can find instructions on YouTube.

TIE-DYING T-SHIRTS

Tie-dye is a quick and easy way to express your creativity: The colours are quite phenomenal, and the t-shirts almost always come out looking fantastic! Giving tie-dyed items to your friends and family is a great way to show them you care!

SCRAPBOOKING

You can purchase some fantastic scrapbooking kits at Hobby Lobby. They will supply you with fun lettering and a bunch of stickers!

If you stick with it, you can create an incredible masterpiece that consists of all the happy memories you and your family share, put together in a visually appealing manner. This is a fairly easy art form to engage in, especially if you’re a talented photographer.

Although creating a complete scrapbook sometimes takes a long time, it will be well worth the effort: You’ll be able to provide people with a gift of memories that will last a lifetime!

CREATING CARTOONS

If realism isn’t your thing, you might want to try your hand at cartoons or Manga. There are plenty of instruction books out there to guide you through the process, and you only need coloured pencils, graphite pencils, a sketchpad, and a black pen!

WRITING POETRY

Poems are a great way to express yourself creatively, and they can make wonderful gifts for the people you care about, especially if you’re willing to master the art of calligraphy and write them down on beautiful parchment paper. You can choose to craft long free-form poetry, or you can simply opt for haiku if this form is your preference. The world is your oyster, and you are truly free to explore every facet of your artistic brain in whatever way you see fit!

MAKING COLLAGES

If you have a bunch of magazines lying around, you might want to create some collages: They can be themed or random — whatever suits your fancy. Some people even enjoy making vision boards of their ideal lives — fancy cars, a million-dollar paycheque, that nice big house they might have been dreaming about (you get the picture) — so you might want to do that.

Whether you choose to create stellar collages that feature an assortment of wildcats or beautiful vision boards, this is a wonderful way to express yourself!

MAKING BOOKMARKS

If you love to read and are in need of some new bookmarks, or if you are making a gift for someone who always has their nose in a novel, crafting handmade bookmarks is a wonderfully loving way to show that you care. All you’ll need is a piece of construction paper, stickers, and some scissors!

These activities are fun and low-pressure. They’re a great way to express your creativity and unwind after a long day or create some gifts for your loved ones without having to spend an arm and a leg on expensive items if you’re on a budget. You can also liven up your living space with minimal effort if you know a few of these hacks!

Who said you can’t have a little fun even though you might not be the next Picasso?

Who knows? You could actually become incredibly good at these skills if you hone them frequently.

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