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Five interesting art activities you can try out at home

Time to let your artsy side shine.

Xynthea Ong

Expert pinterest scroller and bubble tea lover.


Published: 5 July 2021, 10:48 AM

We tend to be so busy nowadays, swamped with assignments or catching up with friends and family, that we don’t actually know what to do when we have free time.

Instead of turning to your phone or computer to waste the little free time you have, why not try your hand at different art activities? 

Here’s our list of five art projects you can do from the comfort of home.

1. Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling, also known as bujo, is a therapeutic way to recount your day-to-day activities in an aesthetic manner. 

You can make use of your journal to pen down any thoughts or experiences you have throughout the day. Other things you can jot down are memorable events, your future goals or even a scrapbook for any photos you have. 

Being able to write about your days helps you be more comfortable in expressing your feelings in the long run. 

In addition, having your very own journal grants you the creative freedom to decorate it however you like.

 

If you are looking for inspiration, there are various bujo accounts on Instagram. PHOTO CREDITS: @VERONICAJOURNALS VIA INSTAGRAM

 

If you are unsure on where to start, you can start off by sourcing for materials. All you need is a journal and a pen to embark on your bujo journey. Your journal can be any notebook, whether it’s old or new, what matters is if it suits you. 

When it comes to decorating your journal, you can make use of coloured markers, washi tape or stickers. There are many affordable options you can choose from on platforms such as Etsy or Shopee. 

If you wish to go the extra mile, you can include keepsakes such as polaroid with friends or any tickets from past exhibitions! 

Feel free to explore different bujo spreads and find out what’s best for you! 

2. Decorating your photos

Popular among K-pop fans, the trend of decorating your photocards is something that you can hop on. Instead of letting it collect dust on shelves, many fans have come up with unique ways to showcase their favourite photocards from albums. 

For non K-pop fans, you can also try this out with any polaroid of your choice!

 

It’s an activity that you can do by yourself or with a couple of friends. PHOTO CREDITS: @HANBYULS VIA TIKTOK

 

The most important thing you need for this activity is a top loader for your photocard. Don’t worry, it can be easily bought from online shopping platforms like Amazon or Shopee. While you’re searching for top loaders, you can also make use of different stickers to decorate your top loader. 

Use them to create borders or spell out any word of your choice and put a unique twist to your normal photos!

3. Crocheting

Although crocheting is normally associated as an activity for older people, many youths are now turning to this activity for fun. 

Crocheting boasts numerous benefits for your mental health – it is calming and productive, helping you take your mind off things.

It is also an activity that can be done in your own free time – You don’t need to complete your project at one go, and can always take breaks in between and come back to it when you’re feeling it.

 

You can also crochet anywhere, as long as you have your needles and a roll of yarn. PHOTO CREDITS: CASTORLY STOCK VIA PEXELS

 

Although crocheting may seem daunting at first with the numerous and complicated crochet styles, there are many tutorials out there to help you get started. Once you get the hang of it, you will be able to set off on your crochet journey. 

There are so many options you can choose when you’re starting out on a new project. Instead of creating clothes, you can choose to crochet different items such as toys, coasters and bags. 

As for materials, you can either purchase your materials online, or head over to People’s Park Centre at Chinatown where there are many craft stores such as Golden Dragon and Sing Mui Heng.

4. Creating your own accessories

You may have seen many people creating their own accessories online so why not try it out yourself? 

There are many ways to create your own accessories, such as using either wires or resin, and Carousell or Art Friend are some places where you can get your art materials. 

Once you have decided on a specific method, search up tutorials to get the basics down before adding your own personal touch to it. 

 

When creating your own accessories, you are free to style them in any way you like. PHOTO CREDITS: THIRDMAN VIA PEXELS

 

If you are unsure on where to begin, Pinterest is a great place for inspiration. Although the process of creating your own jewellery may take a while, you will definitely feel a sense of satisfaction when you see the end product. 

5. Making your own paper

Although it may seem impossible to do so in the comfort of your own home, making your own paper is actually a feasible project. 

Using recycled scraps of paper, you can make new paper with one-of-a-kind designs. You can also include different mix-ins such as flower petals, leaves or seeds as decorative items for your paper.

 

You can use it for many purposes, such as letters, invitations or even wrapping paper. PHOTO CREDIT: THECOTTAGEFAIRY VIA YOUTUBE

 

Before you begin this activity, you will need to gather a few materials. 

Firstly, you will need some old paper of your choice to create a pulp. A blender and some liquid starch is needed to ensure that the mixture is smooth. 

The next part is slightly trickier as a mold, also known as a deckle, is required to create the shape of your paper. Thankfully, there are other alternatives you could try such as using a mesh bag with a tray or slipping an old pantyhose around an old wire hanger as a substitute. 

There are many different methods to create paper that can be found online, but here is one I prefer as the steps are relatively simpler compared to others. 

Hopefully these activities may help you take your mind off things temporarily. If you are interested in other activities like cooking, you can check out some recipes here.


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