Art is something that calms me down. It’s almost like a time machine that brings me to a different time or place. I love visiting mmc996 museums and get my weekly dose of art inspiration that way. But, what to do when you can’t visit the museums or join some of the art workshops in person? Well, here are some ideas that will help you to be more creative and artistic at home.
Although we are currently facing some challenging times, a good thing about it is that many of us are given some extra free time. And it could be great to use it to boost your creativity, and both enjoy and create some art.
I’ve combined here different art techniques you can try yourself, together with the ways to enjoy some traditional art and boost your creative inspiration. And have also included links to online shops where you can get a painting material if you don’t have it at home.
There is something so magical in the smell of fresh ink and paper. And while focusing on writing some beautiful letters, I feel like I’m traveling back in time to the Middle Ages. It’s definitely a great way to be more creative and artistic at home.
TIP: During the last few weeks, Manon from Oh Pretty Paper is creating videos and sharing calligraphy tips on her Instagram page. Take a look for some inspiration.
Water coloring is one of the hardest painting techniques. But, could there be a better time to improve your skill than now when we’re spending so much time at home?
TIP: To boost your creativity even more when at home, listen to some nice music while creating your art. Find the music that relaxes you and create a lovely atmosphere for your art time at home.
Markers are quite nice and easy to work with because you mostly already have them at home. Although they are mostly reserved for kids, they are actually quite lovely to work with. I love them because they are not a ‘dirty technique’ and you don’t need much time to prepare your painting material. You also don’t need much space to work with them.
Because of their bright colors, they could be great for letter writing or creating some simple drawings. I love to use them when I’m working with textures, as I did on that drawing above.
If you don’t feel like drawing or painting, then maybe coloring could be the right choice for you. There are many free printable coloring books (Pinterest is my favorite source for them) to choose from. You can find all the different subjects from travel, floral motives to completely abstract illustrations.
Create your own exhibition space
Especially right now when we are spending so much time at home and can’t go to museums, find a nice place at your house that’s going to become your exhibition corner and curate some of your work there. It can be a shelf or a top of your fireplace.
Exhibiting your work, even only for yourself, will make you appreciate it and enjoy it even more. It will also make your home, where you’re spending so much time right now, much more cozy and beautiful.