Creativity is not always easy. But, in these stressful times, it’s a perfect tool to calm your mind. So for those of you looking for a new creative outlet, here are three ways to get in touch with your inner artist:
I know this totally brings you back to the arts and crafts of elementary school, but trust me, watercolor is a very easy way to express yourself. All you need is watercolor paint, water, a paintbrush, and any type of watercolor-compatible paper or canvas. The reason I bring up watercolor is its ability to look really cool with what seems like a very simple job. I do not in any way discredit the work of professional watercolor artists, but the colors, textures and shapes that hobbyists can create are, in my eyes, just beautiful and fun. Try to mix colors on your canvas that you don’t usually match. Paint your entire background and add pen or pencil lines on top to create some dimension. Watercolor is a great way to let go and just create something easy and beautiful that you can be proud of afterwards.
If painting isn’t really your style, why not try writing? Haikus are a simple and structured form of poetry, perfect for anyone who wants to get started in poetry. All you need is a pen and paper and you can start writing your five-syllable, seven-syllable, and five-syllable poems. Haikus originate from Japan and traditionally focus on the natural world. Things like trees, seasons, lakes and ponds, animals and people are all important subjects in the realm of haiku. They are also used in a religious context, so do your best not to blaspheme in your writings. Need some inspiration? Go for a walk! Write something simple about what you see, hear, smell, taste or touch. Haikus are an easy way to create beautiful scriptures about the world around us.
The last medium I will talk about is photography. Nowadays, anyone with a smartphone can become a photographer. It is very easy to take a good photo, but there are several ways to take it from a simple hobby to a full-fledged hobby. One of the ways is still life photography. Still life ranges from landscape photography to macro photography. But its main purpose is the inanimate and breathes life into these objects or places. Perhaps the most striking example is this bowl of fruit on a table that you have seen in many paintings and photos. All you need is a camera and any object you want to take a picture of. Place the object in a nice place, make sure the lighting is right for you, and take a few shots! Then you can even take it a step further and edit the photo as you like, playing around with the exposure, contrast, and brightness. Once you are done, you should have a gorgeous photo that you can really be proud of and it was enough to snap a few photos.
Overall, creativity is something everyone should explore at one point or another. And now you have some ideas to get started. Happy creation!