There’s no feeling quite like transforming time and inspiration into a work of art. However, this feeling is experienced too rarely and by just a small fraction of the adult population. It’s a huge shame that most people have abandoned their childhood hobbies of arts and crafts in favor of more standardized activities like reading and watching things – but it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can always get back to (or ramp up) your art creation without making a huge financial investment or buying lots of specialized tools. This blog examines some cool and unusual approaches to art creation that you can take, all of which are a nice change of pace from the traditional brush paintings or pencil sketches.
1. Arrange beads
An arrangement of dozens (often hundreds) of beads is traditionally called a diamond painting. If you are new to this art form, it might be best to get a diamond paint by numbers kit. You’ll be provided with all the resources needed to make a painting, plus the guidance on where individual beads should go.
2. Make sand impressions
Creating a design or impression with sand is incredibly easy, and most people have the needed tools at home. For a very basic design, you can use a medium volume of sand and a flat plane (glass or translucent plastic is preferable). For a more detailed and vibrant result, introduce a variety of sand colors, add more light sources and angles, or even set up a camera that films/streams below your translucent pane.
3. Repurpose junk
Have you ever come across weird-looking sculptures that look like they’re made from a set of household appliances fused together? If so, chances are it’s an exhibition of repurposed junk. This is actually an art form that’s become quite popular nowadays. It doesn’t require any investments beyond the stuff you already have lying around – and it allows you to turn something useless into something useful (or at least aesthetically pleasing).
4. Connect strings
Making a design out of strings is another approach with very few requirements. You’ll only need a small amount of string, a surface to host the design (e.g. a wall or canvas), and pegs or needles that’ll serve as points where your string wraps and curves. Using this approach, you can make nearly any 2D shape.
5. Make a collage
Collages come in numerous shapes and sizes. You can use a single canvas and attach bulky items to keep everything flat or make a scrapbook with an assortment of photos, smells, flowers, and tokens. You might even want to tell a fictional story with montaged characters and objects. For most of these types of collage projects, you’ll need a canvas, some glue or tape, and an assortment of items you want to combine and present.
6. Film a skit
Videos, photos, and films are all fully-fledged art forms which may be more suitable if you prefer setting up an image or telling a story rather than working with your hands. You can make use of your smartphone or any camera available, and set up your own exciting film project – be it something quick and carefree like a TikTok video or more niche, like close-ups of nature.