Have you been looking for an artistic pursuit, a new hobby to keep you occupied when winter comes? Have you been enviously scrolling through Pinterest feeds of perfect watercolors, thinking, If only I could draw? If so, never fear. Here are three creative hobbies that even the artistically challenged can enjoy.
1. Monochrome Cross-Stitch: Perfect for Anyone Who Doesn’t Get Color Theory
You don’t need any drawing skills to follow a cross-stitch pattern. Plus, the materials are pretty cheap.
Cross stitch can look old fashioned, but modern designers are reimagining the craft with simple, monochrome designs and sassy slogans. (Our editors discourage us from swearing in print, so we’ve omitted more colorful examples. A simple Google search for “sassy cross stitch: will yield plenty of inspiration.)
2. Whittling May Be the Creative Hobby for You
If you’re not into sewing, but still like the idea of making something with your hands, try whittling. With a simple pocketknife, you can transform sticks into slingshots, spoons or intricately-carved roosters.
Most of the materials you need can be found around you, especially if you live in the mountains or wooded areas. Plus, even if all your whittling gives you is a slightly pointier stick than the one you started with, you’ll probably still have a good time.
3. Painting Can Be One of the Most Enjoyable Creative Hobbies, Even If You’re Bad at It
Wait, you may be thinking. I just told you I can’t draw, and color theory mystifies me. Why would you tell me to take up painting? Because you don’t have to be good at hobbies to enjoy them.
Acrylic paints are relatively inexpensive, dry quickly and come in vibrant colors. Just playing around with paint and paper (or splurging on a canvas if you’re feeling fancy) can be a relaxing, immersive experience.
Oh, I love painting! Just throw some colors up there. If you’re artistically challenged like me, jut throw some blue up there. Then throw in some rainbow colors, why not. When you add green and orange, I’m honestly not sure what color you get, but it doesn’t matter.”Byron Harvey, 25, who cannot paint to save his life but loves it anyway
If you’re not quite ready to let go of the finished product, you can follow an online tutorial that will guide you step by step to creating your own masterpiece. Or check out paint-by-numbers kits for adults.
Want more inspiration for indoor hobbies? Check out our piece on the benefits of knitting.