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4 Crafty Hobbies to Start If You Need a Creative Outlet

By Demi Mist @Beautyandmist

One of the best ways to express yourself and relax after a long day is by getting creative. In fact, creativity can be beneficial in relieving stress, gaining self awareness, and improving a person's problem solving abilities, among other things. Consider starting one or more of these crafty hobbies if you need a creative outlet.

Hand Lettering

While hand lettering may look complex, it can actually be surprisingly simple. With a bit of practice, you're capable of applying expressive lettering techniques to chalkboard signs, handmade cards, and more. For starters, try making up a standard typeface. Then, add leaves, curlicues or whatever you'd like. Your friends and family will be admiring your unique hand lettering work in no time.

Painting

Being a professional artist isn't a requirement for creating aesthetically pleasing art. If you're new to painting, you might want to start with a paint-by-numbers kit. Further, consider following an online tutorial, reading an instruction book, or taking a class locally or online. Another idea is to purchase some cheap paint and try it out on your own.

4 Crafty Hobbies to Start if You Need a Creative Outlet

Cardmaking

You can make your own cards for birthdays and holidays. Plus, giving someone a handmade item can make them feel like it's truly heartfelt. Some cardmaking supplies you may need or want to use in your projects include, washi tape, stamps, a glue stick, different-sized circle punches, and many others. Furthermore, you can use unconventional supplies such as wrapping paper or beautiful gift bags. Alternatively, if cardmaking just doesn't seem like a good fit, you can use candle making supplies, like candle moulds and tins, to make the most exquisite candles.

Sewing

Sewing promotes mental sharpness, gives you a steady heart rate, can lower your blood pressure, and may help you stay focused. As a life skill, learning to sew can save you money and time. Moreover, you can learn patience, perseverance, and concentration. You can sew by hand, or invest in a sewing machine for those complicated projects. From tote bags to throw pillows, you can do as many simple sewing projects as you'd like.

4 Crafty Hobbies to Start if You Need a Creative Outlet

Having a creative outlet can make life easier because this can give you a way to escape reality and your problems. Additionally, creative activities aren't only beneficial for a person's mental health and well-being, you also have the chance to have fun with self-expression. You can ask a friend or family member to learn a new hobby with you, or you can do it alone.

About the author:

Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2


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