If you’ve got a creative streak and time to burn, then taking up a craft-based hobby can be just the thing to get the most from both. While you’re crafting, you’ll be able to develop a skill, create a slew of increasingly high-quality (and valuable) items, and you’ll have fun in the process, too.
So, if you’re stuck for a crafts hobby to get started with, then why not consider some of these options?
Knitting, until quite recently, has been the preserve of old women. But recently, younger women and men have sought to get in on the act. Their reasons for doing so are somewhat obvious – wool is an especially practical material, with which it’s easy to craft all manner of practical garments. If you’re going to present your friends and relatives with their obligatory Christmas jumpers, then it’s much better to present them with something that you’ve made yourself – preferably by hand!
On a somewhat related note is sewing – a skill that’ll allow you to attach sheets of pre-woven fabric to one another. As a skill, this is something that you’ll be able to use in a variety of ways; you’ll be able to make tiny adjustments to your existing clothing, and you’ll be able to create entirely new items from raw materials. As you get started, you’ll be restricted to minor repair work – but as you hone the skill, you’ll be able to progress to more sophisticated projects.
Papercraft is something that’s been around for awhile. Just think of the ancient Japanese arts of Origami and Kirigami – as well as the ubiquitous paper aeroplane. But modern papercraft makes use of modern technology.With a printer and a set of suitably heavy paper, you’ll be able to print out foldable designs from the internet – and even without them, you’ll be able to find them ready made among the plethora of papercraft supplies on the internet. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the basics, you’ll be able to design and print a whole host of spectacular items – from tiny box-shaped figurines to enormously advanced models that will have your guests gaping.
Of course, some of the best crafting hobbies are those which produce practical results – and there are few things more practical than food. Baking produces edible results that your friends and family will be happy to road test – provided that you make everything in batches small enough that everyone’s always left wanting more.
Taking a piece of wood and repeatedly carving small chunks off it is a tried-and-tested means of creating artistic genius. Michelangelo is once thought to have claimed to have seen his subject in the marble and then carved until the angel was set free. The same philosophy will work just as well with wood carvings – and it’s a great deal less expensive to get started.
With the right dedication and deliberate practice, you’ll be able to provide your household with an army of tiny whittled sculptures. And if you get good enough, then you’ll be able to sell your work via the internet, and gain a healthy income from your artistry!
When most people hear the word ‘art’, their thoughts usually turn immediately to drawings on a flat surface. Ask anyone to name a famous work of art, and they’ll usually think of the Mona Lisa, or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, or Picasso’s La Guernica. Like no other medium, painting has proven a reliable means of getting beautiful images out there into the world.
Painting remains a popular artistic discipline today, despite predictions that the age of computing would sweep it aside. It’s possible to get far more artistic expression and precision from the stroke of a brush than it is to get from a movement of a mouse, and the screen of a tablet computer just doesn’t compare with the tactile feedback you can get from your brush on the page. So rummage through your selection of craft supplies, pick out a set of brushesand paints, and then get painting!
If you prefer, pencil-and-paper drawings offer an alternative means of getting your vision down onto canvas. Pencil drawings are typically restricted to black-and-white, with most of the better artists shunning coloured ones.In order to get started, you’ll need a set of pencils, including the ever-popular HB pencil, and the various grades of hardness and softness on either side. With just these meagre materials, you’ll be able to create works of artistic genius – the only missing ingredient is practice, practice, practice!