Nine hobbies to show your creative side

Aqilah Rahman

We are all born creative. At least, that’s what I believe, because at some point in our lives, each of us has left a crayon scribble on the wall much to our parents’ distress, before moving on to doodling all over notebooks and picking up some other new hobbies as we grow up.

Indulging in hobbies is a good way to relieve stress and have a balanced life, so why not hone our creativity while we’re at it? Here’s a list of nine creative hobbies for you to try out.

WOODCARVING

You can make a lot of things out of a piece of wood and a whittling knife. As a start, beginners are generally recommended to carve a whistle out of any decent stick they can find.

As you practise more and sharpen your woodcarving skills, you can move on to other projects like carving a wooden spoon and a letter opener. You can also add a splash of paint to your wood carving designs and put them on display at your home.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ever wished you were the one who pressed the shutter behind those stunning photos you’ve seen on Instagram? Now’s as good a time as any to pick up a camera.

You don’t need to break the bank to get a camera if you’re just starting out. There are cameras for beginners at a relatively affordable price, and if you’re tight on budget, you can just use your smartphone camera.

ORIGAMI

Origami, the classic Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures, is one of those things most of us have done when we were kids but don’t do anymore as adults.

As an adult, you might enjoy doing origami again, especially now that we have better hand-eye coordination than we used to when we were kids. There are many YouTube tutorials for origami beginners that can teach you how to make a rose, cactus, car, dragon, boat and more.

WATERCOLOUR

As someone who mainly uses pens and pencils, I was at first flabbergasted at the lack of control I had on the water I used for my watercolour painting. I rarely ever got the shade of colour I wanted, but as I painted more, I learned to just go with the flow and enjoy the process instead of obsessing over the details.

Learning to watercolour can be a freeing experience because none of us can fully control the water – we just have to let go and keep painting.

BAKING

The great thing about baking is that you get to eat what you make – pies, cookies, cake, muffins, gingerbread – you name it. You can also share with your family, friends and colleagues, and take pride in your baking skills when they ask for seconds.

If you want to take it up a notch, try cake decorating. You can’t go wrong with cake, and it’s always nice to have something that looks good and tastes good.

BULLET JOURNALING

Like to stay organised and want to have fun while doing it? Try bullet journaling. Instead of buying a planner, you can make one yourself however the way you like it. All you need is a blank notebook and a pen and you’re good to go.

There are many templates online for you to take inspirations from so don’t hesitate to look them up. There’s also tons of guides on how to start bullet journaling.

CROSS-STITCH

Cross-stitch has gained a surge of popularity recently, and you can see various examples on Pinterest and Instagram. To put it simply, cross-stitching is making stitches in an x pattern on a piece of fabric over and over until you get the final design you want.

Minimalistic designs are very popular and are easy to work with, so you might want to start with those before moving on to experimenting with other designs.

WRITING

For many of us, the last time we did any creative writing was in middle or high school. Even then, we had to write based on the prompts given, and it was more of an obligation instead of a hobby.

If you want to start writing again as a hobby, you can start by keeping a journal or writing short stories. Nothing quite compares to having the freedom to write whatever you want for your own enjoyment.

COLOURING

If the idea of starting off with a blank page is overwhelming, try colouring. Colouring books aren’t just for kids. You might have seen more advanced colouring books for grown-ups in a bookstore before, usually with an intricate design on the front cover.

One of the appeals of colouring is that the outlines are all there and all you need to do is fill in the spaces with any colours you want. This takes less effort than, say, drawing from scratch and hardly requires any prior experience.