Art is only relaxing once you get good enough to do it with minimal thought. Sculpting wood and stone is near that point for me, but it can be heckin stressful when you start out. I feel like some other options might easier to reach that point. But fingerpainting will never reach that point because I can’t not think about how annoying paint is to clean off my hands.
@mbersiam@simplersimon That was very cool! I only watched, didn’t draw along.
Lack of perspective is the issue I have most often when trying do simple sketches of window treatments or cushions for work. I’m sure I can be taught but would rather concentrate on making them
@Deri143 I am not creative either. If I want to do something that is mindless I will wash the dishes (usually my teen’s job) or maybe some other cleaning. But how cluttered my house it tends to make my anxiety go up, not down
I actually find creating “consumable content” for like blogs, videos, social media, etc my most creative outlet and I actually quite enjoy it.
in college (art school) i majored in design, so for my electives i always took something hands on to give me a break from the computer. i took multiple semesters each of bookbinding and printmaking. printmaking is the favorite by a hair, but large metal plates, vats of acid, and a printing press don’t really jive with one bedroom boston apartment living, yanno?
bookbinding is nice but, if you don’t fill the books with anything and you’ve already given your fair share of them to friends and family over the years, it’s a bit of a waste.
my art pursuits and hobbies always lean analytical - there’s lots of planning, measuring, math, fine tuning, etc. looking at a blank canvas is not relaxing to me. creativity is not relaxing to me. it can be energizing, fun, inspiring…but relaxing? no. it may seem counterintuitive, but for me to turn my brain off and relax i need rules. so a coloring book would be most suited to me, and i do have several.
@jerk_nugget Yes, I agree completely - or, I can get to a place that’s relaxing when I’ve worked out how the project’s going to go and I’m carrying out the repetitive steps in the process and it’s going well - them I can get in the “zone” and that’s wonderful. But getting to that point is often a lot of work; enjoyable, but not relaxing.
@AuntMean67 i used to love rolling change with my dad! i can still feel those soft paper wrappers in my mind. (and i’d still roll my coins if i had any, but we never have cash on hand anymore much less change!) i do love repetitive organizational tasks like that.
I have a whole craft room still packed up in the basement from a move in October that I need to get unpacked and set up. I’m excited to do it but very overwhelmed and that just puts me off. I really wanna stupid COVID to be over so o can take a nice pottery class without a mask on. Mask and clay don’t mix very well.