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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

You can show off your new artistic skills by creating wearable items like this crocheted sweater.
You can show off your new artistic skills by creating wearable items like this crocheted sweater.

During this period of self-isolation, many of us are finding hours of entertainment on Netflix, TikTok and online games — and who can blame us? While TV-binging is tons of fun, now is also a good time to get your hands on a new creative hobby. Doing things off-screen is incredibly healthy for you, and maintaining your wellbeing is critical right now. Here are some ideas for getting the imagination flowing. 


Book-binding is an old craft but, surprisingly, not a hard one. You only need a few materials, which can be found here. It’s a unique gift for others or for yourself. Make a scrapbook, a journal, a collection of your writings — whatever you desire. 

Collage making

Experiment with a variety of expressive mediums and create some collages. You can press plants, splatter some paint, rip and glue newspaper pages and write your favorite lyrics or quotes on top of it all. 


Journaling is an excellent, often-recommended pastime, but a daunting one for so many, and it shouldn’t be. A daily, reflective journal is an option, but it’s not the only form of journaling. Check out art journals, bullet journals, creative writing journals and nature journals. The world of literary arts is yours to discover. 

Embroidering, Knitting and Crocheting 

You only need a bit of thread and a needle to get started embroidering. Make your backpack and clothing totally yours with your favorite flower, lyrics or design. Too small of a detail? Give knitting or crochet a try. I used to knit tons of scarves for my friends on circular looms, and it was always relaxing and fun. 


You don’t need a fancy camera or stellar locations to be a great photographer. You only need practice and time. Play around with lighting, angles and posing while you’re social distancing, whether you have a phone or a camera. And remember, you can still go out in nature to capture amazing pictures. 


Painting and drawing are classic artistic hobbies, but think outside the box. What bare furniture do you own that could use a little more color? Got any plain mugs or plant pots? Do you have picture frames, mirrors without frames, tupperware containers, glass jars? Design them all. 

What am I doing during quarantine? I’m catching up on my pleasure reading, writing poetry and teaching myself the names of flowers and the stars, and my personal health is thanking me for it. I hope you will join me in tapping into your expressive side. 

Ivy Marie Clarke

Ivy Marie Clarke ‘22 is an English literature and creative writing double major, double minoring in art and women’s and gender studies. She has served as editor of the Arts & Culture section of The Cluster for the last two years. She also interns with Macon Magazine and Mercer University Press and edits for The Dulcimer. She also enjoys drinking coffee and writing poetry. 


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