5 Creative Activities for Winter Days

Wintery roads have you trapped inside? Use the time to get your creative on!

In this article we share 5 simple and fun visual art projects you can do to make the most of your unplanned day at home. These playful, creative activities will activate your imagination, help relieve stress, and bring you into the present moment. The best part? Anyone can do these with no prior artistic experience.

Grab a hot cup of tea, raid your kitchen drawers or your child’s art supplies, and let’s get started!

Coloring Pages

Not just for children, coloring pages are a great way to relax and rejuvenate the mind. Many coloring books are now available targeted for adults. They often feature fine details and intricate patterns. Pick up a book at your local store or download individual pages online.

A list of free adult coloring pages can be found on the Spruce Crafts Blog.

Zentangle

Zentangle is like doodling for grown-ups. Think of magnifying those sketches you used to draw on the side of your notebook during history class. Using simple pen and ink techniques you are encouraged to fill the page one mark at a time.

Find Zentangle inspiration online at Zentangle.com

Kindness Rocks

We are huge fans of the Kindness Rocks Project! This international movement was founded on the idea that a simple word of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life. Participants are invited to paint or draw inspirational words on rocks and leave them for others to find.

For more information visit TheKindnessRocksProject.com

Mandala Drawing

Creating circular mandala shapes is a meditative art experience. Simply start in the middle and let your patterns radiate out from the center. Mandalas can be made out of any material you have on hand – ink, colored pencils, crayons, paint, sand, nuts and dried fruit. Let your creativity soar!

Read this inspirational article on the benefits of Mandala Art on Spirituality and Health.

Artist Trading Cards

Originally designed as a way for artists to trade small works of art with each other, artist trading cards cards are a fun way to make miniature art. Blank cards about the size of baseball cards are turned into canvases for paintings, collage, drawings, or photography.  Heavy weight paper such as cardstock makes for great ATCs. Call a friend or two and invite them to create a few as well. When the weather warms up you can host a trading session.

Check out Arts For All online for inspiration and an online trading community.

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