In a locked down world, you might be looking for something new to try since you’re no longer going out or even spending so much time on a daily commute to work. We take a look at some of the trendiest hobbies to try out this year. They’ll help you to stay motivated and find a new sense of purpose and calm in a world of chaos and anxiety.
1. Calligraphy And Hand Lettering
The art of calligraphy is quite beautiful. It takes a lot of time and practice to get just right but can be quite fulfilling as you work on it. Hand lettering, on the other hand, is a little freer and encourages enthusiasts to find their own style.
Both are great techniques to master, and there are plenty of online tutorials to help you work in isolation, as well as a number of communities and forums where you can find like-minded writing lovers. Once you’ve mastered your techniques, you then have a great skill that can be put to use for presents, cards, and even signage at a special event.
2. Bullet Journaling
If you like to stay organized, express your style, journal your thoughts, or keep track of life, then this is a great hobby to take up. A bullet journal is a blank notebook into which you pour your creative flair, along with any content that you want to keep track of, be it wins you’ve had when Australian sports betting or any other events, feelings or observations.
People use bullet journals as their personal diaries, their calendar planners, their meeting or life notebooks, their to-do lists, their event planning books, and so much more. It can be everything you need it to be in one, or simply one thing that helps you with one element of your life.
3. Cross Stitch
Warning: this hobby will prove to everyone that you have the patience and ability to stab something thousands of times! And it is a lot of fun. Cross stitch is often thought of the easier cousin to embroidery, but it’s so much more than that.
Yes, the general concept is simpler because you follow the grid pattern of the fabric. However, the designs you can conjure up can be incredibly complex and detailed. You can also enjoy a wealth of patterns and inspiration thanks to the likes of Pinterest, Etsy and Instagram – from flowery and traditional, to subversive and a little rude or naughty.
4. Smartphone Photography
Smartphones have virtually overrun the world today. We don’t always realize that we are carrying incredibly powerful and impressive cameras in our bags or pockets. What better way to find new appreciation for the world we live in than to learn how to capture it on your phone and edit it into a beautiful image?
There is a plethora of apps for both Android and iPhone that can help you to edit realistic pictures or crazy, surreal images – whatever takes your fancy. You can also find a number of tutorials (some free and some paid for) online to teach you some good photography and editing techniques.