Looking to express your individuality in 2023? Here are 11 ways you can be more creative.
Write a short story or poem. Unlike novel-writing, short stories and poems allow you to have fun with plots, characters and wordplay, without taking years to complete. Recently, I've been writing haiku, a type of short-form poetry that originated in Japan. Think about what type of writing you enjoy and why not have a go at it?
Learn to draw or paint. The sheer volume of art classes on offer can be overwhelming, and sometimes, it's hard to know which one to choose (Watercolour painting? Oil painting? Charcoal? Landscape? Portraiture? Still life?). The possibilities are endless and study prices can be high. So, before you commit, why not try a casual class first? ClassBento has heaps on offer—check them out!
Take up photography. You don't need a fancy camera to take beautiful photos. In fact, you can take surprisingly high-quality images on a smart phone once you’re familiar with its basic settings. A big part of photography is actually about understanding composition, line and lighting (among other things). Go to your local library and you'll no doubt find a bunch of books on this subject that you can borrow for free!
Try baking or cooking. I've always had an interest in baking, but it's something that I've done a lot more of since I've had a family. Just know that, once you take up baking (and get good at it), there'll be no end of food requests from your loved ones! Cake-making and decorating is something I'll always enjoy, but most recently, I've been making pasta and bread from scratch. This year, I'm taking a croissant-making course run by my local French chef. What's your favourite food and are there any experts in your area who might be willing to give you a demo?
Learn to play an instrument/sing. A few years ago, I bought my daughter a little red ukulele. That ukulele has spent its entire lifetime gathering dust under her bed. Over the holidays, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be great if little red got to play at least one happy tune in its life? Will 2023 be the year I attempt it? Watch this space!
Make jewellery. If, like me, you're bored of wearing the same accessories as every other Jo Bloggs on the high street, why not have a go at making your own jewellery? Handmade jewellery can make a wonderful and unique gift for friends and family too. There are heaps of jewellery-making tools and materials on the market, but personally, I prefer the eco-friendly options. Also, don't think you need to splurge on a course, as there are so many video tutorials available online. Just get on Google!
Create your own candles. Last Christmas, I gave all the special people in my life a set of hand-poured, soy wax, artisan candles that featured my own original artwork. Again, a thoughtful and unique gift like this is often so much more memorable than one that's bought from a major retailer. You can really have so much fun experimenting with fragrances, colours and moulds—the sky's the limit!
Take a dance class. My daughter is a passionate dancer and goes to an amazing dance school that hosts an annual concert. As I watched her concert last year, I realised how beautiful the connection was the dancers had to their bodies and each other. It really made me miss dancing—something that I did a lot more of in my younger years. If you feel the same way, why not consider taking a dance class? It's a great way to exercise and get healthy too.
Build your own furniture. How many weekends have you spent trawling the shops trying to find a chair, table or other piece of furniture that perfectly fits a certain space or perfectly matches a certain style? If you've had a gut full of all that, why not have a go at making your own?
Produce your own clothes. As you may know, I've been printing my artwork and patterns on clothes and merchandise for a number of years now. While I know I'll never be a seamstress, it would be amazing to actually make some of my clothes from scratch. Spotlight has rolls and rolls of amazing fabric, while Pinterest has thousands of articles on how to sew.
Have a go at knitting. Last year, I was given the cutest knitted pink tea cosy and I just love it! One day, I'd like to have a go at knitting something myself, probably just something simple, like a scarf. If you're keen to learn too, think about joining a knitting circle where you can also socialise with other makers.
So, there are 11 ways you can be more creative in 2023! Do you have any other suggestions to add to this list? If so, pop them in the comment box below.
Thanks for reading and may your creativity know no bounds in 2023!