Thursday, 11 April 2019

Using Cardboard for Arts & Crafts

Oftentimes, adults don’t do enough childlike things to keep their lives interesting, always on the move, and unique enough to be engaged. It’s quite easy to fall into a boring, monotonous lifestyle that consists of work, cooking dinner, cleaning up the place, putting the TV on for an hour or two, and falling asleep to get ready to do it all over again.

Kids seem to live much more interesting lives, though (I mean, of course they do with all the free time they have). Their perspective on the world is much more fresh and open to new experiences than adults simply because they’re still taking everything in as exciting, refreshing, different, and fun.

It’s that thought alone that makes me realize that I truly do want to be a kid at heart for the rest of my life. Sure, there are a lot of responsibilities I need to consider as an adult, but why be the same boring adult that everyone else out there seems to be when I could still have fun with my own interests and hobbies while also trying out new things with my friends and partner?

Crafts are an answer to that problem. I’ve always thought that I was pretty uncreative and “bad” at art, so getting crafty is the perfect response to that thought.

You’re probably thinking “What the heck?” right about now. And I once thought that, too.

But if you really sit down and think about the process of being “good” at art, it’s not an inherent skill. Just like other skills in your life, art is one of those, and it can actually be refined with practice and exploration. Writing it off as some sort of native ability, though, will mean you always view it as out of your reach.

So the next time you have a free evening with your spouse or a friend, dedicate some time to have a little arts and crafts session. You’ll be surprised at how much fun it is, how liberating it can be, and what your end product ends up looking like.

My suggestion is to grab a few old shipping boxes and break them down into flat pieces for painting. As a medium, cardboard is a very industrial variant that can be rough, everyday, or quite clean. The good thing is, you’re not spending anything out of pocket for a few shipping boxes. The better thing is that you can scrap the piece once you’re done if you’re not satisfied or just don’t have the room for it.

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