Having a hobby is a great way to unwind and relax. Having a hobby you can partake in at home is the BEST way to unwind and relax!
Painting is my favorite way to zone out for a little bit and de-stress. All of the supplies pictured above can be purchased at Blick (my favorite art supply store) which conveniently has locations nationwide. This was my first time experimenting with gouache paint (it is an opaque water color), but I must say so far I am really liking the medium. While the painting above is far from complete, it will one day look like an ocean at sunset, it is fun to stop and admire a work in progress. I already know some of the next steps I will take with this work and also think at some point I may want to add some metallic touches to the piece. I love that with painting you can take as much time as you like to complete your work. Its fun to have a project that you add to just a little bit every day and slowly see your vision come to life.
I also think it is important to have a hobby that you enjoy doing just for the sake of doing it. When I paint there is no pressure for perfection and I never start a painting with the expectation that it be flawless. For me it is the mere act of painting that I find enjoyable, and I have no emotional connection to the end result. Painting is soothing and allows me to create something I find beautiful that I may or may not ever share with the world.
What is your favorite relaxing hobby?