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How to get creative in self-isolation

If you're bored in self-isolation and looking for fun ways to be creative indoors, you've come to the right place.

It's said that getting artsy is good for our mental health, because it can be a form of meditation - after all, art therapy is sometimes used as a complimentary treatment for trauma patients. When you're stuck inside and deprived of the sensory experiences that we usually enjoy in the springtime, your creative juices can get a bit clogged up.

Teaday is an incredible artist - as well as a blogger and staff writer at Restless Mag - who creates hyper colourful collage-style pieces. Her account brightens up Instagram, and is a refreshing change from the endless detox coffees and pyramid schemes...

If you're not following her already, Tea posts at @teadayblogs, and Coppie and Paste.

Here, Tea shares her tops tips for 3 things you can do today to get creative.

Tip 1: Create freely

We often feel like when we create something, whether that's a collage, a video, an essay, it needs to have a purpose. We might feel like it needs to go on Instagram and collect likes. Or maybe it should be submitted to local magazines. But what about if we created something just for the sake of creating?

With all this time indoors, grab the opportunity to get creative without pressure. Take a piece of paper and a pen, and start doodling without a brief, says Tea. Just go with the flow, and see what happens.

Tip 2: Download some handy apps

Tea recommends downloading InShot and Videoleap, and just messing around with them. Not sure what to record? Tea suggests filming snippets of your day, a few seconds each in length, and then putting them together in one of those two apps.

As with most things, filming and editing are skills that get better with time, and as we mentioned in Tip 1, the goal is to get creative, not to create a masterpiece (yet). Once you remove the stress and pressure that comes with creating to a brief, you might find that you get those creative juices flowing better than ever before.

Tip 3: Start scrapbooking

If you're more of an off-line kind of person, try out scrapbooking. Gather together a bunch of old magazines, and pull out images that speak to you. I love using Monocle, because the paper they use is really thick and soft, and somehow looks extra profesh on your collage.

No clue where to start? Tea says that the best jumping off point is choosing a background colour for your artwork. Find a page in one of your magazines that would make a great background - either a plain colour, or a nice pattern that resonates with you. Next, think about which kinds of images you want to feature in the foreground. Maybe it's a person? It could even be a photo of you. Maybe it's a really intricate flower. Whatever it is, make sure it looks like it's ready to take centre stage. Finally, cut out other bits and pieces of shapes and objects that speak to you. Arrange everyone on your paper, and when you're happy with how it looks, take the plunge and stick everything down, and voila!

To find out more about Tea's work, head here.


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