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7 Chill Hobbies You Can Try If You Want To ~Relax~

Oil painting, embroidery

Hello, okay pa ba kayo? Given the time you’ve spent at home, I’m sure by now you’ve experienced *intense* boredom. When you’re not thinking about work and are in the mood to relax, there are days when you just end up asking yourself, “Anong puwede kong gawin today?” Yup, we can totally relate and we’re here to help you out. Below, Pinays from our Cosmo Community share the hobbies they’ve picked up during the lockdown. Keep reading for some inspo!

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Oil painting

“I started creating artwork during quarantine because I wanted to spice up my bedroom’s interior. I went back to my first love which is oil painting because I wanted to create an inspired line art piece. Canvas, oil paint, palette, paint brushes, palette knife, and linseed oil are the supplies I use in creating my paintings." -Krish

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Krish shared that when she posted her work on social media, she even got an opportunity to create commissioned artwork. COURTESY OF KRISH


"DIY ceramics was another a hobby I started during quarantine. Instead of buying online, I figured, why not just make them myself? I started making simple trinkets using air-dry clay. The process is simple—you create your preferred mold, let it dry for 24 hours, and paint it after. You can buy a large pack of air dry clay at any local bookstore. It was fun and I saved a lot of money.” –Krish

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Making your own ceramics can help you save a lot of money. COURTESY OF KRISH


At the beginning of ECQ in March, I started sewing face masks with scrap fabric that’s been tucked away for a very long time. Because of the quarantine, I was so bored! It was the perfect activity to keep me busy during times like these. My cat was literally my inspo. A friend of mine even shared my work on one of the FB groups exclusive for cat lovers and the response was overwhelming! It was one of the best feelings ever! Sewing and crafting help me cope with my anxiety and stress. I consider this my 'me time.' I fell in love with crafting again and I really don’t mind that my earnings from this hobby aren’t that much. I am just grateful that people find my work interesting. My heart is full.” –Abie

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Check out the cat-shaped face mask! COURTESY OF ABIE

“I'm an advocate of sustainable fashion and for the longest time, I've been wanting to upcycle my old clothes into trendier ones but I didn't have the time and resources yet. Thankfully, my boyfriend got me a sewing machine as his anniversary gift last August! I've been obsessed with it since then. My first project was supposed to be a curtain but it didn't go as planned since I needed more practice on how to straighten the stitches. For my second project, I made a two-piece set from a maxi dress. I was satisfied and happy with how it turned out. Sewing is a tedious process which, I must say, tests your patience but once you've seen the result just like how you envisioned it, it's beyond fulfilling.” –Than

Maxi dress
Before: maxi dress COURTESY OF THAN
two-piece set
After: two-piece set COURTESY OF THAN


“I started learning how to draw digitally on my phone. The first step was tracing out pictures and working on finding my style. It's really therapeutic! I use Painter on the Google App Store (they have a pretty lengthy free trial too).” –Talia

Digital drawing
Do you recognize this scene from a K-drama? COURTESY OF TALIA


"I started embroidering two months into quarantine. I was running out of shows to watch and I've been seeing it all over subtle asian traits—a fun Facebook group with Asians from all over the world. I got curious and bought a kit from Shopee. It took me two weeks to finish my first kit. It takes up so much of my time but I love it so much! I'm actually trying to finish my second kit and I can't wait to see the finished product!" -Karla

This design is perfect for all the plantitas and halamoms. COURTESY OF KARLA

Watercolor painting

"Tbh, I'm not really good and I don't think I even have the right brushes, but watercolor painting helps me relax. I just try to follow art that I like on Pinterest. Also, watching those watercolor video tutorials is so satisfying! Currently trying my hand at making my own candles. I'm trying to make my own room scent (feeling hotel, LOL) based on oil combinations I like. It's fun since I feel like a perfumer, plus it feels so good when I find a mix I love. I practice mixing scents on an oil burner, then if I find a combo that works, I try it on soy wax. Thinking of eventually giving candles as gifts for the holidays, although I'm nowhere near the local candles I'm obsessed with." -Tasha

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Tasha shares that the painting is based on one she liked on Pinterest. The site definitely helps her with design inspo! COURTESY OF TASHA

Color By Numbers

"Color By Numbers is a fun and relaxing hobby! I also feel accomplished after." -Ishi

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Here's what a Color By Numbers kit looks like. COURTESY OF ISHI
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The finished artwork! COURTESY OF ISHI


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