Eat, sleep, work, repeat. Sound like your life? In an era where free time is typically devoted to Netflix-binging and hobbies spawned out of necessity (like cooking and working out), finding a creative way to unwind is just as important now as it was when you were a kid. Though this time, your masterpieces may not always end up on Mommy’s fridge, taking on an art project can help you release some tension while letting your creative juices flow.
These painting kits make the process completely painless with step-by-step instructions, plus all the materials you need to get started the second you open up the box. From intuitive paint-by-numbers kits, to more freeform abstract painting, watercolor paints, and finally, fabric-based shibori dying, these paint kits offer plenty of ways to cut out the stress and get creative.
Bob Ross Paint by the Numbers Kit
Who better than the ultimate artistic icon of the ’80s to help you discover the joy of painting? This nostalgic paint-by-numbers kit includes everything you need to create a mini masterpiece, with three business card-sized canvases, seven colorful paint pots, a mini paintbrush, and an easel for displaying your finished work. And for true Bob Ross fans, it also comes with a 32-page book that features painting tips for future projects.
Faber-Castell Abstract Art for Beginners Kit
Creating abstract art is so much more strategic than smearing and splattering around paint. This all-inclusive kit is particularly great for beginners because it focuses on a forgiving free-form style (so you don’t have to worry about coloring inside the lines), but it offers a step-by-step approach to teach you advanced techniques, like adding dimension with whipped spackle, and layering colors with vibrant pigment powders.
Indigo & Shibori Natural Dye Kit
We all know the dizzying DIY tie-dye of the ’70s, and perhaps more peculiar modern practices that involve bleach-based toilet bowl cleaner, but the muted indigo tones of Japanese shibori offer a more elegant take on tie-dye that you can replicate with this kit. Use it on any plant-based fabric to customize a plain cotton sweatshirt, or give bamboo sheets a pretty pop of blue.
MindWare Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases
Three paintable porcelain vases can be customized to your liking with an included selection of colorful paints. When you’re done, simply pop them in the oven to cure, and adorn them with fresh flowers of your choice.
Masterpieces Paint by the Numbers Kit
True art enthusiasts will be particularly eager to get their hands on this kit, featuring tiny templates that are based on familiar paintings, like Van Gogh’s Still Life-Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, a Mondrian Composition, and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. It’s a great way to appreciate the work of some of history’s most famous artists.