With Earth Hour coming up next week, I am beyond excited for what we can do to spread awareness about how we can have a positive impact on our environment and how sustainable art can be incorporated in this initiative.
To give you a bit of information about Earth Hour: it will be happening on the 25th of March 2023 at 8:30 PM, where everyone in the world is encouraged to turn off their lights for 60 minutes and do something positive for the planet. There are plenty of options on how you can utilize this hour, which is why I am writing this blog to suggest a couple of ways in which you can become an eco conscious artist using recyclable materials around you.
So, here are a couple of fun art ideas that you can try during Earth Hour:
- The classic doodles
You can’t really go wrong with doodling, can you? I have mentioned this particular arts and craft activity before, but you can really go for it again during Earth Hour.
All you are going to need are old scraps of paper, a bunch of colour pencils or markers and comfortable place for you to sit down. Take a moment or two to sit with your thoughts and emotions and then grab whatever colour you are attracted to and start doodling. These doodles can literally be anything: scribbles, drawings or even words that are popping up in your head. Let your thoughts and emotions be your artistic guide.
Keep going at it for as long as you prefer but give yourself at least 15 minutes to draw out whatever is pent up inside you. I promise you that this exercise won’t just be cathartic but will also give you immense clarity on your emotions and thought patterns that might be holding you back.
- The Easter Mosaics
This idea is perfect for the little ones who are excited for all the Easter treats. Using shells from hard boiled eggs, you can make colourful mosaics by dyeing the eggshells different colours using food colouring and placing them on drawings that the children have made.
During Earth Hour, you can ask the kids to draw pictures of the planet and use blue and green dyed eggshells to add colour and texture to their art. Not only will this be fun to do, but will also remind the children of the planet and environment that needs taking care of.
- Pressed Leaves and Flower Art
This is a primary take on ecological art and craft, but I am sure you remember using flower petals and leaves as bookmarks or using them on cards by pressing and drying them out. You can go out during Earth Hour and find fallen flowers and leaves to bring back home and create little pieces of eco conscious art by pressing them onto old pieces of cardboard paper or plastic sheets.
- Upcycled Vision Boards
Visualisation is an important tool for planning your life and setting your goals. I am a big fan of using vision boards of setting down on paper what your wants, needs and desires are out of your life. Earth Hour is the perfect opportunity to take an hour out for yourself and use recyclable materials around the house to create a vision board for yourself. Take out old magazines that are about to tossed out, flip through them and find images and words that reflect your goals.
Then, cut them out and stick them to create a collage. In the end, you will be left with a vision board of what your mind and heart desires. You should place this vision board somewhere you see it every day and this will always help you focus on your goals.
There you have it – some very interesting and useful arts and crafts ideas to try your hand at during Earth Hour. If you give them a try, please share them on your socials and tag me, I would love to see them! I hope this Earth Hour will help us realize the amount of work that still needs to be done for our environment and what we can to contribute. To find out on how you can help our planet, visit here – https://www.earthhour.org/
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