The Suicide Prevention Lifeline says that the Covid-19 pandemic may cause emotional distress and anxiety to an individual. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and Its Implications states that 34 percent of adults across the globe are “feeling adverse effects on their mental health during lockdown.”
Taking care of our mental health, therefore, is a must as we continue to fight an invisible enemy. And one of the things we can do to keep sane is engaging in activities that will surely contribute to our mental wellbeing.
According to the Harvard Medical School, art has this healing power. “Creative activities can relieve stress, aid communication, and help arrest cognitive decline,” it says. To add to this, a comprehensive article called “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health” says that the arts help people deal with different kinds of trauma.

“Art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words. It can be a refuge from the intense emotions associated with illness,” it says. “Artistic self-expression might contribute to maintenance or reconstruction of a positive identity.”

So why not try to get started and unleash the creative side of yours? Be it for journaling, sketching, calligraphy, or painting, there are a lot of free online tutorials available online that you can check out.
To help get you started with your artistic journey, we listed five online shops where you can order art supplies. These stores will deliver your orders right at your doorstep. Just take note that due to lockdown, shipping of orders from some of these stores might take longer than usual.



1. Deovir
Founded in 1978, Deovir Arts & Crafts is a favorite for both students and professionals. This store offer wide variety of art supplies from brushes, paints, canvas, to sculpting materials.

The Oil Paint store

Acrylic paints (The Oil Paint Store)

2. The Oil Paint Store
It offers a wide array of art products. Some of the shop’s top-setting materials are Artist colored-pencils, Badger airbrush sets, and Artline supplies.
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3. Art Bar
In this time of a pandemic, Art Bar makes shopping easier for art enthusiasts. The shop launched a call-or text-to-order service that allows you to contact the branch closest to your home and book your order. Branches that offer this type of service are those at the Powerplant Mall, in Quezon Avenue, and at Serendra.
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4. National Book Store
With numerous branches across the country, you will never run out of options with National Book Store. And just like the Art Bar, to encourage its patrons to stay indoors these days, NBS also offers a call- or text-to-ordee service.
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5. Lazada
As one of the biggest online shopping platforms in the country, Lazada is home to micro stores that sell art materials. Here, you can find all sorts of art supplies, from stationary and craft materials to visual arts tools. LazMall even houses big art supply stores such as Faber Castle, National Book Store, and Craft Easy.

Source: Manila Bulletin (