Twenty Cozy Artist Date Ideas

Today I’d like to share some Cozy Artist Date Ideas.

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Earlier this year I posted some Fair Weather Artist Dates. And now the weather and seasons are turning cooler here in the UK I thought I’d share some artist date ideas for the Autumn and Winter months. I also have a post sharing 40 Artist Date Ideas from a couple of years ago.

What is an Artist Date?

An Artist Date is an idea from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I’ve blogged about the book HERE.

And this is what Julia Cameron says about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

I don’t think you have to class yourself as an ‘artist’ to enjoy the concept of an Artist Date so why not give it a go?

20 Cozy Artist Date Ideas

  1. Make a blanket fort/den! You could create a cozy spot to watch movies or hide away in
  2. Try a new recipe – something seasonal that’s warm and comforting
  3. Bundle up in layers and head outside to explore on a rainy or cold day (remember “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!”)
  4. Take yourself on a seasonal treasure hunt – seek out conkers, acorns, anything interesting looking and crunchy leaves
  5. Make art using or inspired by the seasonal treasures you found (examples include: a collage, painting, drawing, poem, nature writing piece)
  6. Try some knitting or crochet and create a blanket to keep you warm on the chilly nights (or maybe some hand warmers if you want a smaller project!)
  7. String up some fairy lights and spend an evening by the light of them rather than big overhead lights. Bonus points for no screens!
  8. Make your own list of activities you want to try during the darker evenings of Autumn and Winter. Then pick one and do it.
  9. Have dinner or a meal in darkness. (You can go to restaurants to do this and you don’t know what you’re eating! Or you could just try with a favourite meal at home)
  10. Visit a local art gallery or museum and find something that inspires you
  11. People watch in a cafe or a shopping mall – invent stories for the people that pass you by
  12. Take a notebook or a sketchbook to a cafe, order a hot drink and let your imagination run free. Why not try the Find Your Happy Journalling workbook?
  13. Create a photo-book or scrapbook of your Summer adventures
  14. Plan outfits to wear the brightest colours on the greyest days (I love wearing rainbows! example 1, example 2)
  15. Watch a fireworks display (UK specific due to fireworks night!)
  16. Plant garlic on the shortest day – to harvest on the longest day
  17. Plan a Spring or Summer garden (real or imaginary) – what would you plant? How would you design it?
  18. If you celebrate Christmas – make your own Christmas decorations or tree ornaments (or something similar for a celebration you take part in)
  19. Invent your own seasonal drink (like the Costa Christmas Drinks and winter warmers like Spiced Apple Tea)
  20. Re-imagine a popular Christmas/Festive story or movie – how could you put a twist on it or change the genre?


Don’t forget to check out my Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas (some may even work in the colder months) or my original 40 Artist Date Ideas post.

And do let me know your own cozy Artist Date Ideas in the comments below.

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Find Your Happy is the perfect companion for your Artist Dates. It’s full of journalling prompts which you can try during your artist dates and also helps you generate ideas for future dates. You can read more about it here. And buy your own copy here.