When it comes to visiting Johor Bahru, the list of activities to do are endless. You can explore a new cafe, thrift or cuddle with kittens at a cat cafe. Well, here’s another thing to add to your list the next time you head down.
Why not unleash your inner Picasso at these 10 creative art studios in JB without the chore of cleaning up? Most importantly, you don’t need any prior art experience for any of these crafts — coming from someone who can’t draw to save her life.
If that didn’t tempt you, did I mention that prices for each location start as low as S$1.70? It’s certainly wallet-friendly and makes for a fun activity to do with friends or family.
Starting off with the most affordable on this list is Plateau, a DIY creative art studio that will allow you to personalise your very own belongings like shirts and hoodies. Alongside that, there are premium quality heat transfer stickers from S$2.90 (RM 10). The world is your oyster!
Plateau also offers customisable laminated photocards (S$1.70, RM6) for 10 pieces. Certainly a dream come true for K-pop fans as we all know how expensive photocards can get (am I right my fellow collectors?).
Moreover, they offer various photocard box sets starting from S$7.40 (RM25.90) which includes 10 photo cards and 1 card holder. It’s the perfect gift for your K-pop enthusiast friends.
If you consider yourself an extremely indecisive person, Tufty is the ideal place for those who want the best of both worlds. Besides tufting, they offer a myriad of crafts like plaster doll painting, cream glue (decoden), sand candle, and more.
Plaster dolls range from S$4.30 to S$11.40 (RM15 to RM40) while cream glue range from S$5.70 to S$19.40 (RM20 to RM68). Accessories like hair claws, cardholders and even mirrors are available — great if you want to spruce up your room decor.
Regardless of whether you are in JB for less than a day or more, you’ll be sure to find yourself bringing memorabilia back home!
3. Forever Twenty
Decked out in a kawaii pretty-in-pink interior, Forever Twenty is famous for their toast painting. Each session costs from S$6.90 to S$8 (RM24 to RM28) that comes with white toasts and a few paint pots — depending on the set you choose.
Here is the best part — you’ll get to eat your artwork after you are done! The ‘paint’ is actually edible yogurt that’s been coloured to pastel hues. It’s definitely an interesting creative outlet that we can’t find in Singapore.
4. Good Times DIY
Located in Toppen mall is Good Times DIY. Besides being a creative art studio for tufting and pottery, did you know that they’re also a baking studio with classes of different competency levels? For beginners, you can try out their Hokkaido vanilla cupcakes (S$22.80, RM80) or chocolate chip banana muffins (S$22.80, RM80).
Not a fan of sweets? Opt for their bread series like coffee bun (S$31.40, RM110) and sausage bun (S$31.40, RM110) instead. Be prepared to allocate at least two hours if you want carefully crafted baked goods (worth the wait). Who knows? You might even add baking to your list of hidden skills.
5. Hey Decoupage
Find yourself crafting Jesmonite-related accessories at Hey Decoupage like coasters, jewellery trays and phone holders. In case you’re wondering, jesmonite is an eco-friendly and safe alternative to resin and plaster. Their coasters (S$27.10, RM95) come in lots of lovely shapes to store your trinkets.
Here’s some inside scoop — they’re currently offering a 10% student promotion for selected workshops through online booking. This promo is open to all students from all over the world, regardless of the day or time. Just remember to flash your student card upon entering.
6. Fafa Land
It never hurts to have a list of JB tufting locations on hand. Fafaland is an art studio where you can experiment with rug tufting at affordable prices. Each participant needs to only fork out S$28.10 (RM99) for a 30x30cm rug.
Located a mere 10 mins drive away from Paradigm Mall, it is not so fafa a land as you think! Seriously, do consider dropping by if you are within the area. The instructors are there to give you detailed guidance on operating the tufting gun, with a projector to help you sketch your designs.
7. Tufting Nuts
Tufting Nuts is one you cannot miss out when searching for creative art studios in JB. Right now, they have a sale of S$28.10 (RM99) per pax for a 20x20cm rug. Alternatively, get a free upgrade to a tote bag if you bring a friend along (we love an eco-friendly place).
What’s more, you can choose your own design to tuft – all you have to do is drop them a direct message on Instagram with photos of your chosen design.
8. Spinning Lab
Introducing Malaysia’s first ever studio specialising in pendulum art is Spinning Lab — a fun and wacky approach to art jamming. Simply select your paint tones and start spinning the bottle to achieve an avant garde masterpiece. That said, no experience is needed for this activity and every piece is one of a kind.
As it is new, the prices remain relatively affordable from S$31.05 (RM109) per pax or S$27.10 (RM95) each for two pax. This is the perfect age-inclusive activity for couples or small cohesions without breaking your bank. Be sure to not wear white as it can get pretty messy.
9. Siddham Living Aroma
If you need something more chill and therapeutic, why not try out Siddham Living? With its zen-like interior and soothing essential oils, just being in the space will instantly relax your mind, body and soul. You can choose from activities like making aroma candles and stone to soap and perfume.
I’ve been looking for affordable scents and think this is a good place to start. Go home with your own essential oil perfume priced at S$39.40 (RM138). The instructors will be there to carefully guide you through each perfume category and specific scent notes — including eucalyptus, citronella and more!
During the workshop, you’ll also be treated to some organic cookies with flavours like sesame and osmanthus, alongside a pot of lychee tea. Alternatively, spend some downtime at their cafe that sells coffee and sliced cakes.
10. Sands Art Gallere
Last but not least, Sands Art Gallere uses quartz sand as an art medium, giving life and texture to the artwork. This is perfect for artists looking to expand their style without fully committing to it.
Their seaside painting course starts from S$42 (RM150), so you can look forward to being transported from JB to the soft sands and gentle waves on an exotic island.
But, if you prefer something more challenging, go for their basic tulip boutique painting at S$52 (RM180) (psst, it’s also a great Valentine’s Day gift). Although it is the priciest out of the other creative art studios, the addition of pearls and ribbons immediately elevates your art piece, making this activity worth every penny.
Which creative art studio are you planning to visit on your next trip to JB?
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