Paint in the post: studio’s at-home masterpiece kits that help brush off stress

Thousands of people had visited MasterPeace since it launched in September with a mission to improve customers’ art skills and help them use their creativity to cope with stress. The former banker rediscovered her childhood love of painting after her husband gave her a canvas and brushes to help her relax and switch off from work two years ago. Within days, she launched her At Home Art Kits so people could learn how to paint from their living rooms. Ms El Farra puts the kits together in the spare room of her Canary Wharf apartment. Ms El Farra said arts and crafts were more important than ever during the pandemic: “Research has shown that even a small amount of creativity can sustainably boost our mood, help us cope with stress and even the management of depression.” She said she was considering keeping the online tutorials post pandemic.