If you’re looking for that one hobby that sparks your creativity and challenges you at the same time to excel in it, look no further than handwritten art known as calligraphy. The fact it’s stood the test of time is about everything you have to know to make it part of your modern-day life.
Okay, I get it if you’re interested in finding out more about it, I too was like you when I first started out with the hobby which is why I’m going to cover some benefits it brings about that would really motivate you to start. So, here it goes:
It Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg
When we think of trying out a certain pastime activity, we immediately consider the tools we require to commence. Unlike hobbies in the likes of photography, scuba diving, sailing, golfing, art collecting, and equestrianism to name a few, this artistic discipline won’t break your bank as a beginner.
This is so because resourceful art retailers and suppliers offer affordable calligraphy kits comprised of all the bits and pieces needed to start your new hobby. From nibs and pens, to ink cartridges in various colours, plus introduction and exercise booklets, they’ve got everything you need to get equipped, start creating a range of lettering styles and grow your skills.
The same can be said about the various types of paper, which aren’t expensive. Still, to be certain you make the right choice, besides looking into the price, be sure to focus on the paper’s properties, preferably opting for those that are smooth and low-absorbent for best results.
It Inspires You to Grow Creatively
Creativity is one of those important skills in life desired for every phase of it because not only does it keep the mind active, it comes in handy with problem-solving too, along with improving critical thinking – especially due to inspiring you to view things from a different and fresh perspective. In other words, it’s crucial for expanding your mind.
This is exactly what you get when you choose to invite calligraphy into your day to day life, always keeping your creative spark ignited. It helps you explore your artistic talents considering there are oh-so-many ways you can choose to use your lovely calligraphy kits. What I love about this hobby is the fact it can be different things for different people.
For me, for example, as a beginner, I loved decorating my bullet journals which I never used for pouring my thoughts on paper – just for the artworks! As I proceeded with it, I began giving myself more challenging tasks, i.e. calligraphy on a grander scale which then helped me create my own prints that served for spicing up the interior décor of my parents’ living room and kitchen.
I didn’t stop there: the next step was to incorporate different painting techniques in the likes of watercolour. For this, of course, I had to expand my painting essentials kit besides the handy calligraphy kits, but I love the outcome because it helps me bring even more colour and vividness to my artworks – and as a result, my life as well!
It Opens Another World
No, it won’t open up a portal to another dimension as you master the art, however, it would provide you with the possibility to meet up with people from all over the world, and from all walks of life! This is what makes it such a great hobby for introverts and extroverts alike.
If you don’t like meeting up with people personally because of a lack of “people skills”, no worries – you can easily join up calligraphy workshops online, or take part in groups around the globe. In addition to practising your creative skills with your calligraphy sets, you can take pride in working on your social life too. Who knows, maybe your next best friend is out there somewhere with the same hobby!
Moreover, there’s yet another side to this aspect: that of surprising others with your works of art. I can’t count the times I’ve used my own calligraphy creations (prints, cards, journal décor, recipe books and what not!) as unique gifts for loved ones. In addition to winning their smiles when presenting them with their own personalised items, I don’t have to mention to you it’s also a way to save up a buck or two on gift-giving!
Whatever the occasion or event may be, could be Christmas, Easter, birthdays, welcoming parties, anniversaries, or get well and thank you, I know I can always count on my hobby to come up with thoughtful presents. And, once you do all the gifting possible, you’re also left with the opportunity to sell your artworks once you gain confidence in your skills; meaning you can earn your living from it too. It’s truly rewarding as that, and it’s not difficult to understand why it’s so special as a hobby!