Calligraphy as a Hobby

Calligraphy is an ancient art form with a modern twist. It’s the process of using glyphs and symbols to create artwork on paper. The word “calligraphy” comes from the Greek words “kallos,” meaning beauty, and “gramma,” meaning letter or script. Calligraphers can use pens, brushes, quills, or their own fingers as tools to engrave letters onto paper in order to create different styles such as Roman lettering or handwritten calligraphy.

The idea that people should take up calligraphy as a hobby has been circulating for years now and it’s easy to see why: there are many benefits associated with practicing this beautiful craft!

Calligraphy as a Hobby

Benefits of Calligraphy

Here are five reasons you might want to give calligraphy a try.

It’s therapeutic

The process of writing in calligraphy is very repetitive. When you’re engraving letter after letter onto paper, your mind becomes free to wander off for a bit while still doing something productive at the same time.

Depending on what type of calligraphy you pursue, you can have hours’ worth of work in front of you that will keep your mind busy without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.

Calligraphers can focus their energy on something more satisfying than whatever they were thinking about before starting their work and experience an almost hypnotizing trance-like state during this time.

Encourages mindfulness and patience

There are various types of scripts and styles of calligraphy and depending on what you choose, you might spend a lot of time learning and practicing them before they become perfect.

While calligraphy isn’t as quick as typing on a computer or smartphone, it helps to develop patience and mindfulness through practice. This is because one must focus solely on the task at hand rather than multi-task or be easily distracted by other things going on around them.

It’s cheap

Depending on which tools you’re going to use for your craft, simply obtaining all the necessary supplies should pose no problems whatsoever – especially if you don’t count getting into an art store as a problem!

If you know where to look, chances are that many of the supplies required for practicing calligraphy can be found cheaply online and in-person… and if you want to save even more money, many of the tools can be recycled from around the house.

Gives you something unique to share with others

This past year I’ve had the privilege of attending a couple of anime conventions and while wandering around artist alley it always amazes me how much amazing artwork people have drawn or engraved that didn’t cost them an arm and a leg to get started on practicing.

It takes time to perfect each stroke but when completed, your final product will be one-of-a-kind and make for great gifts or conversation starters.

Keeps your mind active

A study published by the American Aging Association has shown evidence that suggests learning new skills like calligraphy can help keep your brain active and encourage you to grow new neural pathways at a faster rate than what is normal for someone your age.

So while it’s definitely great for your mental health to take up calligraphy, it might also be good for helping you stay young!

How to Get Started with Calligraphy

Now that you’re convinced that calligraphy is something you want to try out for yourself, here are a few tips on where to start.

First of all, decide which tools or supplies you have readily available so you can figure out how much money this hobby will cost you in the long run. If it’s difficult for your city or state to receive shipments through online stores, find an art store near your house and ask what kinds of pens they sell.

If there are only inexpensive disposable pens at the store, consider using them as practice tools before investing in nicer versions; it’ll teach you more about what kind of pens feels best in your hands.

If finding nice writing utensils won’t break the bank then go ahead and buy the best supplies! Just make sure to do some research beforehand so you understand what will be required of your investment.

Secondly, decide on which script or style of calligraphy you want to practice. There are hundreds of different styles out there and while it’s great to try them all, you might get extremely frustrated if this is your first time trying anything like this. More importantly, you’re not going to want to spend hours practicing a script that isn’t suited for beginners like yourself.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you understand how much can be gained from learning calligraphy as a hobby! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or leave your opinion on our social media pages.

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