Another Thursday, another post for my calligraphy adventure. This week’s won’t be featuring any tips or tricks or discoveries about my journey but it will be about on how calligraphy, the craft itself, helped me to be the person I am today.
It has been almost a year since I have been practicing calligraphy and I am so glad that I did! If not for an impulsive yet curious move back then, I won’t be able to have met new and amazing calligraphy friends.
Truth be told, this adventure started when I got curious about the craft when I saw some people on my Instagram feed doing it and reposting some of it. Then it hit me, I told myself that I am creative in my own way and I need something to help me ease the stress I’ve been receiving in a different way. Usually, I would turn to my piano whenever I’m stressed yet this time, I can’t. It’s in Legazpi, so many kilometers away and a flight would cost a million if done impulsively. And since my partner is into design, I was curious to let my more artsy side come out. Then eventually, on my birth month (last year), I decided to buy a scribbler starter kit from The Craft Central.
Before trying to learn brush calligraphy or lettering, I was trying my best to do the dip pen calligraphy or pointed nib calligraphy to some. It may seem hard to imagine that a person like me in a school environment like that would have the time to do such things. Yet believe me, I managed and somehow conquered that issue that others may have been concocting in their minds.Sometimes, assumptions cloud our minds into thinking that someone should just do the one thing that is currently happening in their lives but I don’t think that should be the way.
The stress, sadness, pressure and all the negative vibes can be released when you do something that you’re happy with. It makes me laugh a little because back then, I would deliberately say that art and/or a craft like this will never love me up until I tried to debunk that. I started opening up again for the craft that I thought I would never do in a million years.
It really helped me surpass all the sadness, pressure and the stress that has been taking over my mind for quite some time now. From getting scared of being rejected or even feeling a big disappointment took me by storm and calligraphy helped me to be better.
The colors that I have been seeing when I’m experimenting with watercolor (as ink) are like pigments of color that have been lost while I was looking for the adventure of a lifetime. Having friends who share the same endeavors as I do is one of the best feelings in life.
Not all people understand the benefits of having an artsy side that co-exists with your other life.
It’s like being Hannah Montana and Miley Stewart. You double life. One who works a corporate job or some job that is way out of your league or the degree that you finished, and the other is a life that you’re carefree and happy with what is really in your heart. You would want to pursue it yet there are so many barriers that are keeping us away from that life.
The discipline that calligraphy teaches us is quite different from the others out there.
You won’t simply get frustrated by some pen that’s not writing properly. You’ll soon discover that the problem is not just merely with the pen but with the person itself. You’ll learn to be patient when you let your works dry up before you work with them again. You’ll be meeting or connecting with different people through different ways when it comes to gaining information about improving at the craft itself. Soon, you’ll find yourself going to an exhibit about the craft and getting a chance to meet the people you have been following for so long. You’ll get the chance to interact with people who have been sharing the same interests as you are and get the chance to learn from them and have art dates with each other. You’ll get to know more people and relate to them more.I’m proud to say that I have experienced these and it’s because of calligraphy. It has been a great journey with calligraphy and it helped me a lot in dealing about life.
How about you? Have you tried something new that totally changed your life?
P.S. Photo of Scribble Kit is from The Craft Central site.
SabineJune 6, 2016 at 7:09 AM
Ohhhh wow. Is there not an app with these amazing letters. I love it but I can’t do it myself. Let me know if you have one. I would love to have my name in those beautiful letters. Could you not make me one haha (I can always ask no?). A postcard all the way to sweden, that would be lovely. With my name on it 😀
mariaisquixoticJune 6, 2016 at 3:18 PM
Actually, I heard about people having this project to send snail mail to people around the globe. I could send you one if I had your address! I’ll try to snail mail it to you. 🙂 You can shoot me an email if what do you want me to write. 🙂
MirriamJune 6, 2016 at 9:34 AM
I must agree that the discipline that calligraphy teaches us is quite different. I have been saving up for Craft Central’s starter kit but my priorities had to change. It’s still in my list though. I hope to try calligraphy soon <3
mariaisquixoticJune 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM
Awww! There are various starter kit/s available at TCC. There are the basic ones and the full starter set. 🙂 Hope you’ll post about it if ever you have started! 🙂
Kim CharlieJune 6, 2016 at 9:53 AM
As much as I wanted to do caligraphy I don’t have any talent of those artsy. It’s really nice nowadays that people starts to do arts. Great skills you have!
Stella the TraveleretteJune 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM
Yes, for me traveling changed my life! It’s helped me meet many interesting people and learn so much about myself and the world around me. It sounds like calligraphy has done many of the same things for you. But it has also taught you a craft and a discipline. Congratulations!
ROBERT LEEJune 6, 2016 at 7:24 PM
And so in some ways calligraphy is like golf, where it is you and yourself. It is a way to clear the mind, take your mind away from things that are becoming hindrances and drags you down. To create beautiful art (writing with style) certainly brightens you up.
BerlinJune 6, 2016 at 10:08 PM
Why calligraphy? Because its something classy and fun at the same time. It teaches me discipline and perseverance. It gives me time to bond with my son who is also into calligraphy. It is a stressfree way to be free and fall in love with your name and the other words you keep on writing. Even the quixl brown fox jumps over the lazy dog sentence is so beautiful to look at and read even if written repeatedly.
JessicaJune 7, 2016 at 2:36 AM
I always blame a pen whenever I don’t have a good writing. Haha. I miss Calligraphy. I guess I need a refesher.
KlaudiaJune 7, 2016 at 6:22 AM
Wow , these calligraphies look amazing . I know absolutely nothing about this , but I can see the passion and effort you are putting into it. I believe , if somebody is really good at this , you can do a lot business wise with it . I remember how much money I had to pay to get nice menus or flyer done for my business . Very nice , even if one does it just for hobby .
GeorgiaJune 8, 2016 at 6:34 AM
Such a lovely hobby to have, my Nan has been doing calligraphy for as long as I remember and she is amazing!! It’s only a hobby for her too. I honestly have no patience for doing calligraphy but I’m in awe of anyone who can write beautifully!
Rachel ArandillaJune 8, 2016 at 1:13 PM
I like calligraphy, but calligraphy doesn’t like me. I attended one workshop by Anina Rubio and I’m still useless at it.
mariaisquixoticJune 8, 2016 at 5:28 PM
Wow! Lucky! She’s an awesome artist. Don’t give up on it just yet. It loves to be challenged. ☺️
Dorothy Mae C. TorretijoJune 8, 2016 at 2:08 PM
Actually I’ve join on Calligraphy Workshops before. I really enjoyed and learned a lot from it kahit na hindi talaga ko marunong sa ganyan haha.
mariaisquixoticJune 8, 2016 at 5:04 PM
With practice, everyone can be better! 🙂
AikaJune 9, 2016 at 11:31 AM
I am happy to know that people get to meet new and great friends because of the craft they are engaged with. I am fascinated with Calligraphy and dying to know the techniques. To date, I am happy with DIY and Creative Planning to which I incorporate “a little” of lettering. Just like you, I met new set of friends who share the same passion. I have to say that having friends who understand the craft makes you better with it. You enjoy alongside of you learning. 🙂