Back to paper, pen and ink!

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So it’s been a while since I last updated this blog with anything. Nearly a year to be exact. Life, family, work (yes!) and hobbies have been pretty much my schedule since the middle of last year and consequently, I’ve had very little time to sit down and put my thoughts onto an online entity.

Somewhere in between April 2015 and now, Claire of and a former colleague, Ling of introduced me to a few new trends – journaling, calligraphy and painting. I’m never one to shy away from trying something new, especially something that looks interesting and is something that I have worked on before as a child…

I still have fond memories of art class and churning out Roman Calligraphy-based pieces for assessment. Most stationary shops sell a set of nibs, pen and ink for this purpose and it was partly responsible for my handwriting switch from print to cursive.

So when Ling and Claire told me about this and showed me a few IG (Instagram) accounts and pictures, I was piqued. Before I knew what happened, I was knee-deep (and wallet-deep too!) in calligraphy supplies and practice. We are talking about at least three to four different nibs (I have two favourites), inks & paint supplies and at least four different nib holders.

What have I gotten myself into?

There is something destressing yet beautiful about calligraphy. This is a hobby that requires patience, discipline and time. Patience, I have…discipline, not quite. I am still quite lazy when it comes to practicing my drills and writing pieces. Time is my biggest challenge. I have too many hobbies and so little free time. While I’m thankful that I have more off-days than most working adults, my other hobbies – sewing (which I haven’t done in at least ONE YEAR), knitting, spinning, soaping all require some bit of time. Which has resulted in me stalling on a lot of projects and having to reorganise my “hobby timetable” (don’t ask!).

Then to make the matter worse, about a month ago, I decided to sign up for calligraphy exchanges via Flourish Forum – which means sending my work to far more experienced calligraphers, some of whom are teachers. *chewnails* I did it in part to see what others were doing “in real life” (seeing things on paper and holding it in my hand is way different than what you see online) and perhaps pick up a thing or two from them.

The IG picture above features one of my pieces for the current exchange “Dear Diary” where one has to work on monologues and send that in. I have four to produce and so far, I have one major issue which I’m not happy about – I’m awful at flourishing. I’ll need to pen that down for practice and find a way to work on it.

In the meantime, I have another two more pieces to work on. These will have to go out latest by 1 March so time to speed up!

Coming up next: My calligraphy supplies!

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