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5 Reasons to Learn Calligraphy

Updated on February 23, 2016

If you are looking for a hobby to start practicing, calligraphy might just be what you need. This beautiful form of artistic writing dates all the way back to the first appearance of Latin alphabet, somewhere around 600 BC. It was used by scribes who were creating documents such as illuminated texts. Right because of that historic cultural appeal calligraphy is still practiced today. Still, this is not the only reason why so many people have chosen to start practicing calligraphy. Here are other 5 reasons why you should start learning calligraphy right now.

It relieves stress


People who practice calligraphy say that this hobby is their type of meditation. Playing your favorite music and drinking tea while practicing this beautiful art really is a great way to relax. Calligraphy requires such attention that as soon as you start you will forget about everything else and rest your mind. Writing like this for an hour a day is a great way to enhance your mental and emotional health. So if you are looking for a way to get rid of the stress, this is a perfect hobby for you.

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It is simple


Another great thing about calligraphy is that it is such a simple hobby to practice. While there are many hobbies that require you to go somewhere and bring a whole set of equipment with you, calligraphy is a hobby that can be practiced whenever and wherever you want. It is a great thing to do on a rainy day when the weather turns gray. All you need is your kitchen table or a desk. You can also bring paper and a couple of pens everywhere with you and practice in waiting rooms or buses.

It improves your motor skills


The more you practice calligraphy the better you will become. But besides increasing your knowledge in calligraphy you will also develop some other skills. Once you spend much time practicing you will see how you will become more able to pay attention to greater finesse with each letter. You hand will become like a tuned instrument more and more as you are becoming more familiar with this form of art.

It makes it easier to read calligraphy


If you take a better look at this hobby, you will see that reading calligraphy can actually be quite difficult. But the more you practice, easier it becomes to recognize letters. After you spend some time practicing take a look at some old texts and reading them will be much easier than you might have thought. This happens because while you practice, you actually train your eye for the creation of every letter.

It is not expensive


Another great thing about this hobby is that is not expensive to give it a shot. Instead of buying premade kits you should try to make one yourself. Art line pens are a great choice when it comes to your writing equipment. Make sure there is a napkin and pen holder prepared and your kit is almost finished. You can find many free online calligraphy guides which are a great thing to start with. Get a tons of paper and you have everything you need for your new hobby.

Once you become more skilled in this ancient script you can start sending postcards and letters written in such an elegant way. Just imagine how your friends and family will be excited to receive something like that. But the best thing about it is that you will enjoy practicing it.

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