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    Default Learning a new hobby for free

    My instinct on starting a new hobby is to go out and buy a book for it. Or maybe three or four. I really like books. And there are lots of online classes for learning art and learning crafts. And some places have interesting subscription services where you pay a monthly fee to take as many classes as you want.

    But I am trying something different now. I am going to try to learn something with just free resources on the internet.

    The new things I would like to try are the related areas of hand lettering and modern calligraphy.

    I will try doing occasional updates as I go.

    I am curious if anyone has tried learning a new hobby just with free resources. A bonus if you use supplies you already have on hand.
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    TONS of resources out there for this. Start with YouTube.
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    I've learned new crafts by watching youtube videos. I also read a lot. Good luck!

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    I found a site called daily lettering that looks good.

    I came across one free course that was pretty bad. There first handout had lots of misspellings. The second handout was a photo of a propped open page of a lettering book. I did not get the video to play due to some trouble on my end. But I am not optimistic.

    There was another site that had some good general information but all the how to bits were books and classes to buy.

    I am practicing general strokes for brush calligraphy currently.
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    So right now I am looking at brush calligraphy versus lettering.

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    Brush calligraphy is quicker to create but harder to learn. It calls for changing between thick and thin lines by changing how hard you press down. It is tricky to get the thickness you want. You need a brush or brush marker to do it.

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    Faux calligraphy, which is one type of letting is easier. It takes three steps, but is relatively easy. If I was doing something professional I would probably do it in pencil first and trace it. So that would be four steps. You can also do it with a standard pen or pencil.

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    With faux calligraphy you can also do the last step with a contrasting color.
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    very cool! also fun to add to homemade cards for extra flare.

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    I have been thinking of mobiles & wind spinners for outside decor. Tonight I realized that orgami would be a great craft to learn from the internet. I have some colored printer paper that will be good to experiment with and beading supplies for stringing the pieces. The video I saw just used a wire coat hanger bent in a spiral shape to hang the pieces from.

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    Nice, I also have been thinking of practicing my handwriting since I have nothing else to do.
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    Now there are a lot of free courses, even on YouTube

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    After playing around with brush letter I decided to go with calligraphy markers. I played around with a couple I had before getting a couple sets. One set of assorted colors and one set of metallic. I am also experimenting with outlining with a regular black pen.

    This is an informal style of calligraphy. Basically, it is just my normal handwriting with a few tweaks. So not a high learning curve.

    Now most people choose quotes or inspirational words. But I am doing this with some work related training. It is my version of what our office calls "one pagers". Taking a topic and doing a one page summary one it. Of course you can fit more information on a typed document. The typed version of this is less than half a page.

    So writing things out like this increases learning and memory retention. And I get to do artsy stuff at work. It is a win win situation.

    I may do more calligraphy just for fun later. But for now here is the first in my international organizations calligraphy.

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    Way to go, Kathy - you did an awesome job on this! Also you gave ME an idea to think about as well and that was, I could actually do something like this while doing a Bible Study. Main points and bible verses could be done in bigger lettering or in colored lettering and as you said, as you do this you are learning and committing it to memory as well.

    Thanks for such an awesome thread - I just come across it and was happy to read through from when you started, until now!

    (Wanna hear something that's a total shame? I have a calligraphy course that I paid for, have all my calligraphy pen and inks - everything I need but motivation, a bit of energy and a little confidence in myself.)

    I've had everything for it since some time in March but just haven't started doing anything with it yet but hopefully I will sometime before the end of the year. I'm thinking that if I were to just start it and maybe see that I actually "can" do it, that I'd keep at it. lol

    Keep up the good work, Kathy - you're doing fantastic!

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