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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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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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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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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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Rickettsia, that is so awesome! Believe it or not, learning to play guitar is another thing on my list of wanting to learn and I've been thinking about trying to learn via the YouTube video way and am so happy to hear you say that it's working so well for you. Congratulations! ����
 

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@Escudero ... Thank you so much for your advice. I just now went and checked some videos on YouTube (the funny thing is, when you said you would start from YT - silly me had no idea what YT was and I had to look it up. lol) Boy did I ever feel silly when I saw that it was an abbreviation for YouTube ... one would "think" that I'd have figured that out by just looking at it, huh? Ha! Ha!

I found some videos on pentatonic scales which when I had previous started learning to play which was at least 8 to 10 years ago, I should have stuck with it at the time but I didn't practice as I should have due to having too many things to do. But, though I only was learning a short time (3-4 months), when I started, I picked it up really quickly and the one who was guiding me at the time was shocked that I had never played before. I'm hoping I'll pick it up as quickly this time.

Needless to say - I've forgotten everything I had learned long ago so have to learn it all over again. I'm going to start with the basics (learning what strings are what) and too, the pentatonic scale, how to tune the guitar properly and then will go from there.

Thank you for the thumbs up about learning from YouTube videos - you really encouraged me and I appreciate it! I'd never heard of Coursera before but did check out the site a bit and bookmarked it to go back and check it out a bit more at another time.

Have a wonderful day!

I would also start from YT. It is by far the best platform to begin with. Moreover, there are lots of great channels on any topic there.
 
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