In the last few months, I really tried to simplify my life in ways that would help me tend to people and things that matter to me, while still finding a balance between my work life and my home life. The last few years were really intense, and I found myself being unhappy and without time to spend with my family and friends or to take care of myself, let alone cultivate a passion. So, after organizing my priorities, cutting on unnecessary spendings and thinking about what ultimately mattered, I realized that I had a lot more time than I thought I had which, consequently, gave me time to spend on things that interest and motivate me. Two of those things are watercolour painting and calligraphy.
What I like most about these two pastimes is that they are quite cheap to do and have endless possibilities. Right now I’m working on flower wreaths and quotes. I have to say there is something particularly soothing about putting pen to paper and just creating. I love the level of concentration that is needed with calligraphy: think about something else, and you are sure to forget a letter or write the wrong word! On the other hand, watercolour painting is so soft and relaxing: mixing colours and playing with water techniques is quite magical. Plus, it’s probably the most forgiving painting style, which is great when you are beginning.
I also really enjoy creating cards and special posters for the people around me and my own living space. I love how customizable this makes home decor and how versatile it is as well. I’m currently exploring the option of writing on beautiful rocks that I found while on walks. I’ll show you the results!
Because you never know where a passion can lead you, I decided to create my very own Etsy shop, My Lighthearted Papers, where I list different calligraphy and watercolor samples. I would love to create wedding paper accessories or personalized posters for people to add a touch of colour and poetry to their living spaces. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a special something in mind!
I really hope you will take time to cultivate a passion of your own, and keep practising and sharing it. Having something that is entirely yours is so gratifying and nourishing!
12 thoughts on “Watercolours and Calligraphy, an ode to discovering new passions”
Beautiful! So glad you have discovered a new passion and outlet for being.
Thank you for your kind words! I still have to try your sweet potato muffins! They’ll probably make an appearance in my kitchen this week-end 🙂
I agree wholeheartedly. When I need to slow down, out come the pastel and water colour pencils, scissors, pictures and glue and I make cards. Spending so much time scrolling on a mobile device, scanning messages and posts, affects my ability to concentrate and really ‘be’, it takes me a while to begin, but once I get going, time passes so quickly and I am completely absorbed. The feeling of contentment and achievement is wonderful and I too thoroughly recommend developing an interest that lifts you up and takes you away from the stresses and demands of everyday life. ☺️👏🏻
I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way! The “flow” feeling I get when I’m working on my watercolours or calligraphy is the best to really get me back in the now and “real” world. I would love to see some of your cards! 🙂
I have 2 or 3 posts with some of my cards in, the most recent was a couple of days ago ‘I was on a break…’, another was ‘Mother’s Day, A Tribute to My Children’ and I think the third is a post on creativity I’ll look it up.
I’ll go have a read! 🙂
Here is the link to Finding The Happiness Inside http://wp.me/p6UDky-xT which has some of my cards in. ☺️
It’s so true what you say about the concentration required for calligraphy,even (or especially) for Chinese calligraphy!
Yes! I find it so relaxing! 🙂
Like you I’m really looking to spend more time on my hobbies – I love watercolour painting and am looking to getting into calligraphy. Are there any particular pens/ink that you would recommend for a beginner?
That’s great! I think these two pastimes are incredibly soothing 🙂 I really hope you give calligraphy a try; it’s so much fun. I wrote a post on calligraphy supplies: https://mylightheartedkitchen.com/2016/10/07/calligraphy-101-or-what-i-think-is-a-good-starting-point/
Hope it helps! 🙂