Paper Crafts and Calligraphy at Home

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Paper crafts are a wonderful way to express yourself if you have artist’s block or you’re struggling to be productive. The first few months of 2021 were tough for me and mine and it really screwed with my creativity. My father had a small stroke back in February (he is OK now, thank goodness) and COVID continued to loom over us all. The European side of the company I worked for closed, and I was made redundant. I’m currently job hunting which can be a long process. None of these things could be helped, but it was important not to let them overwhelm me and prevent progression in other areas of life.

Usually when I struggle with creativity, the first thing I do is try something newโ€”whether it’s a course or class, a new art medium or just reading books and articles to pick up inspiration.

I chose three paper crafts to help me push through these uncertain times: watercolour painting, calligraphy and origami. You can start all of these at home and relatively cheaply. I also subscribed to Skillshare for its broad range of classes that will help me develop my skills. (You can find many free tutorials on YouTube and across the web, too!)

Bear in mind I am a true beginner in both watercolour and calligraphy and many of my early attempts are totally cringeworthy. ๐Ÿ˜Š Still, I’d like to share my progress here on the blog so people can see how easy it is to develop with a bit of dedication and practise. I’ll also provide links to resources if youโ€™re looking to try watercolour painting, calligraphy or other paper crafts.

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The Endless Creativity From Home Bundle at The Hungry JPEG

THJ Endless Creativity

The Hungry JPEG have just launched an incredible design deal, available from April 10th through April 19th. I don’t want anyone to miss out because this one packs serious value.

Most of us are currently isolated at home and looking for new creative projects or hobbies. That’s why THJ have pulled together the Endless Creativity From Home Bundle, a huge design resource that is jam-packed full of useful graphics and resources to keep you busy.

Find fonts, Procreate brushes, patterns, mock-up scene creators, design kits and more, all pulled together in one package. At $18 (RRP $285) it’s one heck of a cost-saver and it helps support the creative community during these difficult times.

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Design Tool | Celestial Beauty Design Resources

Often when we think about galaxies we think about planets and moons, asteroids and comets, star clusters and nebulae. But there is a lot of unseen, intangible matter drifting around out there, just as our own thoughts, ideas, dreams and goals float about inside us. We are brimming with unborn possibilities and the ingredients for change, progression and discovery. There are galaxies of creativity within us. It’s easy to forget this sometimes because we get caught up in Lifeโ„ข and meeting deadlines and getting as much done as possible.

To honour these ideas, last summer I developed my first product, Celestial Beauty Design Resources. It’s my most popular product so far, and although it was launched last November I wanted to give it some fanfare here on the blog (since the blog wasn’t launched until later ๐Ÿ˜Š) in case you haven’t seen it yet.

These pretty celestial-themed graphics were created with a lot of care and include a range of file types, styles and options. You can use the moons, stars and suns to enhance your creative projects and bring a magical feel to your work. This resource includes high-res textures, Instagram story templates, logo templates, vector icons, Photoshop brushes, delicate mandala designs and repeatable seamless patterns.

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