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Fresh Year And Fresh You: 3 Tips on Firing Up Your Year!

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Fresh Year, Fresh Start!

Ahh, the start of a new year! It is a time for change and new beginnings - and what better way to welcome the new year than with self-improvement?

Let us commit this year to start fresh, with new energy, and readiness to work towards achieving our goals. We owe it to ourselves and to the people who love and care about us. Here are 3 tips to fire up your new year and self-improve:

1. Declutter and Destress

Clearing the physical and mental clutter in your life and space is highly essential! Take time to think of the past year, celebrate the happy moments, and reflect on the tough times. Have a final thought on the disappointments and setbacks, and appreciate the lessons that you learned. Make a list of your large and small victories and rejoice all your successes. When it comes to your personal space, get things in order, from the paperwork piling on the table to decluttering your closet and making room for new pieces.

2. Find New Hobbies

Finding a new hobby will help you stay positive and motivated. If you want to learn something new, it is best to start small by taking mini-steps that are achievable for your current skill level.

A favorite hobby that is fun, exciting, and dear to our hearts, is learning how to write Arabic calligraphy. It can be practiced by youngsters and adults, any place you want, and is inexpensive yet fulfilling and adds value to your life.

New Hobby: Practicing Arabic Calligraphy

Arabic calligraphy is the art of writing the Arabic alphabet. The Arabic word for calligraphy is khatt (خط), which means "to write". The fascinating aspect of Arabic calligraphy is that for centuries, it has been used to write books/documents, and also to decorate various architectural structures.

There are several scripts when it comes to writing Arabic calligraphy. For example, there is the Naskh script, which is the most common and widely used. There is the Diwani script, which generally has more freeform in nature, allowing for more creativity on behalf of the artist.

Arabic calligraphy is definitely one of the most beautiful forms of art, so if you are interested in learning how to write it, we can help you get started!

You will need a paper and a pen to start practicing the ancient art of Arabic calligraphy, simply:

  • Pick up some paper and a pen! If you want to get fancy with it (and who does not want?), use watercolors or even markers for color variations on your sheet. It is best if you have a smooth paper that will not snag on your pen nibs when you are doing intricate lettering; otherwise, regular printer paper will do just fine! And if you are looking for a great quality brush pen or canvas, then you can check our recommended products.

  • Download our free e-books to start learning the basic shapes like circles and ovals first, when you become more comfortable with your technique and tools, you can try different scripts. We have several inspiring and fun-to-use practice sheets to help you learn the basics of Arabic calligraphy.

Practicing Arabic calligraphy as a hobby is relaxing, especially when done with a pen or a brush. You can practice it anywhere (it does not require a lot of space), and it’s a beautiful art that has been around for centuries.

Grab your fresh canvas and favorite brush pen, and let us get calligraPHY-ing!

  • Grab your favorite brush pen.

  • Choose a canvas that you like.

  • Think about the canvas size and how big or small you want your design to be.

Looking for a brush pen or canvas? Check our list of recommended products.

Check out our free e-books and practice sheets for inspiration! Browse through our collection of free practice sheets.

Once you find something that fits your mood, click on it and follow the instructions on the page to get started.

Download our free printable learning books and write the Arabic calligraphy letters in five different scripts: Naskh, Diwani, Kufi, Ruq'ah, Thuluth