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From Fear To Hobby – More Than Learning A New Skill

It was one of my greatest fears until curiosity peeped in and intervened and turned that fear into a hobby.  

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Who would ever think that you can turn your fear into a hobby –  hobby that can lead you to the path to finding your passion, passion that bears the fruits of pure endless joy?

 

Art Scares Me

When my friends learned that I enrolled in an art class, they were all shocked, and had the same response, a big “WHAT!!!???”

Since elementary grades, I always had this fear of coming to our art class.  It instantly made me quiver and nervous.  I hated the idea of drawing, wasting time imagining things to create images, and I was so lacking when it comes to drawing figures and combining and mixing colors.  

 

When my kids were younger, I would sometimes feel guilty that whenever they would ask me to draw something for them, I would tell them to, “Just ask your dad to do that.”  It’s a shame always turning them down and not being able to teach them how to make even simple drawings.

 

Is It Fate That Takes Its Course?

Until one day, I impulsively decided to attend an art class when I saw their advertisement from a magazine.  

 

I made my appearance on the first day of the class, still, with the same tension which I used to have during my grade school years.  I worried that I might be the oldest one there, that my classmates who were younger might make fun of me and my work. But it turns out that most of the people who enrolled also had the same curiosity as I did.  

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The first time the instructor requested us to put out our pen and sketch pad, I saw my hands tremble in fears.  Raising panic began to control my thoughts. It took me a while to have the courage to draw the fruit on his table until I eventually managed to do it.  It’s not a beauty in itself yet, but deep inside me, I knew it’s the start.

 

Building The Confidence

Months passed, I became less anxious, and I was able to take on complicated tasks our instructor was giving us, like painting gardens, landscapes, and sceneries.  I became more comfortable asking some questions and tips on how to mix and match colors, what better methods to follow in creating figures I want to make, how to better interpret the image in my mind.  

 

My instructor taught me more than one way to mix and match colors.  He told me that it matters that we understand our color wheel, our paints, and the kind of medium we choose to use.   In the world of art, it’s our own imagination. We have the free will to create anything we want, and we can convey and connect our ideas to people with the proper use of these colors.  When an artist makes that kind of connection to his audience, it enriches his soul.

 

Curiosity-Led Hobby

Reading about older people enrolling in art class triggered that curiosity in me and brought me back in time.   Is it indeed possible?

I did join the class, and I was happy I did it.  I found out that dealing with fears is possible, and you can even enjoy it, turning fear into a hobby.   

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Art class didn’t only teach me new skills in painting. It taught me a life lesson – that we can overcome fears if we equip ourselves with knowledge.  

Taking my brush to mix colors is a real joy.  With each stroke I make on the plain white canvass, I engage myself in something significant and matching contrasting color into one masterpiece gives my life a new meaning.  

An Inked Appeal: Why People Get Tattoos

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A lot of judgment arises when one sees a tattoo. For the longest time, tattoos have been a staple to the more criminal or delinquent lot, commonly being associated with gangs, bikers and prison inmates. Nowadays, normal law-abiding individuals are starting to get inked as well. These are the everyman you meet daily in your community, at work, in school, and just about everywhere.

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Get Expressive: Paint It!

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There are days when you feel that you just want to cut loose. We’ve all been there. The usual humdrum of everyday routine can cultivate a deep feeling of frustration and repression. What if you can come into the office and just let loose? What if you can just throw out the expectations that have been piled on you? If you are yearning for a change of pace, consider painting it out!

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From Psychologist To Tattoo Artist? Here Are A Couple Of Tattoo Kits For Beginners

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In case you want to make a career shift after being a psychologist for years and find your place in the tattooing industry, you need to train hard using some of the most excellent tattoo kits that beginners ought to have. They include the products from JRFoto and Solong Tattoo. Keep on reading to understand why they are the best that you can find at present.

Premium Tattoo Kit By JRFoto

JRFoto offers the most delightful experience when it comes to tattooing novices. The latest kit that they have contains eight coil machines of varying designs, ten wrap coils, disposable and non-disposable tips, needles, seven ink bottles, grips, and a power supply that functions in 110 and 220 volts.

What Makes It Great?

Premium Tattoo Kit is more than just a name since you can expect quality in every material you will see in the set. One of the machines that you’ll find in the box is made out of brass, while the others have a vintage appearance. They increase the value of the product you purchase.

Also, it is highly advantageous to know that there are tips and grips crafted from stainless steel within this package. It means that rust will not form on them. Perhaps even when your skills level up, and you can already apply tattoos on humans, you will still want to use these items when practicing designs.

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In addition to that, you will not need to order a practice skin independently. JRFoto has it included in the kit, so all you have to do is set up your workspace and begin training. This practice skin is handy, precisely when you want to try tattooing a new design you have created or seen online.

You can never be in the dark about how to use these tools as well since there is a manual available in the form of a DVD. This format is beneficial for people who learn more when viewing visuals instead of reading texts. Hence, the machines can be utilized a lot.

Once practice time is over, you should not be concerned about how you can maintain the items because everything has been pre-packed in specific cases. You can even feel secure that no one, especially the kids, can open this if you store its keys where only you can reach them.

Downsides

The disadvantage you may notice from this JRFoto tattoo kit is that the power supply provides less amount of power. It is a good thing that you only use it for training purposes since it may not be strong enough to handle an actual work.

Overall

In general, this remains as a piece of awesome tattooing equipment that can help you practice your hand movements and grip to offer a remarkable finish product later on.

Solong Tattoo Complete Beginner Kit

This tattoo kit is suitable for the most creative artists out there who wish to practice doing different designs using a wide range of colors. It is possible of Solong Tattoo has included a total of 54 inks in the box, along with two coil machines, a power supply, and a collection of grips, needles, tips, etc.

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What Makes It Great?

When you start to show interest to the craft, it may be because you want to try re-creating beautiful illustrations on the body at first.

The fact that the kit contains a lot of tattoo inks ensures that you will be able to get used to drawing such designs and know which shade goes with what before you are even allowed to perform it on an actual human being. It will not become difficult for you as well to improve your skills since a thick slab of practice skin comes within the package. What is good about this add-on is that both sides can get tattooed on. Even when every bit of it becomes filled with ink, you can continue to use it.

Furthermore, sanitation matters for the creators of Solong Tattoo. It is evident based on how each tip, grip, needle, and grommet inside the kit has been packed individually to make sure that bacteria cannot stick to them unless the packet is opened.

In case you are unaware of the right way to operate the machine and everything else, the manufacturer has added an instructional booklet that contains all the necessary details about the product.

Downsides

The colors, no matter how large their quantity is, is too light than what you expect, especially the black hue. If you mostly want to use this shade, you may need to get a separate one from the store. Also, it only has two tattoo machines. It may have been better if they have increased this number.

Overall

The Solong Tattoo Kit can help the beginners train in becoming the most efficient artists in town. Although the hues are brighter in comparison to the natural colors, not all brands are kind enough to pack dozens of them in exchange for a small price.

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In Conclusion

Whether you choose the tattoo kit from Solong Tattoo or JRFoto, you know that your training will not go in vain because you have practiced with the best equipment tools for novices. Good luck!

Grief: Life After Losing A Loved One

One of the worst and unfortunate things that can happen in your life is finding out that you lost a loved one, especially if that person is close and dear to your heart. When this happens, it would seem like you carry the burden of the entire world on your shoulders. Every waking moment is going to be difficult. You will feel alone, sad and confused, which is why you need to learn how to handle grief in the smartest way possible.

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