…throw all the paint you can at it! As spring is slowly sprung and we enjoy longer, lighter days we get more time to indulge in our hobbies or to take up new ones. There is always something new to fill those spring evenings…

Today we are looking at some of the top stationery inspired hobbies and how they can be surprisingly good for us. You will be thrilled to know trying new creative hobbies and crafts can benefit our memory, handwriting and cognitive function!.

#1 Calligraphy – From the Ancient Greek words Kallos Graphe meaning ‘Beauty Writing’.

Calligraphy teaches you to slow your writing down and concentrate on the form of each letter. Teaching your hand to move thoughtfully and methodically, calligraphy can transform a handwritten letter into a thing of beauty.

#2 Creative Writing – I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” -Dr. Seuss

Take pen to paper and let your imagination flow. From short stories and poems to something as ambitious as a novel… the sky’s the limit. If you are new to writing maybe think about signing up for a creative writing course which can be taken at some local colleges in the evening or online to introduce you to the key characteristics of creative writing. These skills are relatively easy to grasp and may lead you into a new found passion, earning you millions in book sales. Well, we can hope!

#3 Painting – “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Make a start by getting a paint brush, blank canvas and some poster or oil paints. Apparently art stimulates our imaginations enhancing any creative skills that you process. You may not think you are that arty but you’d be surprised what you can create once you get started! Art is incredibly therapeutic and helps to lower your stress levels.

#4 Origami – Happiness is… A flock of paper birds

Origami the art of folding paper into something beautiful. A really easy hobby to get started with – all you need is paper. You can have fun learning to create shapes, a menagerie of animals and birds as well as flowers and boats the list is endless. One of the most famous origami designs is the Japanese crane. Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart's desire come true… better get started!

#5 Stamp Collecting – Be like a postage stamp and stick to one thing until you get there!

Why collect stamps? Take a fresh new look at the common postage stamp and see it as the intriguing work of art that it is – bright and colourful, fabulously designed and printed to perfection. Stamps can represent history, people and places and can be collected from all over the world. Make a start by getting an album to keep them in.

You can remove stamps from letters received through the mail and keep your eyes open for keepsakes stamps such as those printed for the Olympics and Royal wedding. But if you want stamps of value then look for rarity, quality and age. Last year the world’s most expensive stamp sold for a staggering £5.6 million and dated back to 1856…

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