Being passionate about what you do keeps you going - but share it with others and the joy doubles. Watercolourist Natalie tells us how spreading the word gives her a sense of inner calm and meaning.
We're in the mood for giving this festive season, but sharing is an all-year-round thing. Natalie's passion for teaching and inspiring others is evident in her watercolour workshops, like the one she conducted at our Funan Showsuite.
Who are you?
I'm Natalie, creator and watercolourist of Natalie Studio.
How did you discover your passion?
Since I was a kid, I was already painting and drawing. I've always been making things, like my own kitchen set when I was 9. Even in adulthood I took fashion design, and I learnt how to make dresses. So I think watercolour just came naturally.
There was this one Christmas I wanted to make handmade cards for my friends, and I couldn’t find any watercolourist locally that did modern watercolours. So I taught myself and discovered that I really love the medium. So I just kept painting until I got to where I am today. Back then, watercolourists in Singapore were mostly teaching it the traditional way, so I developed my own style.
"Watercolour was an art that I would eventually dabble in - it was only a matter of time."
How did Natalie Studio first come along?
So right around this time of the year (it was very close to Mother’s Day) I decided to teach a workshop. I think everyone loves a handmade card for their mums. So I just gathered my resources, took pictures of my workshops and set up the platform within two weeks. And during that time, I didnt really have time to think about what I should name my workshop, or my brand even; so the only thing I could think of was Natalie Studio, because it was in my little home studio.
I discovered I really love teaching, and so the rest just fell into place.
How are your craft and workshops different from others?
I created my classes to be easy and fun for anyone who's a beginner in watercolour. They're informative and interactive, and I spend time making sure that I tend to each artist's individual styles and needs. Everyone paints differently, so I'll guide you to create your own style while ensuring you have the proper information and techniques to do well.
Any interesting people you've met, and stories to share?
Ever since I started Natalie Studio, I’ve been able to meet a lot of wonderful friends on Instagram, and even students who eventually became friends. Both internationally and locally. And I’m really thankful for that.
What I want to do is to try and give back to the community, and to my followers. So I try to do giveaways. And I try to help other local artists; for example, I try at least once or twice a year to bring in an artist or crafter to Natalie Studio, and hold their workshops here.
I also help them with their marketing and photography. So we become good friends after that, and I really enjoy this whole experience.
"In our busy hectic world, things can get stressful, so I think it's nice to be in a community where you can receive encouragement so you can grow creatively as an individual."
What inspires you to keep doing what you do?
When creating, I find a sense of calm and focus. I find peace inside. When gifting or sharing, it gives me great joy to see others' delight. I love making my surroundings beautiful and meaningful.
What is your biggest takeaway from running Natalie Studio?
I discovered I really love teaching! And sharing my passion and joy in my craft cultivates even more passion and inspiration.