A Peek Inside the Studio

Hand with Calligraphy Nibs | The Postman's Knock

I’d like to digitally invite you to Boulder today to take a tour of the studio, and to enjoy a little show-and-tell of what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks. Maybe it’s just me, but I love seeing people’s workspaces; and since I have collaborated with several of you — be it on your wedding or your small business — I thought you might want to see where I create your masterpieces.

Let’s start at my workspace. For those of you who are new to TPK, I work out of my home and love it. Because Hernán {my partner} is in grad school for another year or so and needs to live close to the university, we live in a 1,050 square foot apartment a five-minute drive away from the CU-Boulder campus. It has everything I could ask for: a washer + dryer, a dishwasher, a garden, and a spare bedroom — which has morphed from bedroom to studio over the past two years. I am in love with my gigantic vintage desk; all the drawers really help to keep me organized. Besides that, I like having a lot of inspiration in front of me via art pieces that I wish to emulate, and finished products of my own.

The Studio | The Postman's Knock

{Oh — and before we move on, why don’t you grab a business card? They arrived hot off the press from Moo yesterday and I couldn’t be more pleased with the luxe cards!}

TPK Business Cards | The Postman's Knock

Got a business card? Great! Now I’d like to talk to you about what I’ve been working on lately. Most of you know that I love calligraphy, but I’m not sure how many of you know that I keep busy with a lot of wedding calligraphy. Because I have been lamentably lazy about displaying my wedding work on my website {my goal for next week is to fix that!}, most of my bridal clients come to me through my second Etsy shop, TPK Weddings.

Envelope Calligraphy Collage | The Postman's Knock

In addition to my second Etsy shop, I have much-cherished relationships with event stylists. Two of my favorites are Ever Something Event Styling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Sweet Meadow Events in the Atlanta, Georgia area {Tallapoosa}. Through collaboration with the talented women behind these entities, many a wedding has ended up being magical from start to finish with rapt attention to detail.

Wedding Map | The Postman's Knock{A hand-drawn map created for a recent wedding.}

In addition to weddings, I have been collaborating with small business owners in my spare time. I recently worked with antiques purveyor Owl & Peony to create marketing materials. We came up with this lovely watercolor owl donning a peony crown:

Owl and Peony | The Postman's Knock

And then I worked with Brown Dog Emporium, a vintage knick knack and painted furniture Etsy shop, to freshen up the look of the store a bit. I suppose you could say I’ve been on a watercolor animal kick lately, so I created this eclectic-looking dog to be the face of the store:

Watercolor Dog | The Postman's Knock

Today I’ve got my hands full with wedding calligraphy, but I though I’d write a post to let you know what’s been going on in the TPK Studio here in freezing Boulder, Colorado! Does anyone else have any posts about their workspace? I love seeing office inspiration … probably because I’m a workaholic nerd. Until we meet again {on Saturday}, enjoy the rest of your week and thanks so much for reading!

XO, Lindsey

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Lindsey

    I’ve been a subscriber and quiet lurker for quite some time, but I had to let you know just how gorgeous your business cards are! Wow! You are so talented. I’d love to be able to do calligraphy, but fear it is a doomed wish as I’m left handed and the whole smudged ink effect ruins my feeble efforts.

    Nan

    • says

      I love quiet lurking subscribers ;)! Thanks for the sweet words. Honestly the toughest part about designing those business cards — or doing anything, really, that requires calligraphy as part of a mass-printed design, is getting it to look nice and smooth once it’s scanned in. It entails this whole process of scanning, cleaning up the calligraphy digitally in Photoshop, then converting it into a vector in Illustrator and subsequently tweaking the anchor points. The calligraphy takes one minute — then the digital part takes an hour!

      I am certain you could create lovely calligraphy if you had the time; but it looks like you’ve got your hands full with silver {never a bad thing}! So, while I can create calligraphy, I could never speak knowledgeably about silver … let alone sell it. We’ve all got our things we invest energy in and are good at. :)

      Thanks so much for reading!

      • says

        I’m even more impressed hearing about the entire process! I didn’t realize it was so much more than the handcrafted portion.

        You’re sweet to encourage my efforts…but honestly, it is quite the lost cause. But just once I’d love to create gorgeous calligraphy place cards or buffet labels to go along with the lovely silver. Sigh.

        I shall feast my eyes on your work instead. :)

        Nan

  2. Dixie says

    I loved the tour, with your amazing desk and your beautiful artwork. I especially liked the water color of the dog and of course the business cards. Thank you for sharing what sounds like a very busy and productive business. Stay warm and keep in touch. We love seeing your work!

    • says

      Trust me, this photo came an at opportune moment — we had cleaned the house because we had a guest coming {isn’t that always how it goes?}. I try to stay organized, but chaos always triumphs eventually! So … don’t feel like your space has to look scrupulous. Right now I’m staring at crumbled up, ink-stained paper towels, glue, tape, scissors, and all sorts of things strewn about my desk.

      I’m loving the mail art and yummies on your blog. I was vegan for three years, and I still love a lot of the recipes I made from The Post Punk Kitchen … my fave is her recipe for pesto! If you haven’t tried it, go out and grab some basil and nutritional yeast and make some — yum. :)

      Thanks so much for reading!

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