Whenever I need motivation to add to the library of tutorials here on the TPK blog, I browse TPK’s tagged photos on Instagram. There, I’m always delighted to find incredible examples of work created from TPK tutorials! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorites with you.
More than any other tutorial, I see “Cheater’s” Illuminated Letter Tutorial results on Instagram! That’s probably because it’s a quick project that involves printable templates. And, honestly, who doesn’t love a project that involves a lot of gold?
These readers harnessed the power of Circus Lettering to make bold, playful envelope motifs. Unique postage stamps help to make this mail art even cooler!
I love the Woman’s Silhouette Calligraphy Artwork Tutorial. In fact, the original lady that I created for the tutorial still hangs in my guest bathroom! Some readers have stuck to creating the original woman from the tutorial. Others have gone rogue with the concept to create impressive works.
The Calligraphy Birthday Card Tutorial walks you through how to use calligraphy to make a gorgeous birthday card! The two renditions of the tutorial pictured below have fabulous color schemes and great calligraphy.
The Illustrated Lace Butterfly Card Tutorial is nice when you’re pressed for time because it relies on a printable. Then, you add paper and a note to make the card your own! Pages from sheet music, vintage books, and decorative papers all look good.
When you’re looking for a project that’s sketchbook-worthy, try the Octopus Calligraphy Art Tutorial! The tutorial comes with a free printable octopus outline to keep things fun and easy.
People love Phyllis Macaluso tutorials, which is why I’m honored to offer a handful of them on the TPK blog! Her recent Staggered Floral Trifold Card Tutorial was particularly inspiring. Several readers tried it out with their own clever modifications.
The “Joy” Elegant Gold Christmas Card has inspired many people to make beautiful cards! While many stick to the original “JOY” greeting, some readers have used it to convey a different message.
The Botanical Letter Tutorial doesn’t present an exact botanical letter-making formula. Instead, the tutorial offers an explanation of the concept, and then people run with it! For that reason, it’s especially fun to see what artists put together. For example, people play with different mediums, opting to substitute brush pens or X-Acto knives for watercolors. Others decide to switch up the letter style. The changes always result in a personalized, cool result!
Shortly after Maureen Vickery wrote her Flourished Calligraphy Reindeer Tutorial for TPK, I began seeing the results of the tutorial popping up on social media. Artists included different messages in the reindeer and experimented with various mediums and colors. The holiday season is far from just around the corner. However, Maureen’s tutorial is worth keeping in mind for later this year! (Or, here’s an idea: make your holiday cards now, while we’re not in the “holidaze”.)
Honorable Mention: Watercolor Maps
While browsing on Instagram, I noticed several watercolor maps created by Watercolor Illustrated Maps 101 eCourse students. The eCourse isn’t a tutorial, but I want to give a shout-out to all of the students who have done such an amazing job with it! (For other examples of student maps, see Watercolor Illustrated Maps: A Proud Teacher Showcase.) Check out these creative maps:
If you want to create your own watercolor map, you need watercolors, watercolor paper, waterproof ink + a dip pen, and a pencil to start. Don’t forget to bring plenty of time and patience to the table, too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you: once you make one watercolor map, it’s hard to stop!
I hope that perusing this article gives you the inspiration (and instructions!) to create something fun. Thanks so much for reading, and enjoy your projects!