Most of the things that I post here on the TPK blog and on Instagram are destined for a new home. Mail art, birthday cards, and the like all get sent to friends and family! But, there are other projects I make that don’t have an immediate purpose. Those projects get filed away, waiting until a need arises for them. Maybe that need will never develop, but at least in the meantime, the projects can serve as inspirational eye candy in today’s post! Here are ten fun pieces that I found when sifting through my old projects this morning (and guidance on how to make them, if you’re so inclined):
1. Fork Illustration
This drawing was created for the Artistic Printable Meal Planner printable. I used a crosshatching technique to make the fork illustration, and the lettering is “Roman” from the Premium Hand Lettering Worksheet Set.
2. “Giveaway” Calligraphy
Whenever I conduct a giveaway, I like to make pretty calligraphy for social media. This “Giveaway” calligraphy features white ink and Finetec metallic watercolors on black cardstock. The giveaway might be over, but the flourishes live on!
3. “Meet Me in Miami” Flourishes
Pre-pandemic, I was under the impression that I’d be teaching calligraphy workshops in Miami in April of 2020. This was a little piece of calligraphy that I created to publicize the workshops. I wrote with gold watercolor on black cardstock … a glitzy combination that, to me, is representative of Miami.
4. Beachy MIAMI Calligraphy
This was another fun piece that I created to publicize the TPK Miami workshops. I’m holding on to this one because I have a feeling that it will come in handy for a Miami dweller (or someone who just loves that city) someday! I used watercolor calligraphy to make it, which is fitting given the beach/water theme.
5. Athletic Shoe Flourishes
This shoe was created for my first (and, come to think of it, last) sponsored post on Instagram back in 2017. For whatever reason, Famous Footwear thought I would be a good advertising partner. I have no idea if this flourished shoe ended up making them any sales, but it was fun to create! The supplies were simple: sumi ink, a Brause EF66 oblique pen + nib, and 32# laserjet paper.
6. Lace Bird
This little guy has been around for a long time … I probably drew him in 2015? I love combining simple illustrations with and lace, so that’s what I did here. To learn how to draw lace, you can check out this tutorial.
7. “Haste Makes Waste” Lettering
I created this ombré lettering in 2015 for the Three Fresh Lettering Styles to Try tutorial. The other two pieces in that tutorial made their way out of the house, but I’ve kept this one around. It just seems like one of those things that I’ll either use as a collage piece or in a snail mail bundle eventually!
8. Flourished Dragon
This fierce beast can be found in the Not Your Average Calligraphy Drills: Fairytale Edition packet, which is what I created it for. It’s always fun to come across this piece because it’s so playful and detailed … plus I love fairytale creatures. I’m sure I’ll end up sending him to a friend here in a couple of years, but for now, I’m not quite ready to let him go!
9. “Remember Why You Started” Calligraphy + Watercolor
Lots of people try to create pointed pen calligraphy on watercolor with limited success. For that reason, I wrote the How to Combine Calligraphy and Watercolors tutorial. This is the piece I made for that tutorial, and I’ve kept it since. Like the dragon, I’m just not ready to part with it yet, though I’m sure I eventually will!
10. Woodland Wreath Place Card
This place card is one of my favorite creations ever. It makes me feel calm to look at all those floral shapes and muted tones. I’ve kept this because I like it … and also because I’ve never had a need for it. I don’t know a “Nataly”!
If you enjoyed today’s post, I suspect you’ll also like A Decluttering the Drawer Show and Tell and 10 Items That I Successfully Sold on Etsy: A Throwback Post. I love reading articles like these because they give me new project ideas. Hopefully, they do the same for you! Thanks so much for looking through these pieces with me, and we’ll reconvene this weekend with a fun tutorial. Maybe something that has watercolor? I’m feeling inspired after looking at that place card (project #10)!