Every time you pick up your dip pen and write, you’re getting in some calligraphy practice. For your first few calligraphy sessions, that practice should be structured — ideally with a worksheet or a video course so you can learn the basics. But once you understand how to hold your pen and (mostly) regulate ink flow, it’s time to take on projects! Today, I’ve got several suggestions for real life projects that you can use your calligraphy skills to make.
This is a moisten-to-seal DIY envelope glue recipe. That means that your handmade envelopes will be just as useful and convenient as commercial envelopes! You can keep your DIY envelopes (with envelope glue applied) for yourself, or you can make professional-looking handmade stationery and give it away as a gift.
The Watercolor Illustrated Maps 101 eCourse is the first TPK eCourse that centers around making a specific project. It’s been amazing to see that students benefit from the course, and they pour what they learn into making their own amazing maps! Seeing student maps totally makes my day, especially because each map showcases a student’s personal style. Today, I’m sharing some of the maps that I’ve received with you. I hope that these maps spark your inspiration and compel you to create, too!
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There are some design concepts that I can’t help but return to using time and time again. This funky envelope art is one of them! It’s pretty simple: write out the recipient’s address in a cool lettering style. Then, use watercolor and a gel pen to make vibrant color magic that complements the postage stamps on the piece! Here’s exactly how to go about it:
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Throughout the years, I’ve received quite a bit of “happy mail”: lovely envelopes that make me do a double-take. In looking through my happy mail box the other day, I realized that I’ve got some real treasures! Today, I’d like to showcase some of the gorgeous stuff that I’ve received from others. I hope that you find as much inspiration in this collection as I do!
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