I love to give DIY Christmas gifts because, to me, a handmade gift means more than something that’s store-bought. Most of the best handmade gifts do take a while to make, but that’s why I’m writing this post a month before Christmas! Hopefully, you’ll find something on this list that sparks inspiration, gets you creating, and leads to a very pleased gift recipient.
How to Make (Intentional) Calligraphy Ink Spatters
Not everyone loves ink spatters, but I think they’re fabulous for adding in a casual feel to a piece of calligraphy. Spatters offer a quick, easy, and artistic way to fill up negative space! Today, I’ll share my super easy ink spatters technique with you through text/photo instructions and a short video.
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Free “Silent Phantoms” Halloween Calligraphy Worksheet
Last October, I released a free Macbeth calligraphy worksheet that walked you through some fabulous flourishes. For this year’s Halloween calligraphy worksheet, I’m kicking it up a notch with a full-page quote that features plenty of loops and a wavy baseline!
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Simple Corner Calligraphy Flourishes Tutorial
All pointed pen creations are beautiful, but add calligraphy flourishes to the mix, and your work becomes extraordinary! Despite appearances, calligraphy flourishes are easy to create if you break it down. In this article, I’ll show you how to make eye-catching corner flourishes.
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Shortcut Pointed Pen Calligraphy Passage Tutorial
A few years ago, I posted a calligraphy quote art tutorial here on the TPK blog. That tutorial requires a sizable time investment because of all the measuring and drafting! For years, I’ve thought there has to be an easier way … and this morning, a new method popped into my head. Today, I’m going to show you how to efficiently create a centered pointed pen calligraphy passage. Note that this method works best with bouncy, slightly inconsistent calligraphy styles. That’s why I’m using Kaitlin Style calligraphy for this tutorial!
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Six Calligraphy Envelopes, Two Hours
Yesterday, I found myself with two free hours — which is a rarity in my world. When I have free time, I love to send mail, which is the activity that made me fall in love with calligraphy in the first place! Today, I’m going to share the six artistic calligraphy envelopes that I made yesterday. I’ll also explain some shortcuts that I took to make their creation a bit faster.