My husband, Hernán, grew up in Lima, Peru. As a result, Peru is a big part of our lives: we try to visit at least once a year, and many blog posts for this site have been written at my in-laws’ home in Lima. Peru has sparked my creativity in many ways! In fact, Coquito, a handwriting workbook that many Peruvian children use, was the inspiration for TPK’s calligraphy worksheets.
Calligraphy takes time to make, and that’s part of its appeal! Writing offers a “creative timeout” that can be relaxing and therapeutic. That said, if you’re working on a large project, it’s nice to have a few calligraphy shortcuts up your sleeve. In the tips that follow, you’ll learn five ways to ensure efficient and pleasant calligraphy creation!
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Summer is here, and this little worksheet is the perfect addition to a warm and relaxed day! In it, you’ll practice writing a line from Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The line is written in a slightly bouncy and flourished style to give you a bit of a challenge!
When I first started learning how to use a pointed pen, the idea of calligraphy drills seemed impossibly boring! I wanted to make beautiful flourishes and letters, but all of the drills I saw looked tedious. So, for the first few years of my calligraphy career, I simply didn’t do any drills. Then, I slowly began to incorporate them into my practice, and I watched my skills blossom. In this article, I’m here help you embrace drills, too, with six reasons to add them to your practice sessions:
I live in Boulder, Colorado, which is home to the University of Colorado. That’s a blessing when it comes to the TPK Supplies Shop, which employs three part-time college students as packagers. Aiden was my very first packager, and he started working for me two years ago. In all that time, he’s made a total of five packaging mistakes, which is super impressive. He also mastered making Brause EF66 flanges for these pens, which helped me to meet the demand for them.
Centuries ago, people wrote with feathers, a.k.a “quills”. In fact, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson bred geese specifically because he went through quills so quickly! The downside of using quills, as I’m sure President Jefferson would tell you, is that they wear down at alarming speed. That’s why we are lucky to have steel crowquill nibs today! In this article, we’ll explore the fabulous crowquill nib and what you can use it to create.