In 2014, the TPK blog was two years old, and I occasionally wrote about my endeavors in learning calligraphy. It was difficult not to notice that readers really connected with calligraphy-related posts, which led to a revolutionary idea. “Why don’t you make a printable calligraphy worksheet?” my husband, Hernán, suggested.
There is one fundamental truth about learning calligraphy. That truth is this: at some time, you will find yourself addressing envelopes for an event, whether it’s your own or someone else’s. When people find out you can create calligraphy, they’ll want you to help them out for weddings, parties, and more — and I hope you’ll oblige because it’s great practice! Today, we’ll talk about how to address envelopes that are consistent, eye-catching, and enjoyable to create.
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In 2017, I posted a virtual tour of my workspace. At that point, my art supply organization skills were yet to be put to the true test: surviving a toddler’s curiosity. I learned the hard way that the more concealed your supplies are, the better! Today, I’ll give you an updated tour to give you an idea of how I have arranged my space to keep my supplies safe and handy.
In 2012, I started an Etsy shop called “The Postman’s Knock”, and I quit my day job (read the full story here). The idea behind the Etsy shop was this: I could write out custom envelope calligraphy for people, which they would be delighted to receive when they heard “the postman’s knock” at their door. Eventually, the Etsy shop evolved into so much more than that — now, TPK is a blog, a learning resource gold mine, and a calligraphy supplies store — but, like everyone, I started small. I tried a lot of things and put myself out there before I felt ready, which is just what you have to do! Below, you’ll find some of the items that I used to sell on Etsy as a new entrepreneur.
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A couple of days ago, I received a thought-provoking email from someone. It contained a few questions: “When you first started doing calligraphy did you like how it looked? Did it take a while before you felt you were doing a good job and you liked how you did it? … I’m hoping if I practice enough I will get good at it – is there hope?!” I remember having the same questions — and you might, too. Sometimes it’s just nice to read about how someone else achieved something, so I thought you might enjoy reading about how I learned calligraphy.
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You might remember a certain coffee calligraphy tutorial from a couple of months ago. The envelope I made in that tutorial had a specific purpose: to grace the cover of Calligraphy Crush Magazine. Today, I’m pleased to announce that Issue 8 of Calligraphy Crush is available, and it’s chock-full of inspiration from so many creatives whom I admire and look up to! TPK subscribers will enjoy a 15% discount on Issue 8 through November 10th. You can click here to take advantage of the discount, or keep reading to learn more about the magazine and this issue in particular!
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