For many of us, home is a special place — but my mom especially loves her house. It was built by her grandparents in the 1940’s, who ordered the design and all of its components from the Sears Catalog. After my great-grandmother died in 2015, the house became my mother’s. For her, it’s a peaceful haven and a place that represents happy childhood memories. With that in mind, I decided to make her a watercolor house portrait this year for her birthday.
This morning, I finished an anniversary gift artwork project that I’ve been working on for about a year. I documented my progress over the last few months, and today, I’m sharing those photos and details as a sort of tutorial for you! I hope that you enjoy reading about this gift, which I believe is an awesome concept for all kinds of celebratory occasions.
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!
I don’t know many people who don’t love seeing their initial embellished with eye-catching flourishes. For that reason, I often make illuminated letters to give as gifts or send as greeting cards! Today, I’ll walk you through how to make an illuminated letter that features a clean botanical motif.
March is Women’s History Month, which we commemorated last week with a collection of interviews. This week, I want to celebrate the amazing women in my life with a simple worksheet. This is my favorite “just for fun” printable on the TPK website so far! Once I started filling the worksheet out, I couldn’t stop filling out copies to send to treasured female family members and friends.
I love the idea of lettering maps, which is why it’s a concept that I return to again (and again and again) for gifts! Today, I wanted to make a special DIY birthday gift for one of my good friends, who is Brazilian. This artwork honors her roots in an eye-catching way, and I suspect she’ll love displaying it in her home in The Hague. In this article, I’ll show you how to make hand-lettered artwork like this piece.