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 love all of the display-worthy art tutorials on TPK, but all of those tutorials beg an important question: how do you display the artwork you’ve made? In this article, I’ll show you photos of my house here in Colorado and my mom’s house in Kansas to show you creative ways to display artwork.
I love artistic representations of octopuses. All those billowy tentacles are so pretty to look at, with suckers that add beauty and visual interest. In today’s tutorial, I’ll show you how to make octopus calligraphy art! With the help of a free printable, you’ll be able to create an intricate octopus that doubles as an effective calligraphy drill.
Whenever I’ve made state- or country-themed art, I’ve focused on places with recognizable outlines like California and Ecuador. But what do you do if the state calligraphy art you’re making is basically a square? In this case of my home state, Kansas, the outline isn’t immediately recognizable to the non-Kansan. But, with a few flourishes and some golden sunflowers, this Kansas-themed art is a delight to behold! In this blog post, I’ll outline how I made this piece and share a free download with you. I hope to inspire all my fellow basic-shaped state dwellers to try their hand at calligraphy state art, too.
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