Every time you pick up your dip pen and write, you’re getting in some calligraphy practice. For your first few calligraphy sessions, that practice should be structured — ideally with a worksheet or a video course so you can learn the basics. But once you understand how to hold your pen and (mostly) regulate ink flow, it’s time to take on projects! Today, I’ve got several suggestions for real life projects that you can use your calligraphy skills to make.
The Watercolor Illustrated Maps 101 eCourse is the first TPK eCourse that centers around making a specific project. It’s been amazing to see that students benefit from the course, and they pour what they learn into making their own amazing maps! Seeing student maps totally makes my day, especially because each map showcases a student’s personal style. Today, I’m sharing some of the maps that I’ve received with you. I hope that these maps spark your inspiration and compel you to create, too!
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Throughout the years, I’ve received quite a bit of “happy mail”: lovely envelopes that make me do a double-take. In looking through my happy mail box the other day, I realized that I’ve got some real treasures! Today, I’d like to showcase some of the gorgeous stuff that I’ve received from others. I hope that you find as much inspiration in this collection as I do!
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My sketchbook passion took root in high school. Every year, my art teacher supplied us with fresh new sketchbooks, and every year, I relished working in mine. Now that I’m older, I still love working in a sketchbook, even if I go in spurts! There are some months that I create several pages, and others that I’m just not feeling it. Part of the goal of today’s article is to show you that a sketchbook isn’t a project that puts pressure on you! Instead, it waits patiently and is ready whenever you feel like adding interest to its pages.
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The TPK blog endeavors to stoke your creativity and to empower you to take on all sorts of different projects! In that spirit, I decided to make a master list of things to do at home as we flatten the coronavirus curve. Not all of these quarantine projects are related to art, but all of them require creativity and problem-solving! From virtually touring museums to finding your next favorite book, this list has a little bit of everything.
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Free calligraphy worksheets abound on TPK, but I’ve never compiled them into one article before! In the list below, you’ll find all of the printable worksheets that live on this site. We’ll start with faux/dip pen calligraphy, then we’ll work our way down to brush pen calligraphy and everyday handwriting.
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