If you’ve been following TPK for a while, you know that we rolled out a new website design a couple of months ago. While it is an improvement over previous designs, it still just hasn’t been “hitting the spot” for me! As a website that’s home to thousands of images and countless tidbits of information, it should have a clean interface and be super organized. So: that’s our summer project! With Ana‘s help, we’re better categorizing blog posts and working to build a different, more polished site theme.
To me, organization and purging go hand-in-hand. While Ana focuses on categorizing blog posts, I’ve been tinkering with the TPK catalog. It *has* to be super organized + easy to navigate by July, when we start selling calligraphy kits in addition to our digital goodies!
This month, I’m clearing three items out of the catalog. The first of these items is the Printable Henna Bluebird Illustration, which we’ll focus on in today’s blog post. (The other two are the Printable “Afternoon Shopping” Illustrations and the Printable “Rosy Arc de Triomphe” Illustrations — more on those later this month!)
Why I’m Purging Printable Illustrations
I’m trying to keep a “less is more” philosophy for the TPK catalog, and I want every item in it to have a specific purpose. Calligraphy worksheets are for learning calligraphy; hand-lettering exemplars are for learning hand-lettering; calligraphy drills are for improving your calligraphy, etc. Printable illustrations fall into a gray area as far as utilizations go because they’re so versatile! That versatility can be overwhelming.
While I am getting rid of most of TPK’s printable illustrations, I’ll eventually replace them with illustration tutorial eBooks. These tutorials will either focus on pen and ink or watercolor (do you have a preference?) and will teach you how create a specific subject! I believe that tutorial eBooks will be a better fit for TPK than readymade illustrations.
About the Henna Bluebird Illustration
I created the henna bluebird illustration last spring using a Nikko G nib and sumi ink on 32# smooth paper. I chose this subject because I love the combination of animals with imaginative and intricate motifs (see: Watercolor Henna Cat Illustration Tutorial)! Upon finishing the illustration, I scanned and digitized the drawing, then framed the original for display in our living room.
I will retire the Henna Bluebird Illustrations pack from the TPK catalog on the morning of Wednesday, June 12th. After that time, it will no longer be available in the catalog. Once you purchase it, however, it will be available in your account and your order confirmation email for good!
Uses for the Henna Bluebird Illustrations Pack
As I mentioned, printable illustrations have countless utilizations, and this little guy is no exception. Here are a few things that I’ve used him for:
1. Greeting Cards
2. Mail Art
3. Artwork for Your Home
4. Intricate Coloring Page
If you can use this bird to enhance your projects or make your surroundings a little bit prettier, snag him before he flies the coop! In the meantime, I’d love to know: are you more interested in learning how to create pen and ink illustrations, or would you like to learn how to create watercolor illustrations? Having that information will help me to create eBooks that you’ll enjoy and benefit from!
Thanks very much for reading TPK, and we’ll reconvene on Thursday with an examination of Amy Style calligraphy. (I recently discovered that it’s the most popular calligraphy style on the TPK website!)