I recently discovered The Postman’s Knock (tpk) blog. Not only is the content beautiful and wonderful, the design of the blog is as well. But then, the author, Lindsey, is a designer.
To say it’s a blog about modern calligraphy would be to sell it short. It is certainly that. It is also a guide to the art of letter writing, tutorials on handwriting and calligraphy and ideas for graceful design. Lindsey provides several free downloads of guides to some modern calligraphy hands. It’s actually a little more like writing than the medieval calligraphy I used to do.
She recommends taking the time to make beautiful envelopes and letters. The blog has many ideas about how to do that. She also has many informative posts about writing and calligraphy tools. In her shop, she has many tutorials to purchase.
I used one of her free downloads to create an envelope for a friend and added watercolor. I used actual 90 pound watercolor paper.
Having benefited from Lindsey’s generosity, I thought I would pay it forward. Here is a small drawing of a foxglove which you can download as a pdf. It can be printed and then you can do the hand coloring. Lindsey recommends laser printer paper of at least 80-90 pounds. I used bright white card stock of 110 pounds. It accepted the light washes of watercolor well.
foxglove envelope click here to get the pdf for the art and the envelope template.
Here’s an example of what I made and then the reference photo.