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25% Off the TPK Catalog: A Birthday Celebration

While the world celebrates Presidents' Day, the Bugbee-Villanueva household is rejoicing at our 1-year-old's birthday. 🥳 Let's celebrate with a site-wide discount! I've also got gouache, project suggestions, and thoughts on parenthood and creativity.

Happy Birthday to Pia, and Happy Presidents' Day!
Happy birthday to Baby Pia -- and to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, too!

25% Off the TPK Catalog

Nothing gets me more excited than a sale. I rejoice at finding deals -- and I love something *that much more* if I bought it at a discount. Maybe it's part of the DIY/creativity-loving persona, or maybe it's just me. Either way, I'm feeling festive and grateful about having a curious and sweet now-toddler (!!), and I want to pass that happy feeling on to you in my favorite form.

It's President's Day -- and Baby Pia's first birthday. Now through Thursday, TPK subscribers will receive 25% off anything in the TPK Digital Catalog with the code PREZDAY2023.

Type the code PREZDAY2023 in the "Apply Gift Card" field at checkout to receive 25% off any Digital Catalog goodies (with the exception of gift certificates)! Enjoy the sale, compliments of Baby Pia ... and the US presidents.


This is a TPK subscriber-exclusive sale that will end at midnight on Thursday, February 23rd.

Gouache is Back!

To me, the beauty of pointed pen calligraphy is the freedom of color scheme. Opaque yellow letters on and illustrations on brown paper? No problem. White calligraphy on black cardstock? Bring it on. Gouache will get you there!

Gouache (rhymes with "squash") is essentially ultra-concentrated watercolor. You mix it with water -- and some gum arabic, if you like -- then write. I prefer Schmincke calligraphy gouache, but it's difficult to source here in the US. Luckily, I've got a UK connection who helps me get it (thanks, Simon!), and he just sent me over a fresh batch. You can order gouache in the Supplies Shop, but I encourage you to read about how to use it first by clicking the button below.


What to Do Today

If you've got Presidents' Day off, here are three unique project suggestions to add a dose of creativity to your day:

Fill this worksheet out to show love and appreciation to the amazing women in your life!

Pre-Make a Birthday Card

You'll never regret having a handmade birthday card at the ready! Make it now, when you have the time, and send it to your recipient later this year.


Start Filling Out Women's History Month Worksheets

March is Women's History Month, and it's a great excuse to let the women in your life know how much (and why) you care about them! Read more here.


Make an Illuminated Letter

TPK readers love making illuminated letters because they're gorgeous. You'll use a free printable template, then go wild with gold watercolor, sumptuous color, and black ink.


On Creativity and Parenthood

I was 24 years old when I started TPK. For seven years, TPK was my only baby, and something I worked on day and night (just look at how long my early blog posts could be)! Now, the name of the game is balance, and I reflected on that yesterday as we celebrated Pia's birthday. My children are my world, but I also continue explore my creativity through making art and calligraphy -- taking that time for myself makes me a calmer, better parent. I love that my kids are seeing that I follow a passion, and I hope that they can follow that example when they find something they love doing someday. Here's to ever-growing kids (happy first birthday, sweet Pia!), and to ever-growing creativity.

Pia, Remy, and me!

Thanks so much for reading, and happy Presidents' Day!


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