Watercolor Graduation Card, Hand painted on handmade paper

Name art, painted on handmade cotton paper. The paint is watercolor with gold ink embellishments. This is a graduation card and it was created in a short amount of time. Just think of all of the creative ways we could celebrate special occasions, by taking a small amount of time to sit down and just make art for others. The back if the card has Congrats Graduate! I get the paper from a paper artist in Canada, and she does a fine job.

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Watercolor and ink birthday card. Word Art using paint and ink.

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Use color to spiff up the inside of the envelope! Only one thing; make sure your envelope paper is thick enough to hold up to the water. The one shown is a handmade envelope and it did very nicely when I applied the watercolor paint and ink. The card with “Heather’s” name is a wheat color, hand made paper from Canada. It has a soft, buttery feel and I am really enjoying the way it accepts paint and ink. I use a quill and nib dip pen to write my calligraphy an d flourishes, and the paper allows the nib to glide across the surface. These colors would be great for a wedding invitation, as well as birthdays, spring parties, etc.

You can see the gold ink shimmer in the light on the right side of the card in this photo. The integrity of the paper is evident as well. It has a beautiful color and is very consistent throughout the card and envelope.   shelleyroze.etsy.com

You can see the gold ink shimmer in the light on the right side of the card in this photo. The integrity of the paper is evident as well. It has a beautiful color and is very consistent throughout the card and envelope.

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This is the back of the card with the “Happy Birthday” message.

This is the back of the card with the “Happy Birthday” message.

Barn Venue, Save the Date cards, handmade paper, watercolor and calligraphy.

Barn Save the Date card on handmade cotton paper.

Barn Save the Date card on handmade cotton paper.

I made this Save the Date card, using an image from my Barn Dance original watercolor. The original was painted in color, and I used the scanned image file to create the black and white sketch of the barn. The wheat color paper, is made in Canada by a paper artist. These are the very best papers and have a beautiful deckled edge. I chose Cerulean Blue for the edges, and before that dried, I added the copper plate gold ink. The calligraphy is written in the same ink with a quill and nib dip pen. The dip pens are my favorite and even though I have to keep dipping the pen in ink; they just write beautifully on the smooth, buttery paper. The ink is raised from the paper so you can actually feel each stroke of the pen. These cards are a luxury item, but I suppose if one needed them printed to save on the budget, the original text could be duplicated with a good quality printer.

Behind the barn, save the date card, there is the invitation with the black “O” monogram. The invitation paper that is made by hand in California. It is a little more like watercolor paper, and thicker than the first paper shown. I used thalo blue, cerulean and burnt sienna for the invitation card colors, and brushed on the gold before it dried. The calligraphy was done after the card dried completely. I am still working on my lettering. It is getting easier each day, but I have a ways to go before I will feel comfortable in my ability to do artistic letters…

You can see the lettering a bit better in this photo.

You can see the lettering a bit better in this photo.

This is the wedding suite, which shows the invitation menu card and envelope.

This is the wedding suite, which shows the invitation menu card and envelope.