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  • Why Shop Local?

    Why shop local? There is a lot of buzz about supporting local so we wanted to share a little more information on the benefits to the community. By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience.... View Post
  • The Giving Ink is Open and Celebrating!

    Michelle Castle, owner and founder of Honey Paper in Los Olivos, is thrilled to announce that the doors of The Giving Ink located at 1607 Mission Drive in the charming town of Solvang, California are open! Growing & Sustaining Connections Michelle's vision for The Giving Ink is a stationery ... View Post
  • Original Botanical Art Keepsakes & Notecards

    Simple Gesture, Big Impact A handwritten note tucked inside a beautiful card is a gesture that will be remembered when so much else has been forgotten. Simple and elegant, its splash yields infinitely more ripples than its sister email or cousin text.  Elevate that simple gesture with origin... View Post
  • Hand Illustrated Watercolor Maps

    For years, Michelle Castle, owner and head designer at Honey Paper has been creating illustrated watercolor maps and illustrations for engaged couples, non-profits, businesses, and local and national publications. Her custom illustrations and maps have welcomed fans to film festivals, promoted r... View Post
  • Hand Illustrated Watercolor Maps for Weddings & Special Events

    ELEVATE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS  Elevate your event or product with a custom hand illustrated watercolor map. Thoughtfully hand illustrated maps make elegant keepsakes for remembering special events and occasions. Bring your event vision to life through a custom design that highlights all your favorit... View Post
  • Botanical Watercolor Etchings by Michelle Castle

    BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR ART PRINTS Michelle’s watercolor illustrations draw inspiration from the rich old world beauty and careful observations of 17th and 18th century botanical illustrations. Her slow, thoughtful paintings capture the essence of a moment with the poise of a ranunculus stem, the a... View Post
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird Watercolor Wedding Invitation

    Joy and lightness, bearers of messages and praise; the hummingbird has delighted and inspired humans for thousands of years across cultures and geographies. Moving deftly from velvety scarlet bee balm and stately lupine across prairie and plain we watch from kitchen windows and porches hoping the... View Post
  • Vintage Roses for a Baby Shower

    When my dear friend Jenna found out she was expecting a little girl, our friends put together a beautiful baby shower in a charming country house filled with the beauty of old world details. I had the honor of the creating the shower invitations whose starting point was simply flowers, especiall... View Post

Welcome to The Giving Ink's Blog

The Giving Ink is a store and brand by Michelle Castle, with a vision to guide customers toward a richer, more fulfilled lifestyle through goods that encourage both the growing and sustaining connections we make with each other. The shop reflects her desire to connect the hearts of people through handwriting, illustrations, and a renewed interest in incorporating a more analog lifestyle through slower, more thoughtful forms of communication such as letter writing and journaling.