Honey paper

blue

  • In the Details | Deckled Edge Paper

    Indigo, midnight, cobalt and cornflower blue.   Shades of blue combine with soft, deckled edges on this invitation creating an elegant and vintage feel. The rhythmic quality of the monochromatic tones and hues are almost balletic. The white ink calligraphy by Antiquaria on the midnight blue e... View Post
  • Letterpress Suite with Custom Watercolor Map of Santa Barbara

    Every map tells a story. They are studies in time; snapshots of a neighborhood, city, country or kingdom whose characters and gestures are embodied in the roads, land and architecture. Maps weave complex tales and capture the world for a day. The earliest known maps are records of the night sky; ... View Post
  • Santa Ynez Wedding | Custom Stationery Illustration Collaboration

    When the beautiful and talented actress, Caitlin Thompson, and producer, comedy writer, Dan Fogelman, first came to me for their wedding invitations it started with browsing wedding albums and pointing out details and suites they liked. At some point Dan said to Cait, “you can do illustrations li... View Post
  • Santa Barbara Wedding | Midnight Blue & Rose Garden Suite

    When autumn rolls around in Santa Barbara the changes are subtle with a few roses in bloom mingled with a softness in the air. We created this custom invitation with a palette is midnight blue and rose for this special Santa Barbara wedding celebration. another rose invitation suite return... View Post
  • Sun Valley Summer Wedding | Western "Kick Up Your Heels" | Part 2

    Last week I wrote about the beginning of an amazing wedding weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho for DJ and Alan. The design for the printed materials started with the mother of the bride's vision of a quilt with each square representing something personal to the couple. The image squares were throughout... View Post
  • Sun Valley Summer Wedding | Western "Kick Up Your Heels" Motif

    A year before moving from Sun Valley to California, I started working on an elaborate wedding suite for a fabulous couple, DJ and Alan. The wedding weekend was packed with festivities and as the day approached my family sold our home, packed our car and headed West. I continued to finish up the l... 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.