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  • 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
  • A Wedding Celebration & Seasonal Feast at Fess Parker Winery in Santa Ynez Valley

    Nicholas proposed to Katherine under the open skies of California's Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County as the heads of lupines and poppies unfurled like antique quilts shaken out and smoothed. As native Coloradans, the couple felt a connection to this peaceful land between the mountains an... View Post
  • Ranunculus & Rose Watercolor Suite | Vendor Library Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said the earth laughs in flowers. Each spring our spirits are renewed by nature's palette through the blessings of young cherry blossoms, tulips, crocus, daffodil and primrose. When it comes to spring wedding and event stationery there are endless ways to incorporate the se... View Post
  • An Abundance of Roses

    Santa Barbara County, California is filled with flowers and Montecito is a floral paradise. The ceremony and reception site of this gorgeous wedding was abundant with roses and the couple wanted to elaborate on and incorporate the luscious floral surroundings in their save the dates, invitation s... View Post
  • A Spring Wedding In The Santa Barbara Foothills

    It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. - Rainer Maria Rilke Plant this invitation and watch it bloom. Every detail of this intimate springtime Santa Barbara wedding reflected this sentiment. From the bridal bouquet whose pale peony blossoms were only beginning t... View Post
  • Summer Wedding | A Dreamy Woodland Wedding Suite

    We love finding inspiration in the woods among the wildflowers. We designed and produced these vintage rose floral illustrations for this spring wedding invitation. Delicate and airy illustrated watercolor map and poem adds a woodland vibe to this wedding lush with florals. We wanted to capture a... View Post
  • Custom Wedding Suite Collaboration | A Watercolor Masterpiece

    What started out as a beautiful bride walking into my shop and asking if we could use her friend’s illustrations for my invitations, turned into an invitation suite masterpiece.  The artist, Rebecca Chester and the bride, Danielle, carefully considered each element and I was lucky enoug... View Post
  • Fall Wedding | Romantic Lush Red Rose Wedding Suite

    A fairy tale October wedding combined elegance with romance and a touch of bohemian. The details were rich with lush greenery and milky creams but the spectrum of reds were the show stoppers. The suite we created for this outdoor El Encanto wedding in Santa Barbara includes an abundance of layere... 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.