Fall wedding season is just around the corner, and we all know what that means– darker color palettes! A favorite of mine has always been black, gold, and white. It’s timeless, and totally reminds me of one of my favorite eras: the 1920’s.

If you’re looking to spruce up your wedding, or just any fall event in general with a set of moody escort cards, read on for a tutorial.

What you’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Black watercolor ink (I used a random palette from Michael’s)
  • A paintbrush (I used the Pentel Aquash Brush)
  • Gold ink (I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Copperplate Gold)
  • Optional: A paper cutter

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Photo credit: West Coast Aesthetic and Shaun Turley + Tori West

I’m not gonna lie. I absolutely love doing collaborations, especially with other creatives in Seattle. As a small business owner, I often feel alone, but opportunities like these remind me of the great community that is just a comment, Tweet, or Snap away.

This past Saturday, my BFF, N, and I headed over to Style Lab Seattle at a bright and cheery 7AM. She worked away at her laptop on personal stuff, while I got started on adding my hand lettering to the stunning, straight-outta-Pinterest space.

Photo credit: West Coast Aesthetic and Shaun Turley + Tori West

My mediums were whiteboard walls and printer paper. I’ve worked a TON with printer paper in the past, and know about its porous nature, so that wasn’t an issue. But as for the whiteboard, I quickly learned that it was a tricky thing.

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Paper Marbling

What do you get when you mix hair mousse, ink and paper? Marbled paper, of course!

A few weeks ago, I made these marbled envelope liners with the help of Honestly WTF’s tutorial. They turned out waaaay better than I thought, and now, I want to MARBLEALLTHETHINGS.

This year, I’ve been presented with a lot of scary opportunities. Not like haunted-house scary, but taking-risks scary. I’ve been asked to be a part of a lot of big projects that really challenge me to grow as an artist. Each and every time, my thought process went like this:

  • “Girl, you have to say yes! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
  • “Oh my gosh. What did I get myself into?”
  • “Ok, you got this. Breathe!”
  • “Just remember how you did it all the other times.”
  • “Ugh, I suck!”
  • “This isn’t so bad.”
  • “Nailed it.”

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One of my all-time favorite color palettes and themes is tropical pinks, greens, and whites. Thinking about it, and looking at these photos makes me feel like I’m on vacation. Too bad it’s only Tuesday… during a work week.

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