Ready for Takeoff

I'm semi-retired from guestbooks, but this one was too fun not to share.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of creating an airplane-themed guestbook for a world-traveling couple.

I love the newly married couple as the pilot and co-pilot!

Retro fonts and ben-day dots channeled 1960s airline posters.

You never know how guests will actually sign the guestbook once they see it... but it's fun for everyone!

Can you spy the parachuter?

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Looking Back: Thumbprint Guestbooks

I haven't been doing many of these lately, but while I was making thumbprint guestbooks, I put together a helpful diagram of how many thumbprints would fit on different standard sizes of paper.  I hope this helps clients determine what size guestbook they need for their event.  

It may be helpful to click on the image above to expand it.

Here's another way of looking at it:

And the same progression again, but vertical (sooo pinnable):

Hope this is helpful to anyone who's considering a thumbprint guestbook tree!

Real-time update: a guestbook in progress

I got the most exciting text this weekend!

I'd been asked to create a guestbook for Kristen and Drew's wedding on July 12.  To my surprise, my client sent me a picture of the guestbook under way!

This was such a treat, as I rarely get to see these guestbooks in action.  I loved seeing how they set up the station.  I liked how they included the sample thumbprint card on the table, to show guests what to do… good thinking!

Kristen was receiving this guestbook as a wedding gift from their best man, Eric.  She plans to frame this artwork in their living room, which has a lot of deep blue and green.  Kristen was so nice to work with on this project, guiding me in terms of color and wording.  She also sent me a digital copy of their wedding invitation so I could mimic their chosen fonts.

Some gratuitous watercolor close-ups… loooove that watercolor effect!

Thanks so much for the update, Eric!  You have no idea how excited I was to catch a glimpse of the wedding day!

Elephantastic

Yes, I repurposed that word from a favorite nail polish…  

When we were in Thailand, we had the pleasure of visiting BaanChang Elephant Park in Chiang Mai.  Seeing so many elephants up close was really amazing… this blog post can't do the experience justice.  Suffice it to say that these creatures were beautiful, we learned so much, and I'll always be grateful for the time we spent there.  Also, riding an elephant is awkward.

I've had elephants on my mind ever since!  They've found their way into some of my artwork - specifically, the nursery paintings.  

I created two new elephant watercolors for baby showers.

The first is a thumbprint guestbook:

Here is how a thumbprint guestbook works:

This setup includes instructions, two pens, and two inkpads.  It's always a good idea to have wet wipes on hand, too!

This setup includes instructions, two pens, and two inkpads.  It's always a good idea to have wet wipes on hand, too!

Guests stamp the paper with their thumb and sign it with the pen.  Hopefully your beautiful guests are forgiving if you put their picture on the internet.  :)

Guests stamp the paper with their thumb and sign it with the pen.  Hopefully your beautiful guests are forgiving if you put their picture on the internet.  :)

That's it!  You're finished with the guestbook, and now you have beautiful custom art to display on your wall.

That's it!  You're finished with the guestbook, and now you have beautiful custom art to display on your wall.

I also worked on this watercolor, to which I will add the baby's name, birthday, height, and weight when she is born.

Might make a cute birth announcement!

Might make a cute birth announcement!