Acrylic and watercolour bespoke stationery


Today I’d love to share another new wedding invitation collection I’ve been working on. I haven’t named it yet, but who knows, by the end of this post I might just have found one.

So let’s start at the beginning. And to do that we need talk about paper for a minute…

As I believe I’ve said many a time before, your paper choices can make such a HUGE difference to the look and feel of your stationery. So picking the right paper is crucial. Here at Betty Lou Design we offer a range of papers from 350gsm uncoated to a multiloft double paper which adds up to 600gsm (Just think of that thickness). And now I’m offering even more, so just ask!

But the latest addition has meant changing the way I work. Crazy right? Typography looks beautiful on it, but textures and colours lose their vibrancy so I’ve decided to flip my design process on its head.

How, I hear you ask? Well, normally I always create the artwork first. From watercolours, to textured paint backgrounds and illustrations – you name it, that’s ALWAYS my first job. And after that I test it across a range of paper types to find out which creates the best results.

But the other day I thought to myself, why does it have to be this way? So for this design I decided to mix it up. Crazy right? I mean, I know I love the paper already, so why not. I designed the copy first, printed it on the paper and then added all the textural paint details in after.

If you love texture like me, (I know I’ve said it a million times on social media, and right here too), what’s better than having the actual final artwork on your invitation? Okay, so each invitation will never be identical but surely that’s part of the charm of bespoke stationery?

Here’s how I did it:

In a nutshell, this design is a bit of a mixture of watercolour and acrylic. The watercolour is the base layer and then the acrylic gives that lush texture feel that makes it really special.

So to start with, I picked my typeface, and used a simple, but stylish layout, leaving plenty of room for the paint to add the finishing touches.

After printing I managed to add another layer of texture through the torn edges. I absolutely LOVE the final results and it’s nice to keep that rustic feel with a stock like this.

Then it was time to get painting. EEEEEEEK! Talk about nerve-wracking or what! One attempt or another reprint. I started with watercolour, deciding to keep things simple, creating a gradient that I could work onto after with the acrylic.

Next it was time to add the acrylic details. Using a dry brush, I touched in the darker blue, careful not to go too heavy. It can be SO tempting to keep trying things, but I wanted these to have that elegant feel so as soon as I was happy I put my brush down and walked away. J I feel that was the key with this.

The finished result:

After waiting for them to dry – you all know how fun that must be – I am super happy with the results. Every piece is unique and I love that as a concept for a stationery set. It gives everyone a distinctive piece of your day, making it all the more personal and special when it arrives to your guests.

I’ve got more paint experiments on the way – involving stone tiles (sounds cool right?) so keep your eyes peeled on my social channels and there’ll be a write up on here soon.


I still haven’t thought of a name…




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