Lover’s Oak is located in historic Brunswick, GA, and is thought to be over 900 years old! Legend has it that Native American lovers would meet under its magnificent branches to kiss.  The trunk alone measures 13 feet in diameter.  So beautiful!

Lover's Oak Tree Fine Art Print Watercolor Pen and Ink Drawing

Lover's Oak Tree Fine Art Print in Natural by Heather L. Young

Prints are available in theinklab in Natural, Moss and Icy Blue.  If you’d like one in time for Valentine’s Day, be sure to order quickly!

All artwork ©2013 Heather L. Young

Delicately washed watercolor prints of Savannah’s Harper Fowlkes House are finally up for sale in the The Ink Lab!  Each print has slight variations that make it unique, comes hand signed and matted.  If you ever get a chance to visit Savannah, I highly recommend taking a tour of this beauty. From the exterior to the interior to the lush garden, this house embodies Savannah’s grace and charm!

Harper Fowlkes House Savannah Watercolor by Heather L. Young

8×10 inches

hand watercolored & signed

get yours here!

The bride’s sister commissioned me to capture that quiet moment before the the guests arrived and the festivities began.  I can remember peeking out of the window at my own wedding to see everything set up, and Aunt Pam tossing flowers down the aisle like a little school girl.  That peaceful moment was so full of anticipation.

custom wedding landscape oil painting by heather l . young

Custom Wedding Landscape

11×14 inch – Acrylic & Oil Wash

©2012 Heather L. Young

If you would like to commission your own for a loved one, please see this listing.  Additional sizes are available, just ask!  Also keep in mind that oil paintings take several weeks to paint and dry, so order several weeks in advance.  Gift cards available upon request.

My sweet cousin Rebecca is getting married this year and I have the honor of standing in her wedding.  I hosted a bridal shower back in December and wanted to share some of the handmade details with you.  While I still struggle with my baking skills (I spilled an entire tray of cupcake batter in my preheated oven, total mess!)  I relish any opportunity to get crafty with pretty little things.  Here goes…

DIY Paper Rosettes

I started with paper rosettes, constructed with sturdy papers found at World Market.  For a tutorial on how to make these super easy gems, see my guest blog for Be@Home.

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Next, I printed the lettering onto card stock, used a circular punch to keep them uniform, and adhered them to the rosettes with a dab of hot glue.

Love is Sweet Wedding Banner Paper Rosettes

The finished piece reads “Love is Sweet,” though my photo doesn’t do it justice.

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To compliment the custom banner, I cut corners and purchased these hanging decorations from Party City.

Custom Calla Lily and Daisy Bridal Shower Invitations

I had the most fun designing her custom shower invitations.  Her wedding flowers will incorporate yellow calla lilies and daisies, so I painted a simple floral swag to adorn the invitations.  (I wasn’t kidding when I said I was hooked on custom florals!)

Custom monogrammed keepsake box - Advice for the Bride

In lieu of a guestbook, I painted the couple’s wedding monogram on a keepsake box, and had guests write their “Advice for the Bride” onto little wooden hearts.  It may look fancy but all you need to recreate this monogram are some letters printed on paper, a sheet of carbon paper to trace the letters onto your surface, a good brush, and a little bit of paint!  If you don’t have a sturdy hand, make your monogram with larger block style letters.  For the last little detail, I used a scrap piece of handmade paper to line the inside of the box.

Calla Lily and Daisy Thank You Notes Vintage Inspired

I thought long and hard about favors.  I have received so many favors in the past that just get tossed in a drawer and long forgotten, so I wanted guests to have something they could actually use.  My solution was to print coordinating Thank You notes and bundle them with scrap ribbon I had in the studio.

Bridal Shower food table

Last but not least, the spread!  I purchased the little sugar flowers from Sweet Edibles to dress up the cupcakes.  The cake stand in the middle was a “I can’t stop myself purchase” from our local Humane Society Thrift Shop (seriously, $4 and all I had to do was change out the ribbon!)  The vintage embroidered tablecloth came from my friend and expert vintage scout, April Joy’s shop The Mint Green Tag Sale.

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Pam, Mother-of-the-Bride, Sierra, Robin, and Elizabeth

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The glowing Bride-to-Be and me!

We’re already  hard at work with details for the Big Day, so be sure to check back for more handmade wedding goodness!

Remember those vintage inspired Rose & Peony watercolors swatches I was working on?  Here’s how all the paper goods came together for Aimee & Scott’s Big Day.  They had a clear vision for their event, pointed me in the right direction while also allowing for some creative freedom on my end, and were just all around wonderful people to work with.

We started with a custom pen & ink drawing of their wedding venue, the beautiful John S. Sell Chapel, for use on the exterior of their programs.

Sell Chapel Pen and Ink Drawing Watercolor Painting Wedding Program Covers

As a lovely gesture for their Veteran’s Day wedding, they paid tribute to a long list of veteran family members on the back cover.  We customized the flag swag with watercolor washes for a cohesive look.

Wedding Programs Veterans Thank You

Next up, we used one of the floral swags across the top of their menu.  The flowers were selected to match ones used for their centerpieces.  We also made coordinating food cards to identify items for their cocktail hour, though I completely forgot to photograph them! oops!

Wedding Menu Peony Rose

Keeping with the vintage feel, they named their tables after Hollywood classics.  We implemented the second floral swag on these table cards.

Wedding Table Cards Peony Rose

Guests were directed to their tables with coordinating escort cards.

Wedding Escort Cards Peony Rose

Last, but not least, I designed favor tags utilizing the final peony swag.

Custom Wedding Favor Tags Peony flower

Aside from working on my brother’s wedding, I think this was hands down my favorite wedding of 2012.  Thanks Aimee & Scott!

 

Maltese Dog Pet Portrait Oil Painting by Heather L. Young

“Lucky”

8″x10″

Acrylic & Oil Was on Illustration board

©2012 Heather L. Young

Whoa! Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

How exactly did it get to be 2013?!  I’m still playing mad catch up from 2012.  (The year that will go down in my personal history as “the one that got away”) I hesitate to make it an official resolution, perhaps rather a goal, but I’m shooting to keep you all MUCH more up-to-date this year.  Here’s a peek at some of the Christmas commissions that couldn’t be posted until the New Year…many, many more to come!

Pen and Ink Drawing of Ashville, North Carolina House Portrait Black and White

Ashville, NC

Custom house portrait watercolor painting with pen and ink drawing

Welsh, Louisiana

All artwork © Heather L. Young