Monday, 30 January 2012

Hand Drawn Ink and Painted Fingerprint Guest books

I have been working with some new tree guest books and here is one I have received some good comments on. Hand draw in ink, and with a painted and inked text. The tree has a love swing for the bride and groom to put their fingerprints on and the tree has their initials carved into it. Every tree created has a different outcome, each are individual and unique.

The following 2 have Edwardian Script lettering, lovely and curly.


And this one has a brush script and no swing

I love the simplicity of the monochromatic style, and then when the guests have left their fingerprints this gnarly old oak comes to life.

The colors I use for the fingerprints are bright, and fade proof, waterproof, and NON-Toxic, they might stain your fingers a bit but that's part of the fun, going round and everyone showing you that they have left their print. It shouldn't transfer onto your clothes when dry from your finger either.

Now this tree takes me a heck of a long time as, it is crosshatched with multiple lines, building up the tone and texture in ink, It is one of those things that you have to keep stepping back from every 20 mins to let your eyes refocus and stop your hand getting cramp.

I have found these fonts work well, but I can paint most font styles and they can be overlaid with ink to make them bold and match the style of the tree.

I also created a different variation to my painted oak. I tried to capture a more spring like painted tree with added flowers and little butterflies. The lettering was unusual as it was black with a gold edge and the date was in roman numerals.


Now to create some new tree types...............


  1. They are all really beautiful.


  2. Awww thanks for the comemt, It's quite a challenge to make a naked tree look pretty.