Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

I have been painting since birth it seems.  Well, really not since birth of course but art is in my blood.  From the age of 5 or 6 I can remember making pine cone wreaths with Mom and sculpting little critters with friends.  In grade school I began art lessons with a local mentor and grew with her to eventually becoming an art instructor throughout my college years.  My hands were always dirty with paint, clay, ink or something shimmery and this still holds true today! After 8 years of creating hand painted, handmade wedding invitations I was looking for a way to share more of myself. A new friend in the industry emailed recently with just the nudge I needed, thank you Liene!

So…..Go Paint, Go Draw is a new series that I hope will bring all you budding artists out from the shadows!  Whether you are a bride looking for interesting ways to incorporate sweet little details here and there or a fan of the blog who simply wants to learn a bit more about painting and drawing, this series is for you!   I will be sharing easy tips to recreate some of our most beloved yet simple and fast painting techniques.  A drawing lesson from time to time will certainly be part of the mix and of course feel free to request anything you might like me to share!

So onto the first painting lesson!  Recently a collection of our stationery pieces were featured as part of the “California Luxe” team’s work as seen on Martha Stewart’s The Bride’s Guide.  The painted stripe place card as seen here is the technique we will be re-creating today.

WATCH THE VIDEO and follow along step by step…

One/Materials – We use custom mixed shimmer inks but you can find a starter set of a similar variety to include copper, silver and gold at any Michael’s or A.C Moore. A #4 Watercolor brush is my favorite for this project and of course add a small container of water, paper towels for blotting and a few sheets of scrap paper to keep the table clean!  The place cards can be printed at home or at any local print shop, they will also cut them for you!

Two/Paint – Use your #4 brush and begin by dipping brush in 1st color.  Paint a stripe about 1/2 inch in from the right.  Rinse brush and paint a stripe of water next to the first paint stripe.  Now dip brush in your 2nd color and repeat with water and color brushstrokes until you have one of each color stripe painted on the card.  The strokes of water in between color strokes are meant to help the colors bleed together and create that juicy watercolor look.   The video repeats the painting technique twice but keep in mind there is really no wrong way to paint these stripes, just have fun!  Important tip…blot your brush on paper towels in between each paint or water dip.

Three/Tap – Once painting is complete tap the card lightly against the table to give the look that dripping effect.  The tapping motion will help the colors continue to blend and wash together.  Set cards aside to dry for at least 5 minutes. You can check dryness by lightly patting the surface with your finger, press down and lift your finger straight up to ensure any wet paint isn’t smudged.

Four/Display – After drying the cards can be mounted to folded tent cards or left flat for hanging etc.  Have fun!!

Last but not least is a fun GIVEAWAY to launch the new Go Paint/Go Draw Series!  So comment on this post and tell us what inspires you most everyday OR why you want to learn to paint and/or draw.  One winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:

– Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain original edition.  This book was my artistic Bible growing up and can teach, ANYONE how to master some basic drawing skills.
– A collection of my favorite drawing and painting tools.  A #4 paintbrush, HB Drawing Pencil, Rubber Eraser and a black fine point Sharpie pen.
– A Windpower sketchbook from Strathmore.
– A $15.00 I Tunes Gift Card to help you get in the artistic mood and stay inspired!

Contest deadline is Saturday December 11th at 12 noon!  Good Luck!


  1. Phyllis {My Wedding Concierge}

    Thank you Kristy! You are so amazing and this is going to be so much fun to follow along! My children inspire me every day. Every.Single.Day. I love seeing everything through their eyes and don’t ever want to miss a single moment. I would love to learn how to paint the little things they see – whether it’s a leaf, flower, or cloud. Whatever catches their eye that I can capture and paint, draw would be awesome!

  2. iwedding

    @RiceInk New RiceInk Post Go Paint! Shimmer Stripes as seen on Martha Stewart’s The Bride’s Guide. I have been painti.. https://www.momentaldesigns.com/2010/11/3…

  3. Lorri

    Hi Kristy,

    I’m SSOOO excited for this new blog – thank you!! A little about myself, ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I was creating fashions with fabric. I made doll clothes for all my friends’ dolls and before long; I learned how to make my very own clothes! I even made my 3 boys all their clothes, too. And I was blessed with 3 wonderful nieces, so of course I sewed them the most beautiful Christmas dresses and doll clothes – even tried my hand at making dolls from scratch!! Now those were the days – I loved making all those Raggedy Ann’s! I’ve now turned my interests to making quilts; no button holes needed there!

    Since I can remember, I’ve always been intrigued with painting, though. I loved watching my Grandmother as she interpreted her views onto paper and we both took painting lessons at our hometown library, when I was in my early teens. More than anything, I loved spending time with her. She made Wedding cakes for a living and I wanted nothing more than to be just like her! In fact, she was the only person I ever knew who could take a few simple ingredients and turn them into a masterpiece!! Whether it was sugar and cake flour or paint and a canvas, she was my greatest inspiration!! And now that she’s no longer with us, I still yearn to be just like her each and every day! Thank you for sparking such wonderful memories of the olden days! I truly believe she was at peace while painting – humming a quiet little tune – and it certainly showed in her creations! It was so incredible to see how a brush, a few strokes and some colors, could blend to become such extraordinary art! I have a few of her paintings in my home, today, and I would love to be able to create a few of my own to pass down to my grandchildren. Talk about paying it forward – I would love to be able to create such wonderful memories for my family, too!!

    Kristy, thanks again for the walk down memory lane and for bringing back such lovely memories of my Grandmother by my side – brush in hand – creating wonderful works of art!!


  4. Jen

    The small details inspire me…a basket of birch branches in the background of a photo, polka dots on my nieces hair clip…the unexpected and how it just works and makes me think of how I can use it in my craft. I would love to be able to paint the bouquets I create!

  5. Sue

    Thank you for the demonstration. I look forward to the series!

    I get inspired by quite a lot of different things. I am an accountant by day, so I appreciate exercising the other half of my brain. Nature is one constant inspiration. The changing of the seasons, the color and shape of a beautiful blossom, the sculptural beauty of a tree……the inspiration is never ending.

    • kristy

      Sue, you are the winner! Please get in touch with your mailing address:) kristyrice@momentaldesigns.com

  6. Kelly McWilliams

    I can’t wait to try this! Thank you for sharing your knowledge this way.

  7. Nicola Haggins

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  8. sabina

    I guess I should start painting…I like this idea