Fancy Lady Project

This past holiday season I wanted to create something handmade yet functional that celebrated all of my lady friends. They are beautiful, strong women on the go who were all in need of a little TLC.

Whenever I am feeling like it is all just too much I like to retreat to the tub with a good book, some bath salts, and my toe poised on the hot water spigot to add more when needed without having to emerge from the bubbles.

I decided to create a small batch of bath salts with the intent of creating a sea themed label with a whimsical girly feel. My thinking was that even if they didn't enjoy baths as much as I do, the bottle might be something they would want to display.

 

Here is my initial mood board:

The feeling I was going for was reminiscent of a vintage perfume bottle with a hand illustrated look. I really liked the colors of these old book bindings combined with a corked bottle. I initially wanted to somehow incorporate a seahorse but in the end it felt like too much.

The feeling I was going for was reminiscent of a vintage perfume bottle with a hand illustrated look. I really liked the colors of these old book bindings combined with a corked bottle. I initially wanted to somehow incorporate a seahorse but in the end it felt like too much.

My process started with some initial pencil sketches and then I layered different inked elements with tracing paper to decide on the layout.

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I liked the structure of the bold caps versus the script and decide to go in that direction. I scanned all of the elements into the computer and then played with finalizing and coloring in photoshop.

I liked the structure of the bold caps versus the script and decide to go in that direction. I scanned all of the elements into the computer and then played with finalizing and coloring in photoshop.

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And here is the final label and application...

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Invigorating Peppermint, Sweet Rose, or Relaxing Lavender...do I have to choose?

Invigorating Peppermint, Sweet Rose, or Relaxing Lavender...do I have to choose?