Recipe cards have always been something special in our family. I have memories of being at my grandmother’s kitchen and seeing her pull out her recipe box and the many handwritten family recipes she kept. Now my mother has all her old recipe cards and has saved them for me to pass on to my children. A handwritten recipe is a treasure in itself, and I thought it would be nice to create some hand-drawn recipe cards to add even more sentiment.
I chose to make some summery strawberry recipe cards using Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Faber-Castell Goldfaber colored pencils, and 8.5 x 11 cardstock cut into 4 cards (4.25 x 5.5). Pitt pens are waterproof which is perfect for recipe cards, especially if you are messy in the kitchen like me! Goldfaber colored pencils have a wonderful variety of colors, are also waterproof, and do not smudge adding the perfect touch to your artwork.
Using Faber-Castell Pitt pens I drew a border of strawberries, flowers, and leaves on the front and back of the cards. Once my borders were in place using a straight edge I drew lines and section for the recipe.
Once my cards where all drawn I used Goldfaber colored pencils to begin coloring in the artwork with a light layer. The key to increasing vibrance with colored pencils is adding layers (not pressure). Next I went back over the artwork adding shading and more color giving the cards soft textured look.
After coloring each side front and back my cards are complete, and I have a sweet set of hand-drawn recipe cards ready for writing down some of my favorite summer recipes.
Artist and illustrator Lindsay Hopkins has been drawing and creating since childhood. She has a love for color and hopes to encourage and inspire others through her creativity. In 2012 Lindsay opened Pen & Paint and began selling her artwork and stationery online. Pen & Paint licenses artwork through Jewel Branding and is privileged to work with many global brands