Bottling Aloha

Hawaii is truly one of my “happy places”. The warm breezes, fragrant plumeria flowers, and tropical vibe – what’s not to love? A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go back to Oahu with my husband to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Yay us!

Even before the trip, I found myself drawn to a Hawaiian inspired label. Maybe the idea came from simply packing for the trip. Sometimes I’m mystified by the origins of inspiration. Before I reveal too much of my label images, here is the basic framework of what I’ve come up with:

  • Label type: Beer bottle
  • Company name: Grass Skirt Brewing Company
  • Product name: Volcano Pale Ale
  • Special printing effect: Die cut label with “interactive” feature

I’ve already shown Steve my initial label concept, so for now I’m keeping the rest a secret!


Packed an extra 10 pounds of Copic markers to sketch by the pool!


This is “dressed up” – island style