You want to decorate your baby’s nursery beyond the played-out pink and blue schemes without breaking the bank. For just the right flourish, check out Painted Baby Names, a fresh and artistic take on classic nursery decor. Custom-made by hand with pen, ink and watercolor, they’re a fun and affordable way to celebrate your little one’s birth, and add eye candy to what’s become the most important room in your house.

The artist behind them is San Francisco-based cartoonist Mike Capozzola, who has contributed to publications like Mad Magazine, TED Talks, McSweeney’s and the Bold Italic. Mike started making these beauties as a hobby for his friends’ children and now boasts a full-fledged Etsy shop and website where he posts videos chronicling his step-by-step process.

Think of Painted Baby Names as original works of art for your newborn. Simply tell Mike the name you’d like created and he will get to work. Each is hand painted, letter by letter, using pen and ink on textured white paper. Mike then finishes the work with watercolor, preserves it in a matte board and packs it up in a sleeve for easy shipping and delivery (which is free, by the way).

Each letter costs $7 with a maximum of $50. Since each piece is custom made, no name is too long or cumbersome for Mike to create.

Curious to see what happens once an order is placed? Take a look at the video below to take a peek at Mike’s creative process.

Sonya baby art clip from Painted Baby Names on Vimeo.

To learn more about Painted Baby Names and order your custom art, visit or

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— Erin Lem

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