About Brake Ink & Our Design Process

About Brake Ink
Brake Ink is a watercolor paper studio located in Washington, DC. Founded by Elizabeth and Kingsley McAdam, all of our designs feature Elizabeth’s original artwork.

Elizabeth has always loved viewing art and making art. She discovered her passion for watercolor while studying, eating and painting her way through Southern France.

The company is named after one of Elizabeth's many nicknames, Brakes. Even though her last name has changed from Brakebill to McAdam, the name has stuck around and now serves to bring watercolor cheer to paper lovers everywhere.

And this is Gladys, our company mascot and perennial morale booster.


Brake Ink FAQ

How are your products made?

All of our designs begin with a paint brush, hand-mixed colors and watercolor paper. We find inspiration in just about everything- vibrant fabrics, colorful gardens and unique color combinations. The artwork is then scanned and transformed into an array of products for every type of paper fan. We support our fellow small businesses and print everything locally in Washington, DC on socially and environmentally responsible paper.

Do you do custom designs and logos?

Of course!  We love a creative challenge so please bring your ideas and we’ll do our best to make them a reality! Custom designs carry a design fee in addition to the printing charges.  The fee amount will be set after we get a better idea of what you're looking for and how long we estimate the process to take.

How long does it take to create a custom design?

The turnaround time depends on the scope and complexity of the project. Our priority is creating a design that exceeds your vision and meets your timeline so please make sure and tell us on the front end if you have a tight turnaround. Most custom designs involve a lot of work and revision.

I like a design on your website but I want to make a few changes to it. Is that possible?

Our designs have been carefully curated to ensure that the colors, designs, and fonts complement each other. But with that being said, feel free to contact us and we will try our best to accommodate. Additional fees may apply.

Do you sell your products in stores?

Yes, Brake Ink is currently sold in these great retail stores

Do you gift wrap?

We currently do not offer gift wrap but all of our products are finished in clean and simple packaging. All they need is a ribbon!