Friday, October 16, 2009

Quaker Marriage Certificate (deux)

Perhaps you remember a previous post about the Quaker Marriage Certificate I quilled for a former student and her fiancé. Well, what a nice surprise... an engaged couple came across that entry this summer, liked what they saw, and emailed to ask if I would create a certificate for their September wedding. Of course!

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin(click pics for close ups)

Elizabeth and Bill commissioned calligrapher Carole Foster to letter their document. Not only did Carole do an incredible job with the script, she also embellished the header with a graceful flourish of doves.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin Liz and Bill requested I quill a similar design to the one I'd created for the first certificate, but with black filigree. Ordinarily I prefer to quill a different motif for each project, so even though I went with a similar curved design, I altered some of the floral elements. I also suggested adding a bit of silver-gilded black paper to heighten the dramatic effect, showing them examples of paper filigree done in black with silver accents.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin When the certificate was shipped, I included a provenance paper... if you aren't familiar with this practice, it's an artist-signed document that can be kept with the art work or separately. It tells when and where the piece was made and by whom, and gives a brief description and materials used. I also like to include a short history of paper filigree. A provenance paper is a simple touch that makes what may someday be an heirloom piece that much more valuable.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann MartinQuilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin Recently Elizabeth forwarded pictures of the wedding to me. How nice it was to see photos of the guests adding their signatures to the lines Carole had penciled below the wording.

Best wishes, Elizabeth and Bill!

17 comments:

Nela said...

Really elegant, I love it!

Molly Smith said...

Ann, this is gorgeous! I love, love your design :) What a wonderful keepsake for E&B! Thanks for sharing. hugs ~ Molly

(Had no idea there is a black guilded paper available. All mine is white.)

Ann Martin said...

Thanks so much, ladies.

Molly, the gilded black paper is from Jane Jenkins - it has such a nice shine. Not positive about this without checking her site, but I think she will gild any color you want as a special order. The black with silver or gold is one of their standard papers though.

Sonya said...

Ohh! So elegant and the design is perfect for the script! I love the black gilded I will have to purchase some to play with! Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

This is so beautiful Ann - truly a family heirloom to be treasured by the present and future generations.

SisterDG said...

Oh, my. So beautiful. I adore the look of the black filigree.

Custom Quilling said...

I LOVE how this turned out!!
Is this the paper from your last order???

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Ann Martin said...

Thanks, everyone! Yes Denise, the paper was from CQ.

licia politis said...

Black, white and silver make for an elegant certificate! I love all those filigree shapes/flowers and I love how you have used symmetrical patterns at the top and asymmetrical designs at the sides...giving a great contrast. I am sure E & B will treasure this masterpiece!
Licia

Regina Ribeiro said...

Ann!! It´s so gorgeous and elegant as every quilling work you do!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing.
Hugs
Regina

Anonymous said...

Ann:

Your work is stunning.

Gail

Stefani said...

Wow - very striking! You always do such lovely work, Ann.

Jane Farr said...

Both the quilling and the lettering are beautiful!!

Paul Overton said...

Ann - Love, love, love the black filigree! So stylish and so perfect with the calligraphy. Beautiful work.

Sketched Soul said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! You're very talented :D

Thank you for sharing.

Madame Leiderhosen said...

That's really lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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