Monday, March 25, 2013

Quilled Marriage Certificate and Wedding Invitation

A quick catch-up today on a couple of my quilled designs... first, a marriage certificate for a tropical wedding in October. How I would have liked to have flown along with it!

Quilled marriage certificate by Ann Martin

The colors are a nod to sky and water - shades of blue, green, and turquoise with a bit of silver. It's probably safe to say the large S scrolls on each side of the hand-calligraphed text have become my signature style. I love the look of graceful scrolls, so am happy to do them again and again.

Quilled marriage certificate by Ann Martin

In addition to the large scrolls on each side of the vows, there's a wave motif below the signature lines. The piece measured 15" x 22" and was lettered by Riva Brown of Living Letter Studios. She and I often collaborate on marriage certificates and ketubot.

Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

Here's a design I did last month for a Texas couple. They liked this monogrammed ketubah and requested a variation to enhance their wedding invitation before having it framed. The invitation was designed by the Anne Werme Group. Pressed on rigid paper, at least 1/16 inch thick, it has a shiny gold edge. My apologies for a photo shot in bright sun, but there's no better way to show how perfectly/luckily the gold edging matches the gilded-edge quilling paper. 

Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

The undermat is the same deep plum (not blue as it appears) as the quilling paper used for the scrolls at the top and bottom. My local frame shop did a beautiful job of cutting the angles to mimic the rounded corners of the invitation.
 Quilled wedding invitation by Ann Martin

I took cues from the invitation's font to shape the couple's initials - my favorite part of the piece. Even though the overall design looks simple, it's a difficult one to do. Each scroll has to be shaped exactly the same to match its mirror image, and final gluing is as time-consuming as the quilling.


21 comments:

Amy said...

Just gorgeous! I especially love the scroll.

Sathya said...

Wow...perfectly done...Though a tough one to get such a perfect mirror image..

Maureen said...

I love that "S" design of yours. So elegant!

Reusing with Quilling said...

WOw ! Its perfect !

Inna D. said...

So neat and beautiful!

komnatachista said...

I love the initials the best, too! Congrats, Ann, well done! - Karren

erin said...

I love the tips of your initials - they look as if the melt into the page. So well done.

Zoe Brener said...

As stunning as all your quilled certificates, and then some!

Wendy said...

I absolutely love your quilled marriage certificates, but I am a bit confused. Is that a REAL marriage certificate? Mine is a long thin strip of green paper and I have to produce it for various things so couldn't have it framed. Is this just a national difference?

SUGANTHI said...

I am always amazed at your big S scroll Ann. It is so difficult to control such big scrolls and then to reproduce the same on the other side is such a talent. The letters are so elegant. and your motifs are so pretty too.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Wendy! This is very different from a government-issued certificate. It began as a Quaker tradition, but the idea has been embraced by others. The Quaker marriage certificate features a couple's vows and the signatures of everyone present at the wedding as a sign of support for the couple. This one is an abbreviated version with just the vows and signatures of the couple, officiant, and witnesses.

craftingcreatures said...

Well paired in colors and design. No one can guess at your struggles because you carry it off so adeptly, Ann! You even tapered the ends - extremely nice touch!

Kim said...

Oh my - that is beautiful!!!

Melissa Kojima said...

Wow! You continually impress me, Ann! Such beautiful work that only a very patient perfectionist could do! Bravo!

creativenimi said...

Elegantly magnificent.

Ann Martin said...

Again, thanks all! Cecelia, yes, I thought the tapered ends helped a lot to make the letters look more like calligraphy.

Nupur said...

This is soooo... pretty and spirit lifting! I love and admire your work. I have been following your blog for a couple of years now and your work is always outstanding. Keep on inspiring!

I would love to have you visit my blog Thrilling Quilling

Nupur

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann, your quilled initials are perfect and I love your signature s scrolls. I also love how you make asl shapes and those cute little arrow type heads at the end of the double filigree scrolls!! The colours are lovely and I adore the mix of shapes you have used. Congrats!!
Licia

Ann Martin said...

Thanks very much, Nupur!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks Licia, much appreciated!

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