Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quaker Marriage Certificate - Quilled Waves

Last winter I was contacted by a bride-to-be who was interested in a quilled marriage certificate for her summer wedding. She shared a photo of the tranquil dock where she and her fiancé had met, which was situated on lovely turquoise water.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

They planned to incorporate the photograph in their invitation design, and requested that I use it as inspiration for the quilling.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

We discussed an ocean scene - dock, water, seabirds, etc. and narrowed it down to a modern design of loose, flowing scrolls in a palette of aqua, turquoise, blue, green, and silver to express the beauty of Caribbean waves.

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

The little whitecaps below the scrolls are actually two layers of quilling paper. Turquoise and silver-edged white convey the glint of sunlight on water (unfortunately not captured in these photos).

Quilled Quaker marriage certificate by Ann Martin

This is the first wedding document I've worked on that features traditional Quaker wording. Each certificate is a two-step process, as the professional hand calligraphy is completed before I add the quilling. Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio lettered the elegant copperplate script, some of which has been digitally erased for privacy. The document is quite large, 22 x 30 inches, and has light lines penciled below the wording for bride, groom, and guest signatures.


24 comments:

  1. wonderful what a beautiful piece of art!
    Greetings Baukje

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  2. The bride and groom must have been thrilled. This is jut gorgeous. Really beautiful.

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  3. Elegant Scrolls Ann. Such a nice theme and the waves look so beautiful.

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  4. Very beautiful and elegant, Ann! I love this kind of art pieces, with a story behind them. Congratulations!

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  5. SO pretty! The colors are beautiful. I love seeing the work you do, especially for weddings. :)

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  6. I love it when you show your work, Ann. This is very elegant and your details are perfect! The announcement sounds unique! thanks for sharing
    -Molly

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  7. That's my favorite color pallet- I just adore how modern, clean and graphic the design is. Nice job Ann!

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  8. Wow. That is absolutely charming and lovely. I love the waves and it's perfect. The fonts are very romantic too. Very wonderful job!

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  9. Ann, so beautiful, as always. You are a true artist! Karren

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  10. Its absolutely gorgeous!! Loved the pretty waves and and the shades you have used for it.

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  11. I will try this again (to leave a comment, darn phone) I love the color combo, one of my favorites! And your quilling is flawless!

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  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous - I did qulling years ago and stopped .. you may have just inspired me to pick it up again!

    Cathy

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  13. very lovely, love the colors, I'm sure they loved it!!!

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  14. Thanks everyone - much appreciated!

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  15. very very lovely, Ann! love the modern feel of the waves to the wedding certificate!

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  16. that is just beautiful. What a treasured keepsake they have

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  17. So gorgeous- I love the idea!!

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  18. That is outstanding! The colours are so lovely and the shapes flow so beautifully. I envy that young couple! What a wonderful piece.

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  19. This is so pretty. I'm new to quilling and would like to know what glue you used, it looks so neat...

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  20. Thanks so much. CreativeGN, I use Martha Stewart's All Purpose Gel Adhesive that comes in a tube. I like it because it's acid-free, dries quickly, but not too fast, and doesn't get a "skin" on it like white craft glue does when I put a dab on a plastic lid. That's how I like to apply glue when quilling... I dip the just the point of a paper piercing tool in a small puddle of glue. Others like to use a fine-tip applicator.

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  21. Thanks Ann! I'll try it and let you know about my experience.

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  22. Ann, you put colors together so beautifully, really look like waves. You did a marvelous job!
    I loved calligraphy, too.
    Suzana

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