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.


Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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