Quilled Marriage Certificate - Summer Colors

Here's a marriage certificate I quilled for a wedding that took place earlier this month. The bride contacted me about a year ago (it's never too early to get started) to create a scrolled design in gerbera daisy and sunflower colors. Think hot pink, bright yellow and bright orange... I'm betting the wedding was a very fun one judging by the colorful palette!

Quilled marriage certificate by Ann Martin

For those who are new to the idea of a marriage certificate, it's often a fairly large document (about 22 x 30 inches in this case) on which the couple's vows are written in calligraphy. The bride and groom sign it during or immediately after the wedding.

Quilled marriage certificate by Ann Martin

Guests may also sign as a commitment to support the couple in their marriage. Originally a Quaker tradition, marriage certificates can be an alternative to the traditional guest book. A nice advantage is that the art piece can be framed and hung in the couple's home as a special remembrance of the day.

Quilled marriage certificate by Ann Martin

Calligraphy by Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio.


And totally unrelated to this post, but too wonderful not to share... Thursday Quick Picks on PaperCrave led me to Kelli Anderson's The Human Body, a video that aims to teach children about body functions. She cut all of the parts from paper; even the sound effects are paper! See behind the scenes shots on Kelli's blog.

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Comments

  1. Your work is always beautiful, Ann. Wonderful colors!

    Great video!

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  2. WOnderful quilling on the marriage certificate ,loved the warm colors !

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  3. I am a huge fan of your elegant scrolls. So perfect and neat!! Thanks for sharing the video Ann.

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  4. Beautiful and elegant....wonderful colors for a fall wedding! Well done!

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  5. beautiful colors and design, love it !!!!
    Paula

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  6. Beautiful designs Ann. I think you're getting more comfortable with bright colors!

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  7. Aww so pretty! The colors are perfect for this time of year into the fall!

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  8. Beautiful colors, Ann. I'm amazed at the little flowers and details you created. I didn't know that a marriage certificate was a Quaker tradition. Fun to learn something new. Thanks! I'm going to check out the video now.

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  9. Thanks all! Yes, paperzen, I am! Most requests have been for subtle colors, so it was fun to work with a totally different palette this time.

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