Emily here today with a wedding gift that I've made for my cousin. I've mentioned before that I'm her matron of honor, and her shower was this past weekend. It was in New Jersey, and unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards for me to make it out there to celebrate her shower, and I absolutely hated that I wasn't there to celebrate with her. So, I decided that I had to make an extra-special gift to attempt to make up for it. (Naturally, I waited until the last possible minute to start making this gift...)
Hand-drawn calligraphy is such an incredibly huge trend right now, and I've always had a soft spot for beautiful handwriting. (Addressing my own wedding invitations was something I looked forward to immensely... I'm a weirdo.) I've tried learning regular calligraphy, but something about it never really clicked. When the lovely loose, flowing calligraphy starting trending, I tried my hand at it, and I'm trying to get better at it. My cousin's wedding is going to be very loose and organic, but also with an element of elegance, and so I wanted to convey that in this gift. I've peeked this project a few times on Instagram, and this was the final result:
I started by drawing their names (she's not taking his last name, so I had to get a little creative with their "monogram") with pencil, then dabbing off most of the graphite with a gummy art eraser. I decided that I wanted their names to be in gold, so I made a sort of watery paste with Gold Perfect Pearls and water that I used as paint. I then decided to make a swag of sorts above their names and a smaller one below, so I used my Pretty Peonies set by Wplus9 and Dawn Woleslagle's watercolored peony technique that she showcases in one of her YouTube videos to create the peonies with Distress Inks. (The large peonies were Abandoned Coral; the smaller ones were Festive Berries.) I think the main trick to these peonies is to make sure that you leave some white space in between the petals... too much color, and it looks muddy, but too little color and it will look unfinished. After setting the flowers with my heat tool to make certain that they were dry, I did a color wash with Antique Linen Distress Ink on the white spaces. I placed the finished panel in a frame that I'd painted gold.
I hope you enjoyed this! If you want more details on how to do the peonies, check out the Wplus9 YouTube channel. She is truly an amazing artist, and I'm so thankful that she made her tutorial something from which anyone and everyone can learn! Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous week!