A very simple #throwbackthursday today (when you do this weekly, they can’t all be winners eh?)
I had the BEST time creating this bespoke wedding guestbook canvas for a lovely couple. The bride was even so kind as to let me post about it before their wedding day next month. The theme of this one was different places in Newcastle. I love when there’s a mixture of old and new architecture, some water, and some variation in the horizon, so this set of locations for me was just perfect.
I’m going to take you through the step by steps because (as I’m sure you know by now) that’s my favourite part about online artists sharing their work.
As always, we start with a sketch! I’ll always send across a quick sketch to the client before starting work on the big canvas. Before this, I had already prepped the canvas.
Next up, adding the pen. This is the bit that takes a surprisingly long time.
Then there are many, many layers of watercolour. The ground base gives is a particular watercolour effect. I don’t always use it, depends on the design (e.g. if there’s water).
Then we have the pen details and we try to ramp up the colour as much as possible.
Finally, the finished piece is packaged up and sent to its new home! This was an A2 canvas, which I think is my favourite size. A1 is nice (ours was A1) but I prefer a cramped canvas full of signatures.
I sort of have 2 #throwbackthursday pieces today.
A few years back, I went to Norway and absolutely loved it. When I got home, I tried watercolours and I THINK it might have been my first attempt (second image). In 2017 I wrote “they’re so difficult! How on Earth do you not make a colourful blob?” Truer words.
My best-selling item (online at least) are custom wedding guestbook canvases. I LOVE making them but wanted to offer something custom at a lower price point too.
Here we have, custom wedding skulls for the alternative couple in love. The colour of the veil and hat ribbon can be customised to fit your wedding colour scheme.
Although the intention is for them to be used as alternative wedding guestbooks (and I must say I do like how they look when they’re full of signatures) they also make a lovely wedding present.
These may not be to everyone’s taste, but if anyone else has followed Rock n Roll Bride or other alternative bridal sites/magazines, you’ll know that Halloween and Friday 13th weddings are HUGE! The spooky among us need proper representation too.
What other designs of these customisable wedding guestbooks/decor would you like to see?
Recently I’ve had more custom orders coming through which is SO EXCITING but it means I haven’t posted many new things recently.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to manage the custom watercolour designs and the digital art, and I think that for now I’m going to keep everything in one place. I’m sure things will change over time, but I’m not overly fond of a super curated feed anyway!
Something that I have FINALLY got round to doing was listing these Pop Art/Guggenheim inspired dog mugs. Those of you who have been watching closely may recognise the Bearded Collies from Inktober last year. I’ve also created a Spaniel and Pug and might consider adding more if they’re popular enough (let me know if you would be keen for your breed to be included!)
The reason I’ve put it off is because I’m really not keen on the waste associated with keeping stock and the impact on the environment. So I’ve decided that I’ll be listing each as made to order. It takes longer, but it means there won’t be wasted resources. To be honest, I think we should probably be moving to that way of shopping more generally ✌️
P.S: There are a few other additions that I’ll be posting about soon too 👀