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.
When my partner and I got married, we knew that we wanted something unique for our friends and family to share their messages. We were never likely to look through an old guestbook, and we wanted something that really suited our theme.
I created a skyline of all of the important places in our life. Our wedding theme was centred around places of significance to us and we wanted to share that with our loved ones. The skyline includes where we got married, where we spent many family holidays, where was on our bucket list for years and of course, there was plenty of space left around it for everyone to sign.
One of my favourite things was, we could use the same image for our thank you cards after the big day!
Your watercolour and pen canvas would be entirely bespoke to fit your theme. It could include places that are meaningful to you and your partner, or it could include your pets, loved ones, your favourite rides at Disneyland – you name it!
I charge a fixed price for the number of hours of work plus the cost of the material. The price will vary depending on the canvas size and the complexity of the design, but I will always try to be reasonable and transparent. The variations in this listing give you a rough idea of the price for different sizes, but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to message me directly over on Etsy.