It’s that time of year –I always end up making a little bit of wedding art during the summer months. This year however, things took a little bit of a different turn when my niece Angie and her bride Maria asked me to create an alternative guestbook for them. At first we talked about using barnboard, but I thought the surface would be too rough for people to sign legibly. So they let me go off on my own tangent and make whatever I want. I loved their invitations, and thought it made sense to incorporate them. I contacted their friend who is the graphic designer who created them, she gave me the font types, and I made a slightly larger altered version to include on their guestbook. Their colors were orange and blue– which initially I found very challenging. But I thought fall rust leaves, and went with that. It was kind of hard to not get textural-but I like the distressed two dimensional effect. I think they did as well. And once I saw the old lodge they were having the reception, it fit perfectly!
“auditioning” the placement and size of the logo before silk screening, and embellishing with inks.
The”final” piece- before signatures of course!
Then it was onto the actual wedding gift! These two met in the Army, so that had to be included cause it’s been a big part of their life for years. They met in San Diego, so a map of that was included as well. I included part of their wedding timeline on the side and use their wedding colors.
Encaustic paint encapsulated the whole thing so would last as long as they do!
…. and just when I thought I was done, while I was helping to set up the reception hall, they asked me to do some last-minute signage for them. This saying that they wanted cracked me up!
Needless to say, shenanigans did ensue…
But I love my big crazy extended Dougherty family!!
UPDATE- the finished signed “guestbook”