Hello hello hello! So in all the excitement of the new website going up, the Etsy Shop swinging into gear, etc etc, it’s been a total whirlwind of a few weeks. Always expect the unexpected, they say. So true! And that’s exactly what has happened. Project ideas galore! It’s amazing what things people think up, ideas they conceive of and what they contact me about creating. It’s incredibly fun, and this idea was probably one of the most exciting: a wedding crest. For those of you who have never heard of such a thing, there are some fabulous wedding crest painters out there who have created divine things for their clients. Pieces of artwork that have lived on beyond the ceremony. They are something that can be recreated in so many formats, from letterhead to wall size prints long after the wedding party has had the last of the champagne! Such is the reason I felt it was so important to learn how to digitize my work. I wanted to create things that could live beyond a single copy, and be used in various formats. The doors it opens are incredible…
So, I decided that this was something I had to try. From sketch to paint to scan to vector, this piece is something I’m pretty proud of.
Watercolour is like a beast I’m trying to battle at the moment. It’s something my grandmother was a master of after years of work at it, but it’s not nearly as easy as it looks! I was one of those who was a promising art student when I was young, but chose to focus my efforts on other things and therefore dropped the ball for many years. Trying to pick up where you left off isn’t exactly easy… and I’m an admitted perfectionist, which doesn’t help. If I’ve learned anything over the last year, it’s that finding your own style is the way to go. I admire so many people’s beautiful work, and in trying their various styles I only discovered that I just couldn’t accomplish the same effect. Ok then, don’t waste your time Bets! Trial and error, crash and burn, many sheets of lovely Arches watercolour paper later, I’ve finally learned the hard way.
Finding your style is the only way to go. And this, is mine.
The final digitized piece is pretty lovely. It’s up on Etsy in hopes that more creative people might want their very own. A little bit of heraldry to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments for unlimited years to come.