FAMILY CREST PERSONALIZED ARTWORK FOR WEDDING GIFTS AND INVITATIONS
February 27, 2017
It is no secret that I go absolutely gaga over every aspect of weddings. While it is ultimately all about a sacred vow and two becoming one, it is also a unique time to really celebrate the unique qualities of each couple.
Even if you use out of the box wedding day “kit” items from chains like Hobby Lobby or Target, no two weddings will EVER be the same. Because no matter the décor, the food, the favors, the dress, the flowers… it is the special touches that each bride and groom lend to the festivities that makes the ceremony and reception special.
But every once in a while, I stumble upon a REALLY neat wedding resource or idea that gets me so excited that I just have to share with my brides!
I recently came into contact with watercolor artist Jamie Hansen. Jamie creates personalized watercolor art that combines parts of vintage coats of arms with historical research to create frame-able coats of arms with 24k gold and silver leaf. Drawn in India ink and painted with watercolor, these can include wedding dates, family mottos, and even personalized symbols!
Growing up at Disneyland, I used to love to visit that epic family crest shop that was located in Fantasyland Square. I would flip through their crest history books and daydream about having my own family crest. I remember scanning the names, wondering wistfully what my future husbands last name would be… little knowing that my future husband lived LITERALLY a block away from Disneyland where I was standing. (This world is so small!)
So I was very excited when I commissioned Jamie to recreate our Freeman family coat of arms, but was uncertain if our lines branched from the Irish Freeman crest or the English. So we picked out our favorite elements from each (colors, symbols, layout), and Jamie included the two smaller knight helms to represent our two children, Tessa and Thyme.
The end result is rooted in history, our personal preferences as a unique family unit, and thoughtful artistic interpretation. The result is a stunning masterpiece that we are hanging over our fireplace and will cherish forever, even passing it down to our children down the line.
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:
1. After ordering from Jamie, she will present a computer generated sketch for approval.
2. Jamie can adjust fonts, mottos, colors, and parts of the art.
3. After approval of the computer sketch, Jamie begins to draw the piece. (She also likes to send frequent photo updates of the piece in progress, for those of you who are impatient like me!)
Turnaround Time: Roughly 3 weeks, including the collaboration phase.
Below is a picture of the progression shots that Jamie sent me during the production process, from mock up, to start, to finish!
What is great that is you start with work from an an existing image / family crest, but can add symbols of important things in your life, meaningful colors, flowers, animals, and places. These can be completely from scratch or based on an existing piece.
These pieces catch the light and are a bright and personalized way to celebrate your family. This is an AMAZING idea for wedding gifts to the bride and groom on the wedding day, save the dates, or invitation artwork. Prices range from $200 – $400 depending on size and complexity. Plan to start about a month in advance so the piece can be completed in time.