Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Collaboration: The Mystery

Last weekend Aaron and I travelled to Detroit for his cousin's wedding.  Usually I try to give family and friends some kind of personal artwork when they get married (or have a baby) as our gift instead of money or a toaster (unless that's what they want).  In this case, I had only met Aaron's cousin once and I had never met the bride, so deciding what I was going to do was a bit of a challenge.  After all, how do you paint something personal for someone you've never met!?  All that changed when we received the invitation in the mail.

Pretty cool, eh!?  Angie and Dana are really funky and we knew we had to do something totally unique for them.  The invitation totally inspired us to go out on a limb and create something extremely non-traditional and more their style.  Since it was Aaron's cousin we decided that we would collaborate on a piece together. We were both really happy with the way this painting turned out.

We took a risk with this painting as we decided to use materials that neither of us had used before.  After a few successful tests, we knew that we made the right decision.  We used TerraSkin paper, which is actually a paper made out of stone.  It's completely smooth, and without any pulp nothing is absorbed, which is why the watercolor came out so vibrant!  The skull was done in white ink, which has its own set of challenges. We had to be careful that the ink didn't lift the watercolor, since the pigment sits on top of the stone paper.

"Mystery Skull", 8 x 10", watercolor and white ink on TerraSkin

Aaron and I always have fun working together.  When we talked about what we wanted to do, I never imagined it would turn out this cool looking.  We are thinking of making something similar for ourselves!! We were able to give Dana and Angie the gift the day after the wedding and see them open it.  We were both really excited that they liked it!

I also did a card to go with the gift.  I designed the words of their wedding theme "till death do us part" in calligraphy in white ink on black paper.  I also made an envelope and calligraphed their names just for fun.

Dana and Angie's wedding was awesome and we had a really great time.  It was probably the most fun wedding I've ever been to.  Aaron and I still have one more wedding this summer season to go to, and I don't want to spoil any surprises, but we have something amazing planned for that one too.