Wedding Design: Watercolor & stamps

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

It’s official wedding season! DIY wedding prep has taken over our house. Armed with three seasons of The Good Wife on Amazon Prime, I started to tinker with some design elements for the wedding the last few weeks.

Watercolor Hearts & Scallops

I was inspired by a lot of beautiful watercolor invitations lately so I took out my paints and started doodling.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

First I played with a heart design. It’s such a classic wedding theme it hurts.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

I tried a loose heart scribble and eventually pare it down to more of a herringbone heart pattern.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

Next I played with some other simple shapes like this scallop pattern across the page in a coral orange.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

After I was done, I scanned my patterns and manipulated them in Photoshop so I could use them on invitations and other digital work.

Monogram Stamps

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

I’ve been also working on a monogram that features an “A” for Andrea and “N” for Nate. I sketched out the general shape and then played around with widths and angles until I got it just right.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

Then I made a couple handmade stamps of the design. I’ve always wanted to make my own stamps and thought the monogram was the perfect design to try out. Because I am an art supply hoarder, I already had a bunch of stamp making supplies (linoleum cutter & carving block) on hand.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

I traced my monogram on a piece of tracing paper then flipped it over so I could make a stamp that printed correctly.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

Then, I filled in the backwards design with pencil and pressed it down onto the carving block.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

With the pencil mark on the block, I used my lino tools to carve out the design.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

I also made a negative stamp of the monogram by adding a circle around it. I used an IKEA water glass as my circle shape.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

Then cut out the monogram.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

Here are the final two stamps.

Wedding Design: watercolor & stamps

You can see on my stamp that the inner triangle of the “A” is a little wonky. It’s hard to get the cutting tools to cut 45 degree angles. And that’s okay with me. I really prefer the handmade look.

What’s coming up next

Here are some of the projects that I will be sharing here on the blog in the next few weeks.

  • Stationery
  • Wedding website
  • Favors
  • Ceremony Decor
  • Seating Chart
  • Place cards
  • Reception Decor
  • Thank you gifts

And don’t worry I will still be blogging about the house and cats as well, just not any big projects until after the wedding.

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