One of the joys of working as a visual artist is creating visual solutions for a couple’s wedding day needs. Many couples today delight in working within a whole aesthetic that reflects their individual loves and desires. For example, Carissa recently officiated a literature-themed wedding, adorned with typewriter, vintage books, and a Dewey decimal system for the escort cards. Rebecca designed flowers for a dark, French-Parisian market themed wedding at Brooklyn’s Montauk Club, complete with feathers and birdcages. When you’re trying to satisfy this kind of narrative, store-bought supplies often don’t have what you need. That’s when it’s time to go DIY!

What do I mean by DIY? I’ll give you a few examples from the wedding I am currently working on with Rebecca Shepherd, Brooklyn Betrothed’s florist. The wedding is certainly not generic: it is an Art Deco-meets-Steampunk affair rich with fall tones and copper accessories. As you can imagine, many elements of this wedding needed a touch of DIY, but three examples in particular jump out: inks, table stands, and lettering.

After designing the composition of the escort cards, the next question was color – ink in particular. In creating the escort cards, I wanted to provide a range of colors for the bride to choose from. While creating this template, I kept thinking that none of the pre-bought inks were really right for the wedding’s concept, so I mixed my own inks together. For each I added about four different pigments as wells as some copper acrylic. The results were perfect in both color and texture!

Next, in order for the table numbers to float in the flora centerpieces while appearing clear and uncomplicated, a regal stand was needed. As I searched for the perfect stand, the 12-18 inch stands found that best represented this image were chrome or stainless steel, which didn’t match the aesthetic. The solution? I sprayed the stands with a copper metallic spray, giving them a glamorous and slightly rustic Steampunk look while complimenting the bronze, copper and gold pieces that Rebecca is using for centerpieces and props.

Lastly, in composing the lettering for the table numbers, the bride had a particular font in mind. However, when looking at the entire picture, the font seemed to clash slightly with the Steampunk theme (it leaned more in the Art Deco direction). It also disappeared in places when recreated for the pieces and sized accordingly for the table numbers. After experimenting with the lettering’s lines and curves, I was able to create a more balanced lettering for the numbers off of the font provided by the bride.

I hope you enjoy the process of working on your own creative theme. I would love to hear of your DIY adventure!