Wednesday, October 21, 2009
and the ketubah is finished! i did this one in watercolor and ink on hot press illustration paper. the lines look wavy, but that's just because of the crappy camera angle. i assure you that i spent many pre-inking hours grappling with my t-square to make sure that this blessed piece, so to speak, had even lines and some sort of symmetry to it.
i started by ruminating about it for about a month and looking at the paper for another two weeks. then i took a deep breath and trimmed the paper to 16" x 20", a standard frame size (remembering a good ricë rant from a while back about what a pain in the ass it is to frame non-standard-size artwork), then did the watercolor wash and measured the borders.
the next part, which absorbed the largest chunk of time, was lettering the text that the couple provided for me. since there was no room for error, i penciled in and proofed the hebrew a million times before starting it. i even took care with the english part because it would have been ever so easy to miss a word in that sea of letters.
once i finished the lettering i relaxed and totally enjoyed the illustrations, all symbols of jewish life: family, holidays, life and love. if you have any specific questions about what each of them mean i'll do my best to answer. from start to finish (not including the pre-trimming rumination) the process took about 50 hours.
go here to see another handpainted ketubah, a beautiful one designed by susie - as well as a great story about how she got started as an artist.
now i'm in that post-major-mission flailing phase, trying to get myself organized to embark on my next secret agent project. first step: strong coffee. have a great day!
Posted by aimee