Your vision is my inspiration
Are you engaged? Congratulations! Planning a wedding (and a whole life together) is exciting. If you are including a ketubah, or Jewish Marriage Contract, as part of your wedding tradition, then you are in for a treat.
A ketubah is a way to plan for the future, both through the vows/promises you are making to each other and through a work of art that you will keep in your home forever.
Creating custom ketubahs is one of my absolute favorite projects. I love working with each couple to tell their love story through art.
You tell me your story & the inspiration behind your ketubah
This includes elements you want to incorporate into your art – it can be a place or multiple places that are special to you, symbols of your relationship, music, items that are meaningful to you, even pets!
I once had a couple who asked me to paint them having a picnic because they are big foodies and picnicking is one of their favorite pastimes. Another couple based their ketubah on their likeness as part of a redwood tree, because they were getting married under one. Yet another couple I had the pleasure of working with based their ketubah on the view from their window. And one of my favorites based their art on contact dancing and their spiritual journey.
You work on your ketubah text (with my help of course!)
A custom commissioned ketubah includes any text of your choice, so you can choose one of my standard texts, or even write your own. And I am here to help with it, of course. (Also, check out this hilarious ketubah text that one couple I worked with wrote! Your text can truly be completely your own).
I start sketching
Once we get together a list of the ideas we want to include in the art, we discuss layout. How your text and your art will coexist in the piece. I will put together a few composition sketches.
We work together to develop the composition based on your favorite of the sketches, until I get it just how you want it.
We discuss colors
I usually ask you to send me some of your favorite color schemes from around the internet, including from my own collection.