Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Shanah Tovah!


This space has been woefully neglected for 3 months, I've been so busy. Last minute orders of the wedding season had me beat. I also had my birthday, stocking issues, a property search (and the financial maelstrom that goes with it), and started work on re-tweaking my brand and online presence - all still ongoing ventures! 

It's times like these that I wish I was three people. Or knew how to multi-task. I hope to spend the off-wedding season uploading the folders of ketubot photos to my galleries (so many custom papercuts to show you!), posting my re-tweaked branding, and setting up a real website (I goal of mine for the last 2 years). I am keeping my fingers crossed I'll get it together!


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And yes, I saw deer for the first time on my birthday!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

tips | what pen to choose?


What do you recommend we use to sign our names? Can I use a sharpie?

The question above is one I started getting a lot lately. The ketubah paper is in fact ideal for all writing instruments and inks, from store brand ball-point pen to collectible fountain pen, from gel ink to india ink. That doesn't mean I don't have my favorites! Below are my recommendations:


METAL TIP (from left to right) : Jenfon ball-point pen | Pilot V5 Grip 0.7mm nib | Pilot G Tec C4 0.4mm nib | Faber Castell collectible pen - Ondoro with EF nib
FELT TIP (from left to right) : Stabilo OHPen S nib | Pigma Micron 04 nib

Metal tip pens are the most common in office and art supply stores. There are endless brands, types, thicknesses and colors. My personal favorite is the Pilot G-Tec series. Personally I advise using a metal-tip pen, because the felt-tip pens (like thin sharpies) do tend to bleed more. I did recommend two felt-tip pens I love to use; they handle writing pressure well.

It's up to you to choose which pen works best for you. Inks are no longer made with iron, so they will not discolor and fade like you see in old documents. But if you're worried, pick a pen with archival ink.

My tip is to use an old favorite pen. In your 20+ years of penmanship you'll have discovered what pen you like best. Trust your experience. For your convenience, I started giving a blank notecard with every order so you can test your pen choices (and practice your new signature).


For more answers to your questions, go to my 
Have a question I haven't answered? Feel free to contact me at the email address in the sidebar, I am here to help!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

bespoke | Fanciful ketubot


Along with papercuts that embody home, or depict a location, there are ones which are fully fanciful.

The following ketubah is open to the eye of the beholder, but for the couple who commissioned it, it is full of symbolic testimonies of their love story. The keywords for this design were art deco shapes, stylized trees, mountains and lightning bolt.  


SCENIC ART DECO 
Handmade papercut ketubah
18X18 inches 


For more photos of the SCENIC ART DECO ketubah & other custom ketubot, 

If you too are interested in a custom papercut order, you're welcome to contact me! You can also go to my FAQ PAGE to find answers to your questions & downloadable client files. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

bespoke | Oregon Forest


For this order the keywords describing their Oregon home were rainy, foggy, rain forest. Might not be what others associate with Oregon, but worked well for me:) I took on the challenge of depicting an overcast and often wet place without making it gloomy. Two-tonal grey and wild ferns draw the eye to the giant fir trees framing the text, making a wild, atmospheric forest design, perfect for a nature-loving couple.

for more photos of OREGON FOREST and other custom ketubot

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!


I'm not a wordsmith. I couldn't count the ways, or hows, or whys I love you, I just do. I'm so thankful you're my mother and I got to meet the most tremendous woman on earth. You're strong, you're tender, you're deep, you're loving, and I'm honored to pass you this very public note from my heart on this day and all days

I love you mom
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!