Guest Blogger: Jane Sloss on Watercolour for your Wedding

November 30, 2010

I was recently in contact with Jane Sloss, Chicago architect and watercolour painter, who recently attended the wedding of Jaime and Tom in Adare. Jane did a lovely watercolour painting of one of their wedding photos and I decided to ask Jane to be a guest blogger. For anyone interested in watercolour wedding invitations be sure to check out Jane’s watercolour shop on Etsy. Below is the painting she did for Jaime and Tom and the original photo. I think it’s a beautiful and very original wedding gift! Be sure to contact Jane if you’re considering watercolour for your wedding. Now on to the important stuff! Here are a few questions I asked Jane about her watercolour paintings.

– Where do you find your inspiration for designing your wedding invitations?
In seeking inspiration for invitation designs, I find myself drawn to the little things in life that remind me of all the best parts of weddings: celebrating the hopefulness of love and new beginnings and the fact that they are just really fun, colorful, beautiful events.  For example, I find the first buds of cherry blossoms in the spring to be perfectly inspiring as they signal the start of a new season, they are delicate, with spots of wonderful color, and really beautiful!

– Do you create custom invites and do you ship internationally?
I do create custom invites. I really enjoy helping couples realize a design that perfectly matches their wedding style or story.  I have a custom invitation listing in my Etsy shop.
Yes, I do ship internationally.  All of the items listed at my Etsy shop can be shipped anywhere in the world.

– What other products can you create for weddings with watercolour?
My standard invitation packages include invitations, envelopes, and response cards.  All of the invitations have coordinated reception, thank you, and save the date cards, which can be easily added to the standard package.  I’m also delighted to do custom painting work.  It is lovely to create a painting that represents a special memory for the recipient.  I have custom listings for wedding portraits, as well as paintings of the wedding venue, engagement spot or honeymoon location.

-Describe your ideal wedding client and their style? What type of designs do you enjoy painting the most?
My standard package would be ideal for couples that are looking for affordable, environmentally responsible invitations without sacrificing print quality or design.  The invitations are well suited for clients who appreciate the classic style of watercolor paintings incorporated into modern, fun designs. I like painting just about anything, but I particularly enjoy designs, which allow me to try something new.  For example, in recently painting the “birds on a branch” invitation, I was delighted by the challenge to find the best technique to paint the texture of feathers.

Be sure to also check out Jane’s blog for more watercolour inspiration.