Four Leaf Clovers
For my own wedding I painted these clovers in watercolors, from actual four leaf clovers that I found. “Lucky in Love” you might say! I traced and watercolored about 45 four of my best finds (the collection has surpassed 200 in count, and includes a hand full of five leaf clovers along with 1 very beautiful four leaf wood-sorrel). The illustrated clovers appear in several layouts: as a border for a wedding invitation, as a postcard for an RSVP, and as a notebook cover for a wedding favor.
I worked with a bride-to-be to design this repeat pattern for her wedding invitations, using images she provided, along with natural and historical elements relevant to the location of her wedding. I drew each element of this pattern separately, using a variety of Rapidograph pens and brush and ink. When all the components were approved, I vectorized them and started arranging them into a half-drop repeat pattern so that it would look like a real, old-fashioned, toile wallpaper pattern. The result was a lovely 4.24″ by 6.5″ wedding invitation, and an illustration that can be turned into a wallpaper for my client’s power-room in the future, if she so desires.
I was contacted about illustrating a very thoughtful wedding poem and was intrigued by the prospect. My client had received the poem for her wedding and because of its visually descriptive language, wanted to see it surrounded by a corresponding illustrative border. She wanted it done in charcoal, and though that is a medium I haven’t used in several years, the resulting image turned out wonderfully! I used vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, blending sticks, and a kneaded eraser, and traced the original poem (it was mailed to me by my client) with a Rapidograph pen into the center of the final illustration, so that it retained the handwriting of its author.