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amateur_art
06-15-2015, 08:44 PM
This is my first post, so "Hello!". I have been working on this sign (~16"x16") lately for a wedding gift. It is made out of recycled pallet wood and painted in plain, old acrylic paint. I have to leave in a couple days for this wedding and I need some input.
I would love to personalize this with the wedding date, names, possibly the bible reference associated with the phrase, etc.
However, my options seem slim because I:
-don't have much extra time to work on it with work and such
-am not that great at fine, detailed art
-have limited art supply resources
-don't know where there's proper room for those things on this sign

I personally like it the way it is a little, but this couple is special to me and it would be nice to add personality.
If you received a gift like this would you love more detail? If so, what should I add? Please try to understand the timeliness of finishing! I'd love your help, Thanks!

P.S. the "W" (first letter in couple's last name) in the heart is something i thought about adding (just a cut-out right now), but like I said, I'm not very good at fine detail (considered sharpie for the "W"?)

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Angela
06-22-2015, 09:59 PM
I haven't been on the forum lately. This is wonderful! What did you end up doing with it, if anything?

amateur_art
06-23-2015, 10:17 AM
I haven't been on the forum lately. This is wonderful! What did you end up doing with it, if anything?

Thank you, Angela! I ended up leaving it as it was (first pic). I have no clue what their reaction is going to be. Therefore, I left it without personalizing so that they may give it to someone else maybe? If I was in their shoes I would rather have gotten something useful (being that I'm a guy), so I wouldn't blame them for passing it on. :laughing:

Angela
06-23-2015, 08:33 PM
If I was in their shoes I would rather have gotten something useful (being that I'm a guy), so I wouldn't blame them for passing it on. :laughing:

I hope that they don't think like you! Hopefully they have all the useful stuff that they need and they have a special spot for the beautiful art that you created for them. My cousin still has the wooden portrait that my husband made for them on display in her home. I have caught glimpses of it in photos that she posts on Facebook, so I know that she doesn't just pull it out when we visit! ;) People appreciate the care that goes into a personal gift like this

Chris in Vt
07-22-2015, 07:12 AM
What you did was give some of yourself to the couple. Sure, it's easy to go to Walmart and buy something that will be forgotten about in a few months, or when it breaks.

I wish more people could understand the value of handcrafted gifts! That's why our family, like other families has a "secret Santa" at Christmas where we draw a name, and that's who we get our gift for. But we draw the name for next year on Christmas Day, and we must make the gift! We have a full year to do it. It can be anything from a gag gift to something serious.

It all started when one of the kids drew his grandmother in the hat. The kid was four years old! Everybody just expected his mother to go to Walmart and get a hankie set or something.
But no. His Mom found a piece of pine and decoupaged her son's photo on it, and the kid wrote "I love Nana" in crayon next to it.
Now I'm gonna ask all the parents and grandparents here: Which would you rather have, something from the store, or something personal?

This has been going on for some time now, and some gifts are hilarious and some took almost the full year to finish. It has healed a family feud, and I don't think one gift has been thrown away.

Oh, and by the way, when my mother died, one of her last wishes was that piece of wood done by my four year old nephew 20 years earlier be placed in her coffin with her.

glynisrose
07-22-2015, 05:25 PM
Have you thought of using the back to dedicate it?

Wanderer
07-23-2015, 07:04 PM
Bit late to reply I suppose but I would have put something like

A A
L
B B

or
Alan
L
Betty

in the heart

amateur_art
07-24-2015, 02:15 PM
Thank you everyone for the comments! I followed up with the couple, and they were wondering if it was store bought or hand made, so maybe that's a compliment? More importantly though, it sounds like they love it, so I am encouraged. Thanks for the input!

gremlin
07-24-2015, 06:13 PM
Maybe you should have "signed" the back -- "Handcrafted with love (or care) by (your name)"

I think, looking at it again, I might have considered doing a cut out of the W and mounting it on brads so it stood off from the heart - sort of a 3D type of thing.

Angela
07-26-2015, 07:35 AM
they were wondering if it was store bought or hand made, so maybe that's a compliment? More importantly though, it sounds like they love it, so I am encouraged.

I think it is a compliment. It was so well made that they thought it was store bought. That is how I take it.
Makes you feel good, doesn't it?!