Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Learn to paint pretty watercolor flowers

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Certified Poptastic!, DIY Projects, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments


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Watercolor flowers by artist Yao Cheng / photo from Creativebug Inc

You might remember that sometime ago I posted a photo of watercolor flowers I made for a new invitation suite. Those flowers are fine but I wanted to learn how to make loose freehand florals that fully utilize the art medium’s spontaneous quality — just like in the photo above. How gorgeous is that peony by Yao Cheng, huh?

So when I learned a few months ago that she was holding an online class on Creative Bug, I immediately signed up for a free trial and armed myself with brush and paper while watching her lessons. Let me show you what my initial drawings looked like…

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In the videos, she will first show you how to make the individual flowers — a single-stemmed rose, a peony, a tulip, etc — and then you can follow along the second time she does it. She makes it look really easy which really helped me with my mind set while painting these.

Here are some more studies. I tried making these without guidance from the video this time.

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(By the way, the studies were done on Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper which I highly recommend for its pigment enhancing properties. As for paints I used a combination of Shinhan and Holbein Artists’ Watercolors.)

After a few more experiments on my own, I was confident enough to make these all-over floral patterns on watercolor postcards.

I still practice whenever I can in the hopes that someday, my flowers will be as pretty as Yao Cheng’s. 😉

I know a lot of you are looking into making your own wedding invitations, signs and other elements and what better way to personalize them than than with hand-painted flowers that you made yourself, right? If you’d like to learn how to paint watercolor florals too, you can try Premium FREE for two weeks. Even if you can’t draw, I promise that you will learn especially if you take her basic “Beginning Watercolor” course.

I personally continued my subscription because fun new creative classes are being offered each week plus you get unlimited access to old ones — Flower String Lights? Paper Wedding Crafts? Flower Chandelier? I’m in. Who’s with me? 😀

*affiliated post but I love these classes so much that I signed up for premium myself. :)

More Cartoon Couple Portraits

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Certified Poptastic!, Custom Couple Portraits, Personalize Your Wedding | 1 comment

Here are a few more of the cartoon couple portraits I worked on over the last few months. You can click on the images to see the drawings up close.

*If you’d like to know how you can get one of your own, this is the page to visit!

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S & T’s was one of the most fun portraits I’ve done because they wanted to include their four pets — and by pets I mean chickens! S also sent me a photo of her gown and bouquet, as well as her groom’s tux so I referenced them for the vector drawings.

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J & W wanted to include their wee little son O in the drawing. J also sent me photos of her gown and W’s suit plus a description of O’s outfit which I made sure to capture in the portrait.

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R & R sent me photos of their wedding attire and her bouquet as well as a close-up pic of her streaked hair and awesome floral arm sleeve tattoos. I tried replicating them in their cartoon versions.

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You might recognize this couple from the engagement portrait I did of them last summer. This time they called on me to do the wedding version. J sent me photos of her gown and his tux. It’s always wonderful hearing back from couples I’ve drawn before!

I usually post work-in-progress pics on my Instagram so feel free to check out my feed if you’d like to see the behind-the-scenes action. :)

* For custom artwork pricing + all the other info you may need, please visit this page.

NEW: Watercolor Mason Jar and Flowers Invitation Set

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Funky Wedding Invites, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

watercolor mason jar and flowers wedding invitation set

Hi guys! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you already know that I’ve been recently obsessing over analog art and especially watercolors — which explains the theme for our newest invitation set. :) The suite features a romantic bouquet of hand-drawn watercolor flowers — peonies, roses, and carnations — in a see-through mason jar. The pastel-hued watercolored background adds a dreamy finishing touch.

There are two color schemes for the background: pink and green and pink and purple so you can choose a motif or mix and match — they’re designed to be mixed, actually. Here are the invitations for a closer look.

The design is made up of individual elements that were hand-painted and then assembled using Photoshop. “Raw” illustrations I posted the other day…

A photo posted by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre (@arncyn) on


(You can always check my IG for behind-the-scenes photos of my work process).

As always the sets include RSVP cards, reception cards, thank you notes, postage, envelopes, table number cards, labels, favor stickers, venue signage, and more. You can view the entire collection over here.

NEW: Whimsical Foxes and Cats Wedding Invitations

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Funky Wedding Invites, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

We have two new invitation sets for 2015 and they have something in common — both collections feature stylish animals! Some of my custom cartoon clients have requested for me to draw them as cute critters so I went ahead and made these available for you guys as well. :)

First up is this hip fox couple.
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Mrs. Fox is wearing a tea-length dress with flowy sleeves and an up-to-the-minute flower headband (so very Bohemian) and Mr. Fox is sporting a bow tie with his vest. Here’s where you can check out the complete Whimsical Woodland Foxes Wedding Invitation Collection.

And just how can I, crazy cat lady, not do a cat couple too?

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Mrs. Cat is wearing a fascinator with her ecru tea-length dress and Mr. Cat is wearing a bow tie with his suit. (I can ask him to wear a regular necktie instead if you’d like that better.) Browse the Whimsical Forest Cats Wedding Invitation Collection.

Both sets have invites, save the dates, table numbers, postage etc. Text, fonts, and background colors are customisable through Zazzle (gotta love ’em!). Fingerprint trees and matching his and hers mugs are also available.

Another batch of custom cartoon couple portraits

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Certified Poptastic!, Custom Couple Portraits, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

Happy new year! I’m still taking a break from featuring real weddings / e-sessions / styled and post-wedding shoots but I’ve been quite busy working on custom couple portrait orders over the holidays you guys. Here are some of my latest illustrations. You can click on the images for a bigger view.

*If you’d like to know how you can get one of your own, this is the page to visit!

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S&D opted to get a fingerprint tree along with their portrait and invitations!

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E&B were getting married at the beach and they also wanted to include their little boy in the invites. E specifically asked me to draw a tropical scene with their little boy in the background climbing a tree and I was more than happy to customize the design according to what they wanted. (I can do the same for you for a minimal fee. :) )

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C&D specified the attire and bouquet colors which I was glad to replicate in cartoon form!

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S&V sent me photos of their attire and hairstyles and I was happy to make their cartoon versions reflect their wishes.

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And here are N&V again. Last time I showed you their Save the Date travel-themed cartoon portrait. Here now is their wedding invite featuring N in her pretty pink bridal gown and V flashing the vulcan hand sign which he is known to do often in person. I’ve included a pic of the actual printed invites (photo by First Comes Rock). The pink card was a special insert that we did containing some info for their guests.

* For custom artwork pricing + all the other info you may need, please visit this page.