10 Feb 2011

Art in the Bat Mitzvah celebration

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky

My family and I just celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of my oldest daughter, Daniella. A Bat Mitzvah, literally translated “a daughter of commandment”, is when a Jewish girl turns 12 years old, and by the Jewish tradition, start her adult life with commitment to all the Jewish laws. It is usually celebrated with more festivities than any other birthday in the Jewish woman’s life.

For my oldest princess, I wanted to create a unique invitations, place cards, thank you cards and party-favors. So I painted a portrait of Daniella, using one of her recent studio portraits as a reference.

Daniella's Studio Portrait, reference image

Daniella's Studio Portrait, reference image

After I painted Daniella’s portrait, and before filling in the background, I scanned the unfinished work, just in case. I wasn’t sure at the time if I want to use just the head portion for our invitation or not.

Daniella, head only, Watercolors and pencil, 12"x8", 2010

Daniella, head only, Watercolors and pencil, 12"x8", 2010

 The final artwork was now ready. I usually pick and choose the color scheme as I go. Daniella’s blue eyes were my lead in this case. So I painted her hair bow blue as well, and the bottom portion of the background. The yellow was a natural contrast for the dark blues.

Daniella, watercolors and pencil, 12"x8", 2010

Daniella, watercolors and pencil, 12"x8", 2010

 I use Power Point as my graphic design system. Very simple and not fancy at all! It does the trick for me :-) Here is the final design for the invitation, which I printed on heavy stock paper at a local printer. I hid here some of the details, but you can still get the idea. I also put my website at the bottom-right corner of the invite. Why not get some free marketing?

Daniella's Bat Mitzvah invitation

Daniella's Bat Mitzvah invitation

 I used the artwork also for the place cards. See how cool it looks with all of Daniella’s heads aligned. The original framed artwork was a nice addition to our event. 

Daniella Bat Mitzvah place cards

Place cards at Daniella's Bat Mitzvah

 And for party favours, our photographers Ronen and Tal Mymon, created at the event these magnets to all our guests! I designed the frame in advance, again using Daniella’s artwork (You can contact Ronen and Tal at PartyMagnets.ca or by phone at 647 457 1509):

Party favours - magnets

Party favours - magnets

Last but not least, Daniella has to write now many thank you cards. And of course, the cards were designed with her artwork :-)

Have you done an artistic event as well? Let me know, I would love to see some pictures.

Cheers

Moshe

PS If you are planning an event, such as Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, or even a special birthday or anniversary, why not contact me and I can help you make it an artistic and special event?

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6 Responses to “Art in the Bat Mitzvah celebration”

  1. mazal tov! How beautiful to use your talent in this way. I am sure Daniella was thrilled to have her aba create all of this for her. The magnets are such a good idea!

     

    Naomi Broudo

  2. Thank you so much Naomi! Daniella was amazing! I am very proud of her :-)

    Congrats on the new Ketubah designs, they look great!

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  3. Aren’t you a wonderful dad! I am just inspired enough to do something special for my daughter’s 25th birthday. Well done.

    Sheila

     

    sheila thompson

  4. Thank you so much Sheila! Daniella did love it and now she has the art to keep forever.

    I would love to see what you come up with for your daughter’s special day, please let us know.

    Cheers
    Moshe

     

    Moshe Mikanovsky

  5. heyyy how are you its me david… very nice bat mitzvah invatation :)

     

    David Schiff

  6. [...] Dad, Moshe Mikanovsky goes through his step by step process on his blog, but you can see the finished result [...]

     

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