10 Feb 2011
Art in the Bat Mitzvah celebration
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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):
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.
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?