When coming up with the design for our save the dates, I wanted something fun and cute that hinted at the type of wedding we are planning.
From: Kate Kelly Designs on Etsy
Though picture STDs are a great way to do this, we didn’t have plans to do engagement pictures, and though we have some pictures of us, we really didn’t have any that were good enough that I wanted them printed and plastered on all of our friends’ and families’ refrigerators.
Plus, I was drawn to many of the adorable ideas floating around on the internet.
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings
An envelope with our date on a string—so clever. I wanted to do this so badly. I even looked into number punches. Unfortunately, it was just a little too pricey and I couldn’t justify the cost.
I love the elegance of these, but don’t have the talent with watercolors to make that happen.
Source: Tree Space Studio
This was my absolute favorite idea: a whimsical picture of a cat collecting hearts. Oh so cute. This had the exact feel that I was looking for. Something related to love and involving cute animals. However, it was way out of our fairly nonexistent STD budget.
Thus, I decided, even though I had no drawing or Illustrator experience, to attempt to draw something similar. I knew I wanted a very cutesy non-realistic style and didn’t think it would be too difficult.
Here are some first drafts that I did. See, not that bad?
Yeah, he looks a raccoon, but he is actually a red panda.
Sketching the ideas wasn’t so bad, but as soon as I tried to make it presentable and pretty, I realized I was so so so wrong about the ease of this project. I was very much out of my element. Getting a sketch to the point where it was viewable is very tedious and time consuming. Shading pictures made my head hurt and, honestly, it really just wasn’t worth the effort I needed to put in.
My first shading attempt, and about the point I gave up on this project
I can’t believe I just posted this picture, but here you go. My attempt to make something realistic was awful. I was embarking on way, way, way too ambitious of a project, especially considering all of the other DIYs I had planned.
Luckily, I found the most amazing web comic ever that would save the day, but you’ll have to wait to see the rest.
Anyone start a project, only to realize that they were completely in over their heads? Ever have a simple DIY project explode on you in difficulty and time? What did you do? Did you power through it or just give up like I did?