Tree thumbprint signs are a great alternative to guest books. When completed, the sign, filled with guests’ thumbprints and signatures, becomes a lovely memento of the special day.
It was a pleasure to be asked to create this for an upcoming wedding– I love contributing unique touches like this. I chose a tree from my collection of personal photographs. This one happened to be from the Dallas Arboretum. I drew the tree on a small scale and then had an enlarged print made to 24″x 36″. I then used my light table to ink in the tree on archival art paper. This size tree will fit up to 300 thumb prints.
Additional details include: the couples’ names and date, as well as their initials “carved” in the heart on the trunk. On the second lowest limb, I drew bride and groom birds. They’ll add their thumb prints in blue.
I did some online research to find the best ink pads to use for the prints and landed on Distress Ink. The ink promises to create an aged look on paper and will add a nice combination of colors. The Pigma Micron .03 size archival ink pens are also suggested for this project.
I also created this sign instructing guests to “leaf” their thumb print and sign their name. The bride and groom will leave their prints and signatures here to demonstrate for the guests.
I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s all filled with using two colors of green ink pads. I’ll be sure to post a pic.
Happy Wedding Kate and John!