I create hand-drawn and inked illustrations with archival ink and watercolor, and real gold and pure silver leaf accents. They can easily be slipped in any standard size picture frame. Interested in creating a family crest? We can work from an an existing image, or create something based on another crest you like. I’ll work with you to create a computer image that’s perfect before I start to draw. My crests are unique because I use real silver and gold on each one, carefully applied to catch the light in any room.

Illuminated wedding vows

11" x 14" watercolor and calligraphy with gold leaf.  What a beautiful anniversary gift idea to celebrate this couple's wedding...

Mesrobian Family Crest

This lighthearted family crest was inspired by stories from the family and drawn from the client’s direction.

Brackins Coat of Arms

  16" x 20" watercolor, ink, and gold leaf on paper.  This piece features plenty of white gold and lion...

Congugal coat of arms

11" x 14" watercolor and gold leaf on paper. Croxton / Park dual coat of arms featuring a stag and a lion.

Custom Montera Coat of Arms

12" x 16" custom family crest with a vintage monogram.   A family crest is a little like a personal logo - they were awarded by the college or arms when a person could could prove that their family had a certain heritage.  Today you don’t need any qualifications...

Custom Rude Family Crest inspired by vintage engraving

14" x 11" custom family crest inspired by a vintage engraving.  This one features a lot of gold leaf and a silver leaf cross on the shield.   These custom coats of arms are a beautifully unique gift for an anniversary.  Re-create a coat of arms from one of your...

Coat of arms with Chicken and Rooster supporters

11" x 14" Johnston coat of arms from a mixture of  historical research and the family's interests.  This is my first piece with lots of white gold leaf.  The meta leaf on this piece is a mixture of white and yellow gold....

Thomason / Kinsey conjugal coat of arms with white roses

9" x 12" Gold and silver leaf, ink, and watercolor on arches paper.  This conjugal coat of arms was inspired by the one created for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and features a wreaths of the white springtime flowers that the family plans to use in their wedding....

Esche Coat of Arms

8" x 10" watercolor, gold and silver leaf, and ink on paper.  This piece was done from existing research and features a red lion with green and gold...

Petersen Coat of Arms

12" x 16" Ink, Gold and silver leaf, and watercolor paper. I've just bought a new size for the gold leaf that allows me to do more precise and even shinier raised gold leaf. This was the first piece to get the new size, Kolner Miniatum, made by a German company for...

Wright Coat of Arms in Black and Gold

12" x 16" watercolor, ink, and 24K gold on paper.  This very shiny piece reminds me of UNCP where Chris and I went to college together, even down to the university''s colors of black and...

Custom McBride Coat of Arms

13" x 16" gold and silver, watercolor and ink on paper. This piece was created with symbols from the past and the present-day. We made a new crest that was a marriage of different families with rich histories and meaningful stories. We incorporated the couple's dog on...

Painting from Historical Ogden’s Coat of Arms Document

  16" x 20" watercolor, ink, silver leaf, and chalk on paper. This piece is a copy of an old document that was believed to be from the 1700's.  I had fun making this one look old.  My version is brighter, larger, and a little shinier than the original, but...

12″ x 16″ Custom Family Crest – Majors

Watercolor, ink, and gold and silver leaf on watercolor paper. This crest took me a long time to get right! The first, smaller, piece that I sent was damaged in the mail, and the client was patient enough with me to try it again. Like a variation on a theme, the...

Custom Ouwerkerk Family Crest

This piece was done as an anniversary gift and features goose and goat supporters, elements from historical crests, and lots of cats!  The cats are all pets that the family has had over the years....

Custom Crest with Unicorn and Wolf Supporters

Commission a custom coat of arms from my Etsy shop to celebrate a wedding.  This piece will be part of the client's stationery for their wedding.   9" x 12" watercolor, ink and lots of gold leaf on watercolor paper.  This piece features US and Dutch flags, animal...

Wedding Vows Calligraphy Art

I created this piece from wedding vows.  Each of the animals are in pairs and the piece features their wedding rings and a fairy tale castle.  Such a sweet way to celebrate an...

Spencer-Martinez Crest

This family created this crest based on elements from their family and faith.  The stone cross is prominent in the background with the donkey and lion supporters holding the shield.  16" x 20" watercolor, ink and metal leaf on...

Lady’s Coat of Arms with an owl, donkey and sheep.

This feminine piece is a personal crest done for a client.  Most coats of arms created for women are traditionally done in the shape of a lozenge, and that is why the shield is more of a rhombus, and not a traditional shield shape. This piece is flanked in a profusion...

16″ x 20″ Conjugal Coat of Arms, Wilkinson – Foster

16" x 22" gold leaf, watercolor and ink on arches paper. A conjugal coat of arms celebrates the union of two families, and this family was wonderful to work with!  This detailed pair of crests features state flags and animals, with lots of symbols to represent their...

15″ x 22″ Hansen Coat of Arms.

15" x 22" watercolor, ink and metal leaf on paper. I hadn't really planned on this one staying in our home since we already have much more art than we can hang on the walls.  But Chris found a spot for it and it will live in our foyer, at least for a little while!...

My process of creating a custom family crest

I have made almost a hundred custom family crests, and its a beautiful way to capture the personality of a family or couple. In some countries in Europe, coats of arms are awarded by a College of Arms; who confirms lineage and titles awarded.  But here in America, a...

“We are the Music Makers” Calligraphy Art

We are the Music Makers, and we are the Dreamers of Dreams. 9" x 12" Gold leaf, Ink, and watercolor on paper.  This calligraphy art was inspired by a quote originally from "Ode" by Arthur O'Shaughnessy.  The center ornament is a detail from the Book of Kells.  The...

Black Coat of Arms

8" x 11" mixed media on matboard. When I was in college I loved reading about books of hours.  Some of the most intriguing were the black books of hours, done on vellum that had been dyed black.  Of course being vegan I would never draw on a calf skin, but I think...

Mermaid Princess Crest – Original crest design

This crest was designed for a mermaid-themed nursery.  It's a crest for a mermaid princess.  The seahorse royal guards are her supporters, carrying flags of undersea empires, and her monogram is embellished with seaweed and a crown of shells.  This piece was a lot of...

Burke Crest from Historical Research

5" x 7" watercolor and gold leaf on paper.  I like how this one turned out on the watercolor paper.  I built a raised section on the paper with gesso and glue, then sanded it before applying the leaf to make the gold smooth and shiny. [button...

Amor Crest

11" x 14" watercolor, ink , and metal leaf on mat board.

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