Custom Pet Memorial Votive

I prepare and print your photo or artwork of your pet onto a frosted vinyl label, then burnish it onto a cube-shaped glass vase 3.25″ in each dimension. A sympathy card and an LED tea light are included. The price includes shipping, whether to you or a friend, within the continental US.


votive in ambient light

Custom votive in ambient light.

If this votive is a gift…

I’ll be happy to ship it directly with a card at no extra charge.

  • Use the drop-down below to enter your choice of standard or other sympathy card.
  • Use the text box below to enter your message for the sympathy card and optional text for the back, if necessary.
  • If you’ve chosen a sympathy card from my collection, use the text box below to enter the design name.
  • Please enter the recipient’s address in the “Shipping Address” area of the shopping cart.

At some point, you’ll also be able to upload your image(s) here, but for now send your images to bernadette@bernadette-k.com. Feel free to send messages before you order if you have any questions. Also, please see my tips on choosing an image below.


Custom Pet Memorial Votives

votive lit at night

Votive lit at night.

I make your Custom Pet Memorial Votive with love and sympathy on the loss of a precious companion, be it yours, or a friend’s or family member’s companion.

Custom Memorial Votive

Custom Memorial Votive

I designed the first of these memorial votives, seen above, as a gift to a friend who had rescued Oscar and had previously commissioned a portrait of him. Rather than using his entire portrait where he is sitting up, I designed it to focus on his face and positioned him so that the votive candle would alight his face, and especially his eyes. From its effect on me, and Oscar’s family’s reaction, I knew this was an idea that I could share with other animal lovers.

So I designed the memorial votives to focus on your companion’s face, and position their image so that the votive candle shines through their face, especially their eyes. During the day your votive captures ambient light even without the candle, but in the evening, when the candle is lit, the flickering light through your pet’s face in a darkened area is warm and intimate. Watch the video below as I place a lighted votive candle into Luna’s custom memorial votive.

How I make each votive

Henry

Henry

The sample votives you see here were ordered by one friend to give to another, and both parties gave me permission to share the images. I never use any image of a custom item without permission.

While I love to be creative with upcycled materials and make many votives using non-recyclable glass jars, I prefer these memorial votives to all be consistent and focus on the animal. I chose a square glass votive that I can easily purchase, and you can focus on the face of your beloved companion, not be distracted by the shape or see an image possibly distorted by the glass.

Working with your supplied photo or artwork, I use my decades of pet portraiture on paper and canvas and my photoshop skills to prepare the image to fit the votive.  I remove background distractions and correct distortions if necessary, and add a color or gentle pattern that suits your pet, pulling ideas from the supplied photos.

I print that image on a frosted vinyl label that holds the image with clarity and diffuses the light of the candle, and wraps completely around the outside of the votive.

You can use a wax votive, but as much as I love real candles and flickering candlelight, with years of curious feline noses and waving tails I’ve been trained to use flameless candles. I provide an LED votive candle with each votive I make that has an inexpensive and easily purchased replaceable battery so that you don’t need to run out and find a brand new votive to continue remembering your pet when the original grows dim.

Each votive is packaged with a small care and use card and a message of sympathy from me, “May their light shine on you always”.

If your votive is a gift a sympathy card with your message is included

You may include a message to any recipient. I offer memorial note cards that are blank inside where I will write your message and include it, in an envelope, with the votive. There is no charge for this.

The note card I send with your votive.

Whether the votive is for you or a gift for a recipient, the votive and card are carefully packed and shipped in a Priority Mail box.

A few more sample votives

In some cases I can place two pets on the same votive. This family, unfortunately, lost both of their companions, unexpectedly, in the space of one month. In this case I was provided with several photos and I put them together, which was a small extra charge for the extra time of removing the background from both photos, then merging them together ensuring that Cody and Dakota were proportional to each other.

Examples of working with photos

Below are some examples of the work I’ve done with supplied photos.

Tips on choosing a greeting

Other memorial votives

Love Never Ends votive.

Two other votive designs both became popular as customers purchased them as memorial votives. This idea began with the “Star of Wonder” votive I designed for the 2018 winter holidays. Many people purchased it as a memorial item for themselves or for friends. I started working out the process of customizing the same square votive, but with a pet’s image on it as a customized item. Click on either image to read more about the design.

Star of Wonder feline votive.

Star of Wonder feline votive.

Stained Glass Cats votive.

 

OTHER VOTIVES

Find other votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife in my Handmade Gifts Gallery or search “votives”.

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Testimonials

Bernadette Kazmarski is my absolute favorite artist, I have one of her pieces on nearly every wall in my home. One of the things I admire most about her work is her feline art. Bernadette is able to capture cats in a very emotional and authentic way. The light and expressions on her feline subjects are so delightful. No animal has captivated us (and the Internet) quite like the house cat. Bernadette's pieces perfectly replicate the joys our feline friends bring to us.

Tara Czekaj

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You can also sign up for my monthly e-newsletters to receive special discounts and find out where I’ll be with my artwork.

Click here for the Creative Cat Preview E-newsletter, for feline and animal-specific products and information.

Click here for the Art & Merchandise E-newsletter, for landscapes, nature, urban scenes and more.

For art, photos and writing as I develop it, visit my blogs.

See feline art and photos as they happen on The Creative Cat, along with feline news, health, welfare, rescue stories and more.

See daily photos as I post them on Today.

Read poetry, short stories, essays and more on Paths I Have Walked.

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© 2020 | www.PortraitsOfAnimals.net | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.