Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Artful Flourish


This is for my Iampeth class in Orlando this summer. It is also page three of my Molly West Handbound book. I am keeping that book for flourishes with a Daniel Ames feel to them. This piece is done on Rives BFK paper with McCaffery brown, Finetec gold and Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils. I don't think Ames would have ever done a pink capital letter though!

11 comments:

Jody Meese said...

Awesome, Heather! Your class is going to be incredible.

Joseph Chapman said...

Lovely work as always. By "Finetec gold", do you mean the powder, and if so, what are you binding it with? And how does it behave in a pointed pen?

Heather Victoria Held said...

Hi Joe,

Looking forward to seeing you in Boston! The Finetec gold is a set of 6 Pearlescent German Watercolours. The Gold set has 5 ranges of gold and one pearlescent white in the set. It is pan watercolour.I add an eye dropper of water to the pan, mix it to an ink consistency and apply with a brush to the back of the pen point. It works beautifully in the pointed pen. Brenda at Paper Ink Arts has it and so does John Neal. The Odyssey store will be well stocked with it.

Heather

Joseph Chapman said...

Ah. I thought you meant the Finetec gold powder that costs something like US$ 160 for a two-gram bottle, and with which I have, for obvious reasons, been hesitant to experiment.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Hi Joe,

I have been reluctant to purchase that as well. It does look beautiful when applied. I have seen it used in a ruling pen with clear glue as the binder. More vibrant than shell gold.

Dana Cochran said...

So lovely, Heather. It definitely has a vintage feel to it ... and I always love vintage with a twist. ;)

Have a beautiful weekend~~

xo ~Dana

Heather Victoria Held said...

Hi Dana,

Everything in the Molly West book is going to have that vintage look to it hopefully. It's a fun project trying to fill that book!!

Jane Farr said...

Lovely!!!! I so appreciate you sharing your Boston and Orlando pieces on your blog Heather. It takes away some of the disappointment of not being able to attend. Your special, handbound book is off to a brilliant start!

Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Jane! I will post more in the days to come.

carole said...

Hello heather,
Your pieces are breathtakingly elegant & graceful!
Carole Johnson
No need 2 post this part:
Just contacting you that I sent an Odyssey query yesterday re which of the many pastel pencils you recommend. FYI, today John Neal sent me a message that the hot foil pen is unavailable because Staedtler no longer makes it.
Than u 4 answering about the pencils.
Carole

Heather Victoria Held said...

Hi Carole,

Many thanks for the kind words. I only use pastel pencils on occasion. Mine are Faber Castell. I actually prefer coloured pencil to pastel pencil. I like Derwent ColourSoft, Prismacolour and Fabercastell Polychromos. If I want a hint of pastel, I like to use pan pastels. Hope this helps.

Heather