Saturday, October 30, 2010

Captivating Copperplate



I don't ever remember being so enchanted by a script! I am enjoying studying all of the variations of copperplate and finding it to be a very expressive hand. I used whole arm movement on these two pieces while listening to the movie Inkheart in the background. I used Clairefontaine triomphe paper for these practice pieces, Pelikan 4001 ink and an Esterbrook 357 nib.

Finally Done!!!



I have more hours in this miniature than any I have ever attempted. Calling it finished before I overwork it. This is based on a 16th century miniature of St. Luke by Simon Bening. I learned a lot on this piece, but I have so much more to learn! I started this piece in August but could only work on it a few hours at a time. I lost count of the hours I have invested into it. it is 3x4 on Arches 140 lb HP paper. It was a very challenging piece but I enjoyed working on it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Card Illumination


I am so privileged to be able to take study days with a Master Illuminator, Debbie Thompson Wilson. She resides in the Guelph area and often teaches workshops at the Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster. This week, we were working on Christmas card ideas. I know I am rushing the season, but it will be upon us before we know it. This image is based on a 1827 Victorian Christmas card. The original was done in very pale washes of olive green, grey and soft blue. I wanted it to be a bit brighter so I used a lot of cadmium red in the design. There are a few spots of 23K gilding throughout the design.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Flourish for Sisters



Back to Spencerian Script today. This 8x10 piece is done on cream diploma parchment with my favourite McCaffery brown ink. The cabbage roses are antique mauve watercolour and there are blush and sage green accent florals. A fun little piece today to brighten up some dreary, cold, fall weather.