Monday, January 17, 2011

Illuminated Floral Spray

This past Saturday I had the opportunity once again to study with my illumination teacher. We worked on border motifs. This little design is from the 15th century. I forgot my pointed pen so all of the vine work is done with a 000 sable brush using sepia watercolour. A very enjoyable day spent immersed in illumination techniques.


Dana said...

Obviously, you worked your magic with the brush - just as you do the pen.

So delicate and lovely, Heather.


Joseph Chapman said...

Very sweet. Now I really feel guilty about outlining trefoils with a Pigma Micron pen!

I can see a bit of what looks like a raised highlight on the leaf at the upper right--what did you use as a size? And what did you use to apply it? Hard to find a brush for size that (a) I like and (b) I don't feel guilty about dipping into goop.

Heather Victoria Held said...

HI Joseph,

The pigma pen works well....I think I would have used it if I had brought one, but it was nice to see what the brush could do. I used Rolco size for the gilding. You can raise this size. You just need to let the first application dry and then you build it up in layers. I have never gone more than three layers with it though. The brush I use for applying size is a size 0. The only markings on the brush are Q Series 5R White Watermedia, India. It is specially designated for dipping in goop.

Joseph Chapman said...

Ah, I thought you were using something smaller than a 0 on those tiny leaves.

Jane Farr said...

Lovely work Heather! It must have been relaxing and meditative.