Thursday, February 24, 2011
Ribbon Script D
This is a vintage Victorian lettering style called Ribbon script. It is based on the Copperplate Script capitals that I am currently exploring and holds so many possibilities for embellishment. Once again, I started playing with pastels for background effects. It is flat gilded on Arches 140 lb. HP paper and entirely painted using Caran D'Ache Classicolor Metallic watercolour pencils. It was my second attempt at the letter D and is my favourite in the series so far. Finished size is 5"x2".
My first attempt at D is a medieval Drollery based on a 15th Century woodcut. My guess is that it was intended to be D, but who knows! The study of marginal drolleries in medieval manuscripts is fascinating. An excellent book on the subject is Images in the Margins by Margot McIlwain Nishimura. This piece is 2/1/2 x 2 1/2 on Arches 140 lb. HP paper with flat gilding. At this point in the illuminated letter project, I realize that I am much more comfortable with Victorian letterforms. The appearance of Medieval and Renaissance forms will probably be scarce!