Nearly half way through this illuminated letter project and the letterforms are starting to flow a little more freely.I wanted the L to be a Lombardic letter but didn't like any of my sketches so I went back to my ribbon script letters.I wanted the foliate extension to look a little older than the Victorian era. I have been looking at a lot of Persian illuminated manuscripts online and I think that influenced my colour choices,the use of Permanent White and the extra touches of gold. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise mixed with Permanent White and Winsor Blue were used for the larger flowers.The smaller flowers are Permanent White, Opera Rose, Carmine and Alizarin Crimson The leaves and letters are painted with Holbein Leaf Green, Permanent White and Sap Green. Finished size is 4"x 1 1/4" on Arches HP.
All the offhand flourishing on this website is original and has developed over years as my own personal style. The designs cannot be reproduced, copied, traced or reprinted in any form without my written consent.
I am a freelance calligrapher specializing in ornamental penmanship and offhand flourishing. I live in a small village in Ontario, about an hour west of Toronto. I have been happily married to my best friend Chris for nearly 25 years and we have a precious daughter Holly.
I have studied extensively with Master Penman through the organization Iampeth and the Spencerian Saga. I am currently an active member of the Royal City Calligraphy Guild. If I am not working with the pointed pen, I am studying medieval and renaissance illumination techniques. I love to spend time alone in the studio working on my art. It is a very spiritual activity for me.