I tried my hand with the painting the letter in gouache. While I like gouache, I am not thrilled with it on HP paper. I tend to get nicer effects of vellum. I miss the transparency of watercolour in the letter but the gouache stands up as a good foil to the bright gold leaf. Finished size is 4" x 1 3/4" on Fabriano HP paper. The foliage is painted with Holbein Leaf green and Winsor Newton Sap green. The lavender roses and buds were painted with my Diane Townsend Pastels and darkened slightly with Winsor Newton Mineral Violet. McCaffery brown and Finetec gold were used for accent strokes.
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.