Friday, December 2, 2011
When teaching the Enchanted Letter workshop, our first letterform needed to combine a simple script letter with an open area to flourish and decorate. There are no foliate extensions on these letterforms. I call these Embedded Letters. They are based on Victorian Embroidery techniques. The embroiderer would build up the script letterform with a satin stitch and then decorate the open area with buillion stitch roses, French knots, leaf stitch and even little pearls. Back in my embroidery days, I would probably have done a motif like this in whitework and embellished with shiny rayon or metallic threads. Painting the letter is much quicker! This 2"x2" piece is done on Fabriano HP paper and is gilded with Pallaldium leaf. This was my first time using palladium which made the letter Xperimental! It is a very different effect to look at your paper and see siver reflected back rather than gold. Initially, I did all the accent strokes in the Steriing Silver Finetec that usually lies dormant on the end of my palette. I still felt it needed the intensity of the gold and added some gold strokes as well. Background is pastel burnished with Diane Townsend pastels and the Sakura Clear Stardust gel pen adds some sparkle along with the silver hot foil. I thought the simple shape of X would work well to capture the Embedded Letter technique before I complete the project in a few weeks.