Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Working today on expanding The Enchanted Letter Workshop. I am adding more content to Fairy Tale Foliates! Today's work was interesting. I worked on Somerset Satin Print Making paper as well as Arches Hot Press Paper. Rather than the usual suspects, I used Old World Iron Gall ink for the sketch work. Usually I wait a few hours before painting the foliates if I am using any ink other than McCaffery Brown. But I was impatient and painted as soon as the ink was dry. There was a lot of bleeding with the Old World Ink on both the Somerset Paper and the Arches. It does dry to a waterproof state but patience is the key. I wasn't unhappy with the work. I kept the wash very light and it almost had a Victorian Chromolithograph feel to it. These foliates are unplanned and sketched out very lightly with pencil before inking them in. The result is more flowing than a pre-planned design.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
I have been working on this studio piece for a few weeks. I wanted to combine offhand flourishing, Enchanted Letters, Gilding, Persian illumination and even Sickles lettering to my engrossed piece. It is the largest piece I have done so far. It is 16"x20" on Arches Hot Press paper. Flat gilded with 23 K gold. I did a rough design and then transferred my rough to the Arches paper. I initially did the ink work with McCaffery brown but found that it just looked too washed out. So I re did the piece with Old World Iron Gall ink. I had to give it more drying time than I usually do with the McCaffery brown but I found that I liked the Victorian line and wash technique with the Old World ink. It looks a bit sharper. I learned a lot on this piece! Now I am shopping for a frame!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Coming home from my walk today I couldn't help but notice the sounds of birds again! Hoping that Spring will be here soon. I know I am rushing the season, but I felt inspired to do a couple of little spring flourishes. My familiar tools of Arches Text wove, Diane Townsend Pastels, my favourite Snakewooke pen holder ( made by my dear husband, coloured pencils and a pot of homemade walnut ink. It was a peaceful afternoon spent quietly in the studio.