Monday, March 5, 2012
Breaking out of the Box
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!