I purchased some vellum scraps from Paper Ink Arts and I was really happy with the quality. I have a large calfskin parchment that I have not been brave enough to cut into and some 9x12 sheets that I am saving for larger work, but for these playful miniatures, the vellum scraps are perfect. I received an assortment of sizes for my 2.0 oz purchase. The pieces did not require much more than a light sanding and then a sanding with pumice powder. This little owl was a combination of my admiration of the medieval illuminators and their uncanny ability to tuck anything they could think of into a border design and my passion for Victorian scroll work. The finished size is 1.5 inches by 5 inches. All detail work was done with a 2/0 Escoda sable brush. The piece is flat gilded with 23K gold.
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.