Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fairy Tale Process

I have been working on my calligraphic hands since 2003. I rarely delve into the edge pen, but when I do, I usually choose German Text. My source material is an old booklet that is crumbling but it has one of the nicest German Text hands I have ever seen. The book was penned by L.H. Hausam and contains several alphabets.
I love the Victorian look of the text and how it contrasts with English Roundhand. I used Christopher Yoke's Historic Small Batch Japan Ink on the Strathmore Drawing paper and a Mitchell 3.5 nib as well as a Gillott 404. I love the ivory colour of the Strathmore drawing paper. The scroll design around the quote was drawn in pencil before inking the design.
Some offhand flourishing techniques were used with the flowers and leaves. The piece is gilded with 23 K gold leaf, painted with watercolour and then burnished with pastels. I used a few Swarovski crystals in the centres of the blossoms. This piece will be donated to the IAMPETH silent auction in Portland. The whole piece is part of a playful process.
The quote struck me as very Victorian and fanciful and in need of a lighthearted border. I find joy in the process of working on a design from start to finish. The piece is far from polished or perfect, but brought me a lot joy as I worked with the playful border design. Learn your lessons with each piece of artwork, clear your workspace, and get ready to start the next one. We are never finished with the learning process.

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