Sunday, April 25, 2010

Illumination Day

I had the privilege today of taking another class with Master Illuminator Debbie Thompson Wilson. Just being in the same room with her is inspiring. To see what work she can accomplish in just a few hours is amazing. I had chosen this illustration based on a illumination in the margin of the Hours of Catherine of Cleves. I tried to bring this little bird to life. The technique I used in the feathers was a dry brush technique. It was very relaxing and meditative. This piece will be framed for Holly's graduation.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Victorian Scroll Flourish

Playing with Derwent Graphtint pencils and Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils. I love the sketch like quality that I can achieve on the Arches Text Wove. The ink is Neil McCaffery's brown.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rives BFK Paper

I am enjoying testing some new papers. The Rives BFK feels wonderful and took the pointed pen really well. The pen just glides over the surface. Right now I am experimenting with watercolour washes on it. On this small flourish, the rosebuds are done with watercolour and the black ink is McCaffery's gloss.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Pointed Pen Uncial

I spent Thursday in a class exploring Pointed Pen Uncial. It was my first serious attempt at the hand. It has some lovely distinctions and I definitely will spend more time trying to develop it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Forgot to mention that I got myself a beautiful Zentangle® kit! What a joy to have the real thing and see the dvd. I was present at the Iampeth Conference in Rhode Island when Maria Thomas first introduced this fascinating artform. I did a few of them which you can see in very old posts on my blog but I really didn't do too many of them. Recently I had been fascinated with the postings on the Zentangle blog and website so I tried my hand again. These really are a delight to do! So relaxing and meditative. These were done in a coffee shop this morning before I started my Spencerian Study Day. A great warm up for the day!

Taking a Study Day

Today the Spencerian Study Group in England met. They were led by Master Penman Brian Walker. Whenever they have a study day, I take one here in my studio to feel connected with the group. They are working on lots of different projects. Some are working on quotes, some are doing very complex cross drill exercises, some are working on free-arm capitals and some have taken on very large projects. I chose to work on a P. W. Costello illuminated initial. It was one of the most involved illuminated initials I have ever done. I can see why he was a Master Engrosser. At the end of the project I had much more respect of his work. I am in awe of his techniques. I think I will have another go at this initial on vellum with more subdued colours.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Power of Pink!

Hoping these bright pink notes bring some cheer to my friends who are going through difficult times.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Greeting Cards

I spent the late evening of Easter Sunday getting Birthday cards and thank you notes finished. I did everything on black paper with a matching black envelope and have a stack of 4 ready to send out this morning. I love doing special cards for my friends!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Testing Arches Text Wove Paper

My dear friend Dana sent me a beautiful hand bound book from Molly West Handbound books
for my birthday. It is an absolute treasure and I have been stumped for finding a piece to use as the first page. This evening I came home and worked on a piece of Arches Text wove for the very first time. I was working with McCaffery's brown ink and I loved the semi- rough surface of the paper. In spots the text wove seemed to resist the ink and I really liked the sketch- like effect that I was getting on the paper. I also enjoyed using some light pencil strokes to add some shading to this piece. This was the result from 1:00 am until 2:09 am this morning! Just the look of the McCaffery's brown on the text wove reminded me of the work of my hero Daniel T. Ames in the Ames Compendium. It was a very fun piece to work on and I think I will use it as the first page in this beautiful handbound book.