Thursday, April 21, 2011

H Bookplates?

Working through my H designs, I decided that they both could function as bookplates. Both designs are a bit larger than my other initials. The heart is 4" x4". Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Daniel Smith is the main colour in the design which is flat and raised gilded.

The Art Nouveau-ish design is flat gilded on Pergamenata paper and is 3 3/4" x 2 1/2". The design is a combination of Walter Crane's style with Kate Greenaway's palette. I can see my longing for Spring in both of these designs.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Medieval Bestiary

Sunday was a wonderful day spent at Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster with my teacher and Master Illuminator Debbie Thompson Wilson. Debbie is a brilliant and generous teacher. She is truly eager to share her expertise and knowledge and genuinely wants her students to learn medieval illumination techniques. We were given numerous inhabited border designs to try in class. I opted a 15th Century Dutch border design which took nearly 5 hours to complete. Finished size is 4 1/4 x 1 1/8".
I had enough time left to start the Italian Rabbit design. Finished size is 1 3/4" x 1 1/2". Both were a pleasure to paint. The day flew by.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

G is for Guess Who

I had an enchanting childhood. My mother is an artist and my Dad ran a print shop in the basement while I was growing up. I was always surrounded by artistic people, papers, inks, pens, pencils, and a large library of illustrated books. I was influenced by the illustrators of my fairy tale books such as Walter Crane and Randolph Caldecott. Victorian illustrated books still hold a prominent space on my bookshelves. This little cherub carrying the G is in homage to one of my all time favourite illustrators. She was known for her enchanting childhood vignettes in outdoor scenes. Garlands of roses and ribbons would appear in her work as well as delightful floral studies. These appealed to me first as a child, then as a florist and now as a pointed pen artist. She still enthralls me and influences my work. The cherub is based on one of her illustrations. Although I couldn't capture the same delightful features that she could create in her illustrations, I enjoyed working in her style and trying to capture the essence of her work. The finished piece is 3x3 on Pergamenata paper. I used shell gold highlights in the cherub's hair and wings and added flat gilding highlights to the initial. Pastel and watercolour accents were added to the composition. G is for.......

The Gilded Flourish

Trying to figure out the Pergamenta paper and how it reacts to flourishing. I used a Gillott Principality pen point and McCaffery brown ink on this flourish. I wanted a very sharp and flexible point to see if the paper caught the nib at all. It almost glides effortless on this paper even though there is texture to the paper.(Could be the Principality!) I added tiny dots of raised gilding to the flourish and used watercolour pencil on the florals. The piece is matted to 8x10.