Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

Wishing you all Comfort and Joy for this Christmas season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Flourish Video online

Just wanted to wish my blog friends a Merry Christmas. I love this season and had fun with a new Christmas flourish video. You can see it on my website at or follow this link. Enjoy!!!!! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Enchanted Meadow Series: The Merry Makers

Still playing with ideas for my Enchanted Meadow series. Meet the Merry Makers~ Comfort and Joy. Inspired by the Yuletide season, I wanted these little rabbits to be incorporated into a festive border. I still have so much to learn about designing these little animals and merging them with a Medieval border, but I am enjoying the process.
This piece is done on Fabriano watercolour paper with Winsor Newton & Holbein Watercolours. It is flat gilded iwth 24 K gold leaf. White accents were added with Dr. Ph. Martin's bleedproof White. Finished size is 5 1/2" x 1 3/4".

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Labours of Love

My Dad is a gifted musician and October 28th, he celebrated 50 years as a church organist. To commemorate the event, he gave an organ recital at Alexandra Presbyterian Church in Brantford. The concert was well attended and the local paper printed an article about his music ministry. I was unable to attend Dad's concert as I was teaching workshops in California. It was difficult to be so far from home while Dad was performing his concert. I don't think I have ever missed one of his organ recitals. The event was very successful and well attended. Our family was so proud of Dad's achievement and I wanted to make him an engrossed certificate to mark the occasion. I kept the certificate as a surprise to be presented to him at his concert with only my sister, Holly and Chris knowing about my plans. I had attended two previous Engrossing Sagas with Michael Sull. One was in 2006 and the other in 2011 but I had never really tried to combine techniques I had studied with Michael into a larger piece of work. I generally work very small and keep to illuminated miniatures, Spencerian Script, English Roundhand and Offhand flourishing. This piece would stretch my comfort zone. I ended up creating two pieces for him. The first piece would be presented at his concert but I was not entirely happy with it. I had chosen to draw my capital letters and draw lower case German Text letters that I would gild and paint. It seemed like a good idea but the finished design wasn't as clean looking as I had hoped for. On my second attempt, I drew my capital letters, but used a parallel pen with Best Bottle Ink for my lower case German Text.
The piece was then gilded with 23K gold leaf and I applied a very light application of watercolour pencil.
I used my Victorian line and wash technique on the flourishing. The English Roundhand was done with a Vintage Eagle 750 EF pen point which has a medium flexiblity and is incredibly smooth.
It was done on Fabriano 140 lb watercolour paper using McCaffery Black and Staedtler Aquarelle watercolour pencils. While my parents were away this weekend visiting my sister, I went over to their house and removed the first certificate I had done and replaced it with this final piece. I am happier with it than my first attempt. I learned valuable lessons in the execution of both certificates. I am so very proud of my Dad and wanted to do something to honour his achievements. Way to go Dad!!!!!!