Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pink And Sparkly

Every now and then I get to work on a commission in my two favourite and sparkly! These little Victorian flourishes were done on Clariefontaine Maya paper with watercolour, Finetec Gold, and Silver Stardust gel pen. The Clairefontaine Maya paper can take light washes of watercolour very nicely and even gilding. Using pink always makes a day seem brighter!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Little C

I love taking a day out to study with my illumination teacher. Today we worked on a very simple illuminated letter. This letter is based on a 16th Century Woodcut. Not sure what the floral elements were in the woodcut design, but mine turned out with a bit of a Christmas look, so I added the white gouache background to look like snow.I used Cobalt blue for the illuminated letter against a background of Paynes Grey. Permanent Rose, Winsor Red and Cadmium Red were used in the flowers and the leaves are Olive and Viridian. I enjoyed my painting time today! Wish I could devote more time to it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brier Grace

I came across this beautiful child's name on the internet a short time ago and thought I should do a little copperplate piece. I wanted to do my usual Mccaffery Brown and watercolour technique but I accidentally used Pelikan brown instead. When I applied the watercolour, the Pelikan brown reacted to the rose watercolour and turned a muted rusty colour! It even toned down the olive green leaves. Still a fun piece of experimental work.