piece was started in class and finished at home. Reggie's slide
show on the making of the purple vellum was simply mind
boggling! Thank you for sharing, Reggie. Because the colour of
the vellum reminded me a little of the red ochre sails of London
Barges, I used the image of a barge for my Gold Leaf image.
These Barges were the cargo movers for southern England and
beyond, prior to the industrial revolution. (My old home town of
Faversham, UK is now a hub for London Barge enthusiasts and
restoration.) Like so many vessels of their day what was
practical was also stunningly beautiful especially when in full
sail out at sea. I tried to find a short poem that described
this but couldn't, so set about writing my own. The form was
intended to look somewhat like the reflection of the barge in
the water, an attempt at "concrete poetry".
A variation of copperplate script seemed a good fit for a
swirly, watery feel. I followed Reggie's, very helpful,
technique of making photocopies of the decorated paper (with or
without a partial design) for practising. It was really a boon
for working out the glitches. Executing it in Schminke Gold on
vellum with the ef66 nib certainly added challenges. Plus . . .
there was only one little piece of purple vellum. Some practise
was done on the back of the vellum to get a feel for the
texture, although even that is a little different from the
"right side". As few guidelines as possible were used in pencil
which is why the slant might be a little off here and there. I
am still in two minds about the extra decoration, would less
have been more? It was just so much fun to add the blue waves,
honestly, I couldn't help myself!"