Our assignment was to gild a symbol or words, paint a dark
background behind the gilding, and use at least one Roman Cap
variation for lettering.
The idea for my piece started with the image of the sun I found
in a book. I really liked the raw, organic line the sun was
drawn with. It took a while to find a moving text about sun, but
once I found this one, I fell in love with it. It is a part of a
beautiful story and I still need to research more to find out
who the author is.
Tom Perkins' Caps are my favorite of all, so I didn't think
twice about using them here. To keep the 'organic' quality of
the piece I wrote the letters without any guidelines, loosely
following a pre-written layout. That way all imperfections in
the text are imitating the imperfect outline of the sun symbol.
I used mixed gouache in colors associated with sunset, every
line getting significantly darker and different in shade than a
After lot's of touch ups I covered the written text and worked
on gilding. I laid 2 layers of Reggie's pink gesso, 1 layer of
Instacoll ,and gilded with 2 layers of 23K loose gold. Such
At last I painted the background around the gilding using the
same colors as for writing - again, there were no straight lines
and no measuring involved in the process. I wish the background
turned out more even and subtly blended like with watercolors,
but with no experience with painting with gouache I didn't know
how to do it better.
The size of my piece is about 11x14", made on Arches WC HP.
Calligraphy is done with Mitchell #2 and #3 1/2, with an accent
(word "the') written with Nikko G nib.