The assignment was Carolingian. But I had a calligraphy event
that required Carolingian combined with Lombardic. Time
constraints encouraged me to “kill two birds with one stone”, so
I searched amongst my collection of quotes for one that would
have a single short word that might be good highlighted with
Large Lombardic Caps.
The piece is 13 x 20 on Arches 130# Hot Press Watercolor paper.
The black is Chinese stick ink. The Carolingian text is written
with a Speedball C-2 nib. The Lombardic Caps are hand drawn with
reference to historic manuscripts. They are filled with Indigo
watercolor washes with the paper showing through as the white. I
first outlined them with a pigma micron .005 and erased the
pencil drawings. Then I began with the pure color in a thin
brush which was then pulled out with a wet flat brush. The
floral motif is also watercolor and gouache. The gold border and
tiny gold highlights are of lemon gold.
In gilding, I used miniatum ink as a ground because I wanted to
use it in a pointed pen for the very thin border. Instead of
letting it dry, I reached up to touch up something in the floral
motif and dragged something (probably my sleeve) thru the wet
miniatum. You would think I had learned my lesson by now! I got
as much as I could off the paper before gilding, but it was
impossible to completely clean up. Of course, this is the only
thing I see whenever I look at it!
Incidentally, the piece I demonstrated in the calligraphy event
(Illuminated Letters: A Calligraphy Performance by the Friends
of the Alphabet guild in Atlanta) was in black and white only
(no gilding) and had quite a different feel.