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Week #39
This work was done by Ann Erickson this year in Raleigh for the session “Carolingian and Variations” , in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:
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.

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