I have had the joy of participating
in Reggie’s “26 Seeds Year To Grow”. Although it has been a
challenge at times it has been an extremely rewarding experience
as I have seen myself “grow” more than I thought possible during
This piece was month 3 homework assignment. We were instructed
to guild a symbol, word, or phrase and paint in the dark
background behind the gilding using at least one Roman Cap
variation for our lettering.
I entitled this piece “Sermon Notes” because I got the idea of
what I wanted to do while listening to a sermon in church.
The sermon was on Grace and the pastor had mentioned the Greek
word for Grace is Charis.
When I got home and looked over my notes I realized the
positioning for the letters of Grace and Charis could be in
perfect placement to form a cross.
The gilded image is Christ’s monogram and it was done in 23K
gold leaf. The background is painted with Turner Blue Violet
gouache. The background of the cross is the Blue Violet gouache
mixed with Winsor Newton White gouache. The lettering in the
cross was done with FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic. The lettering
around the cross and circle was done with Dr. Martin Iridescent
Bronze. The border was done with Gelly Roll Metallic pens –
silver on the inside border and gold on the outside border. The
shading was done with soft pastels and a make-up sponge. The
size of the finished piece is 11x17.
Thank you Reggie, for your excellent instruction, patience and
great sense of humor. You keep us laughing while we all learn
all so much!