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Week #38
This work was done by Theresa O’Connor in Chicago for the session “Variations on Romans”, in 26 Seeds: a Year  to Grow. In her own words:
We were studying Roman variations and I was particularly drawn to the Neugebauer letters. I started with the quote, "Primum non nocere" which I wrote out with a Speedball B2 nib and squared off the ends. I then chose a collection of aphorisms about doctors and medicine. Using the grid paper, I lettered the various quotes around the larger quote using 2 variations of the Neugebauer caps.
While looking for a background for my project, I fell in love with a handmade paper --Black Ink Thai Unryo in a beautiful aubergine color. Using the transfer paper, I traced my layout on to the deep purple paper.
 I applied 3 layers of instacol and gilded the central quote with 2 layers of 23 karat gold. However, I then had a dilemma. I wasn't sure how I wanted to do the rest of the lettering on a dark background. Luckily, I came across a piece by Sheila Waters where she did letters on a black background with a gel pen. I figured that if a gel pen is good enough for Sheila Waters, it is good enough for me!  So the background letters are done with a gold and a purple gel pen.

I enjoyed doing this piece and I have especially enjoyed learning to gild.

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