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
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.