PICK OF THIS WEEK - 2014
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Week #35
This work was done by Joanna Zdzienicka in Chicago this year for the session “Variations on Romans” , in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow.
In her own words:
Our assignment was to gild a symbol or words, paint a dark background behind the gilding, and use at least one Roman Cap variation for lettering.

The idea for my piece started with the image of the sun I found in a book. I really liked the raw, organic line the sun was drawn with. It took a while to find a moving text about sun, but once I found this one, I fell in love with it. It is a part of a beautiful story and I still need to research more to find out who the author is.

Tom Perkins' Caps are my favorite of all, so I didn't think twice about using them here. To keep the 'organic' quality of the piece I wrote the letters without any guidelines, loosely following a pre-written layout. That way all imperfections in the text are imitating the imperfect outline of the sun symbol. I used mixed gouache in colors associated with sunset, every line getting significantly darker and different in shade than a previous one.
After lot's of touch ups I covered the written text and worked on gilding. I laid 2 layers of Reggie's pink gesso, 1 layer of Instacoll ,and gilded with 2 layers of 23K loose gold. Such rewarding fun!

At last I painted the background around the gilding using the same colors as for writing - again, there were no straight lines and no measuring involved in the process. I wish the background turned out more even and subtly blended like with watercolors, but with no experience with painting with gouache I didn't know how to do it better.

The size of my piece is about 11x14", made on Arches WC HP. Calligraphy is done with Mitchell #2 and #3 1/2, with an accent (word "the') written with Nikko G nib.

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