This Halloween inspired piece starts from design techniques of
Codex Aureas. I chose “O” for a decorated letter. I needed
someone to hold this jack-o’-lantern, “O”, so I drew a boy in a
cowboy costume, then drew some Halloween images to make this
piece more Halloween-y.
I followed the sequence taught by Reggie. First, I traced the
letters and designs onto vellum with a pencil, painted gesso and
clear instacol and applied 23k gold leaf. Second, I drew the
spider webs with a micron pen and painted the letters and images
Finally, I drew black outlines with a micron pen, orange lines
with a ruling pen and flooded in with a brush. When dry, I drew
black dots. I also drew some images, a cat, pumpkin, moon, star
and witch’s hat, among dots. Good luck on finding them!
I cut out a crescent moon and tombstones on Arches cover black
paper to hold the vellum.
Happy belated Halloween!