Sunday, March 6, 2011
Part two for completing this birthday card
I took this letter from the bible of illuminated letters, then traced it, flipped it over than traced it again. Finally retracing it onto the card where I wanted it. You'll notice in a earlier photo I had filled it in using color pencils to determine the color scheme in advance. Afer painting it in the rest of the way I cut it out. Then used it as a raised letter on the front of the card.
Here's the completed card.
You'll notice a little more spacing in the middle as there's where the crease was. I don't have a bone knife to create an actual crease so I used a metal ruler and some elbow grease.
Notice on the left hand side I use Uncial hand lettering and it's a total of 7 nib widths, 2 nib widths for the ascenders, 3 nib widths for main lettering, 2 nib widths for the descenders. I did this inorder to stay consistent through out the piece. Some books recommend 4 nib widths for the main lettering but I found Maryanne Grebensteins book to be the most informative and accurate.
I freehanded the capitol S a few times on a seperate piece in order to get it just right.
You'll notice everything is laid out and pre measured then transferred those measurements over. Even each boarder is 3/4" with the poles being centered.
I used Reeves Gouache(pronounced gwahsh) beginners paint to do this. Each month I order a few more supplies, right now I'm still taking books out regularly from the library and utilizing the interlibrary loans to get what the library doesn't have.