2016 03 19: Calligraphy & Illumination Class

posted Mar 19, 2016, 7:15 PM by Freydis Egilsdottir   [ updated Jan 8, 2017, 6:42 PM by Mikhail H- ]
Three delightful ladies came up from Halifax today to Will's house (thanks to him and his family for hosting!) to teach us the basics of calligraphy, illumination, and scroll-making. It was a very productive day, with Maeve, Valonia, and Freydis turning their hands to the intricate nuances of getting ink to flow correctly into the right shapes without the nibs falling off (which is apparently not a usual concern with calligraphy, thankfully, ha ha).

After a break for lunch (thanks again, Will!), it was time to put away the pens and ink and break out the gouache, which, it ends up, is a type of paint that combines the best of acrylics (colour intensity, staying power) with water colours (can be thinned and washed with water; can also be reconstituted from dry with water). We discussed spacing and layouts for both arts, and produced an alphabetic sampler and an illuminated scroll blank.

Thanks to Dame Margaret and Lady Isa for the lessons!

[Pics to follow shortly]