Raised gold leaf gilding

Nice fun day today at work, raised gold gilding some versal and italic initials. 

Gilding supplies

23c gold leaf versals

Illustrated Notebooks & New Giclee Pet Prints

I spent some of yesterday visiting Coopers Crafty Corner in Pelsall to stock my art shelf with a batch of giclee pet prints and notebooks.  

My breast cancer awareness picture ‘Contemplation‘ will also be available from Oct 14th for their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with donations from the sales going to Walsall Breast Cancer Support Group

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Feathers Appear when Angels are Near, Notebooks

Following up from my last Bookworm notebook design with a Guardian Angel notebook. ‘Feathers appear when Angels are near’
Illustrated in ink with copperplate and italic calligraphy on a hardback kraft covered A5 notebook.

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Hand Illustrated Book Worm Notebooks

Tonight’s little job is the first of a batch of hand illustrated/inscribed A5 size notebooks, I’ve had requested for Christmas stocking fillers.

Hand illustrated with a hungry book worm!

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Copperplate & New Ink

Playing with my new Ziller Inks tonight for a bit of Copperplate practice… rebelling from our strict studio italic and roundhand styles this evening with some flourishing pastels!

On my first try I love these inks, they have an easy and consistent flow from the nib and have an impressive opacity on black paper with no offsetting.  Lightfast, pH balanced and waterproof.

I usually use a gouache mix for both colour and black due to my previous Higgins inks getting thick and glouppy, but these Zillers are going to be my new “go to” writing inks.

New Ink!

Probably won’t be testing this out just yet as I’ve got a few 150 mile commutes to a crem in Stevenage this week to update the Book of Remembrance.  Maybe the weekend with some copperplate.  Now …Zzzz

 

 

Blackletter & Commission’s

Quiet day at work today so it’s some Gothic Blackletter practice for me. Only my second time and not done any for about 8 months so rusty to say the least.

Got the go ahead for a graphite family portrait this evening and photos have come through for a horse oil portrait. Busy times …shame the day job gets in the way! Right, next up is a quick cheeky Photoshop composite for a birthday card, then bed.

Etsy

I’m giving Etsy another go now I have some prints in production, not really used it up to now.

Look me up here… My Etsy Shop

Christening Calligraphy

christening tag on vase table decoration kraft card with calligraphy name and dates

Written some calligraphy labels for decorative table vases …Which make a nice keepsake for Godparents after the event.

christening tag on kraft card with calligraphy name and dates
Godparent Gift