This is a small piece to experiment with some of the
techniques Reggie taught. I started with an image of an
old French paving tile I found that had the basic layout
and center shape. I drew the outline onto Fabriano
Artistico HP paper and added layers of watercolor, wet
in wet, for the blue background.
I then laid the gold center shape and star with
Instacoll over several layers of the gesso/glop mixture
for a very raised look.
Finally I lettered in gouache with a B nib, squaring
off the ends with a pointed pen.
The star, which marks the end of the text, took over
visually, and it's hard to tell where to start reading,
so I added the gold dot over the "I" in the center
(beginning of the text). Not completely successful, but
I like the lettering and the overall effect anyway!