The challenge for this month’s homework was
Let me begin by saying I love working
on vellum. Therefore, for this homework I purchase a
large piece of calf parchment from Pergamena; and
the best part, it was already prepared for writing.
Since I wanted to keep the natural variations
and demarcations of color that ran through the skin,
I did not want drawings or colored pencil (which I
did want in my original thought of design) to
interfere with the beauty that was before me.
I chose Bible verses that contained the word
“light” in them. Using the spine outline on the skin
as a divider, I placed Old Testament verses on one
side and New Testament verses on the other side.
I used moon gold leaf on the dove and in the
box background for scripture titles. Laying the gold leaf so that my
brush strokes would not show was a challenge. I had to really thin out
the Instacoll with water in order for it to flow smoothly. I think the
moon gold actually settled into the parchment after a few days giving
the gold leaf a brilliance that intensified over time.|
scripture titles I used letters from the Codex handout Reggie had
given in one of our sessions. For the Carolingian text I used stick
ink in Indigo (G7) and Persimmon (G-8). The ink flowed from my pen
onto the vellum with such ease that words fail to describe my feelings
in creating this work. The symbols at the end of each verse section
are done in Indigo stick ink, a spotter brush and 00 Series 7 WN
Again, thank you Reggie for pushing me into creating
something way beyond my expectations.