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Week #10
This work was done by Anne Katheryn Hunter in New Orleans in 2017 for the session “ Variations on Romans ” in 26Seeds; a Year to Grow. In her own words
This piece is the largest piece I have ever worked on, and thanks to Reggie's and my classmate's encouragement, I felt empowered to take it on. The work itself is a song by Enya, titled "May It Be" written for the Lord of the Rings movies. I love listening to soundtracks, especially when focusing on my calligraphy. This song is one of my favorites, mainly because it sounds and reads like a prayer.

I started with a large piece of hot-press watercolor paper (I honestly don't remember the weight), 22 in by 34 in. and measured a three inch border around the whole paper. I then wrote out the song on a spare sheet of paper, counting the number of lines I would need for the whole song. I then drew the lines, 37 in all, on the page, about 22 mm tall.

I then counted each of the letters I would need on each line, taking into consideration which letters would be on each side of the middle line. I realized I could have written out each line in the font to determine the midpoint, however I was too anxious to begin so I just "went for it."
The lettering is done with Turner Artists' Water Colour Wine Red with a Speedball B3 nib. I then made all the edges "crisp" with a Brause EF 66 nib. Once the lettering was done, I had to think about what I wanted to do around the large border.  I began to think about tapestries and banners from the Middle Ages that may have hung in a castle and I wanted to incorporate some of J.R.R. Tolkien's own work as well. So I decided to create "tapestries" on each side and fill them with runes that J.R.R. Tolkien developed for his Lord of the Rings series.

I measured out the space for the "tapestries" and then used a ruling pen to draw the lines. I used a combination of Grumbacher Academy Watercolor Turquoise and Viridian for the blue-green background color. I then sketched out the runes and used Seral to transfer the design. I used Golden molding paste to create texture in each of the runes and Instacol to apply the 23K loose leaf yellow gold. I went through quite a bit of gold, but I loved using it and I ended up with the exact effect I wanted.

I really enjoyed working on this piece because I accomplished a large finished piece, with a quote I loved working on, and using all the new skills I have learned.

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