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Week #15
This work was done by Judy Meagher in Memphis in 2018 for the session “Roman Variations” in 26 Seeds: a Year to Grow. In her own words:
I did this embossed piece on Nideggan paper, with an overall paper size of 9 3/4” x 12 1/2” (text size is 7’ x 9 1/2”). The quote is one of my favorites from Walt Whitman. I first did the layout and lettering using gouache and Speedball B-1 and EF-66 nibs on Arches hot-press paper, which was then photocopied and enlarged approximately 20%. I then followed the hand-embossing technique learned in class--transferring the enlarged design to 2-ply Bristol, cutting it out with a #11 X-acto knife, and then finally embossing it onto the Nideggan using a ball stylus and light board. I particularly love textural, tone-on-tone designs, and was therefore quite pleased with how this turned out.  The second piece is 12” X 17” (design area), on Diploma Parchment. I used Burnt Sienna and Red Ochre gouache, with size 2 & 3 1/2 Mitchell nibs. The edging was done with a C-2 nib along a metal ruler.

The third piece is 7’ X 10” (design area), on Arches hot press watercolor paper. I used a variety of mixed gouache, with a size 2 Mitchell nib. This piece was inspired by the work of calligraphy artist Gemma Black.



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