Book of Durrow Celtic knot carpet page

This is a version of a ‘carpet page’ decoration in the Book of Durrow, an 8th century illuminated manuscript from the British Isles done in the Insular style. Carpet pages were pages where the illumination filled the entire space rather than having a mixture of writing and painting, and also the image looks rather like a carpet.

© Letizia Morley 2019

Space( )Between art exhibit illuminated calligraphy, stage 3: applying gold acrylic ink to border and initial capital

The next stage after painting in the watercolour portions was to start filling in all the vines in the border and the inside of the initial capital letter with Liquitex acrylic gold ink. I had to do a couple layers as this was a bit thin in texture. I need to experiment more with different types of gold paint in the future. I’m not to the level of gold leaf yet but admire those who can manage it.

© Letizia Morley 2019
© Letizia Morley 2019