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.
After many many hours of work, here is the final result. The first image is the work before framing and the second is the work at the ‘Space( )Between’ exhibit in St Leonards Chapel on South Street, St Andrews.
(See previous posts for the process):
A recent digital painting of pink, white and yellow tulips. I get so much joy each year when the tulips emerge.
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.