Seaweed and Seashell painted border

I have an upcoming commission from a local Pilates & yoga studio that wants a large chalkboard decorated with a sea-inspired border and the timetable of classes. After a few sketches, this is what the owner of the studio liked. I decided to make this digital version into its own thing since I liked it so much. Very summery.

© Letizia Morley 2019

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

Space( )Between art exhibit illuminated calligraphy, stage 2: finishing drawing the border and starting to paint in watercolour

Continuing on from the Stage 1 post for this piece, I show you now what the border drawing looked like when all filled in. In the two subsequent photos you’ll see the colour being gradually added, using Winsor & Newton watercolours. I wanted to give each ‘direction’ in the Psalm its own colour variation. The top is light blue to represent heaven, the bottom is a murky black-blue to represent Sheol. The left is the rosy-tinted East and the right is the slightly more orange-toned red. The ‘flame’ pattern at the bottom also hints at Sheol.

© Letizia Morley 2019
© Letizia Morley 2019
© Letizia Morley 2019