Lately I have been trying to make some more Scottish themed illuminated calligraphy and decided to write out this Celtic blessing in the Artificial Uncial script. The Celtic knots here are identical, but are rotated in different directions for a nice contrast. It took a long time but I am happy with the result.
Here’s the text, which I think is wonderful: “May you have: walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, and drinks by the fire; laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all that your heart may desire.”
Enjoy and I hope you have some laughter and warmth today.
A few years back, a friend commissioned me to create this Psalm in calligraphy and told me what he wanted for the illuminations. He wanted oaks, trees, blues and greens, a monk studying the scriptures and a deer. I examined many manuscripts of the 1500s before I found the inspirations I was looking for. The script here is the Fraktur, a type of black letter script or font that was common in Germany starting the 16th century. I used watercolor for most of it but some gold paint for the initial capital letter.
From the archives, an early illuminated calligraphy work I did for my husband. He asked me to do this as a decoration for his classroom. The font, or script, is called Fraktur Miniscule, in use from about 1400 onward and very popular for vernacular works at the time. I used a Celtic Knotwork tutorial book to do the border. I used felt-tip pens instead of paint. Continue reading “A Student’s Prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas, illuminated calligraphy”→
Sometimes as Christmas presents for family, I do a calligraphy piece. This one is a wood board originally intended as a picture frame, on which I painted in acrylics and then wrote with a calligraphy marker. My calligraphy isn’t usually perfectly even but then again, I taught myself and rarely practice it unless I have a commission or want to get a present done in time for an occasion.