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.
One of the first illuminated calligraphy pieces I did is this Psalm 1 for my friend. It is executed in marker entirely. Sorry about the poor quality of the photograph.
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.