Romanesque initials

I am making progress on my materials for the course on 12th century initials and filigrees that will take place next April.

But, of course, nothing beats creating to put into practice the elements found in the manuscripts. So here is a small piece of a work in progress.

Yes, it’s green (sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone), soon a complete view of this composition and, in the meantime, you can already register for the course at the Arche de Saint-Antoine.

Filigrees, the origins

 It looks like a movie title, the umpteenth of a too long series when the writers have lost all inspiration and the producers are pressing for a last opus in order to make the license a little more profitable.

No such mercantile practices here!

I propose you a course :

– in person, because it is time to get back to meeting people in real life

– in Isère (France), in this wonderful little medieval village of Saint-Antoine l’Abbaye, at the Arche community which will provide full board accommodation

– in April 2023 (from 21 to 23) to celebrate Anselm, Abdiesus and George

– in English and French so that everyone can enjoy it

– in pairs because Cecilia Boschi will propose a course of Italian bastarda at the same place and at the same time

We will take advantage of this conjunction to offer you shared moments of demonstrations, conferences, exchanges…

But I haven’t told you what I’m going to talk about yet, have I?
Oh well, no.

So the subject will be the initials and filigrees of the 12th century, we are at the end of the Romanesque period, we feel the Gothic coming but we are still far from it, the colors and forms are still rich and varied.

From A to Z
Green !
Possibilities to make (almost) modern with medieval!

For more information, you can consult the dedicated page.

Registration is open and can be done on the Arche website.

V is for Very long time

It’s really been a very long time since I’ve inflicted one of my filigree lettering on you. Probably because I took a break and devoted myself to other elements of calligraphy.

So here is a two-tone V with filigrees (a little different from what I usually do) and my unavoidable little gilded dots.

Filigrees and puzzle

Here are two small letters just out of the workshop.
I am reinterpreting the filigree puzzles as I will present them at the Abbey of Maredret during a workshop organized by Interligne in March 2022.

Here we read the first name in the cut of the vertical shaft of the letter, with gilding for the counter shape of the final E.

And here I am having fun with a flower shape that comes to “eat” the letter and decorate it at the same time with copper leaf gilding.

Happy birthday !!

Today is my wife’s birthday.

As I didn’t know what to give her, I started to create a new currency (kisses) and I started with a big banknote, 1 million !

Cashable only with me and in nature 🙂

The photo is printed (yes, I know, I should have done it by hand but that’s one of the many things I don’t know how to do).

Gold leaf for the control strip and the dot of the i, embossing for the number, everything else is done in watercolor, different dilutions of Payne’s grey.