Not being able to give my classes, I nevertheless continue to work. And a charming lady from Canada was kind enough to order some small letters with filigrees. Here are the first ones, there will be more!
If you, too, would like to buy a letter, a monogram, on paper, on parchment, on metal, etc, don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂
And it is a reinterpretation of Mendeleev’s table as he presented it in 1870. Of course, some elements are missing compared to what we know today and the usual representation reverses the lines and columns compared to this one but it is always good (or almost), to return from time to time to the fundamentals 🙂
I calligraphed the symbols of the elements with walnut stain and I decorated the table with iron gall ink, decorating the different cells with small clouds of electrons.
And (I shouldn’t say this but you don’t get to do it again), I had made a mistake in the position of the gold (Au), I cut out the incriminated square and replaced it with an embossing of a golden patina that my wife had made on kraft paper. I think it’s very beautiful, it’s normal, it’s my wife who made it 🙂
I found, at the bottom of my medicine cabinet, an old (over 30 years old) bottle of aqueous eosin. It’s a bit too transparent for my taste to be used as is, but here’s an example of the (amazing) result when you drop a bit of eosin in iron gall ink still wet.
I’m fascinated by the fluorescent green, it’s quite unexpected.
On the weekend of 18 & 19 April 2020, I will teach a workshop at the Welkenraedt Cultural Centre. It will be devoted to the writing and part of the decoration of the second Bible of Charles the Bald. I worked on this manuscript more than 10 years ago and, in preparation for the workshop, I am getting back to it and trying some variations (especially of hues) based on a text by Seneca.
Decorated capital letters and original text with walnut stain, French translation into a later writing in iron gall ink.
A beautiful text by Colette on the act of writing from La Vagabonde. It’s only a fragment, she talks about it in different ways, but it’s the one that caught my attention the most. Who knows, maybe I’ll calligraphy the rest another day?
I was very influenced by Rudolf Koch in this composition, first with the title in NEULAND, then with the gothic script, inspired by the one found in his book of signs.
And, to contrast, I have chosen a less “violent” humanistic script for the second part of the text.
For a long time I wanted to calligraphy this fable in its Latin version because no, it was not Mr. de La Fontaine who invented The Raven & the Fox. It’s not Phaedrus either, but it’s the version I chose.
And as I can’t draw, I could only show in the border the fall of the cheese and not the protagonists 😉
All coaches will tell you that when nothing works, you have to go back to basics. So here is a new flower, a pattern of my own composition that I have already practiced a number of times. It is 5 cm in diameter, on handmade paper, gilding with gold leaf, alizarin lacquer and gum arabic for the background, iron gall ink for the filigree
I’m not unhappy with the result, it gives me confidence to start working on new compositions and I needed it because of my last drafts!