Illuminated Letters There are few of us who do not admire the beauty of an Illuminated manuscript or who do not recognize the skill of the artist who

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  • Illuminated LettersThere are few of us who do not admire the beauty of an Illuminated manuscript or who do not recognize the skill of the artist who produced it.PowerPoint by Karen Tanner

  • You will discover how to startWith a simple letter and change it into something much more adventurous.

  • LookCheck out the decorations, patterns, drawing and gold embellishments!

  • Illuminated LettersIn progress!

  • The BasicsWe commonly apply the term to a manuscript, or other artifact, usually with lettering that is richly decorated with colorful and gilded patterns or designs.

  • Strictly speakingIlluminated lettering is lettering that lights up.This effect is achieved by raising the gold slightly above the surface of the page so that the light catches the highlight.

  • Loosely interpreted,Well look at severaldifferent styles ofILLUMINATIONIncluding:Metallic mediaRaised gilding metallic paints and decorationStudent works

  • UsesPractically speaking, Illumination works best when used sparingly-just a touch of gold here and there.Use for special creations-perhaps a poem, saying or text for framing.

  • Different MediasInksPaintsMarkersMetallics

  • There are 2 things that will make drawing letters easier:

  • 1.Well lit, clean & uncluttered table to work on.

    2. Use a good pencil, drawing lightly on paper to rough in letter.

  • 3 approaches to Illumination:Decorate the lines that form the letters.

    Enhance the flourishes.

    Leave the letter untouched and illuminate adjacent parts of the design.

  • Always start with the basic letterform-

    Not the decoration, and let the illumination grow from it.

  • Unless the actual letter is to be gilded, it is best to leave it to the end and then apply gold sparingly to the design-

    Less is better!

  • Try one of these projects-Heraldry ShieldBookmarkGift Box and TagGreeting CardIlluminated Letter or InitialsOrigami BookJournal Cover

  • Student examples:

  • Illumination today

  • Let the adventure begin!