I received a call for entries from the Columbus Center for Paper and Book Arts (CCPBA/European Papers). Artists were asked to create two illuminated letters for the CCPBA's upcoming "Books and Letters" exhibit. The letters could be based on historical samples or created from scratch. Each artist chose one letter and was assigned one letter. I chose "F" and was assigned "P." I based both of my letters on historical samples. I did the above "F" with watercolor pencils. I used a small pointed brush, touched it to clear water and then touched it lightly onto the tip of the colored pencil before applying to the paper. I didn't put the pencil directly to the paper.
The "P' is a combination of Zentangles and flourishes. I used a Hiro 700 nib and Moon Palace Sumi. Someday I will actually try a REAL illuminated letter. I bought the supplies after taking a mini-workshop with the amazing Rosemary Buczek at the 2009 IAMPETH convention.
....Heavy sigh...my list of things "to try" never seems to grow shorter...
Wishing you a flourishy Friday, and a happy Labor Day weekend to those here in the USA!