Friday, April 27, 2012

Calligraphy Flourish Friday - Illumination Practice

Using the handouts from Rosemary Buczek's  workshop, I made this B.  I used Staedtler Aquarell watercolor pencils, Instacoll, and 23K patent gold leaf.  It's done on Diploma Parchment, which thanks to this post from Heather Held, I ordered from John Neal.  I really liked working on it.  I accidentally dragged my hand through the watercolor, and it cleaned up beautifully.

At Rosemary's workshop, she graciously let us use one of her hand tools from Talas to do the tooling.  The hand tools are gorgeous but very expensive. I had purchased these metal embossing tools from MercArt a few years ago at Artiscape, and I wondered how they would work for tooling on the gold.

They seemed to work pretty well.

Using watercolor pencils and the MercArt tools is sort of the poor man's method, but it was still good to practice.

I found a pretty frame for it. I wish I had taken a photo of it framed before giving it as a gift. Oh well.

Wishing you a great weekend.
Go forth and flourish!!


  1. It is beautiful Jane! Love the tooling.

  2. If this is the "poor [wo]man's method", then smite me with poverty!!! What a brilliant idea to use pencils. Just gorgeous, Jane! Love everything about it.

  3. So beautiful Jane! Love the colours and the tooled gold looks exquisite! So glad you like the new diploma parchment too!

  4. The tooling really adds a lot! I'm glad you showed the before tooling (beautiful!) and the after (even more beautiful.)

  5. It's so great that you share as I learn so much from each post! I have the same metal tools but I haven't used them as you suggested.....and now I will give it a try.

    I really love the colors you choose for your letter "B" and it turned out so very lovely!

    I love working on diploma parchment too! Thanks Jane for sharing!

  6. Jane
    Very Pretty! I just love reading your blog! I also got your little THANK YOU Card using your new K. markers.... I am happy that you started a newbies session like ours. It is very successful in Austin and we do as much as we can for our newbies here.


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