I took inspiration from Celtic designs for this piece. Used sepia ink for the
lettering and a size 3 nib for the Uncial handlettering. The letter “B”
I created from a design you can find in “Designs
from the Book of Kells” which is altered to work in the piece. Her books are
very useful as she has a couple books I have learned from. The boarder was
inspired by multiple designs I found using “55
Classic Celtic Boarders” There are many good Celtic books to learn from
about this and a search on amazon.com will show you many.
This piece was completed on parchament white paper, main body hand letter was done with a 3 1/2 nib and the larger title was size 1 nib. In this piece I used a light gold gouche and the rest of the gouches are still student quality Reeves.
Researched the illuminated letter from The Bible of Illuminate Letters with a Beneventan minuscule found in the Calligraphers Bible.
Beneventan hand lettering was mainly used from the 8th to 13th centry and was prevalent in southern Italy and centered on the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino, more informtion can be found at wikipedia; Beneventan script. For capital letters I chose Lombardic Versals to emphasize their imporatance, these letters date from the early gothic period to the renaissance period.
This was a fun project I did for friend at work whom retired recently. Her name
started with S and I while haven’t perfected humanistic hand lettering I enjoy
writing in it very much. So as much as I butchered the hand lettering the
surrounding art work compensated for it. The person whom received the card
absolutely loved it.
The front of the card is three shades of brown
that I splattered on using an old tooth brush. The centered S on the front is
actually cut out and elevated on the card. I used foamy two sided
adhesive squares to give it an elevated effect. A while back someone told me to
stay away from black and the background of the S is the closest to black I could
get by mixing violet and brown.
Not having done anything Victorian I’d
thought I’d dive in and enjoyed the drafting of the card very much. It was a
real challenged getting the spacing right. Hope you all enjoy this as much as
the recipient did. It may be another two months before I get a chance to post
If you enjoy calligraphy as much as I do. Consider joining a
Guild, I’m part of the Nashville Calligraphy
Guild and they have been an excellent group of people to meet with. They
offer classes monthly and have activities at each meeting. Try googling for the
one near you or send me an email and I’ll attempt to help you locate one near
Here’s a piece I created for our real estate agent whom went out of her way to ensure we had a good experience with our first home purchase. We had a number of hiccups that slowed things down. She had ability get it done timely and professionally. Visit her at http://sherrysellsindiana.com/
if your purchasing a home near me.
Each of the elements in this piece were inpired by researching many manuscripts. There’s a number of different digital scriptoriums that have these documents online for you to view.
I’ll be doing a manuscript reproduction for someone coming up that will be displayed at an exhibit in April which is exciting for me. Thank you all for viewing my blog.