October 2013 Romanesque theme

The goal is to do 1 Romanesque letter every 2 to 3 weeks till I have a full alphabet.  Here’s the letter “K” in a two different forms.

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These two were finished letters I used on actual envelopes.  For the blue on black I followed the instructions in this last issue of Bound and Lettered.  By adding a 2 drops of Dr Martins Bleed Proof White to a the blue gouache it came out much more opaque and doesn’t smudge.

Below is a two different practice pieces I was working on, first in water color then in gouache.

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You can find all sorts of Romanesque letters in digital scriptorium by searching by the time period.