Romanesque P on a black envelope

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Peter Bryan has been sending me plenty of work this past summer for my small business doing odd jobs on the side. This funds my expensive calligraphy habit.  So I sent a thank you note in the envelope you see above.  If your buying or selling your home in the Evansville, IN stop by his office.  Here’s a hyper link to his website.  http://househunter.com/sellers.asp?market_id=134

To make the lettering opaque on colored envelopes I followed the instructions in a recent issue of Bound & Lettered a calligraphy magazine.   By adding two or 3 drops of Dr. Martins Bleed Proof White to my W & N Cerulean Blue.  The lettering came out creamy, consistent and opaque.  I did not need to go back with a brush and add another layer.  The letter P itself is in keeping with research I’ve found for letters of the Romanesque period.  There’s a few great books on illuminated lettering but I’ve really enjoyed The Illuminated Alphabet by Patricia Seligan and Timothy Noad.  It’s full of detailed instructions for various periods and lot’s of inspiring sketches from those periods.

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