[Scriptoris] Painting Techniques

Velvet Claw a_velvet_claw at yahoo.com.au
Thu Mar 2 09:08:38 PST 2006

Here's my 2 cents, Hillary dear.

 The lifting colour technique you describe is heavily used in Stefan
Oliver's "Paint Your Own Illuminated Letters".
For anyone interested in being taken step by step through the process to
produce some letters from a selection of centuries, have a look at  this
book! There are 25 projects

  I do have to say that his drawings are a bit rough and ready, but I've
found that by researching some similiar examples and re-drawing a bit, you
can come up with something as 'sleek and sophisticated' as you wish.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Hillary Greenslade" <hillaryrg at yahoo.com>
To: "scribes" <scriptoris at ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 10:55 AM
Subject: [Scriptoris] Painting Techniques

> Scribes,
> I'm tired of seeing only posts come from me!  and only posts about
meetings and guidelines!
> Let talk about scribal arts! Yeah!
> Painting techniques -
> I took a class at KWHSS 2005 in Atenveldt on a few painting techniques.  I
don't remember them
> all, will try to find my handout tonight and share them.  If you guys have
any to share - please
> do.   Let's see this list be about education as well as information on
scribal stuff in kingdom.
> Lifting the Paint:
> * Identify the section you want to paint.
> * Paint the section with a light coat of water.
> * Paint the section with regular mixed paint.
> * While the section is still wet, dry the bristles of the brush by
sqeezing between fingers (I
> also sqeezed between paper towel), and lay down on section where you want
to lift the paint back
> up.  Don't place the brush back on the section or you will just lay back
down the pigment you
> lifted, but squeeze again, then lift.
> * You have to work fast, or the pigment will have absorbed into the paper
and not lift.
> * As the painted section dries, you can rewet with water a bit, and
re-lift... but take care, as
> rewetting too many times, the paper begins to pulp.
> This technique can give the piece the illusion of highlights, but in fact
it's the white of the
> paper showing through the thinned pigment area.  Try it!
> Next up??
> Cheers, Hillary
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