Y’all. After my recreation of the Graduale Oesa Manuscript H a couple of weeks ago, I fell a bit down the research rabbit hole and decided the only way to learn this style of illumination was by doing. So...I’ve started with the letter A (where better than the beginning)!😅
Unlike the H, this one (and any future letters I do) was hand drawn using the manuscript A variations as a guide (but not traced). Then I gilded it using instacoll and 23k gold (patent and loose). I will be using loose moving forward because it’s WAY shinier!
The hardest part for me in illumination is color...so I took a risk (after almost persuading myself shades of blue would be fine-a crutch) and I am SO happy I did. ❤️❤️❤️#calligraphy#illuminatedletters#engrossing#iampeth