I love taking a day out to study with my illumination teacher. Today we worked on a very simple illuminated letter. This letter is based on a 16th Century Woodcut. Not sure what the floral elements were in the woodcut design, but mine turned out with a bit of a Christmas look, so I added the white gouache background to look like snow.I used Cobalt blue for the illuminated letter against a background of Paynes Grey. Permanent Rose, Winsor Red and Cadmium Red were used in the flowers and the leaves are Olive and Viridian. I enjoyed my painting time today! Wish I could devote more time to it.
All the offhand flourishing on this website is original and has developed over years as my own personal style. The designs cannot be reproduced, copied, traced or reprinted in any form without my written consent.
I am a freelance calligrapher specializing in ornamental penmanship and offhand flourishing. I live in a small village in Ontario, about an hour west of Toronto. I have been happily married to my best friend Chris for nearly 25 years and we have a precious daughter Holly.
I have studied extensively with Master Penman through the organization Iampeth and the Spencerian Saga. I am currently an active member of the Royal City Calligraphy Guild. If I am not working with the pointed pen, I am studying medieval and renaissance illumination techniques. I love to spend time alone in the studio working on my art. It is a very spiritual activity for me.