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Illumination Instructional

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B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art / Travers
B4120. Beginning Illumination: Learning the Ancient Art, Step by Step by Claire Travers. 2016. 80pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover

This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination and then to improve your skills.
Starts with a short history of illumination with photos from medieval masterpieces, then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. You learn the proper ways of preparing vellum, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. Discusses borders, human faces, flourishes, dragons and other creatures, and much more.

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B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook / Sullivan
B4145. Illuminated Letters Sketchbook by Jane Sullivan. 2016. 160pp. 6.3"x8.5". Hardcover

Learn how to illuminate your writing like the scribes of the past! Bring letters to life with plant and animal motifs, swirling vines and leaves, graceful arabesques and flourishes, fantastical imagery, and more. Draw creatures cavorting across the page as Gothic illuminators did, or create the knotwork seen in famous Celtic manuscripts. Step-by-step tutorials, tips for creating striking effects, and blank letterforms you can illuminate yourself make this the perfect modern-day guide to the medieval art of beautiful writing. The book contains space on pages for the artist to create their own letters right inside the book (the pages are printed with a light blue graph).
Includes an elegant spring-green ribbon bookmark with which to keep your place.

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B4208. Illuminated Alphabet / Seligman & Noad
B4208. The Illuminated Alphabet: An Inspirational Introduction to Creating Decorative Calligraphy by Patricia Seligman and Timothy Noad. (1994) 2017. 160pp. 9"x9". Hardcover.

This is a how-to book about making illuminated letters. The styles presented are Celtic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Modern Revival. Step-by-step illustrations are presented for the drawing, gilding, and painting of these decorated letters. For each initial letter project, an initial from the original manuscript is shown. This wonderful, lush book is printed in full-color throughout, and we are lucky to have it available again - in hardcover and at a bargain price!

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