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B2578. Materials & Tech of Medieval Paint
The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting by Daniel V. Thompson. 239pp. 5.5"x8.5". Paper.

Recommended by Sheila Waters in her illuminated initials workshop. Excellent introduction for illuminators and painters. Cover carriers and grounds, including the different types of surfaces used and their preparation. Followed by a section on binding media consisting of binding methods and vehicles, their viscosity and transparency effects, and the pros and cons of different binding media, glazes and varnishes. Gives a classification of medieval pigments divided into smaller sections for each main color. Includes pigment mixing, reaction, permanence problems, confusion of identification, and history. Metals are also discussed, including types of gold media and gilding methods. Essential for anyone interested in the building blocks of medieval painting.



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B1999. Illuminated Initials in Full Color / Grafton
B1999. Illuminated Initials in Full Color
By Carol Grafton. 1995. 48pp. 9.25" x12.25". Paper.

548 illuminated letters have been selected from 19th century reproductions of medieval manuscripts and are arranged alphabetically. The letters encompass a wide range of historical styles.



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B4029. Irish Hand, The / O’Neill
B4029. The Irish Hand: Scribes and their Manuscripts from the Earliest Times by Timothy O’Neill. 2014. 148pp. Approx. 11.75"x 9.25". Hardcover

This revised and expanded edition has high quality, full-color digital images of the works of Irish scribes throughout the centuries. (The original edition was in black & white.) The first part is a survey of the manuscript tradition, followed by essays and full-page images for thirty-one of the great books of Ireland. The context, contents, and history of each manuscript are given, accompanied by a full-page illustration. The second part surveys the work of the scribes from a practical perspective, examining script and lettering in detail. Extracts are given from fifty-two manuscripts, transliterated and translated, with a commentary on the pen work. The Irish Hand covers 1,500 years of Irish script and letter design from the sixth to the twenty-first century.




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B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour / Lovett
B4095. Illumination: Gold and Colour by Patrica Lovett. 2015. 164pp. 8.25"x8.25". Paper

A practical guide to the use of gold and color, both for easy and quick projects using basic materials, and for more involved projects with vellum and parchment, quills, color, gold, and gesso. All lead up to a presentation of the step-by-step stages in gilding and painting a medieval miniature. Instruction boxes make the processes easy to see and follow.



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DVD62-PAL. Illumination: Tools, Materials... / Lovett
DVD62-PAL. Illumination: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Projects. DVD by Patricia Lovett. 3+ hours.

This dvd is formatted for non-North American viewing.

This companion DVD to

Illumination: Gold and Colour

introduces the tools and materials and demonstrates them to us in a variety of projects, from easy to more challenging. Techniques are carefully explained in step-by step processes, and there are clear explanations of what to do if things go wrong. Although traditional methods and materials are included, modern adhesives, tools, and materials are also considered for those who prefer a quicker result. USA & Canada: This PAL format DVD will play on your computer but not on your DVD player.



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DVD62. Illumination: Tools, Materials... / Lovett
DVD62. Illumination: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Projects. DVD by Patricia Lovett. 3+ hours.

This dvd is formatted for North American viewing.

This companion DVD to

Illumination: Gold and Colour

introduces the tools and materials and demonstrates them to us in a variety of projects, from easy to more challenging. Techniques are carefully explained in step-by step processes, and there are clear explanations of what to do if things go wrong. Although traditional methods and materials are included, modern adhesives, tools, and materials are also considered for those who prefer a quicker result.



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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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B4123. Lines to Live By / Gold
B4123. Lines to Live By: Thoughts on being a 21st-century calligrapher by Mike Gold. 32pp. 8"x8". Paper

Commercial artist and lettering designer Mike Gold shares his thoughts on making contemporary lettering, accompanied by 44 beautiful, full-color examples of his calligraphic compositions.



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SD15. Illuminating the Word (2nd Ed) / Calderhead
Illuminating the Word: The Making of The Saint John's Bible (Second Edition) by Christopher Calderhead.
2015. 240pp. 9-5/8" x 11-3/8". Hardcover

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Takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this extraordinary project, telling the story of the scribes and illuminators and the St. John's community as they complete all seven volumes of the Bible. Profusely illustrated with many large images from the Bible & actual-size samples of the scripts used. Extensively revised with about half new text and images.



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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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