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.
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
Corners are slightly bumped and creased
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.
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.
B4161. All That Glisters / CLAS All that Glisters. 2012. 100pp. 7.5"x7.5". Paper
This beautiful catalog of CLAS’s Living Letters IV exhibition features a juried selection of 96 works from nearly 60 scribes, including multiple works from Paul Eccles, Gaynor Goffe, Marlene Gray, David Harris, Dee Howley Gibbs, Lin Kerr, Susie Leiper, Linda Lewis, Patricia Lovett, Marion McKenzie, Janet Mehigan, Margaret Morgan, Timothy Noad, Mary Noble, Nancy Ouchida-Howells,Tom Perkins, Jan Pickett, Katharina Pieper, Alan Quincey, Jan Sambell, Cathy Staples, and Jan Turner. The works follow the title theme using gold leaf and color and/or text that refers to gold, the sun, light, and the like. There are both traditional and contemporary pieces and done with pens, brushes, and chisels.
B4170. Illuminating Wisdom / Hassed B4170. Illuminating Wisdom: Words of Wisdom, Works of Art by Craig & Deidre Hassed. 2017. 168pp. 8"x8". Hard
Brings art and wisdom together in a beautiful celebration of some of the world's most inspiring philosophical, spiritual and literary quotes. Approximately 80 quotes have been drawn from some of the great wisdom and literary traditions of both East and West, as well as from inspiring people throughout history noted for their practical wisdom. These quotes have been set to exquisite calligraphy by Deirdre Hassed in a range of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary, using many and varied techniques such as gilding, collage, work on glass, letterpress, and linoprinting.
B4192. Image on the Edge B4192. Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art by Michael Camille. 2004. 176pp. 6"x9".
Recommended by Annie Cicale for her LetterWorks 2017 class.
What do they all mean – the lascivious ape, autophagic dragons, pot-bellied heads, harp-playing asses, arse-kissing priests and somersaulting jongleurs to be found protruding from the edges of medieval buildings and in the margins of illuminated manuscripts? Michael Camille explores that riotous realm of marginal art, so often explained away as mere decoration or zany doodles, where resistance to social constraints flourished.
Medieval image-makers focused attention on the underside of society, the excluded and the ejected. Peasants, servants, prostitutes and beggars all found their place, along with knights and clerics, engaged in impudent antics in the margins of prayer-books or, as gargoyles, on the outsides of churches. Camille brings us to an understanding of how marginality functioned in medieval culture and shows us just how scandalous, subversive, and amazing the art of the time could be.
Chock full of acrylic painting techniques for both beginners and experts alike. You’ll begin with a crash course on acrylic, where you’ll learn which painting tools are necessary to own and how to use and experiment with them. Then, you’ll dive straight into a plethora of painting techniques, grouped together by visual effects or materials. Convenient and helpful tips on how to utilize these techniques are included at the beginning of each chapter. Add shine with metallic effects, reflection with prismatic effects, and a bit of brightness and glow with optical and luminous effects. Plus, learn how to apply paint without the use of designated tools with pouring techniques. Clear step-by-step directions for each technique. The stunning visuals that accompany each technique enhance your understanding. You will be inspired to try new painting methods and enjoy the dazzling results!