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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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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.



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B4170. Illuminating Wisdom / Hassed
B4170. Illuminating Wisdom: Words of Wisdom, Works of Art by Diedre & Craig 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.



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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.



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B4188. Acrylic Illuminations
B4188. Acrylic Illuminations by Nancy Reyner. 144pp. 8.25"x11". Hardcover, spiral.

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!



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B4214. Art and History of Calligraphy / Lovett
B4214. Art and History of Calligraphy by Patricia Lovett. 2017. 224pp. 8.5"x11". Hardcover.

Presents first a well-illustrated history of calligraphic hands from early Roman Cursive and Uncial through to Edward Johnston's Foundational hand. Next is a longer chapter on how manuscripts are made, covering: pens, pigments, metal leaf, brushes, and vellum, and how they were used to letter, gild, and illustrate manuscripts. A series of full- or multi-page plates of 75 manuscripts follow, with a description of the manuscript, the significance of its text, the hand used, and other facets of its production. The first 50 or so pages span the third through the sixteenth centuries. From English revival and forward are plates from William Morris and Edward Johnston and from fifteen 20th-century scribes.



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B3168-P. Gilded Page PB / Whitley
The Gilded Page: The History and Technique of Manuscript Gilding by Kathleen P. Whitley. 2009. 238pp. 6"x9". Paperback.

Explains in detail the historical and modern techniques of manuscript gilding, along with recipes and helpful hints. Learn step-by-step methods of applying and burnishing gold, described in a sensible and easy-to-understand way. Learn about the tools, methods, and materials employed in flat, raised, and pattern gilding for manuscripts and paintings, along with historical mordants such as Gesso Sottile, Gum Ammoniac, Gum Arabic, and Garlic Juice; and modern mordants such as Acrylic Gesso and White Glue. Second edition; revised, with the addition of color plates and new information on ancient Egyptian Papyrus gilding.



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CD14. Technique of Raised Gilding (CD PDF Book)
The Technique of Raised Gilding
By Jerry Tresser. 2006. 72pp. CD in PDF format.

This practical gilding manual provides a scientific and historical analysis of the materials and techniques for
raised gilding with gesso and provides step by step instructions. Tresser approaches gilding as chemist to demystify the craft process and help you to be consistently successful. Provides an in-depth discussion of the preparation and application of the gesso. CD includes color photos, not in the original printed edition. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free downloadable program, to view/print the book.)



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B4147. Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination
B4147. Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination by Stephen N. Fliegel. 2013. 130pp. 9"x11.5". Paper

The Caporali Missal, a sumptuous and important Renaissance missal—or service book for the priest at the altar—was illuminated by the Caporali brothers for the Franciscan community in the hillside town of Montone, near Perugia, in 1469. This exhibition catalog celebrates this important manuscript, recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with exquisite reproductions that bring the illuminated pages to life. Additional works by the Caporali brothers and relevant art from the museum's and other collections elucidate the history, style, content, function, and authorship of the missal. Illustrations of a chalice and a paten, a chasuble, and a processional cross enhance the religious and aesthetic context of the manuscript. A series of essays by eminent scholars examine the influence of Florentine artists on the Caporali brothers and explore the spiritual life of the Franciscan community and the history of the friary at Montone.




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