Showing you five
photos of a work in progress.
This was a Wedding
Guest book for a friend of mine, married in
February 2000... so this is one of my more recent
works. It contained a total of 16 pages, 14 of
which were decorated as follows.
The bare-bones design
goes down. All gold leaf is applied to the page,
and burnished with fine silk, or a semi-precious
Steps Two and Three
The first and second
colours are painted. As I was painting 14 pages at
a time, I did all the red painting, then all the
blue painting etc, to cut down on paint wastage ie,
to avoid cleaning the brush of pigment for every
page. As this is a French Gothic style, the leaves
alternate between red and blue. In some examples
they alternate red, blue and gold also.
Steps Four and Five
Adding the black lines
for definition and filigree decoration.
Usually I begin with
calligraphy before anything else, but in this case,
it is a guest book and was signed at the wedding. I
did however include the date and names of the happy
couple, for their easy reference in the future, and
care instructions on the inside back
Lastly, I bound the
lot in a nice red velvet cover.