Wednesday, March 05, 2008
tips for whitework
Over the weekend I completed the first scroll that I did both the calligraphy and the illumination for. The two borders are both taken from early 15th century Dutch manuscripts; the more I see of Dutch illumination, the more distinctive it appears. (A century of Dutch manuscript illumination is a very wonderful book.)
The thing I'm least happy about is my whitework. Does anyone have any tips? I have trouble keeping my hand steady (and hence the wavering of the lines), and by the time I water my gouache down sufficiently so that I can add a thin line of it, it isn't a very vibrant white any more. Do I need a smaller brush? Should I paint each line twice? Advice for a white-work novice much appreciated!
Scribbled by Sara L. Uckelman