This photo-filled book offers all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination. Start by delving into a short history of illumination, marveling at the world's great medieval masterpieces captured in stunning photos. Claire Travers, one of today's leading illuminators, shares her expertise as she introduces you to the materials and basic techniques that lay the foundation for this art form.
Colorful photos and detailed explanations will guide you through the proper ways of preparing parchment, selecting pigments, mastering the art of gilding, and skillfully employing color. Learn the five essential steps of illumination, from applying gesso and gold leaf to adding highlights intricate outlines. Discover medieval-era materials and techniques as well as options for modern substitutes.
Throughout Beginning Illumination, readers will learn to create awe-inspiring friezes, detailed human faces, captivating flourishes, and mythical creatures like dragons and elephants. Each stroke of your brush will connect you with a skill that has transcended time and enriched countless generations.
Hardcover; 80 pages; 8.75" x 11.25"