Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Create Your Own Illumination Part 2

This illumination project is easier and produces a better result, in my opinion, than the project from yesterday; however, yesterday’s illumination project was closer to the process used when illuminators, like Fra Angelico, created illuminated manuscripts.

Supplies Needed:

Glitter-glue pens
Heavy sketch paper
Gather your materials. Use your pencil to draw the first letter of your name in the upper right corner of your paper. Make it decorative and ornate. You may also want to draw a small picture or design next to or around your letter. The simpler your design, the easier this project will be.

Go over your drawing with glitter-glue. Use any colors you want. Be creative. When you’re happy with your drawing, let the glitter-glue dry. This will take about an hour.

Fill in your drawing with watercolor paint. The glitter-glue will have created walls so it will be almost impossible to paint outside the lines. This will make your illumination look crisp.
Write the rest of your name in marker next to your illumination. I recommend writing it in pencil first or it my come out crooked like mine!

I recommend using this project to create a journal cover, scrapbook page, or book covers for your school books. If you decide to make book covers, make sure you take the book out of the cover before you paint. This will work well on brown paper bags, which is what I always used to make book covers.

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My Current NaNoWriMo Word Count:

8627 / 50000 words. 17% done!

It was a disappointingly slow writing day...
I'll do better tomorrow.

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