Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Gorgeous Illustrations of Old Bible Covers

I.H.v.H.A.del. 1000-1050 & 1490-1510 German Source
1473-1475 Cover of Bible depicting the Four Gospels in corner brackets.

       "This is a New Testament of 17th century, net braided with a silver book-cover. This unique manuscript is not the only one that has been repaired by German teacher Margaret Yashke and artist Robert Shtehle." video has English subtitles.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Adult Coloring Page: Christ in Glory

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Coloring Page Description: on tympanum of doorway of Ely Cathedral, angels, Jesus, Gospels, blessing hand from the second person of the Holy Trinity, two halo types, royal majesty

Don't forget to drag the png. into a Word Document an enlarge the image as much as possible before printing it folks. If you have a question about this adult coloring page, just type into the comment box located directly below this post and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Adult Coloring Pages: Crucifixion from St. Gall Gospels

Click to enlarge. This is the crucifixion page from this rare book of codex;
 there are only twelve pages of illustration from these Gospels.
Coloring Page Description: Christ crucified, Roman soldiers, bitter, angels, Irish Bible manuscripts

The St. Gall Gospel Book or Codex Sangallensis 51 is an 8th-century Insular Gospel Book, written either in Ireland or by Irish monks in the Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland, where it is now in the Abbey library of St. Gallen as MS 51. It has 134 folios (so 268 pages). Amongst its 12 illustrated pages are a Crucifixion, a Last Judgement, a Chi Rho monogram page, a carpet page, and Evangelist portraits. Read more...
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Adult Coloring Page: A Scribe at Work

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Coloring Page Description: monastery, scribe, writing, book, patterns

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Practice layering complimentary colors to create depth...

Here you can see from the close up shots above how I first applied the complimentary shades to each color underneath my final layer. For example: I first shaded my stems and leaves with a red before coloring on top of this layer with a green. You can see the small flecks of red underneath my green colors. From a distance, this technique makes my coloring pages look three dimensional. This technique is commonly used by artists who wish their work to look more "naturalistic."
        On the traditional color wheel developed in the 18th century (see 1708 illustration by Boutet below), used by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh and other painters, and still used by many artists today, the primary colors were considered to be red, yellow, and blue, and the primary–secondary complementary pairs are red–blue, orange–green, and yellow–violet (or yellow–purple in Boutet's color wheel).
       In the traditional model, a complementary color pair is made up of a primary color (yellow, blue, or red) and a secondary color (green, violet or orange). For example, yellow is a primary color, and painters can make violet by mixing of red and blue; so when yellow and violet paint are mixed, all three primary colors are present. Since paints work by absorbing light, having all three primaries together results in a black or gray color (see subtractive color). In more recent painting manuals, the more precise subtractive primary colors are magenta, cyan, and yellow.
       Complementary colors can create some striking optical effects. The shadow of an object appears to contain some of the complementary color of the object. For example, the shadow of a red apple will appear to contain a little blue-green. This effect is often copied by painters who want to create more luminous and realistic shadows. Also, if you stare at a square of color for a long period of time (thirty seconds to a minute), and then look at a white paper or wall, you will briefly see an afterimage of the square in its complementary color.
A color's complimentary partner is located directly across from it on a color wheel. For example: Orange is the complimentary color of Blue, Violet is the complimentary color of Yellow and Red or Scarlet's complimentary color is Green.
Preparation for class:
  • Both primary and secondary colored pencils: red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple
  • printed coloring sheet of flowers
  • Ink pens for blackening text if there is any.
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • I have uploaded many greyscale coloring sheets onto several of my journals for students to learn use this technique. Once you have gained confidence in the process, you will no longer need shaded coloring pages to help you accomplish similar techniques on your own. The greyscale coloring pages merely suggest where to put shading for those folks who are unable to take more formal art lessons from teachers in person.
  • Do not apply too much pressure to your colored pencils while learning this technique. It will take time for some of you to adjust to this concept. You want to be able to mix the layered colors together and if you press too hard it will not work as well.
  • By the same token, if you apply too little pressure to your drawing, your shading may not be obvious enough to suggest a three-dimensional illustration.
  • Choose first the complimentary color of that color you wish your final petal or stem to be finished with. So if you wish to color a flower yellow, first shade it with a gentle application of purple. I say gentle because purple is so much bolder in intensity than yellow when using this technique. If you want to color orange lilies than shade them first with a blue and so on...
Study Online:

Lesson One: Handwriting Single Brush Stroke Block Capitals

Preparation for class: Things to Consider and Think About...
  • The natural tendency for every person beginning to learn how to hand letter is to try to do fancy flourishes before mastering simple strokes, thinking this would be preferable. It is best to learn simpler strokes first so that you can build a foundation of knowledge and technical proficiency.
  •  If you take on too much at once, you could become frustrated and give up altogether far too early.
  • Practice every letter and every stroke of every letter; practice them a hundred times, then begin again, for it is practice that counts. Master the strokes, then the letters, then the words, then begin to space out the phrases.
  • a square point brush, metal calligraphy tip or felt tip calligraphy marker
  • a T square
  • ink or watercolor if a felt tip calligraphy marker is not used
  • a blotter of some sort
  • stack of ruled paper for practice
Left, Single Brush Stroke, Block Capitals. Note the position of the brush -- held in the hand, between thumb and the forefinger, in much the same way you would hold a pen, letting the hand rest lightly on the small finger, which is slightly curved. The beginner will, with practice, find this very easy, and will soon get a free and easy motion. Do not work the fingers, but allow the hand to have a free movement from the muscles of the forearm with the small finger to steady it. Right, the proper way to hold a brush when ruling a line. The three finger tips are held easily to the edge of the square, and the corner of the brush is allowed to rest on the paper, making a line the required thickness as the hand is drawn from top to bottom (always toward yourself.) The flat edge of the brush can be used when a thick line is required, or in making large letters. You will not to use the T square for now, just practice getting the strokes and curves of your letters during practice for now.
  • Bring a printed version of the sheet below to class or use it in your home to begin with. Make sure it is printed boldly! You may slip this sheet under your first attempts in order to guide your strokes.
  • After using the sample alphabet as a tracing guide many times. Remove it and look at the letters while practicing the strokes on your own.
  • Play relaxing music while you practice.
Study Online:
Plate No. 1. Single Brush Stroke Block - Capitals. note the direction of making letters are shown with arrows.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Restored Bookplates For: a clergyman, young lady, scribe, or a textile enthusiast

       Here is a new selection of bookplates for those of you who keep a small or large collection of titles in paper copy. Their former owner's names have been removed. These bookplates were at one time designed with very specific people in mind. However, if you have something in common with them feel free to adopt one or two of the bookplates below for yourself. Bookplates also make lovely little sentiments to enclose in a card or letter to a dear friend. 
Bookplate illustrating a Cardinal's hat, a liturgical stole,
an open missal, a skull, lilies, window and a Sacred heart, cross, and crown.
Bookplate of a young lady reading, very Art Nouveau.
A mythological bookplate with a screaming "Pan", two open books,
 text "Her Book", scroll work and the shape of a shield.
This bookplate shows a ship and a weaver's loom, plus three books,
 acanthus, and a silhouette of a village in the background.
Bookplate of a scribe seated reading and drawing at his desk;
 the colors are in rust, brown and ivory.
A bookplate depicting two young lovers floating in the clouds;
 one an angel the other a musician. Scenery is below and an
elaborate from depicting additional nude figures scrolls around the vignette.