Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tracing and Inking a Page From The Book of Kells

This page from the Book of Kells was traced onto parchment paper in then colored with inks.
Preparation for class:
  • Visit the collection of The Book of Kells manuscript at Trinity Collage, link below.
  • Watch the video documentary for history of those who created and preserved the Book of Kells, links to these are provided below.
  • a variety of ink pens
  • drawing tools for tracing: pencils and eraser
  • a traced page printed from the Book of Kells
  • optional: parchment paper
  • Select images to print and trace from the collection online, if you are unable to attend class. I will provide several tracings printed on white paper for those students who attend the seminar. 
  • You may choose to trace (transfer) the image(s) onto a piece of parchment paper using a window or light table depending on your means. If you have access to a printer, simply load parchment paper into the tray and copy the tracing that I provide in class.
  • Use a selection of fine tip ink pens to color the tracing as you wish. I also used a metallic ink pen to high light and color the sample above. 
  • As you work, give areas of your page time to dry in order to avoid smearing the inks. 
  • Always work using a second clean sheet of typing paper to cover the area where your hand rests and glides across the page. This will keep your work clean and free from the natural oils accumulated on the skin.
  • Until you decide to either bind your pages in a book or to frame them to give as a gift, keep them covered with plastic sleeves and filed inside of a binder. I will have a sample of a binder like this in class for you to look at. If you are unable to attend class, I will post pictures of a few of my binders here for you to look at.
Study Online: The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in either Britain or Ireland or may have had contributions from various Columban institutions from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created ca. AD 800. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. Read more . . . 
 First part of Documentary about The Books of Kells
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7

Sample images from The Book of Kells: fish, letters, eagle, Christ, patterns.

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