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15th century white vine illumination: painting, applying gold leaf and burnishing

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White vine capitals were used for many years but were most common in and around the 15th century. Here is a very condensed glimpse at my J.

The materials used here:

  • manuscript vellum (calfskin, not craft 'vellum')  
  • traditional medieval gesso
  • 24 c loose gold leaf (transferred onto wax paper)
  • artist quality gouache

Because I often get questions about it, the dotting tool is a Kemper Fluid Writer, and you can purchase them at many art stores.

The initial is a little less than 4cm square. It was a gift for my mother, whose name starts with J.


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