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.