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The Art of Illumination

The beauty of illumination has been treasured from the Middle Ages to the current era. Create your own contemporary designs with this brilliant book, which brings together all the skills and ideas you need to practice it.

In The Art of Illumination, Patricia Carter shows how to enhance calligraphy, texts, and a host of other decorative items using watercolor and gouache. Seven complete alphabets are included to enable you to paint stunning capital letters, as well as many glorious borders, from classic styles to modern, from simple to more intricate.

History and nature are Carter’s main source of inspiration. Her enthusiasm inspires artists and calligraphers alike to illuminate their work with colorful, creative designs.

The full-color volume includes borders, alphabets, decorative initials, and monograms, and shares techniques that include gilding, stippling, applying color, and shadowing. Artists of all genres and skill levels can learn how to apply stylized, floral, ribbon, and illustrated designs to their own work.

Patricia Carter is the best-selling author of three books on illumination. She is, however, first and foremost a miniaturist, and her interest in that lead her to the discovery and revival of silver point, which she has developed in her own inimitable style. Carter currently resides in Neatishead, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Author — Patricia Carter.

Paperback. 160 pages. 8½" × 11½" (22 cm × 29 cm).

The Art of Illumination
The Art of Illumination
The Art of Illumination
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