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The Art of Illumination [Paperback]

Patricia Carter
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Book Description

14 Oct 2008
The beauty of illumination has been treasured from the Middle Ages to the present day. Now this invaluable book brings together all the skills and ideas you will ever need to create exquisite designs of your own.Patricia Carter shows how to enhance calligraphy, texts and a host of other decorative items using watercolour and gouache. Seven complete alphabets are included to enable you to paint stunning capital letters and there are many glorious borders, from classic styles to modern, from simple to more intricate.History and nature are Patricia's main source of inspiration and her enthusiasm will inspire artists and calligraphers alike to illuminate their work with colourful, creative designs.This book includes borders, alphabets, decorative initials and monograms. The techniques include gilding, stippling, applying colour and shadowing. Learn how to create stylised, floral, ribbon and illustrated designs.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (14 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844483851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844483853
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this thorough book, Carter not only goes over the basics of materials and colour used in illumination, but also teaches the reader about page layout, gilding, developing a design, shadowing, stippling, and more. Next, there is a large section on putting your illuminated designs to use. Carter covers a variety of borders, such as simple borders, floral borders, a maple leaf border, and so on. She teaches the reader about illuminated texts, themed borders, and illuminated alphabets. She also offers design ideas for both beginners and the advanced. All in all, this is a great book for anybody interested in

About the Author

Patricia Carter is the bestselling author of three Search Press titles, all of which are on the subject of 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 gone on to develop in her own inimitable style. She lives in Neatishead, Norwich.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantantastic Buy 10 Mar 2011
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I absoultly love this book. There is so much in there, so much inspiration. The colours and design are great and can be inspired to creat all sorts of work. I would definately reccommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Artist's Book of Inspiration 17 Oct 2009
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Patricia Carter has done it again. I have just acquired this latest book and I am so thrilled with the content. Even the cover makes you want to get started on some new projects! She has included just a few of her drawings from her previous books, but there are so many new ideas. I find the book so enjoyable to browse through, and I find it so unputdownable. There is so much inspiration to be gained from Mrs Carter's beautiful illustrations and clear instructions, from the simple to the truly sublime. If you are a budding calligraphist like me - buy the book - and you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 1 July 2012
By Jacky J
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I am attending a course on Calligraphy and bought this book for some new ideas on illumination. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened the book and have not been able to put in down since I bought it. It is a lovely book to keep looking through and there are so many ideas for borders, colours and some very unusual designs. I can't wait to put some of these into practice. I would truly recommend this book for anyone interested in calligraphy and the art of illumination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 10 Aug 2013
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This is a really nice book, I sat for over an hour just gazing at the different designs, some are amazing. The colours really stand out and the book is full of inspiration. Very good buy.
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