A is for Arabesque

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

A is for Arabesque, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

A is for Arabesque, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

I’ve begun a new series, though this one I can guarantee has a specifically limited lifespan. I’ve decided to do an illuminated alphabet, using pen and ink for the lines, watercolor for the fills, and glitter gel pen in lieu of gold leaf.

The first in my series is, of course, A, the awesomest letter in the alphabet. A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, after all, at least according to Gorey. A is also for arabesque, in this case referring to the graceful design motif, usually of acanthus leaves, used to decorate all sorts of things from calligraphy to mosques. My blue glittery acanthus are spiraling in the background of this grand periwinkle A. I’ve decided to do each letter with some sort of design or typographical motif represented, so let’s hope I can find something for that other end of the alphabet where things get tricksy.

B and C are already chosen, anyway.

I’m planning to post these once a week, so it will take six months for the series to be done, give or take a few weeks off for bookmarks or Sharpie art.

A is for Arabesque, 5″x5″ watercolor, pen and ink and glitter gel pen on paper.

A is for Arabesque, detail, by Amy Crook

A is for Arabesque, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the sun catching the glitter and making it shine much brighter than the paper (which really is white, I swear). Below, I’ve got it tucked into a frame and hanging out with the J on the shelf with some of my many, many books.

A is for Arabesque & J is for Juxtapose, framed art by Amy Crook

A is for Arabesque & J is for Juxtapose, framed art by Amy Crook

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