B is for Blackletter

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

B is for Blackletter, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

B is for Blackletter, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

I went Gryffindor with my second letter, bold red and rich yellow, though I chose the red glitter pen rather than gold for my second illumination. My B uses a classic blackletter face, heavy and Germanic, with a bit of whimsy thrown into the illumination for it.

Just as with the A, I let the ink bleed into the paint so the shapes of the letter have a lovely orange fade, and though I used a very bright, pure red on the background, I used a dark red-orange inside the B itself to better offset the glitter illumination.

B is for Blackletter, 5″x5″ pen & ink, Japanese watercolor, and glitter gel pen on paper.

B is for Blackletter, detail, by Amy Crook

B is for Blackletter, detail, by Amy Crook

The shine on the red glitter is much more subtle and harder to photograph, especially since it goes a bit pink when the light hits it, so the colors in the above detail photo are a bit off in general. Alas. Below, you can see it happily tucked into a frame with my phone to show you the relative size. The central box on these is 3 inches square, but the border and signature rest outside.

B is for Blackletter & E is for Emboss, framed art by Amy Crook

B is for Blackletter & E is for Emboss, framed art by Amy Crook

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  1. […] on the edge itself and in the filigree decoration. Below, I’ve put the piece in a frame with B is for Blackletter. It spells BE! Yes, I’m a dork. You knew that. B is for Blackletter & E is for Emboss, […]