Painting Manuscript Illuminations

Using traditional materials, create an illumination. Learn how to prepare parchment and paper for illumination and script, gesso for gilding, paint and ink from pigments and traditional binding agents, and apply gold or other metal leaf.

The subject of your illumination will be your own original composition, or a copy of a historic illumination.  Through lectures and discussion we will explore the history and chemistry of traditional materials of Western books, such as parchment, paper, inks, pigments, gold, leather, etc.  You will learn the vocabulary used to describe books and illuminations, as well as various script styles.  We will consider how trade and transmission catalyzed the production of books and the use of diverse materials in the West.

Materials, supplementary readings, and sources for materials will be provided.

Contact Valentine Talland to design and schedule your program.