Intermediate Western Calligraphy Tips : Calligraphy Vines & Flowers: Part 1

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How's this for a rich border.

Remember I saidthat these round ideas were called tondos, round paintings in tiny round paintings.

Andwhat you see here is a very specific type of vine work.

This is called white vine.

Andit's basically the idea that, that the white is not painted in it's just painted around.

So vines as just a you know not even a particular symbol but just a suggestion of life are anotherelement in illumination.

And we're talking a lot now about the borders rather than thelittle paintings that go inside.

So I want to talk briefly about the idea of vines, usethe use of vines as decorative element and also the use of flowers and we're also goingto talk about something called grissaile.

But there's a term, French term and it's calledTrompe L'oeil which means trick of the eye and on many illuminated manuscripts what theywould do is they'd paint a flower or something and then they'd put, they'd paint a shadowunderneath it so that it would look as if it's just a real life flower resting on thepage.

And that's one way to get a depth into the look of the illuminated page and to enrichit.


So you become an artist and you learn how to paint flowers and then you put shadowsunderneath.

Now where the idea of vines are concerned, the vine, doing the vine is a lotlike working with the cantes leaf in that you want you know, you want, you've got border,you've got it all figured out in terms of where it's going to go and then your vinecan just grow right out of a letter for example.

Grow right out of a letter.

And the chancesare that you are going to be planning this.

In other words you are going to have it sketchedout, you're going to trace it out, but not necessarily.

Anyway then you are going tochoose what you want on the vine cause lots of things can happen, can happen on vines.

The most typical thing to happen on a vine is ivy.

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