Harvest Crittenden: Spencerian Sparklers ( A Modern Illuminated Letter)

Spencerian Sparklers ( A Modern Illuminated Letter)
Harvest Crittenden
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
All day

Because sometimes you just need a little bling, and so do your clients! Perfect to add to your repertoire of skills when the bride, the mother of the bride, or the party girl needs a little something extra. Also perfect for graduation, anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and any other celebration you can think of.

We will begin by painting our design using traditional illumination techniques to bring life to our initials. We will shadow, highlight, and use white patterns over the top. We add filigree, flourishing, gold, and more to initial. We will then take it one step further and bring in the bling. They can be decorated with crystals, gold, pearls, or anything else you can think of. These Spencerian letter forms can be elegant, fun, and gorgeous. Works beautifully with Spencerian numerals as well and look stunning as table numbers.

This full-day class will cover the basics of the letterform, color palettes, the pattern overlays, the various mendhi designs to decorate inside the spaces, and how to decorate appropriately for any occasion. Suitable for all levels.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Spencerian letterforms, letters for tracing are provided. Learn the techniques then see all the uses you can come up with! 


2 sheets of 5” x 7” hot press watercolor paper, 140 lb.; a pencil; a kneaded eraser; a Micron Pigma pen .25 or anything similar; 2 sheets of graph paper 8.5” x 11”; 1 sheet of tracing paper 8.5” x 11”; Gouache in red, blue, yellow, black and white (I use the CMYK color palette so I will have Magenta, yellow, cyan, black and white, but any brand and colors you like to use is fine. You do need a black and white to go with your colors); if you would like to use gold paint (or any other metallic), please do; one fine point, good quality paint brush, suggested size 00 or something similar; one cheap mixing brush; a paint palette; a water container; a few paper towels; a small stylus for embossing.  If you would like to bring any tiny gems/crystals for use in your design, please do.

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