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The Schafer Project by heatherkparks The Schafer Project by heatherkparks
Walnut Ink, Watercolor, Copper Leaf

A commissioned Illuminated Manuscript for a client featuring a poem he wrote for his wife. I've been working on this for about a month. I attempted to incorporate traditional medieval symbolism that pertained to the subject matter of the poem, some of these symbols are:

Owl-revelation/wisdom from the Holy Spirit
Cardinal- blood of Christ
Ivy- Eternal Life
Red and Pink Carnations- Married Love
Lilies- Purity of heart
Bees- Eloquence
Pomegranates- Unity
Ladybugs- Trust
Oak Leaves- Endurance/Strength of Faith

Colors:
Orange- Courage
Brown- Humility
Green- Abundance

Because of its size, it has been difficult for me to get a good photo. I will also upload some closeups of the details.
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Moonlight-Seraph Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what a beautiful piece. I think you did a great job reflecting the spirit of the poem in the symbols that you chose. 
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Galejro Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is copper leaf legit in illuminated manuscript? I mean unlike gold it tarnishes.
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heatherkparks Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Depends on your definition of "legit." I wasn't going for 100% authentic historical accuracy on this, it was a commission for a client who wanted these colors. No, they didn't use copper leaf on illuminated manuscripts in the middle ages, but these days we have a lot of different things available to use. I have not had a problem with the copper leaf that I use tarnishing...yet.
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juhhmi Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic creation! The text is well done and the details are beautiful! The fact that you added a level of symbolism adds depth! :)
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BCcreativity Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome. I am working on something like this, but on a darker side.
Great job.
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Merwenna Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I looove the colors!
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Elveanna Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: It's gorgeous.
I have stared at it now for at least ten minutes and not started reading, but have been admiring all those details. Those ivy leaves...:heart:
Is that a script you learned from anywhere or did you make it up yourself?
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heatherkparks Jul 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! For my calligraphy business, I try to take traditional hands and put my own spin on them. Then I give them names after classic novels, historical figures, and literary characters. I learned the traditional styles first, but I end up doing what looks good to my eye. This script is a blend of "Batarde" and other gothic fonts, I've added the hairline fourishes, and I call it "Vladimir"
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Elveanna Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think that's great. How do you do this hairlines? *tries to learn as much as possible* :D
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heatherkparks Jul 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I kinda cheat on the hairlines. After finishing the main calligraphy, I go back and add them with the fine tip of a pointed pen nib, like what I use for Spencerian fonts.
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