After a bit of inspiration yesterday from this article, I decided to break out some of the crafty things I’ve been saving up. Over the summer, I got turned on to book arts by the inimitable Deborah Poe, and since then I’ve been gathering up interesting odds and ends with the intention of making some hand-made books.
I have, of course, done very little with them.
Today, though, I settled in with twelve open tabs in Chrome pertaining to Coptic Binding, a stack of art paper, and a very beautiful greeting card sent to me by my friend Laura.
This was the result:
Yesterday, too, I broke out the new inks and some Tolkien quotes. Please forgive my inability to make certain letters in consistent fashion (I seem to swap between t-forms a lot). Paper is a Rhodia No. 16 graph pad, and all of this was done with a Brause dip italic nib.
I’m as bad or worse photographer as calligrapher, and so I don’t think the fantastic outlining really shows here. But the “Tolkien” at the end exhibits some really lovely dark, almost burnt-looking edges. The color is generally that saturated deep teal, but there’s a warm quality to the ink that comes out where the lines are quite wet.
J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite:
The fabled 1670. My photograph doesn’t capture the range of color at all. The lighter areas are a very vibrant red-orange (there was a hibiscus flower at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park that was exactly that color), and the darkest areas are evocative of rust (in a really good way). There’s also a gold fringe that appears where the line was quite wet (not feathering outside of the line, but inside of it), and I wish I’d had this for Christmas cards. It’s magical.
I like magical.