Yesterday was spent doing lots of research. Our Guild is doing a show with the theme Creation Stories or Myths. I have always wanted to do a piece of illuminated manuscript. The Book of Kells is one of the most beautiful examples of this. So I have been immersing myself in the pictures and stories of this book. It is said to be so wondrous that it must have been created by Angels. There are Celtic Knots that have 158 turns within a single square inch. I don't plan or aspire to that kind of detail. But only wish to give that impression.
Here is my first idea.
The page is from the Gospel of John and literally says (in Latin)
In principio erat verbum
So after the sketch I did some dyeing. Rust, eucalyptus and iron w/ oak galls. I was looking for the yellowed vellum color and a rich but muted gold.
I think I have found it.
Today I am off to the studio for sample making. Silk, wool, locks, thread and although the Book of Kells has no actual gold or metallics, I am tempted. It is my interpretation after all.