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Illuminated Letter Class Student Work in Process

Student Sue Carroll sent me a photo of her finished piece from last week’s Illuminated Letter Class. I love the direction she took this piece. It’s always exciting to see a group of people start with similar elements and end up with individual and creative work.  The leaves around the cat are beautifully patterned and remind me of Indian print fabric. The drop leaves seem to represent a forest outside the altar or house.  The deep grasses are waving above watery blue which feels like a river. We practiced mark making before the students chose from the several projects offered. Sue cleverly used delicate gold marks to make up the cat’s coat.

The rest of the photos here are works in progress from the class day.

This class will be repeated on Saturday, June 10th at Artistic Artifacts.

The piece above was done with stencils and gel pens.

To the right you can see a work sheet of marks.

A butterfly and an eye token O.

An altar for K

Exploring the letter C

An altar for K in progress
Delicate circles in the border and a gilded halo for the girl.

I’m looking forward to the next class!


April 13: Illuminated Manuscript Letters with theresa mARTin

Artistic Artifacts Class
Thursday April 13th, 2017

Here is one type of Illuminated Manuscript Letter Design that will be made in class.

Designs – This page will be available for students to cut up and use in class along with others. Make your own designs too! I’ll be bringing the Spirograph along.



Manuscript Letter Workshop

The Letter T

The Letter T

Samples here are for an upcoming Manuscript Letter Workshop to be held at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA. The date is still to be determined, but likely in early April. I will let you know!

The Letter S

The Letter S

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

O for Oak Leaf

ATC's for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting

ATC’s for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting

Hand drawn ATC’s for the next meeting of JAMS at Artistic Artifacts. Below is the sheet from which they came, drawn in the style of the Manuscript Letters.

ATC full sheet before cut up for cards

The ATC’s for Artistic Artifacts JAM meeting began with this sheet which was cut up for the cards.



Mass production of ATC’s


On the work table are some collages that will be turned into ATC’s Artist Trading Cards for a visit to Artistic Artifacts where artists trade these fun little 2.5″ x 3″ artworks. I’ve sewn together papers, watercolors, fabric and some shiny radiance papers which are then cut down to ATC size.  It’s a good way to ‘mass produce’ a lot of little collages.






atc1 Here they are finished. The photo of the girl is from my old tintype collection.


Dye Day at Artistic Artifacts


A couple of times a year Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria VA holds a Dye Day Class. It’s 3 hours of fun. For a small fee for the class, Judy provides a great space to work, the dye and chemicals AND she mixes the dye for you.  I highly recommend it.  Her shop is special too, and she carries a wide selection of gorgeous wooden printing blocks that are also available online.  I’m not affiliated with the shop in any way other than to be a big fan of Judy and Sharon who run the place with heart.

For now, the dyed fabric is percolating in the warm sun for a day or two. I’ll show you the results when it’s all done.