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|Manuscript illumination is the art of the handmade illustrated book developed before the advent of the printing press, using gold leaf and handmade paints to create paintings of gilded splendor. Books were written on animal skin called parchment and "illuminated" by the use of gold leaf. Patricia Miranda.|
|Illumination on Fine Art, Golden Grapes
This piece is part of a series of illuminations for a projected book on one of the Psalms. It was done on goatskin parchment using 24K yellow, 16K white, 23.5 red gold leaf and shell gold, using traditional manuscript techniques. The gesso base for the gold was made from the traditional recipes using parchment glue instead of the usual fish glue. Glaire instead of water was used to moisten the gesso. Since glaire dries waterproof, gilding must be completed within 24 hours or less. I worked on only a small area at a time—waiting until it was completely dry before gilding adjoining areas. Since "Golden Grapes" was done as a piece of art, not intended to be bound into a book, the gesso is higher than in traditional manuscripts.
Fine Art Gilding