It’s a double post Monday!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve set myself a challenge to make a scroll blank each week. I don’t have an end date for this, I’m just going to try to do as many as I can. I completed this first one on Friday, November 2. It’s inspired by an Egyptian motif I saw in a Dover clip art booklet. I’ll admit right away that I don’t know the actual source for this design, other than Dover’s indication of it being Egyptian. I don’t have the actual booklet and Dover doesn’t always have good source information anyway. It’s done on the lightweight Pergamenata paper, a vegetable-based vellum alternative and is 8×10″.
At any rate, I saw the design, it appealed to me, and I thought it would make a good pattern for a scroll – something a little different from the usual patterns. I think it turned out all right. I’m never happy with my outline work – this time I tried a fine-point nib, but still ended up with a little bit of a thicker line than I would have liked. As you can see, I’m not always good at creating a smooth outline! The gold is Schminke Pearl Gold gouache over a yellow gouache base. I’m not really happy with the tone of this either. I think I need to darken the yellow base a little with a touch of brown so it gives the gold less of a really yellow tone.
This week’s project will be a small piece with a design I’ve used on some note cards in the past – I have grading to do and we are leaving early Friday afternoon for a trip out of town, so I have a little less time than I would like to work.