Monday, January 27, 2014

The Process: Illuminated Christmas Carol


Jen and I decided to include these Christmas carol pages as they were appropriate to our wintery kickstarter project and because handwritten works can be a great way to blend meaning and style into a decorative art form.

The text for "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley in the 1730s. "Of the Father's Love Begotten" is a much older text, having been written prior to the 10th century. J.M. Neale's 19th century translation of this chant is a well known version today, however, and so we opted to use a Gothic script which was popular throughout the 1700s and 1800s for our pages.

Gothic scripts are bold, detailed, and ultra fancy, which is really just another way of saying that they're crazy fun to write with.

We stained the paper with a light watercolor wash as a nod to the texts' age, and illuminated the capital letters as a authentic finishing touch.

Handwritten works will definitely be in Opus' future.... Check back soon for our final Kickstarter Process post followed by a Workshop Collage!

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