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Sam's song in the orc tower by sipho56 Sam's song in the orc tower :iconsipho56:sipho56 13 6 Tall ships and tall kings by sipho56 Tall ships and tall kings :iconsipho56:sipho56 15 2 On the Other Wind by sipho56 On the Other Wind :iconsipho56:sipho56 2 0 Ichi's present by sipho56 Ichi's present :iconsipho56:sipho56 1 1 The Tea Party of Finrod and Andreth by sipho56 The Tea Party of Finrod and Andreth :iconsipho56:sipho56 0 0 Christmas cards by sipho56 Christmas cards :iconsipho56:sipho56 2 0 I Sang of Leaves by sipho56 I Sang of Leaves :iconsipho56:sipho56 16 2 Que serais-je sans toi by sipho56 Que serais-je sans toi :iconsipho56:sipho56 8 3 Illuminated U by sipho56 Illuminated U :iconsipho56:sipho56 7 4 Haleth by sipho56 Haleth :iconsipho56:sipho56 18 4 Beleg by sipho56 Beleg :iconsipho56:sipho56 6 5 Sirius by sipho56 Sirius :iconsipho56:sipho56 0 0 Blue Mountain River - scanned by sipho56 Blue Mountain River - scanned :iconsipho56:sipho56 2 0 L'albatros - scanned by sipho56 L'albatros - scanned :iconsipho56:sipho56 3 2 Song / Howl's curse - scanned by sipho56 Song / Howl's curse - scanned :iconsipho56:sipho56 1 0 Till the dawning Red Star passes - scanned by sipho56 Till the dawning Red Star passes - scanned :iconsipho56:sipho56 3 2


Haleth -sketch by EKukanova Haleth -sketch :iconekukanova:EKukanova 620 62 Tree by Calligraphism Tree :iconcalligraphism:Calligraphism 6 2 Rlkqt by Maxindigo47 Rlkqt :iconmaxindigo47:Maxindigo47 5 7 Freestyle letters 3 by Alpacalligraphy Freestyle letters 3 :iconalpacalligraphy:Alpacalligraphy 2 2 The Knies Globe by Panthaleon The Knies Globe :iconpanthaleon:Panthaleon 6 0 Tree of Gondor by Mirielsgranddaughter Tree of Gondor :iconmirielsgranddaughter:Mirielsgranddaughter 1 0 Beleg Strongbow by IChiTa--WiYa Beleg Strongbow :iconichita--wiya:IChiTa--WiYa 9 3 Black work and tengwar bookmark by Mirielsgranddaughter Black work and tengwar bookmark :iconmirielsgranddaughter:Mirielsgranddaughter 1 2 The Knight's Oath by Theophilia The Knight's Oath :icontheophilia:Theophilia 2,113 446 Team Cersei by Panthaleon Team Cersei :iconpanthaleon:Panthaleon 5 2 Glaurung studies by TurnerMohan Glaurung studies :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 525 87 Pictish Squirrell by emma-hobbit Pictish Squirrell :iconemma-hobbit:emma-hobbit 10 5 Nessa by Granks Nessa :icongranks:Granks 99 4 dream team: Luthien and Huan by Irsanna dream team: Luthien and Huan :iconirsanna:Irsanna 27 10 Elwing (Tumblr Giveaway) by MellorianJ Elwing (Tumblr Giveaway) :iconmellorianj:MellorianJ 98 8 Tolkien Quote - Blessed Sacrament by A-Beck Tolkien Quote - Blessed Sacrament :icona-beck:A-Beck 2 0


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Greetings, I am Sipho, from France! I started calligraphy not long ago, and I love it. I also write fic sometimes. I love fantasy in general and Tolkien in particular.

Illumination workshop, day 1!

I found the place where I was supposed to go, it’s a very elegant old house that looks into the gardens of the art faculty right in the middle of the city. The two ladies who run the place are very nice. They also have a cute dog called Kiki (wtf). With me are only three other pupils, two being old veterans of the school working on their own projects, and just one is a complete newbie like me.

After introducing everyone we got right down to work. We were given an illuminated letter that we are going to reproduce.

First, we traced the letter on our paper (300g watercolour paper)

Then we inked it (with india ink and a drawing nib)

Then comes the work to set the gold.

First, we put down two layers of vermillion paint on the golden parts. This red will show slightly through the gold and give it a warm shine.

Then we apply 3 layers of gold paint (here we actually worked with bronze instead, and I only had time for two layers before it was time to leave.) Between each layer of gold paint, you need to polish the previous layer by rubbing it with this glass pebble thing (or anything hard tbh) to make it shine and adhere better.

So that’s where I’m at for today. It’s a little frustrating because of how slow it is - and the teacher says I go too fast and need to take my time! But I want results!

Two great news though : they use those ceramic tiles as palettes, which I hadn’t thought of but they are super convenient, and I’ve been hunting for jam jar tops instead!! and also that gold we are using… I actually have something very simillar. I just didn’t know how to use it. Yey!
  • Listening to: Celtic music
So, all next week, I’ll be at a workshop on illumination, in an actual illumination and manuscript school. It should be really cool and interesting, I hope. I’ll be posting some stuff about it on here, of course. I’m leaving later today to go there, and I’m super excited!
  • Listening to: Celtic music
Ugh - I went to change a few things on my DA, since I understand how the site works better now. But I added some old artworks to my "featured" gallery and now they show up first in my gallery... I want them to show them at the end! Do you people have any idea how to solve this?
  • Listening to: Celtic music



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Alpacalligraphy Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
Joyeux anniversaire :D!!!
sipho56 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh merci, j'avais pas vu ^^
Ephaistien Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is so beautiful!
sipho56 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Panthaleon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks once again for the fav :D
Panthaleon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Merci beaucoup for the favourite and the watch! :bow:
sipho56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :)
Irsanna Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Thank you for the fav!
HobbitFan14 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! :party: Hope all your dreams and wishes come true this year! :blowkiss:
sipho56 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youuuuuuu!! It's looking rather bright actually, considering where I was on my last birthday :p
Have some cake from me Have your cake and eat it too 
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