Creating Illuminated Letters and Decorative Borders (One Day Workshop)


In this fun class you’ll learn valuable methods to create uniquely illuminated initial letters, decorative borders, and fanciful marginalia–similar to medieval illuminated manuscripts! These exciting techniques can be used in designing your own paper products–greeting cards, bookmarks, postcards, scrap book pages, book illustrations, etc. The applications are endless! In addition, you’ll learn valuable approaches to color, so that your designs–and your other artworks–will be highly attractive and effective.

Medium: Mixed (pencil, pen, India ink, colored inks, and gouache on toned paper)
Skill Level: All


drawing and transferring illuminated initials
decorative borders
marginalia (small illustrations)
effective color-use techniques (color theory)
design refinement techniques
pen and ink techniques
gold leaf techniques

One Day Workshops