This past Saturday I had the privilege of hosting the Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) and the Greater Cincinnati Calligrapher’s Guild in my studio for a show and tell! I demonstrated a gold leaf technique and showcased two of the handmade books I’ve been creating. The Book of Hours –as mentioned in an earlier post and a Baby Book (that I’ll feature in a later post).
Pictured below is my dining room table – where I displayed some of the vellum off cuts I’ve been using to work out color and painting techniques for the book.
Below I am laying gold leaf. (My glasses broke the day before–looks almost like a monocle.) I lay my homemade gesso on fine art paper or calfskin, let it dry and then blow on it to humidify. Then the gold is quickly laid on the gesso, touched up and burnished.
These are a few of the guild members that came to see my studio! I would love to have you too…..come and visit sometime!