Picture Profile: 1610 H-C “Happy Christmas” Illumination

NFS: 1610 H and C Illumination for Christmas Card decoration (mock-up shown)

Artist Code: 1610. “Happy Christmas” Illumination Completed 30th September 2016. Original water colour on¬†Aquarelle Archies 100% cotton rag. Size 9″ x 12″ (No Prints) Embellished with real gold leaf on raised gesso base. NFS

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I attended one of the specialist three-day courses which the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens puts on each year and this one was to design a letter using gold leaf. I felt that a little refresher course in gold leaf application would be good for me so I enrolled. The tutor was my favourite: Georita Harriott, who had helped me years earlier with botanical illustration. The class was a wonderful atmosphere and all my “classmates” completed their lettering in the three days – but of course, as usual, I got only half-way through. But I persevered and you see the end result which I was very pleased with. I thought it was so nice that I made it into a Christmas card with a little seasonal poem and sent it to all my friends and acquaintances!

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