Here's a picture of the main tools and materials that I use for illuminating manuscripts. I use a selection of standard colours (on the left), and a variety of hand-mixed colours (right) for illuminating individual pieces. I choose the colours depending on the the coat of arms or images on each piece. The Rotring pens are invaluable, I use them for outlines, filigree, and highlights. I use the rubbers and scalpel for correcting and cleaning the vellum.
- More Rotring pens.
- Handmade artists' brushes from www.rosemaryandco.com
- Windsor & Newton Gold Ink
- Swan Mortan Scalpel with 10A blade
- Rotring pens: Isograph, Variant, and Micronorm.
- Calligraphy pens, left to right: mapping pen, Speedball, ruling pen, Platignum cartridge pen, Platignum dip pen.
- Rubbers: Design Artgum Art Eraser, and Pelican BR40 pencil/ink rubber.
- Rotring White Ink for highlighting
- Hand mixed Windsor & Newton water colours
- Small ruler
- Calligraphy pixie!
- Standard colours mixed with white to give matte finish.
Tools Of My Trade
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