Sunday, February 17, 2013

Illuminated Letters

After a brief history of Illuminated Letters (using a PowerPoint slide show I made), students were asked to use one of their initials for a large design.  They had to use an interesting style (font) for their letter and include a border.  Some students used random patterns and designs, others used a theme.  The theme might have related to them personally, or related to another topic (i.e. the ocean, sports, etc.)
Here is an example of an old Illuminated Letter I show the kids:

Often, the artists applied a gold leaf paint to the design ----hence the term Illumination.  I purchase gold leaf marker pens.  The kids love it.  

Here are some finished products!  (Great start of the year project)