Thursday, January 16, 2020

Art Nouveau

I am currently working on a new template for an Art Nouveau alphabet from the magazine Ver Sacrum, published between 1898 and 1903. It is an extraordinary publication, both in terms of the lettering and the illustrations and texts. The Heidelberg Library offers a complete digital version of all the magazine's occurrences. I'm enjoying it!
As an example, here are a few monograms and ligatures picked out here and there.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Mobile

 In order to let pieces I have just varnished dry for a project that will incorporate other elements, I have hung the different parts in the workshop.
I almost feel like leaving them like that, they make very nice motives.






Well, I'll take them down once they're dry but I'm keeping the idea for later and create mobiles using cadels letter elements in metal, it's going to be great !

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Soapstone

First attempt at soapstone carving.
It is really very easy to work, the difficulty lies more in the fact of not making marks when manipulating the piece as this stone is very soft.





The stone is about 4cm high and no, it is not the beginning of an alphabet but simply the initial of my wife's first name and mine.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

A

A small commission, the letter is 3cm high.
Prussian blue, cobalt blue and gold leaf on paper.



Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The secret I'm looking for...

End of year, end of composition.
I'm done with the fragment of "L’Été" by Camus.
Partly in NEULAND, partly in Gothic, both scripts being inspired by Rudolf Koch.






Watercolou, iron gall ink and gouache on kraft paper.

And I take this opportunity to wish you a very good New Year's Eve & an excellent year 2020.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Eosin

I found, at the bottom of my medicine cabinet, an old (over 30 years old) bottle of aqueous eosin. It's a bit too transparent for my taste to be used as is, but here's an example of the (amazing) result when you drop a bit of eosin in iron gall ink still wet.



I'm fascinated by the fluorescent green, it's quite unexpected.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Kraft is life

At least, that's what my wife claims (her background as a framer probably had something to do with it). To please her, I wrote this sentence on a kraft strip stuck on the door of her workshop.



And since it made me want to write in NEULAND (tampering with it a bit, I admit), I started the calligraphy, on kraft, of a fragment from L'été by Camus.