Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Latest but not last version of one of my favorite fragment from Vergil's Aeneid. Still not what I want but getting closer.

Monday, May 27, 2013


No time to work on a large scale, so I do little things, here 2 cadels initials.

The first is inspired from the ms832 of the Angers Library.

The second is inspired from the ms Rawl. B. 499 de la Bodleian Library.

To see them entirely, click here or there.

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Titivillus is the daemon who harass calligraphers, provoking stains and copy mistakes among other distasters.
He shows most of the times when one doesn'texpect him, here on the paper on which I wipped out the varnish from a piece of zinc.

Friday, May 17, 2013


After rubbing an engraved cadel letter using carbon paper, this is how this one looks.

I very much like the differences of  brightness between the rubbed parts and the others. There may be something to do using this material.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

wonderfully incandescent

Another try with engraving, this time on copper. I used an excerpt from the Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse.

The copper plate was a bit too thin and the result doesn't meet therefore my expectations.
I nevertheless find interesting the different colors appeared on the plate, due to the use of tar instead of my regular varnish. And it perfectly match the text, I think.

To be reworked but promising...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Et sois la plus heureuse...

A little work on zinc (the plate is 5x2cm) double-sided, these two verses by Apollinaire, ending his poem Si je mourais là-bas...

Quite happy with the result, even before removing the varnish, the plate looked nice.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

failed cadel

I'm trying to use other metallic plates than zinc ones to engrave cadels letters. This time, a bit of "I don't know what" previously used as a lid of a cigar box.

the pinkish hue is not totally uninteresting but as the varnish started to unstick after a few minutes in the acid bath, I had to stop the experiment.
Maybe anoter try soon with another kind of varnish ??