Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rectangle

A little filigree pattern, quickly drawn

drawing the structure in pencil


A few ongoing steps




& the final version


Now, if you wanna see my little fingers wiggle, here is the video






Sunday, June 10, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Water, Fire, Earth, Air

I continue to tidy my workshop up and I found one of my first engravings on slate with a little watercolour to highlight the various elements.



It was a few years ago and, at the time, I didn't like it.
I don't think it's so bad after all, what do you think?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Alleluia

An old piece of work, not posted here yet.
As it matches the theme of my next workshop in Paris, I thought it might be appropriate to show it to you today.





Sunday, May 27, 2018

Knotwork

While cleaning (once is not usual) my workshop, I fell on some slates of the Monts d'Arrée, full of rust. And as I had a little time, I took the smallest of them to try an engraving and I chose a knotwork pattern from the book of Kells.








The top layer of the slate has left in places, removing the rust color on fragments of the pattern but I'm not too dissatisfied with the result.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Skull

As I was digging in the garden, I came across this skull with its very elongated shape. It must be an alien remnant. That's all I can think about !



... Well, I confess, I sculpted it out of a pebble fragment. I added a magnet behind his head so it can decorate a fridge ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2018

67

I already told you about it, I'm organizing a workshop on filigrees in Paris this summer.
it will take place at Gallery 67.
So I had to illustrate it. After about 20 hours of work, here is the result.




Just to be illustrative, a few heads are a good idea (I particularly like the one with the crown, what about you?).


There are still a few places left, if you are interested, contact me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Black & White

You know my love of color. Well I was a little tired of doing things in black on a white background so I decided to change.
This time it's white on black background ;-)


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Your are still here

This weekend, we celebrated a friend's birthday. For the occasion, I engraved a small zinc brooch reminding her of her year of birth.



And also some slate triangles to put in her garden.



And as I offered her the engraving of "you are here", I made another one for my garden.



For those who would still wonder how it is done, here is a little video where I am engraving the slate with my homemade tools


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

You are here

It is important to know where you are and to identify what is around you.
So I continue to engrave slate triangles that I place in my garden for crowd edification.

Chards that don't seem to want to go out...



Salads that are difficult to confuse with an elephant but you never know...



A sign to know where you are...



And another sign, to know where everything else is. It is written in Breton and means "all directions".


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Exhibition

 It's the pretty month of May.
It is time for the spring exhibition in the chapel of Saint Ourzal in Porspoder.
And you can see my work there, Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May from 14h to 18h.

I am not alone, there are Richard Lempereur, Jean-Yves André and the members of the calligraphy societies of Brest, Saint-Renan and Porspoder.




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Virgilis Aenidos

I did a lot of things this weekend.
Few of them had anything to do with calligraphy.

I started to calligraph the Aeneid on the inside door of my workshop. At about 20 minutes per line, I'm far from being able to put it back!




Monday, April 23, 2018

Slate is not bad either

Yeah, because granite's still hard. And when the slabs are already in place, it means making his engraving on his knees which is quickly painful.
So I resumed the slate engraving started last fall and abandoned because of cold.
The pattern is finished, all that remains is to dress it with filigrees. A few more hours of work ahead!




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Granite is fantastic

It was nice last weekend so I couldn't stay scribbling in my workshop, I had to enjoy the garden a bit.
And I undertook to decorate the alley with various motifs, directly engraved in the slabs.

Starting at the end



and then trying a basic knotwork pattern



it's still quite long to do, granite is not easily incised, I will think about new patterns for next weekend if the weather continues.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Terminé

The showers were more numerous than expected this weekend so I had time to finish my initial T.



The filigree square is 5 cm wide.
The gilding is made with 24 carat gold leaf on acrylic gesso.
The letter as well as part of the filigree is made in Prussian blue and the other part of the filigree in cobalt blue & the support is an handmade linen paper.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

T in progress

Failing to be present in Nancy this weekend by default train, I compose a lettrine for a birth.
So it's a T.




But as the weather is fine this weekend, it is likely that the rest will wait because I will spend the rest of the time gardening.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Circles

New little filigrees done for warming up, all in circles.




In case you'd like to know, they are 4cm wide


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Filigree carpet

I (painfully) advance on my filigree composition.



I must have done about half of it, in 15 hours...
I may have seen a little big, or I may be filling in a little small :-D

And as one has to warm up when taking the pen, I do little things each time before continuing on the big composition.

For example, a flower design that I invented a few years ago but that I'm never tired of reproducing.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rust

Well, it's not totally successful (by far) but it's interesting.



The steel washer is 8cm in diameter, I let it rust for a while in the garden before writing some gothic capitals with etching varnish and then plunge it into a bath of sulfuric acid.

I like rust:-)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Format changeover

Still on my little initials, waiting for the muses to visit me again.
I have a lot of 6x15 scraps of paper, so I change a little bit from my eternal 10x10 square, it doesn't change the letters (still about 2 cm in diameter) but it makes the filigree slender.