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


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


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


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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Not inspired

Right now, I'm having trouble finding inspiration or rather, I don't like any of the work I'm starting and I'm throwing hours of work in the trash.
It's not the first time this has happened to me and I think we all go through this kind of period.
While waiting for inspiration to come back, I do filigrees, at least I'm pretty sure I'll do something not too bad.

small initials with walnut stain and iron gall ink

I even compose new characters because I'm a little bit tired of the Latin alphabet

and then I advance little by little on a more ambitious work but much too long for me to come to the end in only one day.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sind frei

I continued typing on Namur blue stone, just to experiment with various tools.

It's a bit too blurry for my taste, I'll try another approach but not right away.
I have to wait until the weather improves a little, temperatures and rainfall do not encourage me to work outside for now.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Sorry to have left you without news lately, I was in Belgium to give some courses, the proof in pictures :

already tired

photo bombing (no reason for only others to have fun)

And, did you know, the Namur region produces magnificent blue stones, much used in construction. My hosts (thanks again Geneviève & Eugène!) had some in their backyard that they let me bring back with me.

First engraving try, it's not that yet but it's encouraging

to be followed...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Filigrees, the comeback

Long time I haven't told you about filigrees here, I'm sure you miss it ;-)

A little work in progress, on a cardboard that my wife previously used to make frame patinas.

I left the nib to play with an acrylic marker, here is a short video of a part of the process

and I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am organizing a workshop dedicated to filigree learning in Paris on July 21 & 22. You can find all the information in the agenda.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Once checked, the pattern of interlacing on my last nesting box is not terrible...

this is the construction :

the result (that can be seen carved on the birdhouse) :

and the analysis that proves that it is made of 2 knots !! Shame on me...

For the next one, I'll be working more upstream on the knot pattern.
Or maybe I'll make another kind of decoration.

in any case, don't tell the chickadees, they might refuse to come nest there! ;-)

and if you want to embark on the drawing of knots, 2 places are available for my workshop at Welkenraedt!
Alternatively, you can also play with the automatic knotting tool available in the site resources.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

birhouse encore

One can't spend all his time making nest boxes when there are calligraphy courses to come!
But one can't spend all his time doing calligraphy while the chickadees are looking for places to nest!

So I made a balcony nesting box with a celtic knotwork pattern on the front, in order to match the two constraints.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Finally finished my models of initials of the Gospel of Lindisfarne!
Here is a small collection, to have the whole thing, you'll have to come to the course in Welkenraedt
: -)

Sunday, February 4, 2018


I continue to explore the Gospel of Lindisfarne and, in addition to the initials, I also reproduce some decorative patterns.

I'm almost done, at least in terms of preparing for the workshop in Welkenraedt.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another break

Well, I'm still working on the Lindisfarne Gospels but I need to take a break from time to time so, her it is, another set of symbols & initials with filigrees.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


It's tiring to go from page to page in a manuscript to collect the initials, study them so as to reproduce them and finally copy them so as to transmit them.
So, I take a little break on the Lindisfarne Gospel and I come back to my marotte, the filigree initials.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

ABC etc

Next step in the collection of the initials from Lindisfarne. All done between A & L.

No initial K in this manuscript, it's hardly surprising, but still unfortunate.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


After the capital letters A, I continue to collect the initials of the Gospel of Lindisfarne for my Celtic workshop in Welkenraedt next March.
For those who are interested, hurry up, there is only one place left!!

Less variety on these letters than on the A's but still a lot of different shapes...

Friday, January 12, 2018

I'm talking about azure...

...About that abyss that totally escapes me.

That's it, a poem by Guillevic, some blue, some lettering...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Mind moves matter

It is Virgil who says it in the Aeneid and, of course, he says it in Latin: Mens agitat molem

And so, my mind, without really moving matter, transforms it.

It is a shale pebble, hand engraved with my faithful butter knife and a nail for the filigree pattern. And to give you an idea of the size, one last picture of the work when it was in progress and I was holding the pebble in my hand.