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Make a Carpet Page: Live classes

A Unique Analytical Approach to Manuscript Illumination in Several Layers

  • Started 7 May
  • 600 British pounds
  • Online


Service Description

Welcome to the Make a Carpet Page course! It's my analytical approach to manuscript illumination in several layers and the course is divided into 12 chapters. I'll really hold your hand throughout the whole process and we'll take it very slowly so you understand the methods and methodologies. I'll break everything down into small parts so that you can really absorb them. By the end of the course you'll have your very own carpet page, unique to you with the colours you've chosen. Alternatively, and if you're a beginner, you are welcome to use my drawings and either trace or redraw them and colour them in your own way. This version of the live class is to make a Western carpet page (as shown in the images), using the same or similar techniques as in my carpet page manual, including analysis, traced elements and colour design (you are free to recreate or choose your own colours). Recreate the carpet pages of Luke and Mark from one of the most famous manuscripts in the world, the Book of Kells. You can work from real or imitation vellum, parchment or paper, as you prefer. This is for the LIVE online classes in which we work through the Make a Carpet Page e-course together. I will likely run only one Carpet Page cohort per year for the next couple of years only (there are only so many carpet pages one wants to produce among the myriad other splendid things there are to paint!). The separate, standalone e-course can be found here: You do not need to get both: you could do the live classes and I can take you through the process live, step-by-step. Or you could just do the self-paced, self-study e-course alone, which I designed to be like an old fashioned painting manual or textbook. The live classes will be based on this textbook I created, and there are some aspects that can be a little complex if you're doing it alone as a beginner, and that I can help you with during the live sessions. If you do decide to get both it will likely save you a lot of note-taking and record-keeping time as there is a whole wealth of information and knowledge contained there conveniently, and you can then focus your energies on making your own carpet page. It will also serve as a souvenir of the class and jog your memory for future. Additionally, should you decide to get both, when the e-course is purchased once and downloaded it is yours to keep forever! There are 12 sessions (no class on 2 July).

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