Illumination...Just for Fun!

Illumination...Just for Fun!

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 16th 2017

Centuries ago, before the printing press was invented, monks hand-copied the Bible. Each page was numbers or "Illuminated" with gold or silver outlining, then filled with color or flowers.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • transfer paper
    • #2 round brush
    • fine-grit sandpaper
    • plastic bags
    • clean cloth
    • #10/0 liner brush
    • white graphite paper
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • wooden plate



    Attach the Ultra Fine Writer Tip to the Glorious Gold paint bottle. Hold the writer tip as if it were a pen. Squeeze the middle of the bottle only.

    Wherever lines will touch, let them dry before placing next to a wet area.

    1. Sand the plate surface to make sure it is smooth. Wipe off all dust with a dry cloth.
    2. Base the plate with a brush mix of equal amounts of Primer & Sealer and Traditional Burnt Sienna, using the larger flat brush. Let dry.
    3. Transfer the pattern onto the plate with white graphite paper.
    4. The border area is first dampened with water using the large flat brush. Dab a crumpled plastic bag into a brush mix of (2) parts Antique Maroon and (1) part Primer & Sealer, then just dab in the border area of the plate.
    5. The flowers are first based with a solid color. When they are dry, a dot of indicated shadow color is placed in the shadow area. While the dot is still wet, pull out thin lines from the dot. Highlight colors are also a dot placed in the light area and again pulled out.
    6. Instruction #5
    7. The leaves are based with Foliage Green using the round brush. When dry, dot Evergreen for the shadow and pull out the lines before they dry. (Work one leaf at a time until you get the feel of it.) The highlight is a dot of Lemonade and pulled out.
    8. The red flowers are based with Country Red. When dry, the shade is a dot of Antique Maroon pulled out. The light is a dot of Orange Flame and pulled out.
    9. Instruction #7
    10. The yellow flowers are based with Raw Sienna. When dry, apply a dot of Orange Flame for the shadow and pull out the lines. The light is a Primary Yellow dot that is pulled out.
    11. The blue flowers are based with Sapphire.When dry, the shade is a dot of Midnite Blue pulled out in lines. The light is a dot of Baby Blue; pull out the lines.
    12. When all is dry, remove any remaining pattern lines. Use the liner brush to apply strokes and repair any extra needed lines. (You can do as much detailing with Glorious Gold on the Ultra Fine Writer Tip as you like.) Let dry.
    13. When everything is dry, apply a coat of the DuraClear Gloss Varnish. Let dry.


    Illuminations Pattern