Simply beautiful! I love it how the softly curved flourishes contrast with the pointy look of the Fraktur, creates balance. "Belle" is definitely my favourite part of this, too! And the L on "l'eau". I love those borders as well, the little ornaments on the corners.
A few comments: some of the dots for i's and j's are a bit off-centered / very, very light. Flourishes are simply exquisite. Personally, I think the super-bending back of the right-most downward stroke on the m's and n's make the letter look very frail, but more like than not, I'd guess that to be a feature of gothic (I think it's gothic; I've never seriously done gothic though). The space on the right/left edges seems a bit small, while the space below and above a bit too big. Pink background very nice. Was this just the paper? Or did you paint/dye/etc it? If so, how? It looks really great.
Beautiful piece. Ah, something for me to work upwards to
That's very nice of you taking the pain writing detailed comments. I do indeed appreciate
This is actually a gothic script - a Fraktur to be precise (comes from Germany). I died the paper so that it looked pink.
Thanks a lot.
The first line is " At the clear foutain", and the word "belle" means beautiful yes. That's not so bad!
Spanish and French are quite similar in their grammary and vocabulary. And they're both difficult compared to English
I could translate the whole... but I feel lazy
Anyway, thanks a lot.
You're right, the text was written on a larger sheet, and I cut the edges to make a square... But I may have been confuded with my distances... and my penultimate line is a bit lame. Never mind. Thanks a lot, it's always a pleasure to receive critical commments like yours!
It's not exactly in the style of the Book of Kells ( [link] would be a bit closer to this incredible manuscript), this script came much later. Anyway, I'm really glad you like it And thanks for your fav.
you did really well on the flourishing.. what pen points did you use for this? i never learned how to do this correctly, so i experimented with all broad point, one broad one fine point, and only a (very flexible) fine point.. i like the knot/cadel on the f in fontaine and the l's interact well on belle. the angles where your flourishes cross are good.. i've found it hard to get them just right so they don't look jumbled. (i think you forgot the tittle on the j in que je though )
Up to now I was used to using two quills (three sometimes) for flourishing: a broad point and a very fine one.
Yet here, I've used only a broad one (Brause 2 mm). I've made the fine lines with the border of my nib (your nib must be well loaded with ink for that kind of job). I'm not sure I'm very clear in my exmplanation, it's easier when you see it in fact It's the first time I'm not "cheating" with fine nibs! lol
To avoid approximative angles and jumbled effect, I had made a sketch before (I felt courageous yes...)
And oops.... my J!!!!!!!!!!! Grrr....
Thanks for the comment anyway, comming from such a flourisher (isn't this a beautiful neologism?), it's a real pleasure