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Try something different

Ready for a miniature challenge? Paint a medieval decorated initial letter, with Helen White


Materials and techniques for painting in miniature

Paint a decorative letter

How to control watercolour when painting small studies

Medieval manuscripts are filled with wonderful patterns, borders and illustrations, surrounding the beautifully written text. The first letter of a book, chapter or verse was often larger and decorated. This project uses versal capitals, which were used for many centuries in various forms. An internet search should provide you with an example to use if you don’t have a book of calligraphic alphabets. The pattern surrounding it is known as a ‘diaper’ pattern, a repetitive geometric pattern used in the 13th and 14th centuries. The variations are endless.

Demonstration 1 Decorated letter

The following demonstration images have been reproduced larger than actual size to help you follow in the detail.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!