Traditionally the illuminated letter is the first letter of a word at the start of each paragraph.
The handwritten books during the Middle Ages included large ornate letters.
As a art form, illuminated letters an stand-alone as individual pieces of art. They made wonderful decorations for the first page of an art journal or a notebook since they are often personal to the artist.
If you don't want to draw your letters, you can start with a pre-printed one! Download your base letters here:
LETTER TEMPLATES (A-Z)
Once you have your letter drawn, you can add all sorts of decoration to it. Ideas for adding illustrations include:
- flourishes and swirls
- leaves, flowers, and greenery
- objects, characters, and items that reflect the artists' interests (soccer ball, dance shoes, art supplies, etc)
- objects, characters, and item that begin with the same letter (alligator for A, dragon for D, etc)
In our May classes, we are embossing foil with our letter designs!