I've been working hard on my Oxford City Arms - I've done the writing on the vellum now and have spent many hours doing vellum trials of the border design.
raised and burnished gold on gesso and shell gold for the chain, fritillaries painted in watercolour, shields in gouache
had to use a magnifying glass to see what I was doing - I never thought I would be able to do the shields that small - still not perfect but better than I expected
this is the writing on the vellum - I used gold gouache for the smaller writing and metal pens after many trials with quills, in the end it was just more reliable with the pen.
the chaos of my desk!