The Write On Maypole
I'm hugely embarrassed but proud to be taking up six whole pages in the latest edition of The EDGE (The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society magazine) with all the stages of my prolonged efforts to finish the Oxford City Arms in time to exhibit it with Oxford Scribes Write On exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, which celebrates 30 years of Oxford Scribes.
Should I mention that I think it is a shame the background was white? might have looked better on grey but I am not complaining really.
This is the last stage of the work which took at least three days using watercolour for the fritillaries then finally time to get the pen out again and warm up – then the motto and the names of the six Oxford University colleges I had chosen in the border.
I thought it was all over but by this time the vellum was pulling the board so tight it was warping. It seemed the paper on the back of the board was coming unstuck so I have carefully removed it. Then I could see that the vellum was coming unstuck on one side. I replaced the paper and left it to dry. Lastly I put it under a window mount before framing with non reflective glass. Expensive but worth every penny as it is practically invisible.