Illuminated Manuscript Letters I

Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration


Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration for Lettering Artists, Type Design and Art Journal Letter 

So lets start with" what is Illumination ? "

  • Illumination is essentially and embellishment, ornamental flourish or other type of decoration that is added to the written letter on a manuscript or written page
  • The word " Illumination" originates from the word " Illuminate" which means fill with light. Traditionally letterforms were filled with gold leaf or other types of metal leaf that reflected the light that shone upon the illuminated manuscript. 

What are illuminated Letters ?

  • Illuminated Letters usually appeared as the first letter on a manuscript page or book page 
  • the illuminated letters where the initial of a word , made larger with  ornamental flourishes added. Often gold leaf was applied to make them stand out and catch the light. Often symbolic imagery was used in addition to curly flourishes, like symbolic plants, animals, mythical creatures, religious symbols,.

Illuminated Manuscript Letters I

Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters I
A beautifully decorated letter I with a light blue design in the center pillar almost mosaic like and flanked on either side by 2 different kind of flower designs
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
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Ornamental Lettering Letter i
Illuminated Manuscript Letters I,   Beautifully Ornate Letter Design, with lots of intense detail background drawings, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
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Decorative Letternig Letter I
Illuminated Manuscript Letters I, Printable Alphabet Letter Decorated Ornamental, Historical Illuminated Lettering , Ornamental Flourishes for Letterforms and Illustrative Lettering Inspiration
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Decorative Initial Letter I 
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Decorative Initial Letter I  for our german visitors : Buchstabenvorlagen zum ausdrucken, kostenlose Buchstaben fuer Kalligrafie , Buchstabe I
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Decorative Initial Letter I 
This ornamental letter has a lot of loose flourishes that counteract the rugged zig zag edge and offer some balance to the weight of the letterform
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Ornamental Lettering Printable Alphabet Letters I Love this letter that kind of feels like it sits on its own throne Illuminated Manuscript Letters I at milliande-printables.com
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Love this letter that kind of feels like it sits on its own throne


Did you know:  a Little Illumination History 

In the olden days there were 3 people involved in the art of illumination. Creating illuminated letters and illuminated anuscripts involved the parchmenter, the scribe and the illuminator. The parchmenter was in charge of preparing the writing surface, both for the writing and the illuminating drawing part. The scribe was in charge of correctly copying all the information onto the parchment or vellum. the illuminator was the artist who created the ornamental flourishes and lettering decorations on illuminated manuscripts. In the medieval days most of these tasks were done by monks in monasteries who were especially trained in the art of illumination.

  • The Parchmenter prepared animal skins . Different kinds of animal skins were available to become twriting surfaces. Parchment referred to a writing surface made from sheepskin and Vellum referred to calfskin. To prepare the surface the animal skins were stretched out in the sun to dry , then burnished to create a soft surface to write and illuminate upon .  
  • The Scribe was in charge of correctly copying the words that had been prepared. First he would check for spelling mistakes, then he would use writing quills made from different types of bird feathers as well as handmade inks from plant pigments, mineral pigments and egg white binders.
  • The Illuminator was in charge of adding decorative symbols and ornamental flourishes to the text. These are called Illuminations. With the text in place he would first sketch in the ornamental flourishes and placement of symbols before adding the gold leaf designs. After the gold leaf illuminations had dried he would paint the colours on , using handmade pigments depending on the type of colour required. 

All three people involved in creating illuminated manuscripts were skilled artists and calligraphers practiced in the art of illuminated lettering. Reading in those days was reserved to a select few, especially royalty and religious educated people, so illumination was a sacred and well thought of artform.


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