Illuminated Manuscript Letters S

Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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So lets start with" what is Illumination ? "

  • Illumination is essentially and embellishment, ornamental flourish or other type ofdecoration 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 S

Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Ornamental Letter S - Free Printable Decorative Lettering Forms ::: 1
Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Ornamental Letter S - 
Beautifully decorated letterform , with plant flourishes, leaf flourishes and what looks like seed symbols 
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Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Decorative Letter S - Decorate Alphabet Illuminations
a simple but ornate letterform using scurves in varying directions in a 3 dimensional assemblage. for our german visitors : Buchstabenvorlagen zum ausdrucken, kostenlose Buchstaben fuer Kalligrafie , Buchstabe S


Illuminated Manuscript Letters S, Printable Alphabet Letters Decorative Ornamental, Samples of Ornamental Letter S , Letterform Inspiration for Calligraphers, Type Design and Lettering
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Ornamental Letter S 
This is an illuminated manuscript letter that has at its ends some symbolic animal flourishes, symbols with a spiral attached at the bottom 


Beautiful Illuminated Initial Letter S from a historical document  currently held in the British Library , London England featuring
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Beautiful Illuminated Initial Letter S from a historical document 
currently held in the British Library , London England featuring 
"Historiated initial 'S'(alvum) at the beginning of Psalm 68 ('Salvum me fac Deus'), with scenes of the Ark's arrival in Jerusalem, and to the left of the initial, King David standing holding his harp, with a small hybrid musician playing under his feet, from the Bohun Psalter and Hours, England, second half of the 14th century "


Illuminated Monogram Letter S - Initial Letter S
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Illuminated Monogram Letter S - Initial Letter S


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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