I wait all year long to be able to say "He is Risen!" on Easter Weekend.
I wanted to put together a little piece today in celebration. I made the purple paste paper about a year ago in a workshop, and it has lain on my shelf just waiting for the right words. Today was the day. Since I taught Sherri Kiesel's Decorated Letters in February, I can't seem to stop using them!
Here's the breakdown on this piece:
First, I used ordinary computer paper and a pencil to square out the area I was going to use, with lines also for the word border. Second, I wrote out "Risen" in pencil to make sure I liked the presentation. Once I was satisfied, I used a Nikko-G pointed nib with black qouache to outline it.
Next I once again picked up my pencil and wrote out "He is" all around "Risen." I wanted this writing to be flowing, almost decorative, almost illegible so as not to take away too much from "Risen." Once I was happy with the placement of these words, the Nikko-G nib and black gouache was again used.
Little dogwood flowers were drawn in the four corners, signifying this time of year.
A yellow Karat Aquarell watercolor crayon was used to fill in "Risen." I used water sparingly over this color to keep part of the roughness and texture of this medium. A light blue Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen was used to put a dab of color to the dogwood petals.
The flame dotting the "i" signifies what happened later on the Day of Pentecost when "tongues of fire" sat on each of the apostles as they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
This might be a tiny piece, but what it signifies is one of the biggest events in history.