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Tres Heures Folding Fan by LadyArwynn16 Tres Heures Folding Fan by LadyArwynn16
Kingdom of Atlantia 30th Year “Scribal Challenge”

Materials used:
+ Mystery Ingredient given by the challenge = ultramarine ++Pigment (used for egg tempera)
++Mixed with a fresh egg yolk and water
+Paper folding fan given by the challenge
+Pencil (for outlining the hemisphere)
+Leonardt #2.5 pen nib
+Schmincke gouache in “GoldPearl”
+Dr. Ph. Martins India Ink in “Bombay Blue”
+Higgins Calligraphy Ink in “Carmine”
+Windsor & Newton Designer gouache in “Permanent White” (for lightening the ultramarine paint)

Source of Inspiration: Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, 1413AD by the Limbourg Brothers, specifically the hemisphere portion from the month of September calendar.

Discussion: Originally I wanted to create artwork that would be period for a folding fan. I was able to find some written word that folding fans existed in China but there are not many surviving examples. I was going to go with this route despite that but encountered a major problem.

The “secret ingredient” that was given to me would not be period for blue Chinese paint. Chinese painters did not use ultramarine, which is derived from lapis lazuli, but instead they most commonly used pigment derived from azurite. Although azurite and lapis lazuli are rather similar there is a difference in chemical makeup and more importantly as to where each was harvested in pre-1600’s China.

I then decided to go a different route and paint something European despite that such a thing wouldn’t necessarily be found on folding fan. In fact I found it rather difficult to research folding fans made out of paper and wood to exist in Europe before 16th century. It really wasn’t until late 1600’s that folding fans became into existence and were mostly made of wood and feathers instead of paper or even parchment.

Now the first thing that came to my mind immediately when thinking of ultramarine pigment or paint was “Le Tres Riches Heures”… it is rather infamous especially for its use of beautiful ultramarine blue in the pained panels throughout the whole book. I have always wanted to attempt to recreate this beauty but never had the chance to work with pigments. Until now!
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draconis-regena Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
This is Amazing!
LadyArwynn16 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
fainting-goat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I saw the painting you used as inspiration just this weekend when looking through my references for something to paint! I recognized it instantly since I've seen this piece first. It's gorgeous. I'm just amazed by the detail you got with the gold.
LadyArwynn16 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. I was hoping more people were going to say they recognized where it can came from. At the event I had a nice but short description about the overall project and where it came from. Doing the gold on the blue was fun. It is a challenge because the artist has to be decent at freehand. I prefer this over using a light box or tracing through parchment or pergamenata. Personal preference though and I dont frown on others who trace or use a light box.
Wen-Astar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Writer
This is a really fine work. Period or not ;)
LadyArwynn16 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Merwenna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your fan was one of my favorites at 30 Year! I think what you did with it was very, very cool. :)
LadyArwynn16 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It was a lot of fun and I am glad I pushed through the hurdles to complete it and get it up to the event.
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Submitted on
September 5, 2011
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