Note: This project originally appeared on the Creating with Joy Blog. I received compensation for the project.
Today I'm going to show you how to make these Illuminated Monograms. Based on the Middle Age art of illuminated manuscripts, these letters can really jump start your creative practice and can be used in so many different ways. You can use the technique in your art journal pages, as gift cards, place setting cards, or just frame them for a gift or home décor. You don't have to be an expert at hand-lettering to make these either! Simply use Joy Letters instead! Here's how to make your own Illuminated Monograms.
Supplies you need to make illuminated monograms:
- Watercolor paper, cut to 3"square (you can make yours any size)
- Craft glue
- Joy Embroidered Letters
- Black pens or ink
- Colored markers
- Gold-leaf pens
How to make illuminated monograms:
- Apply a wash of watercolor to the paper. Allow to dry completely.
- Glue your letter to the center of the paper.
- With a thin black marker, doodle some designs around the letter – swirls, flowers, leaves or curlicues. Look at some examples of illuminated manuscripts and get inspired there.
- Once your design is drawn around the letter, add color with markers or more watercolor.
- Finally, use gold leaf pens to add the illumination to the piece.