Ken Bova
Homegrown Color
One reason the color in Medieval manuscript illumination is so rich and lustrous is that it is actually made from ground and powdered semiprecious stones. Thin layers of a gemstone pigment were applied multiple times to build a deep saturated color whose durability lasts for centuries. Along with gilding in 23k gold, this workshop will introduce the process of creating and using mineral pigments from a variety of gemstones and other substances and explore their application as a potential new coloring material in jewelry work.

Using a recipe for a binding medium handed down from the Middle Ages for generations we’ll learn how to grind, sift, mix, and apply pure gemstone as a liquid paint. Hard rock lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise, corals, azurite, ochers, and less noble materials such as brick and rust will be transformed into soft and luminous pigment.


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