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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

The Lion,

Here is my second project from the four evangelists in the Book of Kells. This is the Lion which is the symbol for Mark and his gospel. I used a lot more of the metallic gold foil in the body which sadly doesn’t show well on the photo. I also used more inspiration from Kells in the border with the eagles. All in all it looks great on my wall next to the Eagle of John I finished a few weeks back.

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Kells Eagle final

So here is the finished project. As mentioned on my last post I took some liberty with the eagle by printing out a picture and then filling in the details. This went well except that finding a frame for an 8.5×11 was not as easy as getting one for an 8×10. Instead I picked up a cheap clip frame which is really just a piece go glass and backing that gets clipped together with your picture sandwiched in the middle. I then made my own border keeping with the color and style of the eagle and Kells art. Leaving some room around the center, where the picture would go, I brushed in some gold leaf paint to give the effect of illumination.

All in all, I am very happy with the results. I have been a fan of the Book of Kells for a long while, and especially the symbol for John the Evangelist which is the Eagle. Finding good prints of these can be difficult to impossible. Now I can finally place a little art from the “Early Middle Ages” on my wall.

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