As always, she brought “all the things”: her many supplies which she generously allowed us to use. I tried the Faber Castell colored Pitt Pens.
The topic was “Letter Me This”. The idea was to use a sea creature in the creation of a letter. Her suggestion was to use elements of the animal as patterns and motifs: “say it without saying it”. Her “U” below is based on a sea urchin shell.
But I couldn’t quite get there. My favorite wild animal is the sea otter and I couldn’t figure out how to make that into a letter so I just put her inside a letter.
However, I did work an element into the background. I designed an Illuminated Capitol as seen in medieval manuscripts. Then I got the wild idea to do a diaper pattern ** background. If you notice, inside the diamond shapes are the shape of the otter’s cute little nose and mouth.
**From the French diapré (‘variegated’), a diaper pattern is a repetitive geometric pattern. Although used as early as the eleventh century, it often acted as a background in GOTHIC illumination.