The first challenge was finding just the right inspiration and that meant pouring through many images, website and books until this one finally stepped off the page and said hullo to me. I showed it to my husband who asked if I had enough time (3 weeks or so) to finish it and my reply was sure no problem and he laughed. It was a huge project for me which stretched my abilities and of course it took longer than I thought it would but in a good way.
Sometimes I never know how the ink will react so I did two tiny crows in unobtrusive corners as ink tests. There was no major spidering so yay!
The Phew moment when it was completed without any big problems.
Then I tested it on a scrap piece.
The fabulous thing about the modern age is a touch screen tablet and wi-fi allowing me to get right int the piece and see the details that a photo in a book just cannot show you.
Gilding took around 4 days also around 8 hours a day and I used around 5 sheets of double ducat transfer leaf.
Once the gilding is done I can then start the painting. 1st I block all the solid colours, then I start the white work and the outlines. Once that was done I began the last piece which was the miniature.
The scroll was done on 11x14 inch goat parchment. Oak-gall/iron ink, brause nibs, H pencil, plastic eraser, gouache and water colours from Schminke, double ducat, 23Kt transfer gold, sugar and gum arabic and water size, paint brushes were sable hair and synthetic hair and ranged from a 2 - 00000. Think that's the specs. It took 3 weeks at working roughly 8 hours / day ( not including weekends but including the time I took for breaks )