The text is, "I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." from the Bible, Psalm 139:14.
I traced the original coloring page onto watercolor paper. It was done in acrylic, paint, watercolor and fine tipped marker to colorize it. My brushes were all small but the one I used the most was a liner or signature brush.
The lettering was first, in blue acrylic. Black would have been traditional but I wanted to make something more colorful. Next was the red in acrylic for the border. In many examples of ancient pages and red is a common accent color. The hearts have a little violet mixed around the edges to give some definition from the red boarder. White primer gesso gave the hearts a little highlight. The yellow and brown were watercolor. Last was edging with an ink brush marker.
The original picture I drew did not have the vines going around the inside border but the colors were all so hot I felt it needed some cooling down. Before I painted the green vines I placed tracing paper over the project and did a sketch to see if it would work. Even with sketching I wasn't quite sure it would work out, but went ahead anyway. I had to use white priming gesso to cover over the red where the green leaves would go above so the red would not bleed through. I think it looks pretty good.
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|Illuminated Text, Psalm 139:14, Painted By Hand.|
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