Mixed Media Medieval Manuscript Workshop

Last Sunday I had the good fortune to attend Lynne Perrella's Mixed Media Medieval Manuscript Workshop in NYC through "The Ink Pad". It was held at The Westbeth Community Center on the lower East side. The Community Center had wonderful accommodations to spread out and there was an interesting and diverse group of artists in attendance. I enjoyed meeting Lynne who is a lovely woman who loves to share her techniques and amazing artistic talent and a born teacher! I have long been intrigued by medieval life so this workshop sparked my imagination and to top it off, Lynne Perrella was leading the way!

The assignment for this workshop was to come prepared with black and white and some color prints of the medieval period including castles, turrets, ancient calligraphy, illumination, architecture, gothic windows & doors, medieval get it.  We also brought our favorite acrylic paint, gesso and a variety of brushes as well as any favorite things we would want to incorporate into this project.  With these, we created a collage that we then turned into a medieval manuscript book.  This is the mostly finished collage, since taking these pictures I did more work on it to embed the pictures into the background better and add glimmer mist and gold highlights:

Lynne encouraged us to add lots of texture using corrugated cardboard, cheese cloth, crumpled tissue paper, stenciling, etc. to create a background.  From there, we slit and folded our collage to create a book.  Here it is closed:

Below is a couple of views of the interior pages:

 It was a truly inspiring day and I encourage all who have an opportunity to take a workshop with Lynne to not pass up the opportunity, you will not be disappointed!  This workshop was filled with so many amazing and talented women.  I was so intent on working on my project that I missed the opportunity to take pictures of the workshop itself.   Susan Sager Brown has a wonderful blog entry about Lynne's workshop and I encourage you to visit her blog to read further about it.  I have linked her blog entry - just click on her name!  Susan has pictures of the work she did on her amazing piece and while you are there, check out her artwork!


Susan Sager Brown said...

Wow!!your pages turned out so beautifully!! Love your color combos and images. Thanks for the link and your kind words. Hopefully we'll meet again in Connecticut!!xoSusan

Patti G. said...

Mary, what a great post! Such a beautiful piece you created and your day was a comeplete success! I can see why this was a wonderful experience and an added bonus is that you came home with this fantastic Medieval book!!!!!!! Awesome Mary!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Hey MAry!! So glad to finally get a chance to read abotu your PErella Experience!! I am still so excited for you and I love your piece!! Must see it in person sometime!! We had a hard drive catastrophic failure so I ahve lost tons of stuff and I am trying to recreate it now!! What a hideous drag!! SO to reward my self I am doing a bit of blog hopping to take breaks!! Off to visit Susan's blog now!!
Big Hugs!!

Theresa said...

Exciting post Mary! LOVE how your project turned out! Someday hope to take a class with Lynne...doesn't get much better than that...
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