This book by Margaret Morgan is totally awesome. The first third of this spiral-bound wonder is all about tools and techniques. Chapter 3 (150 pages!), the Alphabet Directory, categorizes illuminations into style and period--Celtic, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance: White Vine, and Renaissance: Neo-Classical. Now, this is all really a mouthful, never mind a mindful, for me.
So, what can I do but take this all poco a poco? My dear friend's thought on how to eat an elephant comes to mind here. I do want to know about all these various styles... Perhaps I can mix things up a bit into a contemporary kind of thing (gorgeous examples in Chapter 4). But for starters, I will try some traditional designs with what's on hand--watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, a bit of gold gouache. I'll leave out the gesso and gilding for now, but be ready. I could spring these out at any moment! :-)
Regarding my before and after drawings for the Cornell webinar, here is the pair I'm thinking of going with: