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The Materials of the Saint John’s Bible with Reggie Ezell


  • Carson-Newman University 1646 Russell Avenue Jefferson City, TN, 37760 United States (map)
  Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Multiple gold leafs on sculpted gilding bases: gouaches, watercolors, and inks on gilding

Registration is open

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (brown bag lunch)

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Spend this final weekend at Carson-Newman University studying illuminated manuscripts from across the centuries, employing many of the materials and techniques presented in this course.

The Saint Johns Bible: Heritage Edition! Up close and personal with one of the volumes. A chance to study this life size, brilliantly reproduced, rare book. (Note: The current cost of the full seven volume set is approximately $165,000.)

The greatest work of art in western calligraphy and illumination in the last 500 years is The Saint John’s Bible. It is created with materials that reach back millennia: calfskin vellum, quills, stick inks, dry pigments, gilding, and more. The designs, though grounded in tradition, always have a contemporary flair.

The intention of this extended studies course is to be immersed in these materials and techniques in order to produce a finished work, broadside or book, integrating these materials and designs.

Curriculum will include:

  • Lining and Lettering on Paper, Vellum, Parchment

  • Gilding on various bases with 7 kinds of gold, and tooling the gold

  • Metal nibs: broad edge, pointed, ruling pen, ball pointed pen: adapting them with honing (several), reservoirs, distempering, snipping.

  • Quills: cutting and maintaining them

  • Writing Fluids: Gouache, Watercolor, Ink Sticks: (black and color), Dry Pigments

Participants must have a working knowledge of Italic lettering.

Photo courtesy of Reggie Ezell