I've always toyed with the idea of illuminate some of my works but never give it a try until yesterday when I say a YouTube video  quite funny which shown a fast-timed "see how easy is" decoration on manuscript illumination and, hence, I had to try it.
I wanted to send something different to a friend in Turkey. So, I gave it a try and were 4 hours on it.
Here's the result of all-first-time: first drafts [from video showcase], inked with iron gall ink using Esterbrook 355 over them, pseudo-gothic letters... invented as go [first time with an stiff nib... painful], watercolored except gold [ink] and capital letters' silvered [ink], first time writing in arabic [bismillah... sorry if it says otherwise... I really tried but it's strange], etc. all in crappy (truly, crappy) cheaper-impossible paper but surprisingly it holded the gall ink and the watercolors perfectly without traspassing it...
Oh, almost forgot, the paper size: an A5 (half A4). Click HERE to see it at 600dpi (~3400x5000px, 1.49MB, JPEG)
Just a final note: as it was all over a draft, I didn't try to keep lines horizontal, spacing and other issues. After all, it all begin with a pencil and was meant to be nothing else, but who can resist retouching this and that?
I hope you found it interesting, at least.
Edited by franzrogar, 28 January 2014 - 23:03.