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‚ÄčIlluminated Lettering: Letter B with Watercolor and Gold Paint

With inspiration from a medieval alphabet, draw an illuminated letter B with with your own creative flair. Watercolor, gold paint and colored pencils.

Medieval illuminated manuscripts abound in beautiful versions of letter B that can be copied and recreated. But wouldn’t it be much more fun to draw your own version of an illuminated letter B? 

Taking inspiration from a 12th century medieval alphabet, I went to work sketching the letter shape until I came up with a version that I liked. Using the creative method described in the letter A blog post, I found a flower, saved images from Google search for reference and let my hand loose.

I have provided a free PDF with the line illustration and letter B practice sheet for you, so whether you want to create from skratch or use my illustration, you can create your own illuminated letter. 

I first started drawing the flower, and then when the flower was partially drawn, I embarked on the letter shape. If you follow this order of drawing, it is quite easy to integrate the flower and letter shape into a seamless image. 

If you first draw the full letter and then try to combine with a flower, you will most probably end up rather frustrated, and find yourself stuck in a puzzling dilemma. Instead of an intuitive, creative flow. I know, because I tried it many times before it dawned on me how to do this.

When I recorded the drawing process, the camera was too close to my hand, so in this video you will only see the application of watercolor, gold paint and colored pencils. I had trouble with the recording of letter A too. The reason is that when I do the first pencil drawing, the line work is very light but my camera is not set up for that. A light hand Feels more free, and allows me to use the eraser frequently. I use the eraser as a design tool!

Inspiration for illuminated letter B Cecilie Okada   Inspiration for illuminated letter B Cecilie Okada

For letter C I finally worked out the right camera settings. Next up, before letter C, learn about making your own watercolor gold paint. Super easy. 

You can download a free practice sheet for letter B and then have a go at creating an illuminated letter yourself. In case you want to focus on painting or coloring only, the PDF also includes the line drawing of my letter B that you can trace or print out. 

Free practice sheet letter B and illuminated letter B illustration

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Illuminated Lettering: Letter B with Watercolor and Gold paint. Draw your own illuminated letter, using simple creative tools. Click to download free printable line drawing and letter B practice sheet. By illustrator Cecilie Okada


With inspiration from medieval alphabet, draw an illuminated letter B with with your own creative flair! Paint with gold paint and watercolor. Click for free PDF with printable line drawing and letter B practice sheet. By Cecilie Okada
Illuminated lettering with creativity! After painting with watercolor gold paint, bring your own illuminated letter B to life with vibrant watercolors. Click to get free printable line drawing and letter B practice sheet. By Cecilie Okada
Illuminated lettering: Letter B with inspiration from medieval alphabet. First apply watercolor gold paint, then make it shine with more vibrant watercolors. Click to download free PDF with printable line drawing and letter B practice sheet. By Cecilie Okada
Illuminated lettering: Letter B with gold paint, watercolor flower and colored pencils. Create your own! Click to download free printable line drawing and letter B practice sheet. By Cecilie Okada