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Grafix Lesson Plan: Lesson 14

Project Description: Learn how to create an illuminated letter using Grafix Vellum.

Designed by: Kirby Meng

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging


  • Grafix Vellum
  • Sketchbook for practice
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Permanent marker
  • Wax based colored pencils
  • The Book of Kells (great place to look for inspiration)

Steps to Make This:

  1. Start with a block letter, using the initial of the first, middle or last name.
  2. Alter the block letter to make it more interesting in some way.
  3. Add designs and embellishments to make an interesting and meaningful work of art. Incorporate drawings and designs that have personal meaning.
  4. Sketch onto Grafix Vellum in your choice of color/finish.
  5. Trace the lines of the design with a permanent marker.
  6. Erase over the entire design to get rid of any stray pencil lines.
  7. Add color with wax based colored pencils or the medium of your choosing.
  8. Display all illuminated letters and discuss how letters and monograms have been important throughout history.


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