Friday, 3 August 2018
Traditional fineness in hallmarks
These are the last two designs for the wedding anniversary card range. There is write up on them on this months edition of The Leopard, newsletter of the London Assay Office. For these, I had to figure out how to paint them. Metals are notoriously difficult as they rely mostly on reflections, or a dark ground, to make them look anything. Silver being the harder one, as the actual 'colour' is rather a plain grey if unpolished. All the other cards in the series are colourful, and as I didn't want the poor lion just to be left in achrome next to the others, I went with indigo, justifying it as a reflection of a cloudy sky. I think I used a mixture of raw sienna (very traditional) and the relatively modern quinacridone gold for the 50th.