by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas
This is a typical ‘body’ page in the narrative. When I was cleaning up the ink bleed-through on Letitia’s pages, these were the easiest of all to fix. Essentially, this was due to the great amount of “field”, or open areas on the page. It was a simple task to quantify the color of the bleed-through, increase the range a bit in order to cover the differences in saturation on various pages, and then simply substitute the background, or page, color for the bleed-through color and its increased ranges. As you can see there is a lot of open field and such a procedure would typically take care of 70% – 90% of the problem. Where it fell upon illumination/illustration or, rarely, other calligraphy, then surgical remedies were called for.
This page is just chock-full of Letitia’s excellent small illuminations. There is scarcely a line of calligraphy that does not contain one or more of these. I am especially impressed with the rainbow illuminations around April’s name.
However, the insects, stars, wand and crowns also further the story in subtle, but informative ways. As a teacher though, my favorites are the book and arithmetic slate.