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All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter by GuardtheDoors All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter by GuardtheDoors
The verses written by Gandalf about Aragorn, found in The Lord of the Rings.

Mixed media on 24"x36" 300lb Canson paper

This was really fun. =D
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sarahbera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
how do you get the paper-effect? I've always been annoyed that I can never find how these backgrounds are done. (I mean the foggy-grayblue stuff. Not the pedestal for Narsil/Andúril) Watercolor? If so, do you think I could water down gouache enough to get something of the same effect?
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GuardtheDoors Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
You mean the paper variations in the smokey-foglike edges? Actually, that was accidental. I was using some really thick, lovely 300lb Canson paper. I didn't pre-soak/stretch it, so when I put down a lot of different washes, the paper soaked and dried to different degrees in different places, making the textured-looking effect. I'm not sure how gouache would do, but it's worth a shot.

I mixed up a lot of dark blue with grey, wet the edges with clear water, then used a flat sponge and wide brush to put down the paint, dabbing away hard lines with a cotton cloth.

Good luck!
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sarahbera Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh, by the way, I *love* the piece. The lettering is fantastic. What pens do you use?
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GuardtheDoors Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thanks! I just used a size 3 flat calligraphy nib.
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PseudonymousRMY Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, but those are not Gandal's verses, those are Bilbo's, Gandalf wrote the first part in a letter he left for Frodo, refering to Bilbo's poem about Strider, or Aragorn.

Is a beautiful piece, though.
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GuardtheDoors Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thanks for the correction! I should have remembered.
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PseudonymousRMY Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Young-Jacob Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning. Amazing illustration to compliment incredibly skillful writing.
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panrage Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I really like your letterforms. The a, r, and d all break the body with cool diagonals that add a bit of character :-) I really like this!
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BelleLouve Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mmmm Tolkien :heart: Thanks for the link-age, Rconner.
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