Illuminated Manuscript Carpet Page Framework 5

carpet page example 1

Examples of Illuminated Cross Carpet Page

The  spaces around the cross on the left are much easier to fill than those surrounding the cross to the right.
A large space can always be further divided. For example, adding a box frame inside the space. With an awkwardly shaped space, this has the advantage of providing a much more regular space for the main pattern and leaving just an awkward border to fill.
Once you have the geometry for a framework, experiment with different layouts by placing tracing paper over it and seeing how many ways it can be developed.
Many of the famous illuminated gospel pages share a geometric framework.

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carpet page example 2