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Take a look at the exceptional work of Illuminated Manuscript Artist, Kevin Dillon.

For centuries, prior to the invention of the printing press, monastic artists had been hand lettering, illuminating and painting books and scrolls on parchment. The most significant illuminated manuscript in the world, The Book of Kells was produced by Irish monks.

In the tradition of the Book of Kells, Celtic artist Kevin Dillon has rediscovered the same medieval techniques used by these monks. Using a mortar & pestle, Kevin crushes semi-precious stones - lapis lazuli, cinnabar, azurite, orpiment and malachite to make his own paints. Using a dip pen or goose quill the letters are meticulously applied by hand to the calf skin vellum.

One at a time the colors are applied - first blue, followed by the reds, then each remaining color in turn. The final illumination is achieved using 24K gold leaf.

The artist’s seal, a stylized design of his initials, is imprinted into molten, charred wax at the bottom of each piece making every print a unique piece of artwork to treasure for years to come.

You have the option of purchasing just the matted print or purchasing the framed matted print. This frame is commissioned especially for these prints and features a gold vine design to match the gold that surrounds the print inside the frame.

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    An Irish Blessing

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    An Irish Blessing. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon ...

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    An Irish Toast

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    An Irish Toast May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead. An Irish Toast. This is a print from an original illumination b...

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    A Family Blessing

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    A Family Blessing Our Family is like the branches of a tree. We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of us will alwa...

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    A Mothers Blessing

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    A Mothers Blessing Mothers hold their children;s hands for just a little while...and their hearts forever. This is a print from an original illumin...

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    A Scottish Blessing

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    A Scottish Blessing If there is righteousness in the heart, then there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there ...

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    A Wedding Toast

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    A Wedding Toast May you never steal, lie or cheat. But if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows. And if you must lie, lie with me all the nigh...

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    Call It A Clan

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    Call It A Clan Call it a Clan, call it a tribe, call it a network, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. This is ...

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    Courage

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    Courage Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow. This is a print from...

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    Dance

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    Dance Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one was listening, and live every day as if it were your last. This is a print from an origin...

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    Dance In The Rain

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    Dance In The Rain Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain. This is a print from an original illum...

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    Faith

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    Faith When you come to the edge of all the light you have know & are about to step into the darkness, faith is knowing one of two things will h...

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    Family

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    Family Family, where hearts grow in love and gather in joy. This is a print from an original illumination by Canadian artist Kevin Dillon, it is do...

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    God Whispers

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    God Whispers Take time for the quiet moments as God whispers and the world is loud. This is a print from an original illumination by Canadian artis...

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    How Strong You Are

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    How Strong You Are  You never know how strong you are...until being strong is the only choice you have. This is a print from an original illuminati...

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    In Our Home

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    In Our Home. In our home: We do grace, We do Mistakes, We do Real, We do funny, We do loud, We do hugs, We do family, We do love. This is a print f...

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    Merry Christmas

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    Merry Christmas Perfect for that very special time of the year. This is a print from an original illumination by Canadian artist Kevin Dillon, it i...

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