Works of Art in Lacquer, Gilding, Penwork and Faux Finishes

Penwork is distinguished by its exquisite detail and shading executed in India ink with a fine quill pen, preferably raven or goose.  Classic penwork used black ink on a white surface.  Illustrated below are variations created by artist Marena Nellos using brown, black and green inks on gilded surfaces.  Penwork is one of the few decorative arts still performed strictly by hand.


Closeup of penwork detail.  This frame is a 6" square and holds a 3" square picture.  It is available for purchase.


Front view. Penwork detail on gilded surface covers the entire frame. 


Rear view.


Closeup showing different variation on the random penwork technique.  This 6" square frame is also available for purchase.


Front view.


Rear view.  This frame holds a 3" square picture.