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Books object

The illustrations give birth to the story or conversely, the story nourishes the drawing.

The whole then becomes an illustrated book that can be read and looked at.

The book is a precious object, printed on watercolor paper and whose format is designed according to the whole.

The sources of inspiration are multiple, suggested by a context, a text or a commission, the technique used remains that of illumination.

All original creations are made on parchment with historical pigments, the catalog of which you will find in the Pigments tab .

Coqs d'or

Enluminure qui s’inspire de l’enluminure arménienne du XII siècle notamment des manuscrits de Toros Roslin, un des enlumineurs les plus éminent de son époque.

Le parchemin de chevreau a été teint à la cochenille.

Feuille d’or 23 carats posée au jus d’ail.

Pigments : lapis lazuli, azurite, terres, orpiment, cinabre, garance, indigo, céruse, minium.


The legend of the Grand Duke, 2021

Creation on kid parchment. Size 60 x 80 cm

The story tells of the transformation of a young boy into this rapacious eagle-owl. It is taken from a longer story that relates the life of the Ouarpa people, people living in the mountains.

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Title: The walking trees, Tale for all, 2017

Text and illustrations: Céline Payan Granier

Calligraphic tale on antique goat parchment whose brown trace of the animal's spine inspired the drawing of the tree. The illustration is painted with organic pigments used in the traditional 15th century illumination technique.

Printed on watercolor paper, 200 grams, it comes in the form of two Leporrello, one vertical, the other horizontal in which the story unfolds.

Dimensions of the closed book 16x 11 cm

This tale tells of how trees, tired of chasing birds, have grown all around the earth.

Unit price: 14.70 euros

Edition of 100 numbered and signed copies

ISBN 978-2-9575342-0-3

The four seasons 2008

Creation on goat parchment, , 30 x 45 cm

The four seasons unfold around a central tree, the face of which constitutes the trunk.  This illumination is inspired by a tree encountered on a path, the base of which has the head of a trogne.

The illustration is in a gilt frame with copper and silver leaf.

Title: Playing cat and mouse

Text and illustrations: Céline Payan Granier

The day of six Afghan children between leaving school and leaving school.

Find the cats and mice in the illustration and the sounds "cha" and "sou" in the text.


ISBN 978-2-9575342-1-0

Copies of illuminations

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Initiale B du psaume 1 David jouant de la harpe et musiciens

Enluminure réalisée d’après le manuscrit « Enarationes in Psalmos »

Datation : Milieu du XII siècle

Origine géographique : Marchiennes, abbaye Sainte-Rictude

Ce manuscrit est conservé à la bibliothèque municipale

de Douai sous le numéro ms. 0250

Parchemin de chèvre

Pigments : carmin de cochenille, terres, indigo, noir de fumée, céruse

Feuille d’or 23 carats posée au jus d’ail

La dimension de l’enluminure a été respectée

Peint au pinceau

Temps de réalisation de la peinture : 10 heures