Three new scribal projects

on the scrolls page. Obviously.

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Exercises for calligrapher

I got linked to a blog today, with some excellent exercises for calligraphy:

http://alexandresaintpierre.blogspot.se/2013/11/technique-practicing-with-pen.html

He is also the guy who has posted an amazing and in-depth look on how to use the AMES guide for ruling lines: http://alexandresaintpierre.blogspot.se/2013/12/guidelines.html

The Pensive Pen, as the blog is called, is filled with lots of awesome tutorials and tips, so well worth a browse.

New scribal projects..

.. added to the Scrolls page!

A couple of weeks ago Mistress Bridget, the awesome inspiration, posted pictures of a scroll she did with peacock feathers, and a day or so after that I got the assignment to do a scroll for the most colourful lady I know. The two concepts became one and I had to do it.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time and no time to really practice, so I jumped in with both feet, dug out the largest scrap piece of vellum (sent to me by Bridget – thank you very much), which was barely enough to give me an original sized page, and with the awesome bronze powder (sent to me by Bridget who was an awesome cheer-leading squad all of her own – thank you very much again) and some sepia ink I got to work. The shiny shimmery highligts and feathers are done with bronze powder, mixed with gum arabic and water, also generously sent to me by Bridget (thank you for a third time).

I am fairly happy with it, and might even consider trying the squished bug borders just because this was kind of fun, even though never found the style appealing before.

The text was in Latin which I needed help with (thank you Countess Aryanhwy). It is about the shortest text I’ve ever done, but there wasn’t room for much more. Basically it reads:

Sven and Siobhan, Prince and Princess of Nordmark to Isabetta del Verde; greetings. We offer you admission into the Order of Light of Nordmark. Done this 13th day of December anno societatis 49.

Embroidery, take 2 Nordmark Kneeling Pillow

Two years ago I worked on a large-scale embroidery to make up a pair of kneeling pillows for my Principality. One was finished summer 2012, and presented as an A&S project at the Coronet Tourney this year (May 2014). I just started on the second one, and it is hypnotic to watch it grow down, like loading a gif in the old days on a slow modem. Line by line the long armed cross stitches cover the ground.

The ground fabric is hemp, and the embroidery is done with wool, dyed by Lady Åsa vävare. There are two shades of the yellow, so the scrolls along the edges are alternately done, so the one “underneath” is done in the slightly darker shade.

This is the first shot and the progress so far:

Beginning the second pillow

Beginning the second pillow

Progress as of 3/12 2014

Progress as of 3/12 2014

Scribal goodness to come

Been working away at scribal assignments left, right and center. I finished one yesterday, which I’ve now sent off to be included in the fleur-de-lis shaped book which made up a laurelling scroll.

It was a fairly special bit of work, as it was my first Drachenwald Queen EzaBella Allyot who was being elevated. Unfortunately I did not manage to finish it in time for it to be included at the time of her elevation, but I had the design already figured out in my mind. It just took me a while to actually get it down on the page, then it took even longer for me to work up the courage to try the new hand which was used in the original which this manuscript was based on. Once I got over my own fears I steamed on ahead and finished one page. That is to say a recto and a verso side of one page in the book. On the front I wrote my message to EzaBella, and on the back I filled the entire page with illumination.

I don’t want to post photos before she has had a chance to see it, so I can’t share yet.

I am also working again on my big conscience piece, which is Mistress Helwig’s Laurel scroll. I’m just petrified of making a mistake on that, and so each time is a large hurdle I have to drag myself over in order to get any progress done. It is nearing completion though.

Then I’m working on a new tiny scroll which is inspired by Mistress Bridget’s work which was given out at Norrskensfesten in Frostheim a few weeks ago. She had made a tiny jewel of a scroll with shimmering peacock feathers on it, after a page in a Book of Hours from the Master of the Book of Hours of Mary of Burgundy. It looked like so much fun that I wanted to try the same style, and Bridget, being the person she is, helped me enormously and even sent me supplies to be able to create that ethereal shimmer. Now it’s just down to me to execute the style with enough competence to not waste good materials. I’m doing this on a piece of parchment, which I also got as an off-cut from Bridget. The original is tiny, and I am using the same basic measurements. Books of Hours were small enough for the owner to be able to carry them all day long.

All this flurry of activity will result in me being able to show you photos after Christmas – I think.