Three new scribal projects

on the scrolls page. Obviously.


Exercises for calligrapher

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

He is also the guy who has posted an amazing and in-depth look on how to use the AMES guide for ruling lines:

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.

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.

Added photo

I updated the page for scrolls with the latest one I finished that was given out.

I took a commission for October Crown Tourney, a Lindquistringe (Drachenwald service award) and because I like it went with my favourite original MS Digby 36 at the Bodleian for the style.

However, I looked a little more closely at the original after I had inked the borders and realized that I have done some personalizations with the style, adding much more curves, and changing the ratio of different leaf shapes in the borders. I’m using the same colours, and so on, but there is definitely a change from the original. I don’t mind it, as I like the way it turns out, but I might try something in the future closer to the source. Unless, as the last couple of things I’ve taken on are showing, I will go with entirely different styles of scrolls for a bit.

I’m currently working on a pair of scrolls in landscape orientation, more document-style than illuminated page.

Anyway, check out the updated scrolls page!

Also, at Crown Tourney, where this Lindquistringe scroll was handed out, their Majesties also called me up to receive the Lindquistringe! I was entirely surprised and so honoured. A new scroll (by Mistress Bridget – squee!) to frame for me. Hurray.


15 september practice piece

15 september practice piece

I’m seriously out of practice for my scribal skills. I was never a fabulous artiste with the paintbrush, but I can usually make things look close to what I envision. However, at Cudgel I audited Meisterinne Katheryn’s class on shading acanthus leaves, and now is the time to practice it. So I cut a basic rectangle which I can make up into a bookmark when I finish, and painted base coats, on which to practice shaded acanthus leaves. I’m using page 120 from “The Most Beautiful Bibles” (an entirely awesome book, by the way) as my inspiration for the first bar. So, this is the baseline. Hopefully I’ll get better as I learn to layer and blend and gague scale.