Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Italian AoA

So in the spirit of trying new techniques, I was attempting a new style of illumination. 
It's a later period Italian style, from Naples from a book by Albinus, Johannes entitled Excerpta ex Blondi decadibus - BSB Clm 11324, 1494.

 When I got the scroll assignment for Brygithe (again)  I knew that I had to use this experiemental piece for her, since she got the last experimental piece that I did.  See THIS

Anyway.  The gold on red/red on gold went down onto the paper fairly easily.  The same cannot be said for the blue stippling. I think I need to consult an expert before I try it again, because I just couldn't get it to lay like it does on the book page.  


A Jeweled Dragon's Heart

So sneaky scribe got to be sneaky again.  I love it.  So anyway, a couple of months ago Mistress Gianetta contacted me about doing a super secret blingtastic jeweled dragon heart scroll for Mistress Juliana.  I as with most things sneaky that I readily agree to do, readily agreed because I always like to do scrolls for the people I love.  I would paint the scroll, and then she would callig it.  Hooray.  While I can callig well enough, it is not my favorite thing to do.  I could not decide as to what exemplaar to use, so I sent them to Gianetta  and she chose

Psalterium, Psalmi from Flanders, 1500-1535. GKS 1605 4* folio 126r
I was like holycrap this thing is pink, so instead I changed the color to a nice minty green. I was using my new Chromium Oxide Green from Schminke.  It's super transparent, so lots of layers of color are needed to get an even color wash. This caused the perg to buckle a bit (no great surprise)  The pearls are a new technique I have been working with involving multiple colors laid atop white.  It works quite well, though next time I will try laying the colors atop the transparent silver and seeing what happens..  All in all I am pleased with this one, especially so with the blue jewels. 

 We ended our scribal collaboration with this piece of work.  Isn't her Calligraphy lovely?
We will have to do more of this in the future. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lindquistrings for Sisterminion!

So, recently I was feeling homesick and I asked my Mistress, who is Drachenwald Signet for an assignment from Drachenwald.  She gave me an assignment for my Apprentice Sister!    Remembering how positively she reacted not only to my more realistic painting, but also to some more macabre scrolls that I've been working on, I decided on the Mira Calligraphia Monumenta.  Hoefnagel's work is an amazing inspiration, but is also amazingly difficult to render properly. 

Inspired by these two plates I set to work.

I decided that the pieces underneath the words needed to be a skull, a rose and a pen.  Seemed fitting for a DarkSide Scribe.

Ze Back, where Ze Pen pierces the page. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blanks for ID

There was a call out for blanks from the Signet of Insulae Draconis in Drachenwald. 
 I sent her 4 blanks.  

 A stained glass pattern from one of my medieval stained glass books.  The rest of the history is unclear.  I was researching patterns to try if I ever decided i did want to try stained glass. 

This is a late period Italian Initial set from a musical piece I was sent by a friend of mine. 
 Celtic knotwork beastie. 
Yes it really is that small.  :D  I've been experimenting with tiny. I didn't like the naked saint tied to the column so I changed it to two teeeeeny heraldic shields.  I need more practice with this, because its fun.
 Book of Hours of BĂ©nigne Serre.   Cod. 103 fol 21r  Dijon, 1524

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Marie la Fauconniere Pelican

Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the wonderful world of peerage scrolls. 

So...Marie got put on vigil the day that Maire got made a Pelican, so we all understand the slight confusion that these two wonderful ladies might have inspired on that day.  I might not fit in my hats if too many more awesome people ask me to do their peerage scrolls.  Anywho-  The scroll.  She said to 'have fun with it'  and fun was definitely had.  I've always wanted to paint something from this book of hours, but I hadn't had enough lead time to do so for someone with a French Persona. Heh. Heh. Heh.

The Source:    Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne was commissioned likely between 1503-1508.  It is held in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France as Ms lat. 9474.  The two angels with the nesting chalice seemed like the most appropriate full page illumination for Marie, given her persona's personal history.  I am sure that both angels were present at her elevation, and just as joyously happy as everyone present. 

The Scottish thistle, those that know her know why I chose this image.






The Thistle!

 Butterfly.  Not sure why its turned the wrong way. 

 Initial "I"

Chalice with the Palace, the bears, and the baby pelicans.  

I didn't keep track very well of how long this took me.  It was roughly 3 weeks of every evening work.  I would get distracted and flutter off and then come back to it.  The lettering I pulled the letter shapes from the various pages of text i had, choosing the letter I liked best for each one. 

Materials:  Pergamenata, Gouache, Drawing Ink and my trusty Desk lamp. 

Wording by Master Cerian Cantwr

In the SCA we do many different things.  Some of us fight glorious battles, others craft wondrous works of art, and finally some organize and administrate.  Those in the last set are not the deeds of which the bards do sing.  Which is a pity.  For without someone to set things up, make schedules,and take on paperwork; all the other cool things we do in the Society, don't happen.  Though these tasks are vital, they are also all to often thankless.

But not today. Marie la Fauconniere is a lady who makes things happen.  She has managed more events and held more offices than one can shake a reasonably sized stick at.  If you need a demo done, an event planned,or cats herded - talk to Marie. She can, with a seeming wave of her hand, cause these things to take place -and she makes it all look easy.  This is indeed a rare and precious gift, and one to be treasured. With that in mind do We, Cameron and Amalie, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, make Marie a Pelican this day.  Done this 13th day of September while sitting on our thrones in our Shire of Ravenslake.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Maire's Pelican Scroll

So, this is another one of those scrolls that rests close to my heart.  When I saw her get put on vigil, I was just another of the crowd of people crying tears of joy for Maire.  I had to find an exemplaar worthy of her.  I looked and looked for later period Irish Manuscripts but they were all so boring that I didn't think them worthy of being a Pelican scroll.  So at that point I expanded my search terms to late period Irish Artifacts.

I found: The Shrine of Miosach

This ornate book shrine comes from Clonmany, Inishowen, Co. Donegal, where the O’Morrison family were its traditional keepers. Associated with Saint Cairneach, the oldest parts of the shrine appear to date from the 11th century AD.

The core of the artifact consists of a single piece of yew wood that was hollowed out to receive a relic, most likely a religious text. The wood was then adorned with a series of decorative panels. On the sides these consist of bronze plates of late 11th century date, that have been inlaid with silver and enamel.  The back of the shrine is embellished with another bronze panel that contains a striking pattern of crosses, highlighted with red enamel. The elaborate front was added by Brian O’ Morrison in 1534. It is decorated with silver foil and large rock crystal jewels. The crucified Christ is centrally placed, as are four panels containing images of the crowned Virgin and Child. A further four panels also adorn the front of the shrine and these depict three figures, who probably represent Saints Bridget, Patrick and Colm Cille. (Irish

It was PERFECT.  And thus the scroll began.

Mechanical Pencil
Pergamenata 230 gsm
Schminke brand Gouache
W&N drawing ink
1mm coppercoated nib

Times are on my whiteboard at home, and I am not currently at home.  Will fill in later. 
Facebook Stalking for Pictures:
Total Hours:

I lost the penciled full pieces when my camera gestured rudely at me.  Sorry if anyone wanted to see my layout before I began the painting process.  I started at the bottom and sides, simply for ease since it was painter's taped to my glass topped desk to reduce rippling. 

 At this point, I knew I had to throw in some color, because if it were monochrome gold for the entire thing with only rock crystals, I would go mad.  So, the jewels got colors, and fancier shading.

Final Product:

Upper Left Box:    Alexander, Cerian, Shield of Illiton, John, Platapus.

 Lower Left Box:  Dahrien, Marie, Davydd and Saraswati's Lotus, Lorelei, Lucia

Lower Right Box:  Viv (her SCA name escapes me at the moment), Simon, Rapier Rat, Evil Dietrich, Zanie

Upper Right Box: Duncan (who's SCA name I don't even know) , Ix and Nihthawk buckler, Seto, Mikalynn (who's SCA name I don't even know)

Middle Panel:  HRM Cameron, Jesus, HRM Amalie, Pelican in her Piety, and Bob.

The Text was written by Master Cerian Cantwr and it reads as follows:

Oh, the things I could tell you, you would not believe
Of the lady, bold Maire ingen Dauith.
For her stories are many - one scroll is not ample.
So I'll say this instead - by way of example:

Listen good rapier rats from near and from far
To the tale of Maire, from the Land of the Star.
How north, to the cold Tre-Girt-Sea shores she came,
Where Dragons didn't play any rapier games.

This fact made her sad, this fact made her glum
"This kingdom we've come to, it just is no fun!
They don't dance the duello or prance with cold steel
We must help them to know of the joy that we feel."

"We'll teach them of parries, of thrusts, and of blocks -
Release rats to carry the rapier pox.
We'll teach them of tourneys and melees so grand,
'Advance, slay them all!'  - that's my favorite plan."

 From a lone pair of rats in a darkened ship's hold
She's helped change our game in ways manifold.
By being the Swashbuckling Plague's diplomats
She became the Godmother of all rapier rats.

Yes, there've been a few changed she first arrived,
Good things tend to happen where The Maire has strived.
She supports, she inspires, makes sure things get done -
Sees to it that all those around her have fun.

Today is for all those who quietly serve
Their toils so tricky to note and observe.
Though subtle, they're vital to this game we all play
That's why We make Maire a Pelican this day.

For she wears many hats, but these most of all:
Wife, mother, and friend - she inspires us all.
The Mid-Realm can't function without such as she
So say We, King Cameron and Queen Amalie.

Done this 23rd day of August, AS 49
while sitting on our thrones in our Shire of Swordcliff.