Friday, March 3, 2017

Azriel le Fey's Master Of Defense

It's always a tremendous honor to be asked to do a peerage scroll for someone.  I remarked a few months back that I had not yet done a Master of Defense scroll, and I thought that might be fun.  The karmic universe being what it was, not a week later did Azriel ask if I might be convinced to do hers. 

I needed no real convincing, because scrolls are my zen.  My art, my service and my pleasure to provide.  I drew heavily from the Leitura Nova de Dom Manuel I.  It's a brightly colored manuscript from 1504-1552 Spain.  It was super whimsical, and perfect for the kind of scroll I was going to build for Azriel, with fantastic creatures, flowers and jewels. 

Scroll to come, as soon as I figure out how to get the pictures to upload.  Blast. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Another Polish Pelican

So, I was approached by Baron Wilhelm, shortly after he was elevated to the Order of the Pelican to ask if I might make a scroll for him to match the scroll I made for his wife Alzbeta.

To jog your memories:

I readily agreed, having very much enjoyed the making of that scroll.  Polish scrolls are fun, and provide much in the way of hidey-holes for personalization.  Going back to the Catalogues of the Archbishops of Gniezow I searched the images for something more appropriate for my friend.
I chose this image because of the scribal nature implied in the image, as well as the seemingly behind the scenes work shown here.  There aren't crowds of people, just the 2.  I thought it would translate well to the quiet nature that I have always seen in Wilhelm. This one also had some room to scribe, in a hand that was previously unknown to me.  Those d's are just a delight to write. 

 Pencil drawing.

 First layer of paint.  Purple- his favorite color.

 The basecoat 'my god this looks terrible without detailing' stage.  Now, even with it taped to the board, I still had terrible problems with buckling.  I am not sure why as I didn't use any more or less water than I normally do.  Perhaps ambient humidity. 

 The final finished product- without signatures. 

 The portrait
 The words:
Mirabale dictu.  Written into the record upon this the 13th day of September, A.S. 49.  All shall know who see or read these words of the service of Wilhelm Michalik.  It is the will of Cameron and Amalie, Soverigns of the Middle Lands to make him a member of our Order of the Pelican.


So Husband and Wife scrolls:

Friday, February 12, 2016

Japanese scrolls.

How silly of me, to forget a draft of a post that I started.  Ah well.  Here goes!
I've been doing a lot of research into different scroll styles that I want to try.  Basically what happens with that is my ADHD addled mind goes 'Squee it's so pretty'  and I save the image to my external hard drive with the intent of giving it a try and then it just sits there.

I needed an excuse to get some stuff done in a different style and I give you the Realms of the Orient.  Japan and China.

Daito Saiiki-ki. Heian Period, 12th century   A record of priest Xuan-zhuang's trip to India.  Given the shinyness of the original, I am speculating that the indigo paper was enameled afterwards, or burnished to a fine shine.  Perhaps both, it's hard to say from here.  I don't know much about the process. 

 I felt that the use of the Japanese source for a Chinese persona Mei Li was appropriate due to the cultural overlap that the two countries shared.  The image of buddha with his attendants occurs in both cultures in very similar arrangements. I thought this one was more striking than the ink washed ones in 'color' that I could find from China.

This effect was created by washes of Schminke gold gouache on the black paper.  I would paint a line down and then with a wet brush pull the line into the black, to get the gradient effect.  I really like how striking the colors are against the black paper.  
The words I'm almost ashamed to admit were translated using Google Translate.  I didn't have time to fiddle with it, but I needed it to look proper.  I am sure that the grammar is atrocious.


Photo of the award being given courtesy of: Michelle 'Cella' Schleis.

 And the above the Jingoji Sutra, a 12th century Japanese idigo dyed paper with gold and silver ink masterpiece.  This- with the help of Baron Foro became the Kings Chalice for Kitsune.  If their Majesties Northshield read this entry; this man is a Jewel.  He offered to translate any text we provide into Japanese, purely for the joy of doing so. Truly he made this offer to the entirety of the world's scribal community and it was my pleasure to take him up upon it.  To my unending amazement, in less than a full day, he had rendered the entirety of my quite lengthy text into characters.  I cannot commend him to you highly enough.

 It reads:
In the reign of Nikolai tenno heika and Serena chuugu-­‐heika AS 50, November 14 In the Barony of Aryeton For her excellence in Japanese Culture authenticity Yamamura Kitsune dono is hereby  conferred Senior 7th court rank and is given the Award of the Kings Chalice.


For this one, I purchased Indigo Mulberry paper, a traditional type of paper, and did some experimentation.  In order to get the gold and silver gouache to sit politely on the page, I had to first burnish the entirety of the page.  It is a difficult but rewarding medium to work on, and the results quite speak for themselves.

It is from these two pieces that the moniker of 'lotus scribe' has evolved.  It is after all only appropriate to sign your work in this style.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pleiades for Hildigunnr

It's easy in a relitively close knit area, to get scroll assignments for people that you've made scrolls for in the past.  I got another assignment for Hildigunnr.  Normally I would have fit a scroll to her persona, but I only do vikingy scrolls at VERY special occasions...So...This one as well doesn't fit her persona either.  I don't think it bothers her. :D 

A source...               
It started as a blank...
And turned into a scroll.

Doras Lindquistringes

Among the scrolls I sent to Pennsic this year instead of myself.  A Lindquistringes for Drachenwald.  Based upon a page from the Borso D'Este Bible.  I've only taken a few pages from this manuscript because it still intimidates me a little.  I just need to do more so that I don't shy away from something that practicing can only improve my skills.

It reads:
Hic Incipit Edictum regis Torvaldi reginisque Tomoe.  In recognition of the works that our dear subkect Dora Sumarlidadottir has rendered to us, especially to the Principality of Nordmark, we grant her admission to our Orden des Lindquistringes, which confers the right to display the insignia of the order as depicted below.  Signed and sealed here at Pennsic War, upon this the 6th day of August A.S. 50. 

Racaire's PCS

So, I asked for a scroll from Drachenwald which I still do from time to time.  I was given the PCS for Racaire.  Now, Racaire I know by reputation alone, as does most of the known world because of her phenomenal emboridery and costuming pieces. 

I knew it had to be fancy, and different.  So I chose a piece out of the Kleinodienbuch der Herzogin Anna von Bayern or for everyone else the Jewel Book of the Duchess Anna of Bavaria. The manuscript is an inventory of the jewelry owned by the duke and his wife, Duchess Anna, a member of the Habsburg dynasty and a daughter of Emperor Ferdinand I. It was commissioned in 1552 and I use it often.

In order to make it interesting, I painted in several embroidery stitches around the edges of things andI cut the badge from the scroll.  Then, in period fashion I stitched in the badge of the PCS.  Something I'd never tried before.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blanks of Mine, Callig'd by Others

So, one of my favorite things is to make blanks.  I'm improving my calligraphy, but it still makes me a little twitchy.  I realize that I have come a long way from where I started- and am getting to the point where I can understand why calligraphers get all zen and zoned.  In this post I would like to showcase some of the Calligraphers who have finished my blanks. They allow me to experience the joy of painting just for the sake of painting.  <3

These are just from the Midrealm, Drachenwald's calligraphers will get their own post when I track down the emails and facebook messages with the pictures in them. 

Baron Wilhelm Michalik -Illiton

 No words are necissary for this one.  Look how TINY it is.  He's a miracle worker to fit that many words into so small a space.  

THL Eleanora Saunfayle-Ayreton

If you go 3 posts down, you will see a full blog entry on the one done by Mistress Gianetta- Ayreton.