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. 

Heather's Order of Leo.

I've not done a blog post in a while.  A very long while indeed.  My apologies.  Life got very busy with the start of nursing school, and all the work that it entails.  After 16 months, I have my BSN, and I take my NCLEX on Thursday.
This was a baronial scroll:  the Order of the Leo.  It is given for excellence in the arts for the Barony of Ayreton.
It reads:  Let it be known by all that we Henry Baron and Baroness Nadezda of Ayreton do recognize the wealth of talent that Heather Hall hat shared with the Barony.  We do upon this XXVIIIth day of March AS XLIX make her a Comanion of the Order of Leo, for her long and outstanding service to the scribal arts.

The Scroll itself is another from 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 is simply a spectacular manuscript. One of my long term scribal goals is to reproduce every page of it.  I LOVE this manuscript.

What's SUPER sneaky is we got called up in the Baronial Court together.  I did her Leo Scroll.  She did my Leo Scroll-which I adore. 

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.