Wednesday, April 18, 2007

And even more scrolls

Just a few more.

14th Century French design.

Another 14th century French design.

English. Dontcha know :)

This is 15th Century Dutch. I loved that it had the word Be already on it. I also love the huge strawberries in comparison with the itty bitty pineapples. What a hoot. Proportion meant nothing in medieval art!

More French. I just love this style (so why am I a 10th century Viking?)

More Scrolls

I finally got the scrolls I wanted uploaded onto the computer. These were all sent to Meridies Parchment Pursuivant (the person who is in charge of getting scrolls to TRM's for their use). Parchment is going to get someone to do the calligraphy on them as needed. Hopefully I will be doing my own calligraphy when I get a good consistant hand going.

This lovely little storky S is from the Lindisfarne Gospels. I really don't enjoy doing knotwork. I love knotwork and am constantly drawn to it, but I don't enjoy doing it. All those twists and turns and squigglies and trying to keep track of where they are all going can be mind boggling! But alas, I fall for them everytime I find a new one. I think the part I enjoy the best is the rubrication (those little red dots around the letter.)

I loved this U the first time I saw it! I loved how it was arranged and the little men inside it. I haven't decided if they are drinking a toast or paying off a bet! I like doing medieval people. This was a fun piece to do!

The above is another piece from Lindisfarne. If you look closely you can see where I got lost in the knotwork!

This A was mostly free-hand. I couldn't see lightboxing something so simple. I used an 01 pen to do the "doodling."

This is another freehand scroll. I wasn't too keen on the goldwork on the bar, but others said it looked nice, so I let it be. I included the lily in the center of the floral work so that it could be used for Order of the Argent Lily.

I love this rose. I left this as a sort of generic letter. It could be a T, C, or G. This was a fun one.

Monday, April 16, 2007


I've recently been wrangled into making original scrolls for Meridies. I'm rather enjoying it. And being the overachiever that I am, it is leading me to think of long-term projects like doing a period missal. I may be out of my mind :) Here is some of my work that I've done.

This one to the left was never awarded. Seems as though there were only two fighters for this tournament (held on Friday night) and they decided they would prefer to sit around and chat than armor up and bang on each other. I found this in a 13th century Islamic text. I am going to do some more research on this period of Islamic texts. From a few pages that I have read, it seems as though Islamic laws limited decorations to geometric and floral designs. So when I saw an actual face, it made me curious. I'll be sure to post back if I do find something. I do know that this is very much in style with many French manuscripts.

This one to the right is a Dutch rendition. Not my best. I am still trying to conquer the scroll-work. I think it is getting better, but it still isn't there. Hoepfully later today I will be able to get up some of my most recent works! The one below is one of the first in which I really concentrated on the whitework. This is an area where I feel I am getting better each time. I've been doing lots of "whitework doodling" and reading articles on whitework and diapering. It's a fun little touch that adds so much to a scroll!