Friday, November 25, 2011

Another scroll blank started

Here is another scroll blank I have started while up at 3:00 in the morning waiting for the "Black Friday" sales to start.  Man, I should just go to bed.
Original document which served as my inspiration



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Some more scrolls inked

Scroll three has been inked in.  Used a metal tip quill pen and India ink.  Wasn't really watching the time too closely, but I think this took about 1.5~ 2 hours to detail.


Here are a couple more I just finished the preliminary outlining.  That makes five blanks outlined and ready for paint.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Scroll updates

Never having done this before, I wasn't exactly sure how to go about this... so I just did it.  I got a quill pen and some India ink and traced around the sketch.  I imagine I'll paint it in and have some touch up to do, but I really couldn't wait to get started.  I really like the way the Celtic Willow is coming along.



Sunday, November 20, 2011




Well, I seem to have found at least some of the motivation that I’ve been needing.  Haven’t really been sure what I wanted to start working on next and then an email came out declaring the Midrealm Scroll Blank Challenge.  I decided to finally give illumination a real try.  I plan on attending some of the upcoming scribal workshops.  In the mean time I’ve simply taken some books out of the library and tried my hand at sketching some ideas.  Here are some Scroll blank sketches I’ve started along with an image of the original inspiration.

The following is from a manuscript called Visconti Officium  published in a book called "Illuminated Manuscripts, The book before Gutenberg".
 


The following is from a 14th century manuscript called The City of God published in a book called "Illuminated Manuscripts, The book before Gutenberg"




The following is from a manuscript called Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket published in a book called "Painted Prayers, The Book of Hours in Medieval and Renaissance Art"



The following is from a 14th century manuscript published in a book called "The history of illuminated Manuscripts"
 



The following is a sketch (which is my favorite of the five I've made) which I intend to be used as a scroll for a Celtic version of the Order of the Willow.

More brass pins

Well, I’ve been in sort of a slump lately.  Lots of projects on the list, but little in the way of motivation to move any of them along.  The other day I picked up on a project I had started a while back.  Was watching football and needed something to keep my idle hands busy.  Probably the only Bears fan who was watching the football game while making pins.  This new set of pins is mostly done.  Still need to sharpen them up a bit more on sharpening stone, but for now they work well enough and look pretty good.
 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween is over

Well, I have not been nearly as active as I had been.  I really got swallowed up by Halloween projects and am now burnt out from sewing.  I shall review my list again in the next few days to see what might spark my interest.  Had to make nine Halloween costumes, which all came out great, but are in no way related to anything I do in the SCA.  I need some motivation...