Archive for the ‘SCA Scrolls’ Category

Three tiny Test Scrolls Completed

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Greetings,

Here are the 3 little test scrolls side by side. The one on the left has the loose pigments with Gum Arabic as binder. The one in the middle has glare (prepared egg white) as binder. The one on the right has egg yolk as binder. You can see a difference in the color and even texture of the pigments in all 3 preparations. (Vellum has a slight curl from being on the animal.)

I think I’m going to use the glare on the big scroll.

https://www.facebook.com/103660486349102/photos/a.329137427134739.66227.103660486349102/611767225538423/?type=1&theater

Enjoy!
S

Another Tiny Scroll Completed

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Greetings,

This little SCA award scroll is done. (This is the one with glare as the binder.)

https://www.facebook.com/103660486349102/photos/a.329137427134739.66227.103660486349102/611385742243238/?type=1&theater

Enjoy!
S

Gold Leaf is On

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Greetings,

Gold leaf on the tiny scrolls is on and burnished. Next, paint!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=608179499230529&set=a.329137427134739.66227.103660486349102&type=1&theater

Enjoy!
S

Three Tiny Scrolls

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Greetings,

I am working on 3 tiny SCA award scrolls. I’m using them to test materials, mostly binders for loose pigments. One will get gum arabic, the next will get egg yolk, the last will get glair. They will all get used to test an ink a friend of mine made a few years back, and to get a calligraphy hand looking good.

Here is the link to the pictures on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=605020586213087&set=pcb.605020732879739&type=1&theater

Stay tuned!
Enjoy!
S

Turrel’s Laurel Scroll

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Hi there,

At long last! Here are the pics of Turrel’s Laurel scroll. I have been receiving e-mails and FB posts pleading for me to get these pics up. So here they are!

This scroll is the SCA’s “lifetime achievement” award for arts and was given to Turrel at the beginning of May this year. I have had other pics I wanted to post first, mostly just to keep a few people in suspense. (insert evil laugh here)

I did the design and illumination.
The calligraphy was done by Jennifer Richardson.
The design is an original. The recipient, Turrel Michelovna, requested, “something like a squashed bug (scatter border), with scattered jewels, my tools (needle & thread and her pinking tools), and portraits of my friends.” When I asked her if she wanted actual bust portraits or full length portraits she replied, “I want them full length. I don’t really care about their faces, I just want to have the garb I made for them represented on the scroll somewhere.” After I stopped giggling with delight, I asked if she wanted anything else and she sheepishly replied, “A portrait of Maku would be nice.” Maku is her dog, and he’s featured in the capital letter “O” that starts the text. I’m very proud of this portrait as it looks exactly like him.
The piece is on 20 x 25 inch, 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.
It is done with watercolor paint, gouache paint and ink.

The Crown did the same thing with her as they did with Mederic, they showed the scroll to the audience first, then to her. The audience had about the same reaction to this scroll as they did to his. A gasp of air, and an honest, noise of awe. It was a really good day for this artists ego! (I wish I had recorded those sounds so I could play them everyday! Every artist needs a good cheering section!)

I expected when she finally saw the piece, she would give a little happy/nervous giggle, like she usually does when she’s happy and likes an art piece. This time, she gasped inward, put her shaking hands to her mouth, and very quietly said, “Oh! Wow!” Her reaction was totally better than I had expected.

When you look at the pics, keep in mind they portraits of the people are about 2 inches in diameter, and Maku’s is about an inch and a half. The pendants with the flowers represent Alianora (narcissus), Katherine and Meadhbh (Iris), and Jennifer (Calla Lilly).

Without further ado… The pics.

Completed Piece

Right Side

Left Side

Maku

Turrel's Arms

Elizabethan Sweatshop's Arms

Kingdom Arms

Raven & Turrel

Jennifer

Egan & Meadhbh

Ritchyrd

Hrefna & Kristoff (aka: XOFF)

Rhys & Aliannsa

Corynne & Godfrey

Maredudd

Roland & Damaris

Jerusha & Josh

Enjoy!
S

Mederic’s Pelican Scroll

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hi there,

The first weekend of May, two of my friends received their “upity-ups” as my friend Sydney call them. Mederic got his Pelican (the SCA’s “lifetime achievement” award for service) and Turrel got her Laurel (the SCA’s “lifetime achievement” award for arts). Today, I will be posting Mederic’s scroll pics, and next week I will post Turrel’s.

So here it goes… Mederic de Chatellerault’s Pelican scroll was designed and illuminated by me and calligraphy was done by Jennifer Richardson.
It is on a full sheet of 140 lb hot press watercolor paper.
It is done with gouache and ink.
It is after one of the pages in the Book of Hours of the Master of Mary of Burgundy. I (of course) changed the design to suit the needs and desires of the recipient. He wanted a “big scroll with a really big mucking Pelican.” The pelican is 9 x 9 1/2 inches.

When the Crown unveiled the scroll, they did it so Mederic couldn’t see it. The audience let out a gasp, the in unison a breathless, “Ooh!”
When Mederic finally saw it, his eyes bulged out, his jaw dropped, and he looked it up one side and down the other a few times, with his eyes darting about wildly. It was awesome!

The picture of the full scroll is a little blurry, which I didn’t notice until it was off the camera, and the scroll out of my hands. My apologies. The close up of the pelican is wonderful.

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Enjoy!
S

Calligraphy for February

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Hi there,

I know I’m behind in posting what I’ve been up to lately, and I apologize. I will be able to keep on top of things once again as of now.

In January, I helped prepare scrolls for the Estrella War (a big SCA event). I did calligraphy and design for the one with the deer, another artist (11 years old) did the painting/illumination. The rest of these I did the design, painting, and calligraphy on all of them. These all went out at the SCA event to my knowledge.

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Enjoy!
S

SCA Scroll – Star of the Desert, All Calligraphy

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Hi there,

Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was asked to do a Star of the Desert – Gules (Estrella War service award, 1st level of 3). I decided to do it all in calligraphy. There’s not a stitch of paint on it anywhere!

I used ink on watercolor paper and the hand is a Secretary, which I wove some of the letters with tall ascenders and descenders (the parts that stick up or down on the letters) together.

Hopefully, it will go out later this month.

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Enjoy!
S

SCA Scroll – Calligraphy Only, Guardian – Legionnaire

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Hi there,

Here is a piece that went out last weekend. I did not do the illumination, but I did do the calligraphy. I used a Gothic Textura Quadrata, and I think did the best job of that hand so far. I am quite happy with the way it turned out.

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Enjoy!
S

New SCA Scroll for the New Year

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Hi there,

I got this one finished just after the year changed, but haven’t had time to post it. So, here it is!

It is a Beacon of the Desert, one of the Kingdom awards for service.

It is gouache and ink on watercolor paper. The design is after a page from the Prayer Book of Michelino da Besozzo from the late 14th century, Italy.

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Enjoy!
S