danagryphon: (Arms)
So I did calligraphy for three scrolls for Birka this year, two for the Signet office, and one private commission.

Below are the Baronial Investiture scrolls for the new Baron and Baroness of Stonemarche. I only did the calligraphy. Words for both were written by Master Harold von Auerbach, illumination for the one on the left by Baroness Emma MacMinn, and the one on the right by my Laurel, Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaig (click to embiggen). The hand is Rotunda, to match the late period Italian white vine illumination.

Baronial Investiture Scroll for Baroness Jocelyn, January 25, 2014 Baronial Investiture Scroll for Baron Dorio, January 25, 2014

This one was commissioned from me by [livejournal.com profile] farmhouse_ghost (Mistress Vienna) as an indenture contract for her first apprentice. The hand is my beloved Batarde, and the layout is based on 15th C. indenture documents like this one (Vienna provided the text). Two copies are done facing each other, and then after both are signed, it is cut down the middle (through the words, in this case, East Kingdom in Latin, representing the "government"), and each party is given half. I was honored to participate in the ceremony by doing the cutting. It was awesome. (again, click to embiggen)

Indenture Scroll, January 25, 2014

Coronation

Oct. 8th, 2013 10:04 am
danagryphon: (Arms)
So Coronation was this past weekend. It was AWESOME.

First, one of the best pairs of monarchs we've ever had are back on the throne, so the next six months are going to ROCK.

But that's not all. Even more amazing, they decided to do this:
Lots of pics behind the cut... )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
These two were given out this weekend at Shire Wars in PA.

Cut for pictures )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
These two were given out this weekend at Shire Wars in PA.

Cut for pictures )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
I finally offloaded a few pics from my camera, so the first scroll was actually from June, given out at the Palio de Stonemarche (the last event I went to before my life exploded this summer, which is why it sat on the camera forgotten for 4 months). I did the calligraphy and the filler bars on this scroll, the rest of the illumination was done by my laurel, Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh (omg, yeah, she's that good). The gold filler bars and recipient name are done with Miniatum sizing and 23K gold leaf.

The second scroll is a Pennsic gift poem for the Midrealm royalty. The illuminated versal was done by Baroness Emma McMinn, the words were by Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, and I did the calligraphy. The entire thing was about 5x8", and the actual text area about 4x6".

The third one is from the Carolingia Baronial Investiture in May (another old one that I forgot to post). It was another collaboration with Emma, who did the illumination and the wording. I did the calligraphy in a faux Arabic hand.

I'll have some more pics soon of two scrolls I did for tomorrow's event.
Piccies this way )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
I finally offloaded a few pics from my camera, so the first scroll was actually from June, given out at the Palio de Stonemarche (the last event I went to before my life exploded this summer, which is why it sat on the camera forgotten for 4 months). I did the calligraphy and the filler bars on this scroll, the rest of the illumination was done by my laurel, Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh (omg, yeah, she's that good). The gold filler bars and recipient name are done with Miniatum sizing and 23K gold leaf.

The second scroll is a Pennsic gift poem for the Midrealm royalty. The illuminated versal was done by Baroness Emma McMinn, the words were by Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair, and I did the calligraphy. The entire thing was about 5x8", and the actual text area about 4x6".

The third one is from the Carolingia Baronial Investiture in May (another old one that I forgot to post). It was another collaboration with Emma, who did the illumination and the wording. I did the calligraphy in a faux Arabic hand.

I'll have some more pics soon of two scrolls I did for tomorrow's event.
Piccies this way )

New Scroll

Mar. 24th, 2012 09:57 pm
danagryphon: (Scribal)

King's Cypher for Jehannine de Flandres
King's Cypher for Jehannine de Flandres Given at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp on March 14, 2012. Based on a page from a Flemish Book of hours.



New Scroll

Mar. 24th, 2012 09:57 pm
danagryphon: (Scribal)

King's Cypher for Jehannine de Flandres
King's Cypher for Jehannine de Flandres Given at Mudthaw in the Barony of Settmour Swamp on March 14, 2012. Based on a page from a Flemish Book of hours.



danagryphon: (Scribal)
In the middle of all the cat drama, I am very happy with a kick-ass scroll I did (I was just finishing it up on Wednesday night when we realized Shadow was missing). I'm not going to post a picture of the scroll yet, because it's going to its recipient tomorrow, but I will post pictures of the source material.

The inspiration piece is from an early 16th C. Flemish Book of Hours, which I found here. The page I used is f. 209r, I liked the background a lot, and had some ideas on how to personalize it for the recipient. Illumination is NOT my strength, but I do have a good bit of skill in finding examples of illumination that I think are pretty that ARE within my artistic range.

The other piece I'd really like to do sometime is based on f. 200v (among several pages done in with this same background). I think I could do it, but it would definitely be stretching my artistic skills to try it. Shading and realism are not something I think I'm particularly good at, at least, not with brush and paint. Give me colored pencils or pastels, and we have a very different story. So I'll have to study exactly how the shading is done to try to emulate it. Definitely need a lot of lead time if I want to try that.

Anyway, I'll post pics of the scroll later this weekend with more details.
danagryphon: (Scribal)
In the middle of all the cat drama, I am very happy with a kick-ass scroll I did (I was just finishing it up on Wednesday night when we realized Shadow was missing). I'm not going to post a picture of the scroll yet, because it's going to its recipient tomorrow, but I will post pictures of the source material.

The inspiration piece is from an early 16th C. Flemish Book of Hours, which I found here. The page I used is f. 209r, I liked the background a lot, and had some ideas on how to personalize it for the recipient. Illumination is NOT my strength, but I do have a good bit of skill in finding examples of illumination that I think are pretty that ARE within my artistic range.

The other piece I'd really like to do sometime is based on f. 200v (among several pages done in with this same background). I think I could do it, but it would definitely be stretching my artistic skills to try it. Shading and realism are not something I think I'm particularly good at, at least, not with brush and paint. Give me colored pencils or pastels, and we have a very different story. So I'll have to study exactly how the shading is done to try to emulate it. Definitely need a lot of lead time if I want to try that.

Anyway, I'll post pics of the scroll later this weekend with more details.
danagryphon: (cadel)
So these are the scrolls I did that were given out in court at the K&Q A&S Champs.

This Way to the Piccies )
danagryphon: (cadel)
So these are the scrolls I did that were given out in court at the K&Q A&S Champs.

This Way to the Piccies )
danagryphon: (cadel)
Here are the scrolls I did for the Iron Bog Baronial Investiture. M remarked that they are very monochromatic, which is actually fine, since they are supposed to be more like legal documents that illuminated pages from a book. All I can say is, "ouch". :D

This way to the piccies )



danagryphon: (cadel)
Here are the scrolls I did for the Iron Bog Baronial Investiture. M remarked that they are very monochromatic, which is actually fine, since they are supposed to be more like legal documents that illuminated pages from a book. All I can say is, "ouch". :D

This way to the piccies )



danagryphon: (Scribal)
I finally turned in the backlog scroll I had for a Grand Master Bowman recognition. I think it turned out pretty good, hopefully it was worth the wait (grin).

danagryphon: (Scribal)
I finally turned in the backlog scroll I had for a Grand Master Bowman recognition. I think it turned out pretty good, hopefully it was worth the wait (grin).

danagryphon: (Scribal)
So I did two scrolls for Coronation.
I wanna see pictures! )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
So I did two scrolls for Coronation.
I wanna see pictures! )
danagryphon: (Scribal)
Last night, I finished the second of two scrolls due for Coronation this weekend. I'll post pics once they've been given out. It's funny, the one that was originally due for Pennsic, I started the illumination using this manuscript for inspiration, and then [livejournal.com profile] artisticphoenix went a did a scroll (for Pennsic) based on the same thing! Too funny. So I guess it's good mine got pushed back to Coronation. The other scroll is based on a Catherine of Cleves page, that I'll have to scan in from my book.

So of course, since I just finished two scrolls, I just accepted an assignment for two more for River War on 10/15. And they are going to be written by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, who estimates they are around 500 words each. My first time doing one of her (in)famously wordy scrolls. Should be fun. I hope I have paper big enough to put them on. Number 6 nibs, here we go!

Let's see, the rest of this weekend. Have to take scrolls down to drop off in Berlin tonight for transport to NJ tomorrow. Master Erik is coming by to pick up a tunic I finally finished for him. I have to pack tonight for the boys camping trip this weekend, and figure out something to make for the potluck lunch for the Demo the Shire is doing on Saturday. Meat pies always seem to be a crowd pleaser, and are super easy to do. I just gotta stop at the store and get pie crusts and cheese.

Friday evening, I promised that I would stay with the troop at the campout until everything gets set up, and then I'm going to go home because I need to be up early Saturday for the demo. Once I finish the demo, then I go back to the campout to spend the night and help pack up to come home Sunday morning. Then shower, lunch, and head out for a thing in the afternoon. Somewhere in there, I'll watch the new SPN ep, although probably won't be able to watch it real time this week either. Some day!

Oh yes, and I need to do some writing in there. I'm only a chapter ahead of what's been posted online, so either my readers are going to start having to wait longer between chapters, or I need to start writing faster. Snort. Yeah, right.

My second wedding anniversary is coming up a week from tomorrow, so hubby and I have to figure out what we want to do special to celebrate. It will be a weekend when the kids are with their father, so that is fortuitous. The evening of Columbus Day, I'm going out to Springfield to meet with Mistress Eleanore to work on the menu for Crown dayboard that I'm helping her cook.

Someday things get to slow down, right? Right??

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