And because sometimes I like to push myself…

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Sep 012017

I decided that I was going to do 10 scroll blanks to give to Antoinette, the Kingdom signet when I saw her at Wildwood (which coincidentally was when I needed to deliver the scroll I did for Amalie’s Millrind).

Yea it was crazy bonkers to do that, I know. And I didn’t have any real reason to do it other than to see if I could do it. You know what I mean? Everyone keeps telling me I’m going to burn out if I’m not careful…but I think I’m a good enough judge of when I’m skirting that line. Isn’t that why I have other non-scadian hobbies, after all? (you know, writing, playing with dolls, making miniatures etc.) Yea. It is.

But I do realize everyone is telling me this stuff with my best interests at heart. I know it.

But sometimes I feel like I’m getting push back from family & friends for trying to test myself and my limits. I want to do things and then I do them. I’m an adult (well, my age says that more than my brain or attitude) and can do what I want.

Why do C&I?

Because it’s way waaaay waaaay easier than sewing new garb (If I’m going to burn out doing something it’s gonna be making garb for myself and Jasper because inbetween bouts of sewing and pattern draping I forget the process completely and have to start from square one every time. THAT is what makes me throw things in a pile and walk away.

Annnnnnnnnnnyway, I thought I’d share both Amalie’s scroll and the blanks I managed to get done for Wildwood. I’m proud of Amalie’s scroll.

The Scroll blanks are just OK. Some of them look better than others and Jasper deserves some credit as he kept me from throwing out the ones that I thought were naff.

Here they are:

We’ll see how they go over when I turn them in tomorrow!

Working on a scroll for Pennsic

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Jul 192017

I got an assignment from the Kingdom Signet Antoinette for a scroll for Pennsic. I had plenty of time to work on it, and thought that this time I would both do a squashed bug/tromp l’oeil style (based on the grand hours of Anne of Brittany), and I’d try to do it on Perg which up until now hasn’t been playing nice with me.

I’m pleased to say it came out fairly well. I must have pounced the Perg properly this time because it was like magic.

Here it is: (It’s on an 8.5×11 piece of Perg with one inch borders on all sides for matting)

I am not quite happy with the color of the background, I was aiming for something with less of a red tone, but in a pinch it’ll do. I’m really happy about how the poppy flowers turned out. 🙂

My Viking rock-scroll

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Jun 192017

Remember how I was going to try it on paper–well my laurel put me in touch with a good gentle in the east who is on facebook and who I was able to have a couple of conversations with about viking rock/markers/scrolls. I decided that I was going to make the scroll in soapstone since that would be easier on my hands to try to work with (not to mention that soapstone is just gorgeous as far as being a tactile object. It’s silky and smooth and even when it’s rough it still makes my hands thrill. Yeah, I am waxing poetic about a rock. LOL.

I did my homework and found a place that would mail me soapstone in something larger than a 2×4 inch block. And I waited and it took a week to arrive (not to bad, considering it came via Canada, eh?)

It is lovely. But it didn’t match my inner vision of what I wanted to work with. I put it away for a future project (or perhaps just to sculpt it for my own pleasure at a later date).

So that meant I had to go afield and find a piece of stone that looked like I wanted it to.

As I live in the midst of farmers fields and hedgerows there are always rocks if you look for them and avoid the pernicious poison ivy! I found one that was about 2.5 feet long and 2 inches thick. I thought “Perfect! Yah!”
Shows what I know.
First, I should admit that I did not and couldn’t decisively ID the stone. I thought it might have been some kind of shale or slate since we have a lot of it. I don’t know what it was, but although I could carve into it, if I used water (to keep the dust down and off my glasses) it turned into a kind of muddy mess. Realizing thtat that wasn’t going to work I went back to square one and went back out into the hedgerow to find a better rock.

What I found wasn’t perfect by any means, but it 1) didn’t turn to a mucky mess when I wet it, and 2) it was of a good size not to get lost but not so large as to take up someone’s precious living-room space. I brought it back home, gave it a wash down and then tried to carve it. Wasn’t going to be done by hand–way too hard on the mohs scale. I bought some diamond burrs for my dremel, and after a test decided that it was going to work.

As I’d been advised to use the Elder Futhark  I then started working out what I thought sounded like an appropriate scroll text for a viking. I then wrote it all on the rock (first I tried pencil but it matched the stone color too well and ended up going over it with a fine point sharpie.).

It took me a few days to get it done. (I should probably mention that I had fractured my wrists a month or two earlier and was wearing wrist braces most of the time. I made it through and got the scroll done.

I didn’t manage to get a photo of it before it got given out, but Bjorn did shoot a quick one for me. I’ve done it in b&w for a higher contrast so you can sort of see the runes. I do have the translation somewhere around here (and I’ll post that too, when I find it).

The most important thing about it is the fact that it made him very happy and is a perfect fit for his persona. So I felt really good about that.

Scroll #18: in the thinking process

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May 232017

Okay, so I have a new scroll assignment to get done! It’s scheduled to be awarded at AE Academy. So I have a bit of time but this is another scroll type that I am not overly familiar with. The person has a viking persona (although I am not sure at which part of the viking time period it is). So I’ve been looking around at examples and ideas of what was around in that block of time.

I’ve got the book of kells the lindesfarne gospels, and the Psalter from Scotland (I can’t remember the name of it right now) and of course, runes.

I know I can do any of them but frankly, the one I’m most interested in is the runic one. Granted there were few examples of runic manuscripts, that they mostly ended up on rocks and stones rather than vellum or parchment.

Yeah, I want to do a runic scroll anyway. This however presents the issue that I do not know the runes of the period (I know there’s younger futhark and elder futhark) but I don’t know if I write it as a transliteration or if there are words that I should know in one of those alphabets.(I think I can call them an alphabet?)

SO that’s where I am right now. I think I am going to have to ask my Laurel about the best way for me to attack this.

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