Sep 062017
 

So the Autocrat’s second (Monickza) asked me to consider teaching a class at Heralds and Scribes in October….

I hadn’t really thought about it (because well, heralds and scribes is bound to have a bunch of classes I’ll want to attend!!)but I figured why not? It’s a local event (held by my shire and I like to support it however I can.

With that in mind, I have taught Gouache 101 twice now, and I would like to teach something else for a change. Which brings me to think about what skills I have that I could possibly share with folks in a classroom setting–that I would feel comfortable with doing.

I thought about it a bit, bounced it off some of my fellow scribes and even though I’m not a superduper, virtual master whitework artist (not yet anyway. Someday though, maybe), I think I know enough and feel comfortable enough to do a whitework-for-beginners class.

Of course, I don’t have any materials /research for it, but I’ve started looking online as well as in my small scribal library (of real, tangible books!) 🙂
I’m thinking to do a handout like I did for the Gouache for beginners class (that way there’s a take home reference handout/ and some practical application. And practice pieces for students. I always like that kind of thing when I am taking a how-to class. I think doing something while learning about it helps it to stick in the brain better. (That’s my thought on it anyway. I am not a psychiatrist, neuroscientist or anyone else who would be authorized to make that claim as a fact rather than my opinion) 😉

So Now I’m thinking about formatting, amount of time needed and what I want to focus on. I think it’ll be fun once I figure out a plan.

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!

Aug 272017
 

Yes, I’m getting the itch again to try to do another page out of it/them. There’s something about the combination of styles and colors and of course, shiny, jewels and pearls in a trompe l’oeil/squashed bug setting that I find intriguing and interesting. The last time I tried doing these were a few years ago (if I remember correctly it was the 3rd scroll blank I had ever done?)

Anyway today while researching images for an award scroll I found this link to Christie’s auction house catalogue.
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/the-rothschild-prayerbook-a-book-of-hours-5766082-details.aspx

Here’s a link to the digitized manuscript on the British Library’s website. [Add MS 35313] (note that this one is somewhat different variation, being called the ‘London Rothschild Hours’ or the ‘Hours of Joanna I of Castile’.)

http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_35313_fs001r

the pisser is that I have yet to find a way to print out a whole page and not miss the details. *sigh*

 

Scroll blankery… At least I’m doing something, right?

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Aug 012017
 

So a little while back Aethelmearc put out the call that they needed scroll blanks because they were down to just about none. I decided that I could at least send them some that would be ok for promissory scrolls.

So I did these and sent them in.

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