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*

 

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
 

Right.
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.

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