Friday, June 6, 2014

Mistress Bridget's Sigilum Coronae and Baron Marcus' Court Barony

For this years Double Wars (XXVII) I had finaly the chance to make a scroll not only for my Laural Mistress Bridget Greywolf but also for her husband Baron Marcus von Stormarn. As they are both very important people to me I was thrilled and horrified at the same time!
First of all I had only 3 weekends time to actualy do the work (due to my personal time schedule) and second my Laural is an awesome scribe. So she and her husband do know the difference between good and great scribal work! (No pressure there, right?!)

Nevertheless I knew pretty fast what kind of style I wanted to use for both awards and when I finaly got my head straight (thank you Mama B for that, eventhough I could not say the whole truth) I realy enjoyed doing both of them.

Here the pictures:
Baron Marcus Court Barony
source: patent of nobility Ferdinand I to Johann Ulrich Rabenstein, 1570 - the original for M S Court Barony
I found the picture of the above patent on pinterest while looking for inspiration. This is a large letter and as I wanted to do something flashy for Marcus it was a perfect example for using gold ink and had these breathtaking flourishings and Cadels.

The size of the scroll is A5 and it was the first scroll I used parchment for. I had excersized the flourishings and scribt using pergamenata. The excersizes did not turn out as good as I hoped and I was worried about the result on the parchment. Fortunatly I was positivly surprised by how well I could write on the parchment as it is realy well prepared. Still the gold ink I use is to thick for small letters. But my Laural already promised me a solution that she will show me the next time I visit her.

 Adding the flourishings was fun but takes a lot of practise to get the even spaces. As you can see I still have ways to go! I also realized to achive the beautiful look of the patent I will have to actualy gild the Capitals using gesso and gold ink.

And here the final result. I added some shadows using black ink to get the important parts to pop out!

Mistress Bridget Greywolf's Sigilum Coronae

source: Henry VIII, 1514, Coram Rege Rolls. National Archives Reference: KB 27/1012, researched on pinterest
While I was researching Marcus' scroll I also found several pictures of Coram Rege Rolls and I knew that needed to be used for my Laurals scroll. I found one example that fitted almost perfectly.

Looking at some of the techniques my fellow scribes shared online. I decided using the pencil-copy technique, due to the shortness of time I faced. The biggest disadventage in this case is the pencil stains you get on the parchment. Luckily I could rub them off! 

The nib I used to ink the capitals and to write the text is actualy not as big as it could have been but I found a solution for it (gold ink... see later pics).

The Sigilum Coronae is a very personal award from the King and the Queen (it can be also given as a single award from either King or the Queen). In this case the Queen Cecilia ask me to include some personal symbols, the Ax of King Prothal and the doll "Bridget in a Box". Both having special meaning between their majesties and Mistress Bridget. I also decided using the wolf (part of Mistress Bridget's device) to symbolize her as the person receiving the award.

Once I was finished with the writing I lookd at the scroll and it didn't look right to me... too much white space in the capitals. So I decided to add gold ink to make it pop.

And here the final result!

For my Laurals Sigilum Coronae I also used an A5 sized parchment page, Iron-gall ink, gold ink and gouche for the colors.
My final comments: I realy want to experiment more with cadels, flourishing and gold ink. So I'm hoping for a scroll project with more time to get it done!
Real parchment is so great to work with (at least the one I bought from my german producer Need to use it more often!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The AoA for Corelia del Castello de Santo Pietro

When our signet clerk ask me if I would like to do the scroll for Corelia's AoA, I had just met her. As the two of us hit it off from the start I was happy to do the scroll. Eventhough I try to do my best with each and every piece of Art I do, making it for someone I personally know makes it always this little bit more special.
Luckily I had a good amount of time to do the scroll as the award would be given out to her at "Art's in April" this year and so I just needed to find a reference piece which style she would like. As I could not ask her for preferences (because of the award being a surprise) I thought of the talks we had and remembered her talking about the persona she chose for herself. It's one of italian background from the 14th century currently living in Germany. She herself is becoming a scribal artist, that needed to be part of the scroll. During my research I found the following picture and this was it for me:

It's a page from the prayer book of Pop Klemens VII (fol.55; size: 14,6 x 11cm; text size: 8,3 x 5cm) done around 1380, showing a Bishop scribing. Now I just needed to femalize the Bishop and the piece would be perfect for her.

I started by drawing out the layout of the scroll (text lines, painting frame and border lines). And then adding the border leaves, wine and knotwork.

Next was inking the pencile drawing, so I would not have to worry about getting pencil stains all over the scroll. Then I started drawing the painting and femalizing the Bishop. Therefor I looked at several pictures of women and finaly decided on using one with a vail.

For the text I decided on my version of the batarde using gall-nut ink.

The next step, applying the gold paint, was a bit tricky. The gold paint sometimes forms these little lumps due to the gold pieces it contains. Because of that characteristic it can be hard to paint a nice even layer. Once a lump formed I used water to even it out, let it dry and applyed another layer of gold paint on top of it, this way I got the result I was looking for.

For the painting itself I use red ink to get rid of the pencil lines. I feared using gall-nut ink would make it hard to paint over without the black showing through.

As the painting would challange me, taking all the skills I have learned so far, it would also take most of the time. That's why I started on coloring and shading before I started on the border.

For the background of the painting or wall paper, I finaly got to try the gold ink I bought from my art supplier (boesner) and it worked beautifuly once I found my patience.
The gold pieces will sink over time to the bottom of the ink bottle. So I had to stire the ink before I could use it.
The brush I used was size 00, next time I will have to try an even smaller one for finer lines. I also tried my pointiest nip, but the result was not as good as using the brush.

 After I filled in all the main colors the shading began and once again I find it is the final touch that seals the look. As we say in German " Es ist das I-Tüpfelchen"- the icing on the cake! With the following pictures I want to show you the result in artificial and natural light...

Details of the scroll:
the painting

the keys

 the head of the Pop

 the bottom knotwork including space for the Arms

 This scroll is ment for a friend. Its tried my patience and my skill and went through all the stages a piece of art goes through (exciting in the beginning, trying, promising beauty, being ugly as hell and finaly shining like a polished gold button). I learned a lot doing it and am happy to be able to share it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Anne's Rahmen für Ihre Zwillinge

My sister has twins and asked me almost a year ago to make a frame for a picture of them by using calligraphy. It took me a long time but here is the result:

 Quelle: Model Buch von Gregorius Bock, ca. 1510-1517
Material: Pastpartou, Schreibtinte Blau permanent & Alt Bordeaux (Schminke)
Metallfeder & Pinsel

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

the AoA for Elizabeth of Turmstadt

Here are some pictures of the AoA for Elizabeth of Turmstadt, given to her at Feast of Fools 1st of March 2014. Great practice for shading and I realized I have to work on my textura quadrata!