How to Use Pergamenata for Scrolls
With vellum costing $100 for a 12″x16″ page, I find machined pergamenata, a terrific alternative. It comes in heavy-weight, commonly used in the SCA, or a light-weight. I regularly used the light-weight until Calontir‘s Falcon Signet began providing heavy weight to scribes after they did original scrolls. The light-weight cockled no matter what I did. Perg also comes in white and natural shade options.
|My usual oops. Easier to correct on pergamenata.|
I like pergamenata because it works similarly to real animal parchment. I can remove ink or pigment with a sharp knife then burnish with a white plastic spoon back.
When I have scraped a whole page, I use its reverse and rub that whole side with a white eraser, to remove fingerprints, oils, and smudges. I brush the residual crumbs away with a huge flat brush. Some scribes use pounce as described in the care instructions provided by John Neal Bookseller.
If you plan a large painted area I would tape your page to a “board” like masonite or contact paper covered thick cardboard using an easily removed tape, like painters’ tape.
I also suggest experimenting by painting samples such as bookmarks. Start with straight, undiluted tube gouache or watercolor. It’s what I use for most everything. You can add slightly more water as you experiment.