Confidence comes from physical activity. Just doing that thing you are interested in on a regular basis boosts faith in yourself. For me, it unleashed my calligraphy and illumination reliance. I started with little skill, as you see here. What I had was a desire to learn. To make mistakes. Mistakes are guideposts for a new direction, not failures. […]
After doing three scrolls in 4 months and another on the horizon I felt the urge to do something different. Do you ever feel the pull to do something outside your normal? To explore? I returned to creating in my art journals, which I haven’t touched in years. Art journals vary dramatically between artists and even between pages in one book. My […]
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin I’ve been a Calontir scribe for 15 years and an illuminator longer than that. It took me too long to become part of our scribal community because I’m timid. I may be loud, but I don’t like to intrude. I wish I’d understood earlier the […]
Oops. I couldn't keep up with my Inktober project challenge. Here's what I did accomplish.
Inktober is an artist challenge dreamed up by illustrator Jakes Parker. Its original purpose was to improve his personal inking skills. But the challenge has been taken on by others. It's an excellent scribal experiment and personal challenge. A way you can play with new scripts, different papers, unique inks.
My binder-portfolio with the early stuff I made. Nobody tells this to you who are beginners. Beginners in any creative craft. I wish someone told me. If you do creative work, you get into it because you have good taste built within you. But there’s a gap between starting to create and being good. it’s the just not that good […]
“Is what I’m doing good enough to be accepted?” I hear this question often. Sometimes more than once from the same person. I’ve even asked it about my own work. It is one reason some scribes stick to AoA or baronial level scrolls. The scrolls are needed, but they’re also less intimidating because the designs are usually done by […]
Nothing to go wrong here. Murphy’s law is a popular adage commonly stating “whatever can go wrong, will …” Variants and corollaries exist for assorted skills and daily activities. Over the years from experience I’ve developed my own Murphy’s laws for scribes. 1. If you quickly add something to an illumination when you are nicely dressed to go out, you […]