How Can You Boost Your Scribal Confidence?

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. […]

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Inktober Is Coming

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.

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Nobody Told Me…

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 […]

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The Beginning And The Evolving Scribe

“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 […]

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10 Murphy’s Laws for Scribes

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 […]

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