Holiday Shopping For SCA Scribes, Book Artists And Friends

Gifts featured at Kris Kinder. With Thanksgiving over it’s time you turn to preparing for the coming winter holidays’ gift-giving. Here’s a few shopping tips and budget friendly ideas. You could put together a scribal gift-pack like the one I described in my post Holiday Scribal Gift Ideas. It’s easy to make yourself and a great gift for a want-to-be scribe for 12th Night.   […]

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Craft Dancing

True ease in writing comes from Art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance. — Sound and Sense by Alexander Pope. I came across this aphorism in a book I picked up down the street at the Half-Price Books Store. The quote describes the way good writing appears. It’s a bold claim that a good writer makes it look effortless and easy.  […]

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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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SCA Award V. Medieval Illuminated Art. What’s the difference?

A scroll created to appear like a two page spread. Recently a beginning scribe asked me, “What’s the difference between a scroll and a period manuscript?” I thought you might also want to know.  When you receive an SCA award you’re given a fancy commemorative document. We call these “scrolls”, even though they’re seldom rolled up.  The biggest difference you’ll […]

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5 Creativity Levels You Find In The SCA

Archive Photo Of  Jantige’s Fiber Arts As a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism you live to learn about and make things used prior to 1600. Being creative is a big part of what you do. It’s is even in our name. You have SCA friends at all creativity levels. Some are even geniuses.  Each creative level is labeled different from an SCA […]

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Each Scroll’s An Experiment

A Hair-raising Learning Experience From the recent scrolls I’ve done, I decided each scroll’s an experiment. It’s an options’ string from its inception to beyond the scroll’s completion. A learning experience all the way.  When you receive the text you choose from the different calligraphy scripts and illumination styles. Once you pick the inspirational manuscripts suited to the recipient’s persona you select […]

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Do You Have Creative Goals?

One of my favorite modern scribal-related blogs is Lindsey Bugbee‘s The Postman’s Knock. In her January 16th post she gave five creative goals to work toward this year. Lindsey’s five goals are perfect for SCA scribes. They fit us to a tee. So I’m  describing them for you here. Don’t dwell on mistakes or mess-ups. Keep the joy in your scribal […]

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6 Reasons to Learn Calligraphy

I read recently that learning calligraphy refines one’s temperament. Well, mine certainly needs refining. But why should you learn calligraphy besides you feel it in your “bones” you want to do it? These are a few reasons I have. Calligraphy is not expensive to learn. It’s a silly reason if it’s your only one. It’s an important factor if you already are […]

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Tips And Tweaks Philosophy

Norse Kris Kinder Hat Tweaks In the past, I’ve given you a few scribal tips. I hope they helped and didn’t cause frustration. But little I write here is a rule. It’s for fun. The only rules are those given by the Monarch,  SCA Corpora or the Kingdom. Each Kingdom sets laws and passes authority to officers. Some are more specific […]

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Size Matters

Medieval illuminated manuscripts came in all sizes. There are the giant church tomes, like the Codex Gigas in the National Library of Sweden. It is probably the largest, weighing over 165 pounds.  Photo by Michal Maňas (User:snek01) (Own work) [CC BY 2.5  (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons And the minuscule, palm size personal portable books, like the Stowe MS 956 psalm-book at the British Library. Manuscript with miniature portrait of King Henry VIII, I’ve seen […]

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5 Reasons Doing C & I Is Better Than Cooking

HL Nikolai Kolpachnik Spinachev’s Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship Competition Entry. I’m not that great a cook. Mostly cooking doesn’t interest me. I’m also not a foodie or gourmet. High-quality or exotic ingredients don’t interest me. And I can’t be bothered with food skills that don’t involve a microwave or Keurig. Attending a scribal gathering or making an SCA scroll […]

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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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Why Is Scribal Art Under Appreciated?

Dollars to donuts the scribe is the least appreciated SCA artisan. That doesn’t mean the person receiving the award doesn’t appreciate receiving it and its kudos. But many recipients do not understand or appreciate the work done by the scribe.  Award Scroll Presentation Sometimes when a scroll leaves the scribe’s hands and is given in court it’s never seen again. Depending on […]

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Working in Tandem

As I grew as a scribe there was a time my illumination skills outpaced my calligraphy skills. In fact, they still do. Back then I wouldn’t do the calligraphy on a scroll. Fortunately for me my friend HL Astrid, a talented calligrapher, preferred lettering. So we worked together. To begin we understood the work would be done by both of […]

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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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Rethinking My SCA Experience

Winter War Maneuvers 2016 Yesterday was Calontir‘s Winter War Maneuvers event held by the Barony of Mag Mor about this time each year. It is a time when Calontir‘s army thrashes each other in melee skill practice, for the learning experience. It is a delight for attending SCA fighters. It’s even important if you plan to fight with Calontir at Gulf […]

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