“Judging your own work can be harder than judging someone else’s,” says professional artist Francesco Fontana. You know the words. The ones telling you “You made a mistake.” “You did that wrong.” “What were you thinking of?” That’s your Censor. We all have one inside our heads judging every stroke. But to learn scribal arts – or any craft for that matter – you have to find a way around your Censor. You want it to be helpful. To critique your works without judging them. Critiquing yourself is different than being judged in an SCA A&S competition like at the coming Calontir A&S Championship and Tri-levels Event. And it’s not about whether you like your finished work or not. When you critique yourself turn off your inner comments. Things like “Oh, No! I painted outside the design”. Instead turn each into “I can scratch that mark off later. No, biggie.” Or “Oh, well, that’s not much. I can fix that little detail.” Remember flubs were period too. Self-criticism isn’t meant to be negative personal talk. That steals your energy and dead-ends creative paths. You want self-critique to turn nay-saying thoughts into helpful cues. To turn your inner voice into a learning guide that knows higher skill levels are challenging. As a scribe when I’m involved in a project I’m picky. But there are times I like my work too well. Whatever your ability anyone can learn and improve. The important […]
What do you do when you have a short-notice scroll assignment? If it’s a made on site “combat” scroll the recipient gets what you have in your head, or what you can pull from a brief satellite hook up. You’re not able to do lengthy research. If you’re home there’s another resource you could quickly use. Copies from your own earlier work. […]
Arts and Sciences in the Society for Creative Anachronism explained.
Scribal skill improvement comes with experience over time. There are ways to gain experience without a deadline.
Old calligrapherreminiscing on her pastbeautiful letters.Arthritis crippled fingerswarming in the summer sun. Tanka I composed March 7, 2019. Just getting around to posting it for you.
Making A Hebrew-English Scroll and what it took for me to create the Hebrew calligraphy.
I’ve told you before that I think each scroll is an experiment because from beginning to end it’s a string of options. A learning experience all the way. Well, my “new craft” entry into last week’s Baronial Arts and Science’s Championship was one also. My New Craft Entry I wanted to make a clove-infused skin-care product from Gervase Markham’s 1615 book English Housewife, […]
As I mentioned before my new passion is developing my persona. While I will never be a Duke Cariadoc of the Bow I’m doing more things Jehanne would have done. I, as Jehanne, lived in 15th century Burgundy in Ghent and Bruges. A prosperous time, well-developed in trade crafts. It eventually came under Maximillian I and Mary of Burgundy‘s control. The Holy Roman […]
Largess Display “Back In The Day” Calontir’s summer Coronation is just around the corner. it’s being hosted by the Barony of the Lonely Tower. I hope you’ll come. The event will include a largess display. “What’s that?” you say. In short “largess” are gifts given generously. In the SCA largess is given by Monarchs or the Baronage to show their graciousness and hospitality. A peerage […]
Enlarged upper right miniature Project Title: Duchy Scroll for Issabell St. Charles Project Date: January 13, 2018/Coronation Text by: D. Magdalena vander Meere Inspiration for Text: Translation by: Calligrapher: Jehanne Bening Illuminator: Jehanne Bening Measurements: Support: Pergamenata, C and I area 12″ x 16″ Notable Techniques: Flat gilding using Tresser’s gilding size adhesive. Love it. Script: Early Gothic Pens: Mitchell 5 dip pen […]