Inktober Regrets

If you look back at last month’s posts you’ll realize I couldn’t keep up with the Inktober project challenge I encouraged you to follow. I had the best intentions when I wrote the post. And the concept is amazing. But life happened and I just couldn’t do it. I did begin the project. I created a bookmark blank outlining the design with a micron pen. And I discovered two new modern ink pens I love. The first is a set of glitter gel pens and the other a multi-color ball point pen. And I came across both accidentally. I found the glitter gel pens at Barnes and Nobel’s Book Store because I found myself sans any pen. I had to have a pen so I bought the cheapest I could find. Unfortunately it had to be in a set. Go figure. The pens are Ooly Radiant Writers Glitter Gel Pens. The ink flows smoothly and stands up on the page. Its colors are intense glittery fun. The package says the inks are acid-free. And are suitable for ages 6 and up. I’ve used them for more than notes and sketches. And now keep the black one in my billfold for writing checks. They will be fun to share with my creative grandkids as well as my apprentice Astrid, a sometimes mature creative kid. The multi-colored ball point pen I found checking out at my local Dollar General store. It was […]

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Teaching Your Inner Censor To Be Helpful

“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 […]

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Repeating Yourself, Again

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. […]

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A "New Craft" Learning Experience

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, […]

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