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Keeping Body And Soul Together Thru Calligraphy

Recently Marie had the day off from work and we went to Omaha‘s Old Market. We began our walk-about with lunch at Wheatfields and too much tasty food. While I snarfed my Nutella crepes looking behind Marie I spied this wall calligraphy. It wasn’t graffiti but German letter art. It reads “Essen and Trinken halt Leib und Seele zusammen”. Google tells me in English it reads “Eating and drinking keeps body and soul together”. Something we all strive to do. And what better place to find this than in a cozy bakery restaurant offering fruit covered crepes, buttery croissants and fresh brewed coffee. Whoever painted the huge Fraktur letters on the wall gave the room its charm. The beautifully executed thick and thin script style was readable even if you didn’t know German. Heck, I was able to type the letters into Google to find out the translation. Germany continued using Fraktur script for printing and writing until the 1940s. In Bavaria when I last visited in the ’70s you could still find similar calligraphy on quaint shops and “gastehaus” beer pubs. So the artist brought that old world charm to visually tantalize the guests. Wheatfield’s keeps its dinners nourished by its scrumptious food thus keeping it a fan-favorite. And the calligraphy wall painting provided the artist sustenance when the restaurant was originally decorated. All keeping body and soul together. Related Prior Post: 10 Top Calligraphy And Illumination Artists

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The Scroll Colorant Blacklist

In Calontir, the SCA area where I live, you sometimes get into painting awards at an event. They are predesigned and painted like a coloring book. We call them “preprints”. Some kingdom’s call them “charters”. I’ve seen people take a few home from the scribe’s table to do later and that’s terrific. Each reign creates new ones so they need all they can get. Sadly, when they’re returned a few are unusable. They may be neat and carefully done but the creator didn’t use an acceptable colorant. Here’s a list of colorants you want to avoid – blacklist – when you do them at home. And why. Acrylic-based paints crack and flake off your paper. Even those labeled “gouache” don’t last well. Chalks smear and rub off on things. Oil-based paints, like Testors model paint, seep through the paper and come out on the back. Colored pencils don’t give the award a “period look”. Craft paints are just acrylic paints. They don’t work either. Crayons look as if your 8-year-old did it. Latex-based paints layer too thickly causing them to crack and flake too. Magic markers fade over time. They also don’t give that “period look” thing. Pastels, like their cousin chalk, smear and rub off, too. Take home paint dabs and tube paints. That leaves you water-based paints such as gouache and watercolor. Even a few of those don’t work well on preprints. Grade-school tempras and watercolors are water-based […]

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How Do You Write Haiku?

I’m taking a non-SCA class. One assignment was to write a  haiku. I thought “great – Haiku are probably period”. Well I had a few things to learn. You may already know they’re a three-line poem with lines having five, seven, and five syllables each, in that order. Now haiku didn’t begin that way. They started as a something called […]

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The Zen Of Being A Student To A Peer

If you’re in the SCA very long you know peers may formally take students. They are labeled differently depending on the peer’s title. That doesn’t mean if you’re not a peer you can’t have longtime, informal student relationships. They just aren’t called an Apprentice, Protege or Squire. I’m honored to be a Mistress of the Laurel so any person I formally mentor is an Apprentice. But, what’s the distinction between an apprentice and a student? The difference is what you expect from the relationship and whether you want that widely known. Do you want to teach or learn a specific craft? Do you want to learn about the SCA’s idiosyncrasies? How formal do you want the association to be? Or is the green belt just a “cool” thing for you both to do? It’s always what you want to make of the relationship that counts.  Another difference is when you formalize a peer connection you do it in front of witnesses. You acknowledge to all present you have a bond. And to prove it you gladly offer an oath of fealty. The apprenticing-oath promises loyalty to someone about how they’ll act with them.  For some it’s an intense, well thought commitment because each party knows they can personally depend on the other for help and a priority for their time. The oath – if formally offered – is done at a ceremony unique to each peer and candidate. In it […]

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The Myopic Scribe

Illuminated manuscripts have the tiniest strokes details. They’re so intricate I don’t see how they were made without a visual aid. Unless….they were created by someone who could naturally see with precision. Even in the ancient world magnification was technically possible. Crystal or glass lenses were known. But no deliberately created lenses have been found from then. And Pliny didn’t […]

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My New Thing

I got a new camera. I’m over-the-moon excited. I’ll be able to take awesome, crisp friends and family pictures, fur-baby portraits and dreamy hued travel shots. You’ll see better blog photos too. A&S projects, events, garb, scenery, and action fighting pics. The possibilities are endless. Right now I have no idea what all its buttons are or what the dials […]

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I’m glad you’re here.

Whether you followed me here from my previous blog create me 365 or just randomly found this, I’m delighted you’re here. I’m glad you’re on board. Photo by Mabel Amber on Pexels.com If you arrived from my Blogger site you’re probably wondering what’s up with the move? Why did I do it? I’ll admit, I made a mistake. I thought with Google owning Blogger their humongous search engines would easily find my create me 365 posts. You’d be able to find them easily and I wouldn’t need to constantly tell everyone on social media. If this is your first visit “Hello”. You’re welcome here. If you’re curious about me, please check out Who I Am. After toiling over a hot keyboard for years I decided I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. And my renewal date was fast approaching. It made me wonder if there was a better way to reach you. Since I wasn’t blogging for my business – I don’t have one – I just wanted a good looking place for writing. One that made it easy for you to read and to contact me. So I asked my blogging friends what they thought. I learned WordPress offered more functions. One friend explained, “It’s like using Betamax when everything’s happening on VHS.” I was encouraged to change. I see from the transfer most posts and pages made it here intact, although some links are broken. However, the picture layout seems […]

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Making Your SCA Life List

How many times have you sat with your SCA friends listening to stories about their experiences and creations? Did you wonder where they got the idea to do such a thing? How they even began to figure it all out?  One way to create distinctive life experiences – SCA or otherwise – is to have a Life List. I had never […]

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Easy Does It SCA Scroll Creation From 2018

Last year about this time I gathered together my prior posts I’d written about scroll creation. The post was Easy Does It: SCA Scroll Creation. Though I didn’t plan it, the posted links round-up made a scroll creation how-to table of contents. And it’s been a very popular blog post.   Since then I’ve added more, In case you missed any, you can see them below.  Beginning SCA AoA Award Painting   Tracing Uses Illuminated Diapering   Guide To Blank Border Scroll Creation The Secrets Of Black And White Gouache  Testing – Which Gouache Brand Rewets Best?   Why Are Vellum And Parchment So Expensive?   Secrets Of Artist Brush Repair Tips To Preventing Rusty Dip Pen Nibs   How To Sharpen Your Broad-Edge Calligraphy Nib  Tips To Drawing More Period People The Best Beginner’s Paint Making Post   Tips And Tricks To Making A Neat Scroll   Tips For Saving Money As An SCA Scribe  Between last year’s list and this one, there’s a lot to take in. Please realize my offerings are not the only way you can do things. Create your art with your style and skill while striving to make it appear as a long lost page from a medieval illuminated manuscript. And take joy in what you create.   Related Prior Post: Easy Does It: SCA Scroll Creation Post Round-Up

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