C & I Class Preparations

I’m doing my homework for the coming calligraphy and illumination classes. Commonly I teach to the requested C & I topic. These classes will be different. I want these new students to feel the class benefit as soon as we begin. I want to hit the ground running because many already learned the basics at the recent Lonely Tower Scribal Gathering. These […]

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Article Review: Starting and Maintaining A Scribes Guild

As I am planning things for the coming scribal classes, I found an excellent handout about starting and maintaining a scribes’ guild. While my intent for our classes was to continue on from the information provided at the recent Barony’s scribal introduction class, not to form a guild, the information in Hillary Rose Greenslade’s article is relevant and helpful.  She includes topics that are organizational, financial, and resourceful. Written for use in the SCA, its concepts could apply to any start-up art group supported by a broader organization, such as a church or community center. Her article cheerfully guides you through all operational stages and could serve as an entry guild leader job description. If you are reading my blog and want to start a local scribal group, within or without the SCA, Hillary’s article is just what you want to read. Be sure to check my Scribal Resources Page for recent additions.

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The Making Of An SCA Scroll, Part 2

My last post,,  was about the research, design, and calligraphy of my most recent scroll. This post will be about its illumination. After the calligraphy, I penciled in my design concept. Then I used a black 005 Sakura Micron Pen to make chosen lines permanent. I then erased the pencil with a white eraser. My next step is to paint […]

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Lonely Tower’s Scribal Gathering

May 8th Lonely held an afternoon of scribal classes. Mistress Aiden came from out of town to present Lord Kahlil his auction winnings, a scribal start up kit. It included books, paints, pens, tools, and other materials. A real haul.  M. Aiden and Ld. Kahlil Kahlil spear-headed the scribal afternoon which included the introduction to Kahlil’s starter kit, how to […]

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My 10 Favorite Scribal Materials and Tools

I’ve been a scribe way over 20 years and along the way I have collected materials and tools. Some end up in a bin never to see the light of day again. Other’s become as necessary to me as water.  Here’s my 10 favorite scribal materials and tools, except for paint and paper towels. Things I can’t do without when I create an original scroll.  Ames Lettering Guide— This helps me draw goofproof calligraphy guide-lines with consistent line spacing. I’m also able to have the letter height different from the space between lines. It’s well worth learning how it works. Brause Calligraphy Nib—  I like these stiffer nibs because I still have a heavy hand. Their top reservoir and keen edge help me make clear, sharp letters. Calligrapher’s Bible by David Harris or another letter example.– I like this book because it lays flat and is a smaller size. I sometimes use my own hand-lettered examples that I’ve done on 3″ x 5″ cards. Computer– I use this for inspiration research such as scroll recipient’s interests on Facebook and original manuscript images. It saves time contacting friends for information and searching through university books.   Light Box— Mine is a Light Tracer Light Box II. I’ve had it for years. While it is slanted I have a large book under the back of it to slant it more. That makes for easier viewing and better ink flow. Pearl Ex Brilliant Gold pigment. I […]

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"Playing With Period Pigments Class" Taught

I’m teaching again!! It’s been years, unfortunately.  In early April you can take my “Playing With Period Pigments” class at the Bellewode Heraldic Scribal and Dance Symposium in Kirksville, MO. It is a safety and hands-on class, teaching paint production from natural earth powdered pigments. You’ll take home the safety supplies and paints you make. Would you care to see photos […]

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Throwback Thursday: My 2004 Manesse Codex Inspired Scroll Illumination

I love the Manesse Codex illuminations! The heraldry and style are so inspiring. I wanted to have these painted so much, they are the reason I learned illumination in the first place. This “Throwback Thursday” I’m sharing my scroll illumination inspired by it. (See the original page by clicking here.) My Illumination From Mathieu Chartrain’s 2004 Capstone The Complete Scroll

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