New Year's resolutions.Every year I make them and every year I break them. So what about 2020's Resolutions?
You know the words. The ones telling you "You made a mistake." That's your Censor. We all have one inside our heads judging every stroke. But to learn scribal arts - or any craft - you have to find a way around your Censor.
Scribal skill improvement comes with experience over time. There are ways to gain experience without a deadline.
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 […]
As I do most every year at this time I reflect on the last year. I encourage you to do the same for your SCA life.
Consider both things that went well for you and things that did not. Make next year's plan to grow in the hobby you love.
At Lonely Tower’s scribes gathering recently Ly. Kristin asked what the basic illumination skills were that she should learn. Kristin is an accomplished preprint painter with wonderful skills, but she wants to take it a step further. How does she know what skills she should learn? Where would you look? A great starting place is this archived article “A Guide For The […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]