How To Use Heraldry On SCA Scrolls

Bi-lingual Hebrew-English Scroll After calligraphy heraldry is probably the most common motif I include in a scroll. Whether it’s a recipient’s arms, the order’s device or the Calontir banner I use them somewhere. Even if the recipient’s persona came from a culture that didn’t have heraldry. When I receive a scroll assignment I first collect as much information about the recipient as I […]

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Searching For Illumination Manuscript Humor

While waiting to leave for an appointment the other day I decided to see what funny and weird illuminated manuscript stuff I could find with Google. This is a fun time suck that must be used sparingly or it will make me late to my appointment. British Library’s Harley 7026  f. 16  These handmade devotional books often had margins filled with tiny pictures called “marginalia.” While not all were weird many had pictures of bawdy whimsy, fanciful animals, political satire and even sexually explicit jokes. Seen through our modern eyes they appear outlandish because we’re not used to seeing lurid detail displayed in holy books, especially from a distant time we think was conservative and proper. Immediately I hit paydirt with three posts on io9.Gizmodo a popular weblog.  Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts by Vincze Miklós General medieval weirdness mostly. Why do knights fight snails in illuminated manuscripts? by Lauren Davis With this writing, I found an interesting link to the British Library’s manuscript blog post Knight v. Snail Are these the dirtiest manuscript doodles of the Middle Ages? by Cyriaque Lamar  Those led me to this Spanish post. There are lots of medieval paintings of knights fighting giant snails and nobody knows why. by Matías S. Zavia Amazingly I thought some of those too odd to include in an SCA scroll. While I still had time I returned to my google search and clicked on these. Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval […]

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Beginning Illumination, Book Review

Queen’s Prize in Calontir, September 2016 Checking out the calligraphy and illumination entries at Calontir’s recent Queen’s Prize Tournament I saw a copy of Claire Travers’ book Beginning Illumination. I was intrigued, so I ordered it. While only 80 9″x11″ pages, it is worth the reasonable $19.97 hardcover cost.  Travers first introduces the reader to the materials and basic techniques. Then using photos she guides […]

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TBTh: 2000 Championship Entry

In 2000 I entered Calontir‘s Arts and Sciences Championship Competiton with the three items in this photo.  (Yes, they were all mine. Back then I was known in the SCA as “Siobhan le Blake”.) The easiest single entry to see is the colorful six item comparative illuminated manuscript styles’ study. Lower in the photo, in the center, is an oversized diamond-point […]

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