What are the most helpful scribal books? The ones that strengthen most your scribal skills and knowledge. I have favorites to share.
Each year several Known World symposiums are held around the SCA bringing people together to mingle and learn about their special interests. This one was about my two favorite things heraldry and scribal stuff.
You may have noticed I’ve stepped up my local SCA participation. It’s difficult for me to get away from the Barony so I’ve decided to do more here, taking on more event and local jobs. Book Arts RUSH Flyer I coordinated crash space at Bardic Bedlam, Arts & Sciences competitions at Coronation, and now I’m the Barony’s Social Media Officer. But my bigger project […]
M. Rolf And Other Scribes You probably noticed Lonely Tower has a new Baron and Baroness, Augustin le Blinde and Aleit de la Thomme. They took the reins at our 2018 12th Night event. Their Excellencies have inspiring ideas for us including giving original scrolls for awards they present at court. That means Lonely Tower scribes will have opportunities to use the skills […]
Cyber-Monday is tomorrow, so I hope you see this in time. There’s also little for scribal illuminators at local bookstores. And nothing on history, gouache application, or medieval manuscript terminology. So shopping for these items Monday online is perfect timing. These are not new publications. There aren’t many current books in this category. But they are books I have and use to this day. So here’s my list: The Art of Calligraphy: A Practical Guide To The Skills And Techniques, by David Harris, Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1995. Creative Calligraphy: A Complete Course by Marie Lynskey, Thorsons Publishers Ltd., England, 1988. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts, by Christopher De Hamel, Phaidon Press, 1997. The Illuminated Alphabet, by Patricia Seligman and Timothy Noad, Running Press, London, 1994. Illumination for Calligraphers: The complete guide for the ambitious calligrapher, by Marie Lynskey, Thorsons, London, 1990. Medieval Calligraphy It’s History and Technique, by Marc Drogin, Dover Publications, New York, 1989. Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work, by Jonathan J.G. Alexander. Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1992. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts, A Guide To Technical Terms, by Michelle P. Brown. The J. Paul Getty Museum in association with The British Library, 1994. Related Prior Post: 6 Scribal Books For Your Cyber-Monday Shopping Holiday Scribal Gift Ideas
Scribal Project Information I’ve looked at many lovely scrolls and scribal works on the Internet. Many Kingdoms, Scribal Guilds, and Bloggers display multiple, well-crafted scrolls. I enjoy reading about the techniques and materials scribes use to create their art. I sometimes wonder about information that wasn’t included with the image. Often it’s about the inspiring text source. But not always. Since […]
Ly. Lucinda painting at Coronation A scribe can work anywhere they choose. While I prefer my home studio, other scribes prefer a traveling studio, at least sometimes. A scribe’s studio is as individual as the person using it. Having a travel studio has advantages, besides mobility. It’s compact, can be placed near other activities, and can be completely removed from […]
I prize the Internet for its ability to teach. If you know what you want to find and how to find it, so much is available. Very different than when I came up as a scribe. It does make your ability to critique your findings more important. To wonder about your resource’s accuracy, authenticity, and appropriateness. That is true with […]
Are you a scribe wondering what to get that want-to-be scribe in your life for Christmas or 12th Night? How about putting together a scribal gift-pack collection? When looking at John Neal Bookseller‘s web page, like a kid dreaming for a Christmas present, I came across this unique item offered by a professional watercolorist. It is a paint dot card. I’ve made similar cards for […]
Hope you had a joyful friends and family filled Thanksgiving. I did. Now it’s on to Black Friday shopping, for me at my local Barnes and Noble. B&N is the only national book retailer in Omaha. Even so, it is limited to trending books. I took a look at its scribal related books, hoping for inspiration. Sadly it’s lacking. There is […]