If you want to start a blog you might not really know why. There's so many good reasons to do it. I'm probably not the only one with those reasons. Maybe others have the desire and just need help getting started. Or maybe it's time I teach blogging and offer a little push.
Creating your own paints is not just fun but an adventure to do. A lesson in art process and materials' safety. It's also a part of history. My class "Playing With Powdered Pigments" lets you experience making paint by hand using eight natural earth colors.
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 […]
M. Aidan as the new KMOAS at Kingdom Arts and Sciences event. If you went to the recent Calontir Arts and Sciences event you saw Aidan kennara Corcrinn become our new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences (KMOAS). What you didn’t see there is what a fast worker she is. Already M. Aidan is reorganizing all things scribal for the Kingdom. She’s adding all book arts to the scribal fold and streamlining how we work together. She hasn’t even had the job one month. As the KMOAS, M. Adan is seeking a new Falcon Signet and leader for our expanded community. M. Elynor of Glastonbury more than served her tenure and deserves a break after her outstanding efforts. The incoming Signet will serve the whole book arts community-all pigmenters, parchmenters, paper-makers, text writers, and bookbinders. But what do you do as the Calontir Signet? The Falcon Signet is first a cheerleader for us all. Encouraging us by doing three main things: communicating, educating, and archiving. M. Aidan is asking the new Signet to create “how-to” guidelines describing the best, most accepted way to do book art things and update our 2004 Scribes’ Handbook to show how Calontir book artisans create awards today. The Falcon Signet also assists Their Majesties as needed. While most incoming Monarchs know what persona style awards they want, some need assistance finding the person to do the job or to design them. The Falcon Signet helps Their Highnesses find the right person for the Royal […]
Wandering through my local 1/2 Price Books I came across the The Art Of Teaching Craft: A Complete Handbook by Joyce Spencer and Deborah Kneen. Written in 1995 it is just what I’d been searching for to help me prepare for my calligraphy and illumination classes. It is a practical guide to teaching small to medium classes, in your own home, your studio or at another venue. It details how to set up your space, plan your class, provide teaching aids and keep records. The authors also include multiple check-lists to summarize each section. I find it’s very useful for lesson plans. Written in 1995 for those living in Australia, it still applies to teaching crafts in the U.S. today. Although if you are starting a business you would want to confer with a lawyer on legal things. An easy to read book and well thought out. However, I would love to see it updated. One that would include the use of internet media such as Pinterest, Facebook, eVite and Google Doc, Sheets, Slides and Forms. So much has changed in internet media that are useful for small group teaching, but may be unknown to some.
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 […]
Each time I teach a class it's different I'll take stock of my handouts and supplies. Then I cajole/invite a few Lonely Tower scribes to take a condensed practice class. this time, you will see and hold my raw mineral rock collection. Ground to powder and added to a binder, these rocks make the paint used in early manuscript illumination . I share photos I snapped from my 2010 class.
Have you every had this experience? You’re at an SCA event working on a project when someone, out of the blue, tells you, “There’s a better way to do that. You should do it this way. It wasn’t a competition or a class. Just a conversation. I’ve seen this happen more than once. Frustrating. Irritating. (I know. It took me […]
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 I snapped in 2010 of the same class? I just have two. Calontir Scribes Playing with Powdered Pigments Making Paint From Powder My Messy Studio What do I […]