Tips And Tricks To Making A Neat Scroll

I make them too. One distinguishing trait between a beginning scribe and an experienced one is their clean page. Experienced scribes have tricks they use to keep their scroll neat and clean as they work. Here I offer some to you in case you haven’t figured them out yourself.  Wash your hands before you begin working and omit hand lotion. Don’t have […]

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Ink Feathering Tip

Higgins Eternal Ink after adding gum Arabic. Done on Bristol board. Recently I had trouble with my Higgins Eternal Black Ink feathering on paper. I thought it was past its use. When I realized I had been working on Bristol board and typing paper, not my usual Pergamenata, I blamed the support.  So I did an experiment. I added a […]

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7 Sins of Gouache

Like the seven deadly sins, art media have behaviors that are a challenge to overcome. The key to dealing with them is avoiding or limiting their effects.  As a scribe, I’ve messed up work every way possible. Those were my gouache learning experiences while detecting its sins. Let me tell you what I’ve found. An upper gouache layer may re-moisten my […]

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Calligraphy Mistakes, Making And Managing Them

If there’s a way to make a scribal mistake I’ve probably made it. Especially in calligraphy.  I’ve miscopied words and lines, skipped lines, repeated words, misspelled words, and been misinformed. I’ve spilled ink, changed hand style, and misjudged line spacing.  Being tired, too caffeinated, stressed, or rushed adds to my shakiness.  There are things I do to limit Titivilus reach, […]

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