Italian Scroll Blank

A while back I’d picked up a copy of The Prayer Book of Michelino Da Besozzo.  It’s got a lot of nice examples from the original prayer book to include illumination and calligraphy.   I’d planned on using one of the plates for a scroll at some point.  The last time I went to visit […]

Terry Pratchett Quote

Originally this had been done as a fun quote piece in my practice book.  It turned out REALLY well, and I shared it on various social media.  Katie fell in love with it.  Neither of us could convince me to cut it from my book, so she requested a framable recreation. The original was done […]

Birth Announcement

My friend Keziah requested a custom berth announcement scroll for some friends of hers.  Turnes out they’re huge Lord of the Rings fans.  As I’m steadfast against teaching myself Tengwar (the official elvish script of LotR) I decided to go with Insular Miniscule and Insular Half-Uncial.  the Miniscule is close to Tengwar, and the Half-Uncial I […]

First try at making walnut ink Part. 2

So I noticed that While I had soaked a bit of rusty iron in the ink, while cooking it down had started to make it darker, it would get even darker on the nib.  Mind you it wasn’t eating the nib any more than normal but I was getting black caking, which could be wiped […]

Order of the Sapphire

Yesterday I had the honor of being made a Companion of the Barony of Concordia of the Snows Order of the Sapphire!  It’s awesome to be recognized by my now fellow Companions for the effort and progress I’ve made in my Calligraphy and Illumination.

Harvey Wynegode - Baronial Diamond

This was a fun scroll to take on.  Harvey Wynegode’s persona is of a 14c English Wine Merchant.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a scroll blank fitting to the time or area, but I had plenty of time to come up with something.  I started by pawing through one of the books my Laurel loaned me, […]

Joel Messerer - Writ

To say I was blown away when Amanda (Aife) reached out to me for this writ was an understatement.  Then our Baroness of Concordia of the Snows reached out to me as well, I was floored.  It was another week or so before the official writ was requested through the Tiger Signet, which I all […]

Christine of Serpentius - AoA

Two weeks before the due date, I woke up to a request from Dutchess Etheldreda asking me if I was able to take on this scroll. Without a second though, I said yes. Viking persona, AoA for learning to sew and taking on thrown weapons. Not much to work with, but the challenge was accepted. […]

So this weekend I decided to try my hand at making walnut ink from some of the black walnuts that litter our block.  One of our neighbors has a tree or two that drops dozens of these things. I’ve read over several recipes and they all pretty much said the same thing.  The husks are most important.  […]