Scrolls Made

Isabel del Okes – OL

So this was a fun one! My apprentice sibling, Isabel was made a companion of the Order of the Laurel and our mentor, Fiona, organized the scroll.

Photograph of a page example from the Book of Hours for Sarum Use.

The scroll was based off of the Book of Hours for Sarum Use.

Now, going into this, did I know Gothic Book Hand? (GBH) Nope! Never studied it until now. I do however have a really solid Textura Quadtrata (TQ) and I know that “Hands” are the more personal or custom version of a Script. So as long as I was close, I could make it work.

Thanks to the magic of computers I was able to crop the text and print it as 8.5″ x 11″. Now, I don’t know much latin but I do know some modern letters didn’t really exist. I was able to figure out how to tweak my TQ and make it look a lot like the GBH.

It was a lot of fun looking at all of the letter biting and collisions. I probably went a little overboard with them, but it was a LOT of fun! I tried to keep a lot of the look and feel.

Neat little things like the two different styles of “a”. Where the open faced was used mostly at the beginning of words and the closed was used as it bit into the upright of the previous letters

I am glad that I did a sizing draft, originally I thought I could get away with using the 1.5mm nib, which turned out to be way too big for the space provided.

The full body of text was done in three sittings, the first half was one sitting, the second half was two. Both had breaks roughly after each line.