Wow, it’s been a while since I posted a scroll! I certainly fell off the wagon with my “blank a week” challenge”… That does disappoint me somewhat, but I have been working on other projects as well.
This is a scroll that I did for the Midrealm’s Rose Tournament this past weekend. The court list was fairly long and I ended up lettering a bunch of blanks as well as doing both the calligraphy and illumination on this piece. I am fairly pleased with the way it turned out, though I’m not entirely happy with the blue linework around the smaller letters. I need to practice thinning out my paint and using it in a pen instead of trying to do this with a brush. The other option is to get some properly colored inks to use, which I’ve been meaning to do anyway. Got to collect those 40% off coupons for Hobby Lobby!
The inspiration for this piece kind of came from the Gothic-style notecards I’d been working on and I did some looking around for other similar letters in manuscripts. This particular initial comes from a manuscript called Codex Admontensis 139 in the collection of St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. There are only a few pages from this manuscript in the collection, but they provide some good examples to work from!
Edited because I realized this was actually Scroll 16 and I forgot to put my number code on the back. Now I’m going to have to figure out what my overall total is again!