A couple of weeks ago the announcement came out from our regional signet (scribal officer) for the court at Vikings Come Home, an event in northern Michigan. I took two assignments, one that I made from scratch and one that I used a blank to produce.
The from-scratch scroll had to be kept super-secret since it was intended for the person who was serving as signet at the event. This lady is also on the staff of the current royalty and was receiving a Dragon’s Heart for her service. Since she does a Norse persona, I was thinking along those lines for the scroll and I achieved my “vision” really quickly.
This is a “less is more” scroll with a simple outline of an interlaced dragon (from Pinterest) holding an interlaced heart in its talons. Typically the device of the Dragon’s Heart award is embellished with silver scales, but I decided to keep this pretty minimal and just added a couple of silver dots at the points of the heart for detail. I also gave the dragon an outline of red dots and filled in the big gaps between the text sections with dotwork as well.
The second scroll was for a person I didn’t know at all, so it was difficult to pick a style (his name didn’t really give me a clue) but I ended up using a 14th-century style whitework blank that I’d made a couple of years ago. I’ve been using up some of these blanks, so I’ll have to try to get started making some more at some point! I like this scroll, especially that I left space for the signatures outside of the framing element – it’s a little different than the standard border that encloses everything.