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A Smaller Scroll

February 1, 2018

Smaller, but not less significant!  Sometimes it seems like scrolls that are small in size get a little underrated because they’re not as large as others, but a little work can make a small scroll look quite nice!

A few months ago, one of my baronesses asked me about doing a “release from service” scroll for an individual in our barony who has reached a level of health that means he can no longer fight in armored combat.  The gentleman has been a stalwart member of the barony’s fighting force for many years, and the baronesses wanted to give him appropriate recognition for his service.

The person receiving this scroll has a Hungarian persona, so I looked around for manuscripts from that general region and settled on one from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

MS W.547 was produced in Constantinople in 1678, which means the actual manuscript is outside of the SCA’s time period.  However, there are other manuscripts with the same style of illumination that were produced within the time frame of the SCA such as the Gladzor Gospels produced 14th century.

While both of these manuscripts are Armenian in origin, there are a relatively low number of Hungarian manuscripts that survive to the present day, and those that do tend to follow the prevailing style of their times, so it’s reasonable to expect that manuscripts from the 14th century would do the same.

I combined elements of two different pages for my scroll – a top element from folio 3r:
f. 3r topAnd a boxed header design from folio 260r:
f. 260rThe text is a faux Cyrillic script taken from the An Tir College of Scribes Award Charter Guidebook (this resource has a number of hands designed to emulate the look of foreign text while still being written in English).

The finished product is done on a small piece of Pergamenata I had on hand, about 6×8 inches.  Paint is Winsor & Newton Designer’s Gouache and Holbein Pearl Gold.
Andelcrag Release
I’m actually pretty happy with the way the gold turned out on this.  As usual, I laid down a layer of golden-yellow gouache as an underlayment for the metallic paint.  This helps hide any areas that might be a little thin.  I had originally thought about doing two layers of gold but I was ultimately satisfied with one.

I like the whitework I did on this as well.  While the white wash over the red did want to bring up some of the red color, that helped mitigate the brightness of the white somewhat.  Letting the paint dry slightly gave me a thicker texture for the small details afterward.

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