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Hanbal al Barbari - Pelican

August 31st, 2013 (01:14 am)

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Finished and delivered a pelican scroll in a style reminiscent of a Mongol diplomatic document. It is done on a piece of timber, as was the Mongol style and one of the surviving ones found through Wikipedia is and the device is a khanate passport based on the examples such as Met Museum article.


The board is 140mm cedar, polished and sized before writing in Carolingian Miniscule with exaggerated ascenders and descenders to mimic an Arabic style. The device is 5mm thick brass slab, with modern paints and clear lacquer for protection as corrosion is noticeable in a few hours.


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Augmentation of Arms - Gwynfor Llyd

August 2nd, 2012 (05:33 pm)

Augmentation of Arms - Gwynfor Llyd


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This Augmentation of Arms scroll is based on various documents from the 15th and 16th centuries, with the grant of arms to the Eton College for the layout.
The text is an amalgamation of the a 15th century grant of arms, and the royal charters of the College of Heralds by Richard III (1485) and Philip & Mary (1555) and influenced by the elevation of Baron Howard to Duke of Norfolk.



The scribal hand is between "English Cursive Book Script" and Bastard.



The paper is 300gsm hot press Fabriano and is a whole "mill sheet". at 570mm * 770mm
Ink is Talons India Ink


Paints are Windsor newton qouache


gilding is 23ct gold transfer leaf on Gum Ammoniac












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Pelican scroll for Nicolette Dufay

February 29th, 2012 (03:40 pm)

Nicolette Dufay - Pelican Scroll


This Pelican scroll is based on various documents from the 15th and 16th centuries, with the grant of arms to the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers for the layout.
The text is an amalgamation of the a 15th century grant of arms, and the royal charters of the College of Heralds by Richard III (1485) and Philip & Mary (1555) and influenced by the elevation of Baron Howard to Duke of Norfolk.


The scribal hand is between "English Cursive Book Script" and Bastard.

  • The paper is 230gsm parchmentine cat from a full "mill sheet".
  • Ink is Windsor Newton India Ink
  • Paints are Windsor newton qouache
  • gilding is 23ct gold transfer leaf on Gum Ammoniac


The miniatures are in the illuminated initial Baron Rudolf von der Drau (Nicolette's husband) and the supporters are Nicolette's daughters Breanna and Cleonie

This took me quite awhile as "life" has taken a significant bite on me.







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The Triple Peerage

April 12th, 2010 (01:39 am)


The is 1465 England.  From the Heures of the Duke of Bedford.   This is very different from the page that inspires it.  BL Ms.Add 42131 fol 73. as not much more than the top border was used.  The script is my favourite Bartarde.  The hair side of the vellum was significantly marked so I did this on the flesh side.  OK until I found I had made a mistake and left out a significant word (the word "first").  Shave the writing off and the hide changed colour, so the mantling is covering the ragged end of erasure.

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.

Each image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 2.8 MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 169 MB.


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A Decade in the Making

April 12th, 2010 (12:12 am)


The is 1410 France.  Directly from the "Tres Riches Heures" of Jean Duc du Berry.  This is done as a his and hers "Viscounty" scrolls

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.  There is colour enhancement on the illustration block on the to part of the image of Gabriel's scroll. 

Each image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 2.3 MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 151 & 154 MB.


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A Knight's Scroll

April 11th, 2010 (10:57 pm)
current mood: artistic
current song: World Music



The style is 1290's French/Swiss.  The first page for the scroll design is from "The Geneva Bible Historiale Ms.Fr.2 fol 1", which is a Christ in Majesty page.

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.  There is colour enhancement on the illustration block on the to part of the image.  This image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 2.6 MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 170 MB.


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The Missing Scroll

April 11th, 2010 (10:44 pm)


The Pelican scroll for Charles of the Park is missing!

It was sent to the central West Kingdom (San Francisco California) for the royal signatures and seals and has not been seen since.  The style is 1420's Florence as I found two manuscripts, one for the hand and the other for layout and decorations.  The two manuscripts are dated within 3 years of each other and both from the Florence/Tuscany area of Northern Italy. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 6, fol 1.

I recruited Charles to the SCA back when the society was starting in Melbourne.

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.  This image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 2MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 165 MB.

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Competition Win

April 11th, 2010 (10:15 pm)


This was entered in the C&I competition at the first investiture of the Principality of Lochac.  The gold leaf for the head of the griffin is done by laying flat leaf and then with a steel mapping pen loaded with black ink carving the individual feathers through the gold.

The original manuscript is the "Grande Heurs de Jean de Duc de Berry" by the Limbourg brothers from France in the late 14th century (fol 96). 

The details for the recipient I got were "from Cynagua" hence the swans as supporters and musician, so all the miniatures are musical players.

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.  This image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and then the section about the device has had its contrast changed to show the detail better and then saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 1.7 MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 137 MB.

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First Scroll

April 11th, 2010 (02:04 am)

  This is the first SCA scroll I did in 1986 as part of the collection of work done for the West Kingdom through Lochac.  There is over 100 hours work and mostly in all that Celtic beasties and knots, as it was my first attempt at working in that style.  The page I used as the artistic style and general layout is from the Lindisfarne Gospel fol 211 StJohn.

This image has been processes a lot.  The original is 600mm*450mm, then scanned to an A3 print and laminated.  This print through a colour copier to an A4 print and then scanned at 600 dpi.  This image is shrunk to 3000*4200 pixel with a de-speckle/de-stripe filter and then the section about the initial capital have had their contrast changed to show the detail better and then saved as a "JPEG" with compression set at 75% to give a 2MB file.  The original scan is a "PNG" of 146 MB.

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RASV 2003

April 10th, 2010 (01:11 pm)
current song: Latin Jazz


My entry in RASV calligraphy competition for 2003 and won the traditional calligraphy section for that year.  I had many ideas for that year but the day before the deadline for submission the page was still blank and I did this in about 2 hours.

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