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(smooth surface, as opposed to "cold" or "warm", which have nubbly surfaces
for watercolor painting), "acid free", and "100% rag". Test your paper,
whatever you pick, first! Cheap paper can make your ink bleed, and get
warped by the paint.
I have had good luck with Pelikan brand ink. True india inks are
pigmented (as opposed to dyes, which are transparent), and contain shellac.
The shellac rises to the top as the ink dries, and makes the ink mostly
waterproof. Gold inks made of bits of metal suspended in a carrier imitate
"shell gold" well. You must shake these inks very well!
> I'm not real sure how picky to be for real competition and so -any- help you
> can give me to nudge me in the right direction would be wonderful.
I'm not sure how picky you should be, either. All kingdoms seem to have
different standards as to judging. If you haven't had the opportunity to see
an average entry in your kingdom before, you might want to ask the
callig/illum people in your kingdom. Good luck! I will be happy to answer
any questions you might have.
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 03:17:36 -0600
From: Roberta R Comstock
To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Illumination questions
I've seen actual period manuscripts as small as 3 x 5 inches and as large
as about 18 X 30 inches. The page size is pretty much up to you. If
you want it to look like a book page, be sure to leave adequate margins,
with extra space on the 'bound' side of the page (left side of a recto,
right side of a verso).
The thing many beginners seem to have trouble with is getting their
calligraphy hand to be consistent with their illumination style. For
example, using late period calligraphy with early period borders,
sometimes mixing cultures as well. Gothic French will be entirely
different from Visigothic Spanish, early Hiberno-Saxon, Renaissance
Italian and so on.
Look at as many examples of different styles as you can find. Sometimes
you can find them in art history books or illustrated 'coffee table'
books such as those published by Time-Life. Pay attention to details
such as spacing of letters and lines of text, whether illuminated
capitals are set into the text block or 'hung' out in the margin,
relative sizes of margins, placement of ornamental borders, whether there
is a text-related illustration.
When I began, I started doing illuminations on pieces that others had
lettered. I eventually took up calligraphy because I couldn't get the
scribes I knew to do the layouts I wanted to illuminate or the hands
consistent with the type of illuminations I liked to do. Have been away
from C&I for some time now - other interests (plus carpal tunnel
syndrome) edged it out.
Good Luck! and don't forget to have fun!
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 1999 11:47:59 -0500
From: "Helen Schultz (KHvS)"
Subject: Re: Stained glass and celtic knotwork
This is slightly off the subject of stained glass, but in reference to the
comment by Slaine "I'm not the sort of person who goes ballistic when
knotwork/interlace patterns show up in later period pieces..." I thought
I'd slip in with a piece of illumination trivia. The Italians and Flemish
of the early 15th Century were using their rendition of knotwork in their
illuminations... and got almost as intricate as the original Irish
(a calligrapher & illuminator)
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 13:14:29 EST
To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Manuscript copies?
J. Neal Books, and Paper & Ink books also sell facsimiles of medieval
manuscripts; their prices are usually good. They also both carry a wide
range of calligraphy supplies.
John Neal, Bookseller
Paper & Ink Books
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 19:50:13 -0500
To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu, medieval-leather at egroups.com,
Anna.Troy at bibks.uu.se
Subject: Parchment Supplies and Scribal Links
Parchment and Scribal Links to the Kingdoms.
Subject: Scribes Web Page Update
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 22:11:40 -0500
From: "Linda Pancrazio"
To: "Merry Rose"
Greetings to the Rose and to the Quill and Scroll,
I'm writing to let you all know about some of the updates and additions to
the Atlantian Scribes page.
Most of the on-line scribes handbook has been updated to include color
badges and navigation buttons. It's "pretty" up though the Orders of Merit.
(page 22 if you have the printed version handy.) We've also added texts for
all the new awards.
We added a Scrivener Royal page to provide information about the position &
the upcoming competition at Spring Crown and there's a link to some samples
of our current scrivener's beautiful work.
p.s. for those scribes on the Merry Rose but not the Atlantian Scribes
list - The Quill and Scroll (scribes at atlantia.sca.org) is a list created
especially for Atlantian Scribes to talk about Atlantian Scribe Stuff. The
volume is quite low - we're using it mostly for general announcements and
Atlantian specific questions (although general questions are welcome as
well). There is also an interkingdom scribes list based in Caid
(scribes at castle.org) with a high volume and tons of good information. Links
to subscription information for both of these lists can be found - you
guessed it - on the Atlantian Scribes page. :)
Linda Pancrazio | SCA: Lady Genevieve d'Evreux
Selma NC, USA | Elvegast, Windmasters' Hill, Atlantia
lindap at ipass.net | http://www.ipass.net/~lindap/scribelinks.html
From: Celestria LeDragon [celestria_ledragon at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:29 PM
To: bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Bryn-gwlad] Medieval Writing link
I found this site about the different tools and documents used.
From: rachel luce
Date: January 9, 2005 10:48:50 PM CST
Cc: Subject: [Ansteorra] Renaissance handwriting
Insomnia sometimes turns up some wonderful
websites. This one has to do with palaeography in the
Thought I'd share it with everyone. For those of you
who are into caliigraphy it isn't exactly calligraphy
or illumination but it does have a lot of images
scanned directly from period documents.
Примеры работ, цитирующих публикации с авторством и соавторством д б н. С. А. Остроумова. These publications cited papers and books...