Penwork Orders of Adiantum.

Two baronial awards based on penwork initals. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Each is ~ 8″x 10″. Text as assigned. Exemplar one: Source: University of Utrecht Exemplar two: Source: Vatican Library Calligraphy Penwork Red initials added. A close look at exemplar one shows the red initial added over the black penwork. Sources: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/bav_pal_lat_298/0007 http://objects.library.uu.nl/reader/index.php?obj=1874-26261&lan=en&_ga=1.1728952.846940849.1464123663#page//46/92/93/46929327825561963223818863611190518725.jpg/mode/1up

German Amicus Musarum

A Baronial award based on a mid 15th century German bible. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. The original manuscript measures 15.5 x 9cm, mine is a touch larger. Folio 19r Folio 107r The style is relatively loose, with a fair amount intentional white space. I worked mostly from folio 19r, turning the saint portrait into…

German fancy penwork initial for Helena.

A Summits children’s award inspired by a 15th c German manuscript. Gouache and commercial ink on Bristol board. Approximately 7″ x 11″. Hand based loosely on the manuscript hand, text from the Summits ceremonial. Exemplar folio 5r above, 59r below. Calligraphy Blue initial done, with penciled guidelines for the penwork. Penwork in progress Red penwork…

Romanesque Mountains pride 

A Championship scroll from August 2017 just recently caught up with its recipient. Based on the 12th c German Arnstein bible, gouache and commercial inks on pergamenta. Arnstein Bible, folio 65r The Arnstein Bible is a lovely example of Romanesque Illumination, in two parts. The half I have drawn my inspiration from is characterized by…

German Main de St Nicholas

This award was done at the event it was given out at, without my knowing the recipients name till the very last minute. Luckily I chose correctly. Ink and synthetic vermillion on paper.  The exemplar is chosen from the ca 1510-1517 model book of Gregorius Bock, Beinecke MS 439. Sources:  “Medieval Scribal Pattern Book.” Beinecke…

Temple rings with dangles from Weismain, the mockup. 

Ever since I first saw these temple rings on Pinterest, I knew I had to make them. Some research and image searching led me to the Landschaftsmuseum Obermain auf der Plassenburg ob Kulmbach online.  Found in Weismain, Bavaria, in grave 53, and dated to the 9th century, they have a distinctive framework echoed in a…

S-shaped temple rings

S-Shaped temple rings are found in multiple early medieval (generally 9th- 13thc ) East and West Slavic contexts, including Russian, Czech, German, and Polish. The name comes from the S shaped terminal on one end of the ring. There are several typologies in use, differentiating by the treatment of the other end of the ring,…

A Selection of Digitized German Scribal Modelbooks 

Medieval and Renaissance illuminators and calligraphers also used various pattern books, calligraphic exemplars, and sketchbooks; surviving examples range from one page alphabets to an illuminated step by step treatise on how to paint acanthus leaves and diapered backgrounds.  Model books could be a few pages bound with other content, or be discrete volumes. Some early…