Luciano’s Knighting scroll, with Tekla.

A scroll for Luciano’s knighting. 9″x 12″. Gouache and ink on Bristol board. Collaboration with Tekla Myszkowa. Some things are a stretch. This scroll surely was. We had almost exactly two weeks to make this happen, offer to concept to finished scroll and knighting. But, Collaboration makes it happen, to borrow from Sesame Street. Our…

Russian Pelican

This was a collaborative project with members of the Thornwold Scriptorium (Jadwiga Radomyskowa, Ursula von Frieberg, and Valka Siggadottir). The assignment was a surprise Pelican scroll for a Russian persona. We determined to use the tetralogical style, so Valka picked a lovely 15th c Muscovite gospels as the exemplar. Source: Vyzdornov This piece is unfinished,…

A Latin champions text

For Mattias’s Mountain’s Pride, I wanted to try my hand at a Latin text, to match the documents of the 12th c.
The text is based on a Latin charter of Raoul de Coucy, dated to 1168.

A text for a Russian award.

The text for Fjorlief’s Mountain Sun was transliterated into Cyrillic, and written in two colors, as seen in the exemplar. Source: New York Public Library This text was based on several documents found on Sofya la Rus’s Medieval Russian Life and reads as follows: ‘So, we Baron Sebastian and Baroness Erika, sovereigns of Kaldor Ness,…

Actual size!

A baronial scroll based on a ca1450 Book of Hours from the Netherlands. Hand mixed pigments, oak gall ink, and W&N gold ink on parchment. Approx 5″x 7″. Pigments used were synthetic vermillion and ultramarine, Terra verte, and titanium white in gum Arabic.  I have attempted to match the exemplar size of 12 x 17…

Hollow bead temple rings, part 2

I had previously made 21 beads from sheet bronze for temple rings like the 12th c hollow bead temple rings found at Vodskaya near Novgorod.   In the Vodskaya finds pictured below there are between 4 and 9 beads per ring. I choose to make mine with 9. The hoop generally has a spiral or…

Laurel scroll for Elisabeth Piper. 

This was a backlog scroll, and was long overdue. Jacqueline commissioned me to make Elisabeth her Laurel scroll for the approximately 26th anniversary of her Laurelling. The scroll design and calligraphy are based largely on a 1569 grant of arms to Sir Nicholas Bacon, with text based on a 1571 grant of arms combined with…

Egil’s Tourney prize scrolls

These two similar documents are prizes given for the Never won a Tourney tournaments, rapier and armored, at Egils 2017.
They are based on 15th c English documents, and are written with oak gall ink on parchment. (Parchment by David Bianco)
The seals and signatures are those of the Baron and Baroness of Adiantum and the Prince and Princess of the Summits.

Novgorod Tetralogical Gospel pages 

For An Tir Kingdom Arts and Sciences, I wanted one of my entires to be scribal based. My favorite style is the Novgorod tetralogical style, so I decided on a Gospel opening in that style. I picked the Gospel according to John after asking the eventual recipient (Tvoromir Danilov) what their favorite Gospel was. I…

Jewel of the Summits scroll. 

This is a variant style of illumination, based on a Gospel from Novgorod. Sumi gold, red ink and gouache on pergamenta.  In a departure from the tetralogical style, the red outline was done almost last. Looking at the exemplar, it appears that the green frame and blue background and letters were painted first, followed by…

Watercolor runestone scroll

A departure, scroll wise. This is a watercolor of a runestone with the relevant scroll text. I don’t yet have a picture with seal and signatures. Red ink over watercolor for the text. The robin and apple refer to the recipients arms, the birds in the water are pelicans, and the mountains are the Lions,…

Hungarian Mountains Pride

A Baronial Championship scroll, based on a Hungarian Breviary from 1481. Gouache and inks on Pergamenta. Illuminated area is approx 7″x 9″, close to original size. Text by me.  I swapped out the wreath for the arms of the Barony and switched the pink to orange to better match the recipient’s taste. Given October 2016. …