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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

what color is this?

What color is the "L"? Is it really grey, or has it faded from some other color?

This is from Codex Claustroneoburgensis 136, f.30r, dated to the early 15th C.


Trinite Ducalon said...

Judging from the rest of the colors, how some are still vibrant... but odd... I would have to say this is a smokey blue/gray. Weird orangie color as well.

Anonymous said...

It's really difficult to judge colors online because the monitor you use affects the color pretty substantially. That said, it does look gray. There's slate blue in the leaves next to it so it pretty clearly didn't fade from blue to gray.

Arianna of Wynthrope

Maeva said...

Comparing it to the other blues in the illumination it could be an inferior quality ultramarine/lapis. This tends to show grey-greyish blue rather than blue.

-Maeva Eiriksdottir
Kingdom of Trimaris

Trinite Ducalon said...

Goodness! Be sure to check out the responses on the Dragon Scribe list! They are fantastic, technical and good food for thought!


Aryanhwy merch Catmael said...

You mean, the SCA scribes list? 'Cause the only answer I got on Dragon_Scribes was from Anna. I have been enjoying (and saving!) all of the answers from the SCA scribes list.

Nerissa said...

See the acanthus leaf which makes up the bottom of the L? It's tips are a lovely pale (icy) blue, ranging to the murky blue.
You should paint the L in this lovely pale blue and then make a watery version of the colour with a touch of black added, and do a light wash over the top of some parts. I think that's how it was done - as a darker shade but they were a bit heavy-handed with it. The little trefoil in the bottom left corner is also devoid of the wash, see? As are inside the circles on the L.