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Thursday, June 23, 2011


I think I've found a new favorite motif. It's generally quick and easy, but the results are *wow*: Redwork on gold initials. (They'd be even more wow if I knew how to do gold leafing, but even on gold paint they're cool).

The first one I tried back in November; I completed the scroll over the course of three days so that I could hand it off to someone at University to deliver at the event a few weeks later:

Sophie San-Florianensis III, 1

The exemplar is MS Codex San-Florianensis III,1, fol. 43v, an 11th C manuscript. Day one I drew out the lines and the initial, painted the green and blue, and wrote the incipit. Day two I did the gold, red, and white, and wrote the text, and day three, I calligraphed it while at the Gothenburg airport. Here are some photos of combat scribing: :)

combat1 combat2

The text reads in Latin:
Incipit verbis Ulfi et Ceve regis et regine.

Magnas et multas attestationis actionum subjecti nostrorum Sophie audivimus, et placet nos. Scite quod his presentibus agnoscimus virtutem dignitatemque supradicte Sophie. Altamus et assignamus ei ordonis domine et jus tali armis prout deferet cum Collegio Armorum. Nullus prohibeat Sophiam ostendere istos armos, alioqui irascemur.

Fit manibus nostris in septetvicesimo die Novembris anno societatis xlv.

Here begin the words of Ulf and Caoimhe king and queen.

Great and numerous attestations of the actions of our subject Sophie have we heard, and it pleases us. Know by these presents that we recognize the virtue and dignity of the abovesaid Sophie. We raise her to the rank of lady and assign to her the rights to such arms as she shall register with the College of Arms. No one prohibit Sophie from displaying those arms, or we shall be mad.

Done by our hands in the 17th day of November, a.s. xlv.

Either people in Denmark are very polite or very noncurious, since not a single person asked me what I was doing!

Then I tried this style again two weekends ago, for a last-minute assignment for Coronation:

AngelicaCod S 318

Very happy with this one! I love the bright, bold colors. This particular exemplar is from Codex S 318, fol. 239v, a 13th C homiliary. I also really like the oak gall (or maybe this was the willow gall) ink that I borrowed from Racaire.

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