Thursday, May 1, 2014

An Interview with Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

I don't remember when I first met Mistress Nataliia, but she's an unforgettable figure in the Rapier and Scribal communities of the East Kingdom. While I don't recall when or how we first met (probably in the Rapier lists) I recall being quite intimidated as she attended a calligraphy class of mine held a few years ago during a Great Northeastern War in Malagentia. Partly this was because of my memory of the lovely and long Order of the Golden Rapier scroll she made for Jean du Montagne. More recently she's been experimenting with making her own period-style paintbrushes and testing them.

She's one of the many people who inspired me to try this whole scribal thing out. Thanks Nataliia!


Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Christian Woolfe - Order of the Pelican - a.s. xxxxviij

Project:Order of the Pelican for Colonel Christian Woolfe
Words:Baron Jean du Montagne
Painting:Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Cord:Baroness Mylisant Grey
Seal:Mistress Kayleigh MacWhyte
Paper:Calligraphy Prepared Goatskin Parchment from
Pens:Cadels: Hiro Rond #1 with reservoir attached.
Text: ~1mm & ~2mm goose quills that I cut myself.
Line Drawing: Pointed Niko-G nib.
Ink:Cadels: Miniatum Ink mixed with Winsor & Newton's Yellow Calligraphy Ink, covered with 23k Transfer gold from
Text: Blots Iron Gall Ink.
Guidelines:The visible guidelines on the finished piece were drawn on with a lead-tin plummet made by Randy Asplund. While working, I used pencil guidelines 3 nib-widths (~3mm) apart in a 1:2 ratio of minim-height to interlinear space.
Size:The 'O' is 5" tall, the 'G's are 4", the rest of the gold letters just over 1". Finished size of the area filled with ink & paint is about 16.5" by 10".

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

An Interview with Giles de Roet

I continue my series of scribal interviews with Master Giles de Roet of the Kingdom of Lochac. I first "met" Master Giles on Facebook via a couple different SCA Scribal Groups. When he posted the image of the Laurel scroll he did for Filippa da Lucignano, inspired by the Prayerbook of the Emperor Maximilian, my lower jaw nearly dropped off my face. It, along with some additional stunning examples of his work, are included with his interview for you to drool over.

After I posted my interview with Ian, Master Giles replied and offered to be another victim, er, interviewee, and for that I am extremely grateful. I found his answers to be quite educational and inspiring, and I hope you will too. 

Thank you Master Giles for sharing this with us.


Master Giles de Roet

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rowen Cloteworthy - Writ for the Order of the Pelican - a.s. xxxxviij

Project:Writ for the Order of the Pelican for Baron Rowen Cloteworthy
Words:Mistress Anastasia Gutane
Illumination:Mistress Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt
Paper:Cream Watercolor Paper (I don't recall the brand or specifics)
Pen:Hiro Rond #5 and #3.5 nibs
Ink:Blots Iron Gall Ink
Guidelines:AMES 1:1 @ 7
Size:Finished art is roughly 19" x 10". Calligraphy space is 14" wide.

Calligrapher Interviews

I'm preparing to start posting interviews with calligraphers. If you have calligraphy experience in the SCA, or are a professional calligrapher who has stumbled onto my blog, I'd love to hear from you.

The questions I'm starting with are below. Please contact me if you are interested, I'd love to hear from you.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Phillip the Reed - Serjeanty - a.s. xxxxviii

Project: Serjeanty for Master Phillip Reed the Facetious.
Words: His Majesty, Kenric aet Essex.
Paper: Natural Heavy Weight Pergamenata.
Pen: Hiro Rond #5. Minim height is 4 nib widths with a 1:3 ratio for minim:interlinear space.
Ink: Walnut Crystal.
Size: 9.5" wide by 7.5" tall, including space for signatures.

I was asked if I was up for a calligraphy only scroll. The recipient's persona is from Southern England and just after the year 1200. The Magna Carta seemed like the perfect choice as an inspiration.