Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Italian AoA

So in the spirit of trying new techniques, I was attempting a new style of illumination. 
It's a later period Italian style, from Naples from a book by Albinus, Johannes entitled Excerpta ex Blondi decadibus - BSB Clm 11324, 1494.

 When I got the scroll assignment for Brygithe (again)  I knew that I had to use this experiemental piece for her, since she got the last experimental piece that I did.  See THIS

Anyway.  The gold on red/red on gold went down onto the paper fairly easily.  The same cannot be said for the blue stippling. I think I need to consult an expert before I try it again, because I just couldn't get it to lay like it does on the book page.  


A Jeweled Dragon's Heart

So sneaky scribe got to be sneaky again.  I love it.  So anyway, a couple of months ago Mistress Gianetta contacted me about doing a super secret blingtastic jeweled dragon heart scroll for Mistress Juliana.  I as with most things sneaky that I readily agree to do, readily agreed because I always like to do scrolls for the people I love.  I would paint the scroll, and then she would callig it.  Hooray.  While I can callig well enough, it is not my favorite thing to do.  I could not decide as to what exemplaar to use, so I sent them to Gianetta  and she chose

Psalterium, Psalmi from Flanders, 1500-1535. GKS 1605 4* folio 126r
I was like holycrap this thing is pink, so instead I changed the color to a nice minty green. I was using my new Chromium Oxide Green from Schminke.  It's super transparent, so lots of layers of color are needed to get an even color wash. This caused the perg to buckle a bit (no great surprise)  The pearls are a new technique I have been working with involving multiple colors laid atop white.  It works quite well, though next time I will try laying the colors atop the transparent silver and seeing what happens..  All in all I am pleased with this one, especially so with the blue jewels. 

 We ended our scribal collaboration with this piece of work.  Isn't her Calligraphy lovely?
We will have to do more of this in the future. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lindquistrings for Sisterminion!

So, recently I was feeling homesick and I asked my Mistress, who is Drachenwald Signet for an assignment from Drachenwald.  She gave me an assignment for my Apprentice Sister!    Remembering how positively she reacted not only to my more realistic painting, but also to some more macabre scrolls that I've been working on, I decided on the Mira Calligraphia Monumenta.  Hoefnagel's work is an amazing inspiration, but is also amazingly difficult to render properly. 

Inspired by these two plates I set to work.

I decided that the pieces underneath the words needed to be a skull, a rose and a pen.  Seemed fitting for a DarkSide Scribe.

Ze Back, where Ze Pen pierces the page.