SCA Scrolls


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Sunniva's Millstone

Sunniva's Laurel medallion

Millstone Scroll
Sunniva Ormstung

Calligraphy & Miniature Illumination

The Millstone is a local award of the Barony of Stonemarche. Sunniva has an early Nordic persona, and her coat of Arms has a golden dragon with a knotted tail. Her award was especially for painting the numerous banners of Stonemarche used to decorate the halls at events. This illustration has a tower to represent Stonemarche. Sunniva's dragon is holding a paintbrush and the millstone award itself. Red runes spell out the award on a ribbon arching over the dragon. A lion is perched on the ribbon, representing Sunniva's husband, a touch I thought she would appreciate. I knew that a small award would work better in their house, so I made the entire scroll only 8x10, with the illustration fitting within a 5x7 matte opening. A penny is included to show scale.

The gold leaf is interesting. I used permacol gesso, then loose gold leaf. There were a few "holidays" where the gold leaf didn't adhere precisely, and I used more-easily controllable patent leaf (which comes affixed to a backing paper) to fill those. For some reason, the reddish tint of the backing paper stained the patent leaf. To even out the color, I ended up using patent leaf over the entire area. In the end, the area became interestingly textured, as if I had patterned the gesso before laying down the leaf.

The paint is primarily Sumi goache. I used a speedball C-6 nib for the calligraphy.

The bottom lines are left blank, because at the time I took this picture, it was not clear at which event this scroll would be presented.

This was a fairly daunting scroll to make, because Sunniva has a Laurel in Calligraphy and Illumination, and I am her apprentice, to boot!. The first scroll she made in the SCA was my Millstone, however, so there is a certain pleasing symmetry to my making hers.

I also show at left the Laurel medallion I made for Mistress Sunniva. It is brass, cut into a medallion shape with a jeweller's saw, then acid-etched with the laurel design. Liver of sulpher was used to darken the background.The medallion was then polished, leaving the dark shading only in the crevices of the design.
AoA Scroll
Skye St. Andrews

Calligraphy & Illumination

Here is a closeup of the illustration:

Prize Scroll
Best Heraldic Display

Calligraphy & Illumination

"The Marketplace at Birka" is a yearly event that echoes the great market fairs of the Middle Ages. (The original town of Birka was an early Viking settlement). There are many vendors (it is like a huge craft fair), and all sorts of games and tournaments. This was a prize scroll for best Heraldic display at the heavy weapons tournament.

AoA Scroll
Tim der Zeidlmeister

Calligraphy & Illumination

Tim is a beekeeper

Maunche Scroll       Photoessay on Making this Scroll
Giana Gabriella di Milano

Calligraphy & Illumination
Italian Whitevine style with Humanist calligraphy.

Gold leaf and goache on pergamanata, with sepia and india inks.

The border is similar to an Italian manuscript dated 1469 in the Oxford Bodleian Library (Auct. L.2.2, fol. 6r.). The Humanist hand is patterned after the writing of the scribe Gerolamo Rotenpeck, in a manuscript dated 1466. Other inspirations for this calligraphy came from the writing samples of Piero Strozzi (c. 1460) and Niccoli di Berto di Martino de� Gentiluzzi of San Gimignano (1389-1468).

As always, any clumsiness is my own and not part of their examplars.

Maunche Scroll
Rainillt Leia de Bella Marisco

Calligraphy & Illumination
Sumi gouache, india ink, and gold leaf on Pergamanata. The scroll is in a style appropriate for this woman's persona within the SCA. The award, a Maunche, is for excellence and teaching in the Arts. This was my first higher-level award scroll.

Each of the four panels depicts an aspect of why she was receiving this award. In the upper left quadrant, she is helping arrange the Queen's coif; Lady Rainillt made the coif worn by the Queen at her coronation. In the upper right panel she is shown making a lovely coat featuring an unusual gathered emroidery. In the lower left panel she is shown at a slanted desk, to indicate that she writes stories and songs; in addition, the lectern is draped with a cloth of her weaving. In the last panel, she is holding a stole-like cloth that she wove; it is a painstakingly researched reconstruction.

The recipient has a rabbit in her coat of arms, so I made sure her rabbit appeared in each of the panels and in the edge decoration.

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