Making of Jehanette’s Augmentation of Arms

This scroll was done on 5×7″ pergamenata, based on the Hasting Hours, one of my new absolute favorites. The illumination is just so delicate and varied. I pulled the border and central illustration from one page, the layout from another, and the A from another. I didn’t take a ton of in-progress pictures, so here’s what I have!

I draw the border in with a T-square and pencil, and the calligraphy guidelines with an Ames guide.

Filling in a more detailed sketch. Everything starts our as simple shapes (the flowers all start as simple ovals/circles), and then I add detail once everything is in the right place.

Calligraphy added. Filling in more details of the drawing (heraldry, leaves on the flowers).

Starting the background with a light wash of ultramarine mixed with cobalt blue.

Adding shadows, which are just the same color as the wash, but more concentrated.

Adding yellow ochre for the border and the initial washes for the flowers, plus the capital A with whitework.

Added shading in burnt umber for the flower leaves. For the central illustration, I generally try to work from back to front (so first the sky, then the walls and grass, then the tent, and so on). The painting process is very similar to watercolor. First a light wash of the lightest color, then gradually deepening to the darkest color.

And here I stopped taking pictures of my progress, because I was working to a deadline. Here’s the finished scroll. I decided to go back and add trees behind the flags. This was a super fun and challenging scroll to do! I learned a ton and look forward to doing more of this style.

Augmentation of Arms for Jehanette de Provins

Award: Augmentation of Arms for Jehanette de Provins
Date: Ethereal Spring Coronation Court
Paper: 5×7″ on pergamenata
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments, Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: The Hastings Hours – Add MS 54782 f.68v

Augmentation of Arms. Jehanette de Provins. Ri Ciaran. Queen Elis. April 18 AS LIV.

Making of Jehanette’s Augmentation of Arms

Order of the Pyxis for Aigeline Li Merciers

Award: Order of the Pyxis for Aigeline Li Merciers
Date: Ethereal Gulf Wars Court
Paper: 2×3″ on vellum
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments, Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: Très petites heures d’Anne de Bretagne – f.25v

On account of her effort in maintaining a period appearance do we, Reine Jehanette, induct Aigeline Li Merciers into the Order of the Pyxis.

Award of the Palfrey for Susanna Sparke of Cheshire

Award: Award of the Palfrey for Susanna Sparke of Cheshire
Date: Ethereal Gulf Wars Court
Paper: 5×7″ on pergamenata
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments (yellow ochre), Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen, Add MS 50001 f.50v

Hear all the good deeds of a most deserving gentle, one who has well served the equestrian community, and who possesses prodigious skill on the back of a horse. Thus do we, Reine Jehanette, bestow unto Susanna Sparke of Cheshire this Award of the Palfrey.

Award of the Black Flame for Joan the Lewd

Award: Award of the Black Flame for Joan the Lewd
Date: Ethereal Gulf Wars Court
Paper: 5×7″ on pergamenata
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments (yellow ochre), Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: Da Costa Hours – MS M.399, fol. 177

In recognition of her exceptional skill in the arts of jewelry-making and metal-working, among others, do we, Reine Jehanette, bestow unto Joan the Lewd this Award of the Black Flame. March 19 AS LIV.

Award of the Griffin’s Claw for Ysolt Pais de Cuer

Award: Award of the Griffin’s Claw for Ysolt Pais de Cuer
Date: Kingdom A&S 2020
Paper: 8×10″ on pergamenata
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments (yellow ochre), Finetec/Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: Spinola Hours – Ms. Ludwig IX 18 (83.ML.114), fol. 298v

This and Abelard’s were my auction commissions from the 2019 Northshield auction. They are replacement scrolls for the originals, which were damaged in a flood. Words are from the original scroll.

Award of Arms for Abelard die Elster

Award: Award of Arms for Abelard die Elster
Date: Kingdom A&S 2020
Paper: 8×10″ on pergamenata
Illumination: Gouache and period pigments (ultramarine), Finetec/Colira Arabic gold, iron gall ink
Calligraphy: Iron gall ink
Inspiration: Beaufort Beauchamp Book of Hours – Royal MS 2 A XVIII f.12r

This and Ysolt’s were my auction commissions from the 2019 Northshield auction. They are replacement scrolls for the originals, which were damaged in a flood. Words are from the original scroll.