Order of Brigit’s Flame for Rachell Baker


Award: Order of Brigit’s Flame for Rachell Baker
Date: February 24, 2018 (AS LII) at Lupercalia
Paper: 8″x10″ Bristol
Illumination: Gouache, Finetec gold, Micron pen
Calligraphy: Noodler’s Borealis Black, 1mm Brause nib
Inspiration: Bedford Psalter and Hours f.161v

Of her excellence in the arts of embroidery and costuming, and of her efforts in broadening the knowledge of our populace thereof, have we, Kaydian and Cassandra, King and Queen of Northshield, heard much, and thus are we minded to induct Rachell Baker this day, the 24th of February AS 52, into our Order of the Brigit’s Flame.

I had this sketched up on Bristol waiting for an assignment, and this was the perfect chance to use it.  I tend to work on pergamenata more often nowadays, but Bristol is still perfectly fine.  The original pages were a different dimension and a bit bigger, so the proportions don’t match exactly, but I’m overall happy with it.

Painting whitework continues to be a learning process.  So much depends on the consistency of the paint, which seems to change constantly as I paint, so I’m continually having to get it back to the perfect whitework thin-but-not-too-thin.

I still use a Micron pen for illumination outlines.  For this one, I tried a new way: pencil outlines, paint flat colors and shading, outline, whitework.  I was happy with how it came out.   Normally I outline in pen and erase all the pencil before I paint, but this works too.  I want to experiment in the future with using a dip pen for outlines both under and over the paint.

And I really need to build calligraphy practice into my routine.  It’s better than it was, but not as even as I’d like.  I also need to get some nibs of different sizes to play around with.  I use a 1.0mm Brause nib for everything, but I suspect branching out will help me match the proportions of the exemplars more closely.

Court Barony for Keviliock McKinley


Award: Court Barony for Keviliock McKinley (Master Cy)
Date: Awarded September 9, 207 (AS LII) – scroll presented January 2018 at 12th Night
Paper: 8″x10″ Pergamenata 85 lb. in “Natural” color
Illumination: Gouache, Finetec gold
Calligraphy: Noodler’s Borealis Black, 1mm Brause nib
InspirationHours of Joanna I of Castile f224r

Let all Northshield know that we, Kaydian and Cassandra, do find Keviliock McKinley to be of such quality, having served the crown with his leadership in the scribal and rapier communities both with such excellence and dedication, that we are now minded to make him a Baron of our court.  Done this ninth day of September at our coronation in the Shire of Shattered Oak.

I was honored to be asked to do this scroll.  Master Cy is our kingdom signet, and so I wanted to do something special.  His only request was that it incorporate his baronial coronet by Countess Gwen.  He has a late period persona, so after poking around a bit, I settled on this exemplar.

The calligraphy is more inspired-by than a direct copy.  At some point I’ll figure out the magic of matching nib size to line height, but so far I have been more interested in the illumination side of things.  And never mind the slight typo in the wording!

This was lots of fun to paint.  So much shading, and so many pearls.  It was a challenge to match that goldy-yellow base color.  It was brighter than straight yellow ochre, so I think it ended up being yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, and a touch of cadmium red.  The Finetec gold did not want to behave like the exemplar gold, but I think I got closeish.  I also need to figure out how to paint straight lines.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.  This was a new style to me, and I look forward to doing more realistic painting in the future.