Shameless Self-Promotion! "The Poet's Creed" Illumination and Namo Mandos Character Biography
Because newsletters like to grab my life by the scruff of the neck and thresh it violently from side to side, I was also responsible for the Barony of Bright Hills' newsletter this month (long story ... I was supposed to step down as deputy three years ago and didn't and this is what I get), and of course, it was also due on the first of the month. (It was also a day late--ha!) Anyway, despite pleading with some other artistic types for help with cover art, I didn't get any replies and had an almost-finished illumination of my own. So I finished that and used it. The upside to having spent almost all of my waking moments for the past day working on newsletters is that I actually got an illumination finished.
This piece is called "The Poet's Creed" and uses a lettering style found in the 15th-century Bible of Borso d'Este. It is ink, acrylic, and gold leaf on Bristol board.
Back when I first became interested in illumination, Tristan (my laurel and also friend) used to bring illumination books to Friday night SCA practices, and I would look through them. Once, I saw a scrap of text done in the same style, only it was all blue with gold letters and the same delicate whitework. I fell in love ... but we both forgot what book it was in. When I rediscovered the style in one of my books, I made up my mind not to let it escape again.
Tristan and I were doing a demo at the Walter's Art Museum last year, and I was demonstrating gilding using honey, which would have been used in the medieval period to adhere the gold leaf to the vellum. I needed a piece that was easy to draw in a hurry, used a good amount of gold leaf, and that I wouldn't mind being inevitably ruined as it was handled. I chose this style and, sort of off the cuff, came up with "amuse, inquire, provoke, inspire" as, what I said at the time, were my goals as a writer. The piece was indeed ruined from being handled so much at the demo--honey takes a lot longer to set than modern size does!--but I really liked how it was turning out before gold and honey got smeared all over the page, so I redid it with modern size and finished it.
In my classroom, I have a wall for "Poetry of the People," and it is destined to hang there as soon as I can get a cheap frame for it and bother Tristan to help me mat it.
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