Thursday, September 22, 2011

Elizabeth mac Neachtain (Award of Arms)

Award of Arms
Last Court of Edward & Marguerite, Iron Bog
Awarded September 25, 2010 - AS XLV (45)

September 4, 2010: Was able to get a lot done. Calligraphy is done, and I'm excited because one of the people that knows this recipient agreed to write the words. I always find that this is more meaningful. I was also able to drawn out the design. 

September 9, 2010: Spent an hour finishing out the inking for the design. 

September 11, 2010: Spent a few hours gilding and painting today. I'm happy to report that I'm a complete convert to using fish glue as a size for my gold leaf. It adheres wonderfully and I'm getting better at laying it down smoothly.

Very first time using hand made paints from pigments mixed with gum arabic and glair. I'm very pleased with the results thus far, still much to be learned though. There's definitely something to be said for the colour intensity and texture of hand-made paints over commercially produced ones. 

September 19, 2010: Was able to finish the white-work and touch-up some of the paint to finish this work off in plenty of time.

Elizabeth mac Neachtain (Award of Arms)
Calligraphy & Illumination by Isabel Chamberlaine. Inspired by Book of Hours (the 'Harley Hours') dated to the last quarter of the 13th century. Harley 928, f. 10, British Library.

Paper: Heavyweight Pergamenata, 230gsm.
Materials: Iron Gall Ink, fish glue, 23k patent gold leaf. Hand made paint using pigment, gum arabic and glair.

Words by Ruslan Novgorodcev

Scroll ID: Isabel C IX