Border illumination by Lady Eleanor of Grey - I only did the illuminated 'M', the miniature at the top, the calligraphy, and the award badge.
General layout based on Narratio de gente et vita Homeri, (Verses on Homer); Florence, circa 1466.
This one is a service award for my scribal partner-in-crime, Isemay. We didn't get the word on the award but for a few days before the event, so I didn't have time to start one from scratch (plus, we were all doing A MILLION other scrolls at the time. Ice Castle was a very eventful event this year). Luckily, Lady Eleanor had provided the Clerk Signet (who is our scriptorium's hostess) with a bunch of lovely blanks, and the border on this one was particularly nice.
I tried to make my additions fit the white vine border, and I wanted to do a little illumination of my own, so finding the above manuscript to work off of let me play a bit. The contents of the miniature I added are actually inspired by a woodcut of Martin Luther printed in Wittenberg circa 1568. His pose looked exactly like Isemay trying to get the royals or the baronage to sign Their scrolls for court.
Issues: Making up a Greek hand was out of the question for my time limit, so I went with rotunda, which is relatively normal for a whitevine scroll. (Though I did base the first few lines of the scroll off of the cyrillic hand). Unfortunately, I suck at rotunda. I can never get it to look right. This was made even worse by the fact that either my measuring was way off, or the border was slightly crooked, or both. Thus, the calligraphy is a little askew. For a recipient who specializes in gorgeous calligraphy. Le sigh.