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Mini-Scroll Mini-Project by Merwenna Mini-Scroll Mini-Project by Merwenna
8.6 cm by 6 cm. Done on a scrap of animal skin parchment (not sure what critter; it was a gift), gilded with 23 karat patent gold with fish glue as a binder, and painted with gouache. Calligraphy & lines done in sumi ink.

I did this after work yesterday and finished it this morning, purely for no reason other than I didn't want to work on anything that I actually need to get done. I've also wanted to try making a tiny manuscript to scale, so I just copied an existing one word-for-word (though I guess lettershape-to-lettershape would be more accurate - I don't know latin and the source was hard to read, so half of this is illegible). Anyways, this is a 15th century French book of hours - part of Psalms 123 & 124. The translation as well as source pics are all on the website, so if you want to see what my derpy letter shapes are supposed to look like and translate to, here ya go:

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The calligraphy/illumination is off from the original by about 6mm. I may have been able to do it smaller with no lines, but when I lined it for the calligraphy it smooshed out on me without realizing.
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GenkiPuck42 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Amazing - I can hardly believe how tiny it is!
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Elfmagic15 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
<3 awesome!!
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ewomack Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Very very cool... this must have been extremely strenuous but very satisfying...
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InaWolfsimage Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks!  :D
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Milenist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
WOOWWWSOME !! That's just incredibble ! :D Great job ! :)
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MSzilvi95 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love miniatures and calligraphies, and I never thought I will see a calligraphy in a so little size! Awesome work, the writing is beautiful and I love the decoration too!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  It was an interesting project. :)

You live in Budapest??  I'm going to move there in January!  I'm trying to start to learn Hungarian... it's very challenging!
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MSzilvi95 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :) 

Yes, I live in Budapest, it's a beautiful city. Why will you come to Hungary from so far? I didn't hear often that somebody comes from the US to Hungary.
And Hungarian is a very difficult language, I wish good luck to you! :D 
And thanks for the watch. :)
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nabeschin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Wow, impressive! :+fav:
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:iconmerwenna:
Merwenna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :)
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nabeschin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
You're welcome, keep up the good work! :D
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Young-Jacob Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing lettering. :)  It must be quite difficult to work at this size.  What size nib were you using?
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  It was a .5mm Brause nib, which is the smallest I have.  I *did* just learn to cut quills though, so I theoretically can try something smaller, haha.
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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ah! That's pretty. It's a pleasure to work on vellum, isn't it? Also, I have my dA set up to display the largest size first... this is one case where, it's better to click to make it smaller!
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... this is very nice vellum, too - I've used some before that hasn't been this friendly.  Of course, the nib I was using is sort of bluntish, so the calligraphy isn't quite as nice as I prefer... so, yes!  Shrink it down!  Much more exciting-looking that way. :)
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canvasofnight Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist
D'aww, so cute! <3
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nikeyvv Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Especially at this scale.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! Next time I'm going to try for something legible :)
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
How sweet! Very nicely done. I know the attraction on working on anything other than what actually needs to get done, too.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thankya! yeahh... I guess I need to be a little more productive today. :D
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one-rook Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Nice work, especially on the calligraphy.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The gilding gave me a hefty amount of trouble, trying it at that scale... I just wish I could have made the callig a little more readable. :)
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