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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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:iconewomack:
Very very cool... this must have been extremely strenuous but very satisfying...
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InaWolfsimage Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work!
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Merwenna Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks!  :D
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Ciillk Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
WOOWWWSOME !! That's just incredibble ! :D Great job ! :)
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MSzilvi95 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 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 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 Aug 5, 2013
Wow, impressive! :+fav:
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Merwenna Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :)
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nabeschin Aug 5, 2013
You're welcome, keep up the good work! :D
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