*I did the illumination only! Calligraphy done by THL Isemay the Nimble, not me!*
Done on calfskin vellum with ground period pigments bound with glair, a little bit of gouache, and real gold leaf bound with fish glue. The whole piece is 8" x 10", which is almost accurate to the page sizes in the source, which were each about 5" x 7"ish.
This is the very first peerage scroll that I have ever completed, and it is for someone who is EXTREMELY awesome and EXTREMELY talented and who I absolutely ADORE. Isemay and I were super excited and terrified of this assignment. Nuala is one of our favorite scribes EVER, and she has inspired both of us immeasurably.
It's based on the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, c. 1440. I did a lot of research into the border critters and figures, so each figure, critter, flower, whatever, can be traced back to a certain folio. I'm probably going to upload my "picture book documentation" into my Scraps section.
Here you go: [link]
The text is in Latin, translated by Yusuf ibn Abdullah.
Things that I need to improve on:
-gilding with fish glue. It's a much tackier binder than what I have used previously, and I need to work on getting a smoother surface.
-making figures look like portraits, not cartoons or caricatures, but still keep with whatever period style I am trying to mimic.