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Nuala's Laurel Scroll by Merwenna Nuala's Laurel Scroll by Merwenna
*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.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Wonderful work.
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Merlyn-Gabriel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
this is lovely.
NeusZiel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is exceptionally beautiful, you can be very proud of yourself! I second everything StellMax said ;)
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :)
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is very fine work! It has a nice feeling of period density and tons of details of interest to Lady Laurel Nuala. And the linework is so nice and crisp (isn't working on vellum the greatest?) A bit of interesting IKA that there are not personal arms anywhere on the scroll. That is required in Caid.
Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough - and unfortunately, since I had a perfect source to use for them - Nuala does not have registered arms. A snafu with the heralds sort of led to a long drawn out process for her submission's approval, so she is armsless! I had to check with our kingdom Triton Herald to make sure that what we planned to include was okay. Bizarre!
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Ah. Well there you have both a tale of heraldic woe and an example of a Herald granting a variance to suit the situation. One point lost, one point gained.
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January 13, 2013
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