Wittsend Scriptorium

elcome to a sample of my portfolio of calligraphy and illumination. I maintain a two copies of my work--one to archive and one to bring to events/demos etc. With the exception of the very first scroll I did, these books contain a complete record of each scroll that I have made for the Society for Creative Anachronism. I have been maintaining this portfolio to provide myself with a visual record of my work to see how I have progressed and to share with others who can give me advice, or be inspired by my work. I am in the process of documenting examples of my work to provide people with information about my sources. The point of the exercise is to share!

I began calligraphing scrolls a few months after taking a class at Nottinghill Coill's Collegium in A.S. XXV. Since I was in graduate school at the time, I did not have a lot of excess time to devote to making scrolls, so I began taking my notes in the Uncial hand. It was great practice, and has speeded up my calligraphy immensely, although this approach may not be for everyone!

When I first began illuminating my work, I used watercolor inks. After a brief foray into acrylics, I have been since been using gouache. Gouache seems to provide me with the best feel of working with handground pigments. I have yet to use actual gold leaf, however, I do intend to use it on some future projects. I currently use gold ink to simulate gold leaf, and it seems to work reasonably well.

One of my goals is to make my scrolls look reasonably period. To this end I try to match color, calligraphy, and illumination. I'm still learning, and my technique has improved over time, as my portfolio would seem to attest (at least, I hope so!).

In service and friendship,

Eldred Ælfwald
August, a.s. xxxvi


My apologies for sending you through multiple links to get to my scribal art. Eventually, I will simply replace the main link to this page....

I have moved the online images of my works to the gallery pages on the Atlantian College of Scribes' Website which I have been maintaining since October AS XXXV (2000, in the Gregorian reckoning). If wish to go directly to my gallery pages they are here.

I strongly recommend taking a look at the other scribes' work that you can find in the gallery. We have many talented calligraphers and illuminators in our midst!

Disclaimer:

These Web pages are not Official SCA Web pages, and do not delinate SCA policy or by-laws regardless that I am a card-carrying member and officer of this Corporation....
Credits: Opinion:
Any society that requires disclaimers has too many lawyers....


Last Update: November 19, 2001