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!


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....
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Last Update: November 19, 2001