This page outlines the steps that
THLord Aengus MacBain (now Sir Aengus MacBain, OL) and
THLady Eibhlin ni Chaoimh (now Maitresse Yvianne de Castel d'Avignon, OL)
took to make a County scroll/book for Morguhn and Meirwen, 3rd King and Queen of AEthelmearc.
Please click on the ** to view a graphic image of the step described.
The size was suggested by Countess Meirwen. “About this big” ended up being 5x7 inches. Allowing 1/2 inch all around for margins that would leave us 4x6 inches in which to illuminate and calligraph.
Cygnus and Dorinda were originally asked to work in tandem with Aengus and Yvianne in this endeavor. It was their suggestion to use the Petite Hours of Jean, Duke de Berry as an exemplar because it is approximately the right size and all four scribes are familiar with the style.
We had a set amount of money we could spend on vellum (up to $125). We chose a piece of vellum that would be appropriate for the project and ordered it.
We divided the size of the vellum into 7x10 inch pieces (folded in half that would give us the 5x7 pages we wanted). That is what determined the actual number of pages. After careful measuring we found that the vellum could just barely be cut into 6 pieces the size we needed. Once we folded the vellum in half, we were left with 24 pages (front and back) to fill.
All of that being accomplished, we had to decide on content. We wanted to focus on the reign, but touch upon the other accomplishments of Morguhn and Meirwen. We had only gotten about this far when ... Sir Cygnus was victorious at Crown Tourney. The assignment was passed to Aengus and Yvianne as Their (then) Royal Highnesses, Cygnus and Dorinda had other duties to fulfill :-)
Many ideas and rough layouts were discarded before we came up with the following
To make sure each page would be perfectly square, a master page layout was made using graph paper. **All lines were inked on the “master” and transferred to the vellum with pencil. This saved us vast amounts of time measuring, checking and re-checking the actual dimensions of the finished vellum pieces, margins and fold lines. The vellum pages were clearly numbered in pencil to assure us that each page said or showed what we wanted it to. We were constantly checking between the mock layout, computer printout of the content and the actual vellum pages**Sketches of each page were drawn and inked on layout sheets then traced onto the vellum with pencil. The lines were then inked where appropriate. Yvianne spent 38 hours just creating the layout and transferring it to the vellum.
The illumination was done using glair as a medium. Where possible, the paint was made using period pigments. Many of the pigments were purchased ready to mix. Yvianne ground a few herself from raw materials including the blue (lapis lazuli), the light greens (malachite) and the yellow ochre was found in a local playground. To reduce the chance of the pages self destructing over time caustic, fugitive and unstable colors were replaced with gouaches mixed to match medieval pigment samples. The Gouches were also mixed with glair to maintain a consistency of texture and finish. The primary illuminator for the project was Yvianne, who spent over 60 hours at the easel, painting. Aengus assisted by spending 23 hours just filling in red and blue backgrounds for the bars and ivy. Two scribes working on different steps of the same project in the same room was a totally new experience. It was much like working in a medieval guild and gave us a new perspective of our art.
|the cover||***||the closure||***||the spine|
|The Finished Pages|
|pages 2-3||Arms of AEthelmearc|
Prince and Princesses of AEthelmearc
|pages 4-5||Morguhn wins Crown Tourney|
|pages 6-7||Morguhn and Meirwen were crowned|
in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael
|pages 8-9||They traveled throughout Their Kingdom|
list of Royal progress events
|pages 10-11||Meirwen proclaimed Countess|
and Lady of the Rose
|pages 12-13||Morguhn recognized as a Count of AEthelmearc |
and brings honor to his lady, kingdom and self
|pages 14-15||Morguhn and Meirwen's reign affirmed |
signed by Cygnus and Dorinda
|pages 16-19||these pages were left blank|
the content and scribes left to whim of the recipients
|pages 20-21||Kings and Queens of AEthelmearc|
list of Kings and Queens
|pages 22-23||Kings and Queens of AEthelmearc(to be continued)|
Arms of Morguhn and Meirwen
Aengus and Yvianne (who was known in those days as Eibhlin) would love to hear from you about what we did, what we didn't do (and should have) or what you have done or are planning on doing.