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Norinna O'Shaughnessy, Award of Arms

Norinna O'Shaughnessy's AA
Full Scroll
Norinna O'Shaughnessy's AA
Detail - Illumination
Norinna O'Shaughnessy's AA
Detail - Calligraphy
Norinna O'Shaughnessy's AA
Detail - Arms
Norinna O'Shaughnessy's Award of Arms scroll,
by Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova and Aldith Angharad St. George

"This is a "pre-print" scroll, where the illuminated letter, text, and a blank shield for the Arms has already been printed on the paper. The scribe calligraphs the appropriates names, dates, and blazon; draws and paints the Arms, and paints the large capital letter. One can "color" in the original scene in the large letter, or paint over it entirely with something else if desired. Pre-print scroll blanks were made for the non-Patent awards in an effort to speed up production and reduce the size of the West Kingdom backlog. It hasn't made much of a dent, however, because the Royalty seems to give out more awards every year.

"I designed the illumination on this scroll blank; when a call was made for pre-print scroll templates, I provided three and Mistress Aldith Angharad St. George was nice enough to do the calligraphy on them. At a Scriptorium I decided it would be fun to paint one of my own scroll blanks and requested an outstanding AA from a member of the Barony of Vinhold (Norinna has since moved). Aldith filled in the calligraphy, drew the Arms and painted the device. The capital letter was painted using a variation of the theme on Gareth of Crawford's Viscounty scroll I wanted to see if I could do something with a sunset again, as that was fun to paint. The surrounding letter was painted all in alternating tones of gray -- each layer on the letter is done in warm or cool gray to give it some visual interest. This doesn't show up too well in the photo. Also, the inside of the letter and the left half of the letter itself was done at the scriptorium and then the scroll sat for well over a year and a half before I brought it out and finished it. Unfortunately I wasn't paying attention to the light source so the lighting on the architectural details of the letter is somewhat schizophrenic, which I didn't notice until I sat back and really looked at it after it was done. Oh, well -- I had fun doing this and I've made worse (and more!) mistakes on scrolls in the past and probably will in the future. Hopefully Norinna liked it." -- Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova

Photo and Contribution
by Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova

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