Archive for November, 2003

2003.06: Glorified Characters

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

Trade 2003.05: hosted by Alpaca
9; “Pick a letter or character from an alphabet and create 9 ATCs showcasing it.”
Submitted JEB-ATC2003.03.01,03-10 on 2003/11/16

JEB-ATC2003.03 Carolingian Research

Sunday, November 16th, 2003

URLs for manuscripts in the Carolingian hand. It took far too long before i finally saw that one could search the Digital Scriptorum on the script:

See image of Moutiers-Grandval Bible

See entry on “CAROLINGIAN”

States that Utrecht Psalter best known but not typical

Utrecht Psalter British Library does not have a digital surrogate for the Moutier-Grandval Bible; it does for the Grimbald Gospels.

London, British Library, MS. Add. 10546
(Moutier-Grandval Bible)
Carolingian (French), 9th Century
Die Bibel von Moutier-Grandval

Title Grimbald Gospels
Origin England (Christ Church, Canterbury)
Date between 1012 and 1023
Language Latin with some Old English glosses
Script English Caroline Minuscule (this version known to calligraphers as Cnut hand)
…Eadui Basan’s distinctive English Caroline Minuscule (known to calligraphers as Cnut hand)…


Saturday, November 15th, 2003

The background of all the images is soft pastels rubbed into the calligraphy paper. It’s a fairly common brand of paper but i’ve lost the cover.

The colored inks are the “French School” gouache applied with C-5 Speedball nib. The large text is Higgin’s non-waterproof black ink with a C-2 nib, highlit with Winsor & Newton ink in gold (C-5).

I’ve done a little research into the words depicted, and have some notes about Carolingian manuscripts.

The individual editions:

JEB-ATC2003.03.01: W is for Word
The monk is inspired by an illumination of “Primat writing his book.” X made the suggestion i add another layer to the design. I like it, but i’m not sure it works post-calligraphy. The other three words from today have more intensely colored backgrounds; I don’t think they need another design element as much.

Word and the next four have the different spellings and related words from older and other Germanic languages and a few proto-Germanic roots in different shades off gouache.

JEB-ATC2003.03.02: W is for Wise
(not scanned)

JEB-ATC2003.03.03: W is for Wisdom

JEB-ATC2003.03.04: W is for Wit

JEB-ATC2003.03.05: W is for Wax
weaxan: to grow
The border is meant to imply spring leaves. I put in the moon’s change reading right to left instead of left to right (as one reads). This flaw annoys me. The purple illuminated letter is inspired by the last research i did. Apparently, one of the Carolingian schools made much use of regal purple and gold. Poking around descriptions of manuscripts i ran acroos descriptions of miniatures pained on purple paper.

JEB-ATC2003.03.06: W is for Wane
wanian: to decrease
The border is meant to imply autumn leaves. See JEB-ATC2003.03.05 for more notes.

JEB-ATC2003.03.07: W is for Waggle (For Tolkein)
Different spellings and related words from older and other Germanic languages in vermillion gouache.

JEB-ATC2003.03.08: Warp Meets Weft

JEB-ATC2003.03.09: W is for Weave

JEB-ATC2003.03.10: Wave & Weave
“whether water, thread, or ink, side to side, up or down”
The motion of writing W reminds me of waves and weaving.