Notes on technique: Tourney Scroll for Pas at Alles Faire
|I sell products with part of this scroll on them.|
Alles Faire this year was set in 1476; I offered to do a scroll for the victor of the Pas d'Armes (it turned out to be for the victor's lady instead, since we already had a prize for the victor). I went digging through Tournaments: Jousts, Chivalry and Pageants in the Middle Ages (Richard Barber and Juliet Barker, ISBN 1-55584-400-6); on p. 115, I found a reproduction of a page (f.5v) of Le Livre du Cuers d'Amours Espris (The Book of Heart Seized by Love), by René d'Anjou, c. 1465 (Österreichisches Nationalbibliothek MS 2597); part of the page can be seen at the King René page of Charles Edwin Davis.
I had neither skill nor time to duplicate the entire page; but I was able to copy (more or less) the central figures of the illumination, a mounted knight and his lady, and to imitate (again, more or less) the border.
The victor's name is missing because I had to scan the scroll at home, before the Pas. The last word of the first line is incomplete ("l") because it was supposed to be "lord" or "lady", depending on the gender of the victor's consort. I included the "l" to remind myself that it needed to be filled in.
The paper is Aquarelle Arches, 140 lb, hot press, acid-free. 12"x16", with 2" borders. The calligraphy was done with a 1 mm Brause nib; the line spacing is 8 mm, with a 4mm minim. The ink is Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink. The paints were mostly W&N gouaches, except for the yellow and black, which are Caran D'Ache gouaches.