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Society for Creative Anachronism

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A selection of recommended books and supplies for Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) members and others interested in the methods used by Medieval and Renaissance illuminators.

SCA Books/DVDs  SCA Illumination  SCA Gilding 
SCA Calligraphy  SCA Paper/Vellum   




B3347. Medieval Calligraphy / Drogin
Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique by Marc Drogin. 1989. 224pp. 8.375x11.25". Paper

Spirited history and comprehensive instruction manual covers 13 important writing styles (ca. 4th century thru 15th). Fascinating facts about Roman Rustic, Uncial, Carolingian Minuscule, Early Gothic, & 8 other styles; all examples beautifully photographed. Detailed directions for duplicating medieval techniques with modern tools. 232 illustrations.



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B2787. Bible of Illuminated Letters/Morgan
The Bible of Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy by Margaret Morgan. 2006. 256pp. 5.75" x 7.75". Hidden spiral hardcover.
Retail Price $24.99.

Step-by-step instructions for creating 12 illuminated alphabets including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Both caps and minuscules are presented along with borders and decorations. Gilding is also covered. Gallery of historical and contemporary illuminated letters. More than 400 color illustrations.
Published as Illuminated Letters: A Treasury of Decorative Calligraphy in the U.K.




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B135-H. Historical Scripts / Knight
B135-H. Historical Scripts: From Classical Times to the Renaissance by Stan Knight. 112pp. 9"x12". Hardcover.

An indispensible resource for the study of historical hands. Stan has selected the best examples for Rustic Capitals, Square Capitals, Uncials, Half-Uncials, Caroline Minuscules, Gothic Scripts, Versals, Renaissance Roman and Italics - total of 56 different inscriptions and manuscripts! Enjoy the book with its excellent visuals as it presents the history and developments of the hands. And, if so inclined, use the book to study the forms and replicate with pen and ink. For each manuscript, Stan provides an enlarged section (for letterforms), the full page (for page design), and an actual-size sample (to show you rhythm and letter & word spacing). The perfect complement to Sheila Waters' Foundations of Calligraphy.

The revised and enlarged edition (1998) of this valuable resource. Forward by Ewan Clayton. Includes a helpful glossary and extensive bibliography. Stan Knight is an internationally recognized lettering artist, teacher and author. He is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.




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B3832. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts / Brown
Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms by Michelle P. Brown. Revised Edition 2018. 128pp. 6.25"x9.25". Paper

Due in December 2018. Free media mail shipping (USA only) on pre-publication orders. Reserve your copy today. Your card will not be charged until the book ships (Exception: PayPal processes your payment when you place your order.)

What is a historiated initial? What are canon tables? What is a drollery? This book offers definitions of these and numerous other techniques, processes, and materials used in medieval illuminated manuscripts. The concise and easy-to-understand explanations of terms have been updated to reflect current research and technologies. With its numerous color illustrations, this volume will be invaluable to your understanding and enjoyment of illuminated manuscripts.



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DVD41. Drawing & Painting the Acanthus Leaf / Buczek
Drawing and Painting the Acanthus Leaf DVD. Rosemary Buczek. Approx 120 minutes

Covers the basics elements of drawing and painting the Acanthus Leaf. In three segments, Rosemary approaches a basic level for beginners, an intermediate level, and an advanced level of drawing and painting this leaf. Additionally, she includes a set of patterns for you to download. Rosemary Buczek has taught illumination at both the summer calligraphy conference and the IAMPETH convention.



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DVD49. Gilding & Painting the Illuminated Letter DVD / Buczek
Gilding & Painting The Illuminated Letter by Rosemary Buczek. 90 min. DVD

Rosemary takes you from start to finish in the creation of a beautiful illuminated letter. Step-by-step, she shows and clearly describes the process and techniques. She shows you how to use a modern size to adhere the 23k gold, and then you see up close the intricate painting techniques - with both watercolor and gouache - used to complete the letter. Includes creating design elements with a stylus in the raised gold. Rosemary is a popular teacher at both the summer conference and at the IAMPETH convention. Rosemary has been creating commissioned works in pen and ink, watercolor and 23k Gold for over 30 years.

These reviews of Rosemary Buczek's new DVD, Gilding and Painting the Illuminated Letter come from recent purchasers. They are in response to a request for comments. Her first DVD was Drawing & Painting the Magical Acanthus Leaf. Rosemary has supplied a list of tools and materials that she used in video. Here is the link. - John

We also have a list of all the supplies Rosemary uses in the DVD



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DVD56. Carolingian Minuscules DVD / Reggie Ezell
DVD56. Carolingian Minuscules DVD by Reggie Ezell

Part of a new series of instructional Calligraphy DVDs from Reggie Ezell. For beginning and intermediate students. Video is approximately 30 minutes and covers "all aspects" of the topic. Reggie has taught calligraphy for over 30 years, and his yearlong courses have been among the most highly regarded and sought after in the U.S. and Canada. This DVD is formatted for North American DVD players.

The series:
DVD55. Italic Minuscules.
DVD56. Carolingian Minuscules.
DVD57. Pointed Brush Basics.
DVD58. Basic Romans.
DVD59. Basic Blackletter.
DVD63. Drawn Romans.
DVD67. Foundational.

There is a reduced quantity price for 4 or more DVDs from the series, any assortment.



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DVD59. Basic Blackletter DVD / Reggie Ezell
DVD59. Basic Blackletter DVD by Reggie Ezell.

Part of a new series of instructional Calligraphy DVDs from Reggie Ezell. For beginning and intermediate students. Video is approximately 70 minutes and covers "all aspects" of the topic. Reggie has taught calligraphy for over 30 years, and his yearlong courses have been among the most highly regarded and sought after in the U.S. and Canada. This DVD is formatted for North American DVD players.

The series:
DVD55. Italic Minuscules.
DVD56. Carolingian Minuscules.
DVD57. Pointed Brush Basics.
DVD58. Basic Romans.
DVD59. Basic Blackletter.
DVD63. Drawn Romans.
DVD67. Foundational.

There is a reduced quantity price for 4 or more DVDs from the series, any assortment.



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DVD62. Illumination: Tools, Materials... / Lovett
DVD62. Illumination: Tools, Materials, Techniques, Projects. DVD by Patricia Lovett. 3+ hours.

This dvd is formatted for North American viewing.

This companion DVD to

Illumination: Gold and Colour

introduces the tools and materials and demonstrates them to us in a variety of projects, from easy to more challenging. Techniques are carefully explained in step-by step processes, and there are clear explanations of what to do if things go wrong. Although traditional methods and materials are included, modern adhesives, tools, and materials are also considered for those who prefer a quicker result.



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C73. Bedford Hours Note Cards
The Bedford Hours: A Medieval Masterpiece. Notecards.

Each card reproduces a miniature from the Bedford Hours, one of the most magnificent illuminated manuscripts of the 15th century. In the four Biblical scenes in this assortment, Building the Ark, The Garden of Eden, After the Flood, and The Tower of Babel, the participants are clothed in Renaissance garb.

Fulll-sized note cards (6.75" x 4.75") in a keepsake box with envelopes. 20 cards, 5 each of 4 different designs.

$14.95. SALE $9.95.
2/$8.95ea 3/$7.95ea (same or assorted)




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