The Illumination in this scroll is based on LF70 of the Visconti Hours. This book of hours was commissioned by the ruler of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, in Italy in the late 14th century. It used simulated Arabic script to embellish the frame in the boarders.
The materials included pergamenatta paper, gouache paint, brushes, pictures of the folio as a secondary source. I chose to use pergamenatta instead of velum since it is more economically accessible.
This scroll was awarded to Lady Dragoslava from the Shire of Nahrum for her valuable services to His Excellency Tariq during his tenure as Baron of the Citadel of the Southern Pass.
I usually trace the illumination I am going to work on. However, this is the first scroll I freehanded. It has taken me a couple of years to feel comfortable enough to freehand a design. This is the reason why I wanted to start with a less complicated illumination. If I were to do this project again I would try to replicate the original colors better and fine-tune the calligraphy.
LF70 of the Visconti Hours, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LF70_of_the_Visconti_Hours.jpg
Pierce, C. Illuminated Manuscripts, Treasures of the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, Abbeville Press Publishers.
National Gallery of Art. Masters of Illusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5khzhizNI&feature=share