Insular Monastic Scriptorium
In this section I'll be documenting my recreation of an insular monastic scriptorium and parchmenarie. For details on the collecting and processing of materials including hides, minerals and plants for pigments and binders see the processes section.
Artist's table in the Scriptorium
All the tools and materials used by an insular artist in decorating a manuscript.
Marking out geometry
Marking out a geometric design on slate, the first stage in making insular art.
Colouring in with Orcien
Using the fermented cudbear lichen mixed with egg glair to create a purple paint.
Hide stretching on herse
traditional wooden herse to stretch the lime cured hides for scraping to make parchment
The final image, elaborate work is often completed on a separate individual folio to be sewn in later to the manuscript.