ABOUT this blog


Welcome to my blog Scribe Scribbling.  In the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) I am called Ian the Green.

The purpose of this blog is to educate people in and out of the SCA about the practices materials and tools that were used by scribes in the pre-1600 western world.  I work with the latin alphabet exclusively though not only english language manuscripts and practices.

While my blog is focused toward SCA scribal and calligraphy education and practices there I certainly keep a broader audience in mind with most of my blog entries.  I do work to keep my posts focused on beginner and advanced information and practitioners.

I do show my work here in order to use my work as a teaching object.  I am certainly not perfect as you will see.  Many of my blog entries deal with fixing, correcting and getting frustrated at mistakes or issues that come up.  My hope in sharing these experiences is that you learn from my mistakes and problem solving process.

Some examples of blog post topics you will see on Scribe Scribbling are: making iron gall and other inks; original research articles on materials tools and practices of pre-1600 scribes; analyzing calligraphy scripts; making your own calligraphy ductus; how to improve your skills; calligraphy project processes; pictures and discussion of medieval and renaissance manuscripts I have worked with and how to do calligraphy.

If you wish to get ahold of me feel free to: email me 

I greatly appreciate the readers of my blog and I very much welcome your comments and questions.  While you’re here please click on the rating you feel each post and page deserve.

I hope that you enjoy my blog and find it useful as well.

Your’s In Service,

The Honorable Lord Ian the Green, CE, CSO, APF, CCK, AoA

Barony of Namron, North Region, Kingdom of Ansteorra.

13 responses to “ABOUT this blog

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  3. I’d like to follow up on the blog about sand being used to dry ink. You were looking for citations. In the 1565 edition of Daniele Barbaro’s translation and commentary on Vitruvius,he remarks that the stone ammochrysus, made into a powder (i.e., sand) can be used to dry ink. Ammochrysus is a variety of mica (it is gold coloured and flaky).

  4. Hello Ian,
    Coming from a background of archaeology, conservation and chemistry I really appreciate the knowledge required to re-construct medieval artefacts and arts. I should like to be able to quote your work for a non-SCA audience. Could you email me about style of attribution?

  5. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and thoughts on calligraphy. I am a tentative scribe when I make the time, but have found your recent calligraphic introductions extremely helpful when I have been making props for my character and LARP system here in the UK. Because of this I intend to link to your website as part of my own “preparing scrolls” tutorial this friday if you don’t mind.
    Thanks again, Space_wolf

  6. Hello your honorable sir!! I am in Melbourne Australia. I have just begun teaching a 2 year calligraphy certificate course at RMIT University. This is after a break from teaching of many years. I am a professional calligrapher and have earned living from the art and related services for over 25 years. It is a passion which grows and thankfully people like you are firing that passion and fueling my creative life and now teachings with generously given information through your blogs. I am encouraging my students to research through the web and to connect with the wealth knowledge available. Many thanks and good luck with your big move Cheers Lauchean

    • Thank you for your comment. I truly appreciate that you read my blog and I am honored that you find inspiration here.

      May I ask where in Asia you are?

      Please let me know what you like and I can try to put up more of the subject.

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