I took a leap last fall and joined our kingdom’s Artisan Exchange. My recipient was a new member of the SCA, and I decided to make something fun for her — a wooden box decorated with marginalia. I ultimately ran out of time and didn’t get to add the whitework borders I’d intended, but I’m pretty happy with it otherwise. Painting and clean lines aren’t my forte by any means, but this project was a lot of fun.
Owl: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/244038873537915416/ Stowe 17 f. 24r
Cowfish head: http://discardingimages.tumblr.com/…/cowfish-luttrell… Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340 British Library, Add 42130, fol. 154v
Cat: http://discardingimages.tumblr.com/…/butt-licking-cat… Book of Hours, Lyon, ca. 1505-1510. Lyon, BM, Ms 6881, fol. 30r
Squirrel: I can’t find my squirrel reference. 😐
Porcupine: http://www.medievalists.net/…/week-medieval-manuscript…/ VerdunBM107
Snail: I can’t find my snail reference right now either. 😐
Bunnies: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/14/arts/medieval-subversive-art/ Ms 107, Breviaire de Renaud de Bar (1302-1304), fol.-89r, Verdun