I made two quills today, each from feathers soaked in water and carved down with an exacto blade. Practicing my medieval uncials


The most common euphemisms Homer uses when describing the death of a warrior in The Iliad, done in uncials; the dying Achilles in the corner is based on the illustrations of Willy Pogany for a children’s book on the Trojan War. 

I bought a new notebook and decided to have some fun with it. The Latin, “et sic itur ad astra et umbra,” translates to “and so we go to star and shadow.” image

And on the back I added some more quirky Latin. The H.M. is the common abbreviation for “His/Her Majesty” and “regina huius locus” means “queen of this place.” “Cave verbis filii mei” translates to “beware the words, my children.” The back font is uncials, while the front is my take on a wacky style I saw online. image

Some practice with the Greek alphabet in uncials. The tiny letters to the left are the lowercase. The scribbles beneath each capital are the names of each letter and their counterpart in our alphabet. I used French pronunciation marks because I am most familiar with them. They are such elegant letters… IMG_3707