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Marvelous Miniature Marginalia

Explore the lighter side of Illuminated manuscripts with these three colourful characters.

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Take a look at the lighter side of illuminated manuscripts. Marginalia were the funny, strange and sometimes bawdy images in the margins of the medieval manuscripts. Magical creatures and unusual hybrids battled each other or took on human roles in often bizarre images. Here are three little marginalia creatures for you to try. They originally would have been part of a border design, but you can use them for many other purposes. Have fun!


Your Instructor


Tania Crossingham
Tania Crossingham

I am a professional artist and teacher who has been passionately creating Medieval Illuminated manuscripts for thirty years. My work has been sold all over the world. Trained as an art teacher I have taught hundreds of people how to create illuminations for themselves.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
I have never done illumination before
Not to worry. I have been teaching newbies for many years and will be with you every step of the way. Most people are very surprised at what they can achieve in their first illumination lesson.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would hate you to be unhappy. I put a lot of love and energy into creating these, but if you are truly unsatisfied with the course then contact me within the first 30 days of purchasing and I will give you a full refund.

I believe that keeping this beautiful art form alive is very important, so I want to teach you and help perpetuate this time honoured tradition. I also see how illumination can be used to help you. As a gentle, meditative practice; it calms the mind and helps you to focus. In a busy, digital world… it is important to take time out for yourself, make something tangible and connect to your inner creativity. Most of all, the act of creating the beauty for yourself, helps to restore your own inner balance.

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