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!
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.
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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.