NSSBC - Just the Rules

Okay it is really the rules, the guidelines and the point system for the Northshield Scroll Blank Challenge. (NSBC).

Scroll blanks should be made with the understanding that each and every one will eventually be made into an award and given by Their Majesties as such. Materials and media that are wonderful for helping to design and develop a scroll blank are not always appropriate for final products. With that in mind we head directly to the rules!

Participants are encouraged to:

- Make all scroll blanks in accordance with the Northshield Scribal Handbook and Standards.

- Use guache, watercolor, ink and any period materials

- Use gold or other metal leaf materials

- Use period illumination examples for inspiration

Scroll blanks with or made of the following will not be accepted for the Northshield Scroll Blank Challenge:

- Computer printouts

- Marker, colored pencils, crayons, chalk etc.

- Blanks with wording on them. (This in no way should discourage illuminated or historiated first letters).

- Computer paper

While those materials and such are great for helping determine how you wish to design your illumination they are not appropriate for the end scroll blank.

A quick note about the use of marker. It is an accepted practice to use ink to sometimes outline certain parts of illumination. A very thinly tipped marker (0.5 mm or smaller) is acceptable to use to do this.

We also encourage participants to use the back of each scroll blank to please:

- Follow the standards for court scrolls in Northshield. Not following the standards means that the scroll will not be accepted.

- Write the name and e-mail of each person who helped with the scroll blank if possible. That way should the recipient wish to thank those responsible for making their scroll they can.

- Write the materials used, including paper, paints, guilding materials and all other media. This educates the calligrapher who can make a choice as to what inks and pen nibs would be best to use. It also educates the end recipient and may help them make a decision as how best to display or frame their beautiful award scroll.

- If there was period inpiration used to make the scroll blank please include the time period and region as well as source or reference as well. This helps the calligrapher to determine what hand of calligraphy would be best to use on the scroll as not all hands of calligraphy match all time periods. Sometimes the time period and region of the recipient is known and then a scroll blank can be matched to the recipient better.

Please use a discrete portion of the back of the scroll blank to include this information. We aren't looking for full documentation here.

EXAMPLE: Lord John Doe & Lady Jane Doe e-mail: JohnnJane@email.com Arches Hot Press guache paints with gold leaf gilding. Based on Hunting Book of Gaston Phoebus 15th century France.

Also please write this information in pencil.

How will winners be determined?

We will be using a mostly objective point system to determine the winners.

Point Scoring:

* 1 point per scroll.

* 1 point for extra effort (i.e. gilding, detail work, challenging composition etc.)

* 1 point for "WOW!" factor.

In an effort to encourage the most participation and scroll blanks as possible we will be averaging the points earned by the number of scroll blanks turned in. This way smaller groups have as good a chance to win as larger groups. The group with the most average points will win. In the event of a tie, which is possible using this scoring system, the tiebreaker will be the group with the most "WOW! points overall.

How do you get "WOW!" points? By making the judges go "WOW!" Another way to look at it would be to make the judges say, "I want THAT SCROLL for an award."

Some examples of "wow" factor include but are not limited to, a very pretty scroll blank, using period materials, exquisite use of gold - guilding or paint, lots of detail work, embossed gilding, crisp & clean illumination and excellent use of space and color.

This page is not an official document of the SCA, and does not delineate SCA Policy