Unlocking the mystery of how medieval scribes made and embellished these wonderful letter forms helps open new pathways of thinking and working creatively on a very individual level. When students begin discovering just how modern these letters are and how malleable, AND how personal they can make and use them, their excitement is palpable.
In the process, they also learn a lot about the history of writing, writing tools, and the making of books before and during the Middle Ages--before printing-- as they get this rare opportunity to handle actual medieval manuscripts, papyrus, reeds, vellum,, quills, and more.
NOTE TO TEACHERS: Since this activity lends itself to all sorts of projects you may have in mind, please feel free consult with me before choosing any particular option.
DECORATED LETTER WITH OPTION l: PERSONAL PROJECT--Students create an initial for their own names. Afterward, I will add the remaining letters of each name before returning the pages to them for further decorating, should they wish. Add $275 to basic fee.
DECORATED LETTER WITH OPTION II: CLASS PROJECT--Some options for class projects include making a book to be donated to the school library. This might be an Alphabet Book of medieval topics as subjects, but many variations are possible. After adding the remaining letters of each word, the artist would bind the book, adding a hand-lettered title page and information on the gift. Add $400 to the basic fee.