Archive for the ‘Caring for Scrolls’ Category

Framing Ideas for Your Scroll, by Melissa of Monster Hall & Hrefna karsefni

Monday, June 6th, 2011


This week we have our second guest contributor, Melissa of Monster Hall (Melissa Van Hook). She and I will be discussing framing ideas for your award scroll(s).

Melissa says:
“1) If your budget allows, use acid free matting as the acid in the paper of the regular matting will eventually stain your scroll.

2) You may also frame the scroll without matting (though it looks better with) and add spacers to the glass. The plastic spacers are 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick and snap right onto the glass edge. Your framer will guide you to a thicker channeled frame to allot for this. It’s a cool shadow box-ish effect without the cost of a shadow box and it allows room between the artwork and the glass.

3) When hanging your framed works of art, be sure and take moisture into consideration. Hanging them opposite a swamp cooler vent will lead to a warped scroll and matte. And though it’s tempting, never ever hang them in your bathroom.”

Great input, thank you for the helpful hints Melissa!

Here are some I have put together for framing your scroll (s).

I have had a couple of people ask me about framing your scrolls to protect them. Here are a few options, most expensive to least expensive.

You should use a matte between the glass and your scroll as the paints we use in AZ are water based and can absorb moisture during the rainy season and the paint can stick to the glass. That can ruin the piece if you ever do want to take it out of the frame.

1) If you have the money, I recommend going to a professional frame shop. Make sure they really take their time to match the art and the matte with the frame and your personal tastes.

2) If you have slightly less mullah, then I’d say take it to any art supply store that does framing. They won’t be as good as a dedicated frame shop, but usually once the piece is on your wall you really can’t tell.

3) If you have just enough money to buy an off the shelf frame and matte at an art supply, but don’t want to or can’t cut the matte yourself, you can have the frame department cut the matte for you. Yes, they will charge you for the cut, but it’s better than loosing a finger or ruining your matte, and I think it’s $10.00 or less for the cut. Take your scroll in to the store with you if you’re having them cut the matte so they can get the correct measurements off the piece.

4) If you don’t have a lot of money and want to put it in some kind of frame, then I’d get one of the front-loading (the glass pops off the front type) frames to put it in for safe keeping until you can afford a better frame. You can put a thin matte in these frames as well. A lot of scribes will tell you not to use these frames, especially if you have think gesso or paint on the scroll. I do agree with that, but if the paint on your scroll is flat, and you use a matte in the frame with it, it will be just fine.

5) If you don’t want to put them in a frame at all, but still want them protected, you can always go buy a portfolio case or a presentation book. These are both available at almost any art supply store, and they are available on-line. Just make sure you order one that your largest scroll will fit into.

Hopefully Helpful,

Care and Handling of Your Scroll, by Raven Mayne

Monday, May 30th, 2011


Today we have our first guest contributor, Raven Mayne (Raven Contreraz)! Welcome aboard. Raven will be discussing “The Care and Handling of Your Scroll” for those of you who have just received your first award scroll, or those of you who just do not know what to do with the ones you have.

Take it away, Raven!

This is written to you on receiving your First, or even you’re your hundredth scroll. Everyone should be aware of all of these helpful hints.

First let me congratulate you on receiving your award. I have no doubt it was well deserved. Each scroll that is produced could have been worked on by one individual, or many individuals. In each instance hours, and sometimes days have been put in to getting a scroll completed. The scribes who worked on your scroll knows they may never see it again, and give it up willingly knowing that it will go to a deserving member of our Society.

Now here are some important and helpful hints for the caring of your scroll.

Please be aware that the scroll you have is susceptible to may elements that may damage it:

Heat, in places like your car, or even near a flame could possibly crinkle it or even set it on fire. Long exposures to direct sunlight might fade the colors.
(Something to keep in mind when you frame it and put up in your home.)

Wind may be an issue if the scroll is out in the open and even being held in ones hands or not tucked away might have the chance of bending and possibly creasing it permanently, yes permanently.

Dirt and the oils in your hands may also potentially damage your scroll, so the less actual direct handling the better. Holding it on the tips of the corners or laying on a flat, safe, dry surface it the best way to temporally show off your scroll.

This leads up to the number one destroyer of scrolls;

WATER/or any liquid (including tears of happiness) can damage and or ruin your scroll. So be very careful not to get your scroll near any form of liquid, or some one holding liquid, or even a container sitting anywhere near your scroll with any amount of liquid, what so ever. Your scroll will soak up even a drop of water and may distort any part of your scroll that comes in contact with it.

When not admiring your scroll or showing of your wonderful new piece of art off, please put the scroll away. For example, in a large envelope or between two flat surfaces that would not have the possibility of being bent or damaged by anyone accidentally.

* If your scroll has wax seals on it: do not put in direct sunlight or in any area where the temperature will rise above 80 degrees as the wax will melt and get on everything, thus ruining your scroll and anything near it.

Side note: if you have any questions concerning damage, framing or corrections that might need assistance please ask an experienced scribe to help you. Start with you local Baronial or Shire Scribe. If they cannot help Please feel free to ask the Kingdom Scribe.

Thank you for your insight Raven!

Next week we will be discussing framing of your scroll(s).

Hopefully Helpful,