I finally got a chance to use the distressed paper that I recently added to my collection.
A client requested a custom scroll. She and her husband are seeking a piece of land that will be just right for them. They want it to be a place they can spend time with their family, connect to the land, and hunt. But more than that, they want it to be a spiritual hub where they can help people learn to live a sustainable lifestyle.
The client liked my plan to use a ceremony similar to the consecration of a temple or sanctuary. The paint on the scroll was mixed with magic potions and holy water, and the finished scroll was washed in incense and chanted over with the consecration rites.
I processed around the scroll just as one would process around a temple during consecration.
The image itself consists of one large sigil for a peaceful family anchored by the geomantic figure for happiness and fulfillment. Flanking it are custom sigils relating to the client’s specific needs. The overall image evokes the wide, clear sky over the sacred land that they find.
This was also my first composite scroll. I used three separate sheets of distressed paper: the one it’s actually painted on (which resembles a tanned hide to me), a thicker one backing it, and a green-smeared sheet torn into four pieces to hold the scroll rods at the four corners.
I was nervous about joining all six bits of paper and making it work, but it turned out just as I pictured it. I strength-tested the whole construction when it was done. This is a terrifying moment on every scroll, but I was pleased to find it strong and durable. Making it was a blast.
Hankering for a custom scroll of your own? If so, send me your idea at email@example.com and we can work out the details.
What do y’all think?