In the SCA (www.sca.org) when you are awarded for something you get a "scroll". These are uaualy based on Medieval/Reanaissance books of Hours or other books from that Period. This is the latest and most Period (appropriate for the time we cover in the SCA). It was done for a VERY talented Lady (http://aneira.org/)for her recognition as a laurel (the highest award you can get for the Arts), it's equal to a Knighthood but for the Arts.
Laurel Scroll based on The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, plate 3 (Sir John Mandeville writing an account of his voyage), Prague circa 1410. I changed Sir John to Mistress Gwerfyl and made his servant her son. I changed the colors in the window to match Her Arms and added gold on the flowers plus the Laurel wreath. I tinted the Velum with egg tempera and the entire thing is done in egg tempera except for the white which is an opaque watercolor,. the ink used is oak gall.
She loved it and apparently many have commented on my portraits of her and her son. I wasn't sure I captured them very well.