This blog is an extension of my Youtube video showing how to make your own Scroll of Tarrasque Summoning from D&D. Let's Get Started!
All of the artwork for the scroll was drawn based on inspiration of several artist's interpretation of what a Tarrasque would look like within the game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Let's start making!
Scroll End Supplies:
>3/4" Poplar Dowels (Found locally at hardware store)
>4 Table Legs or Finials (Found locally at hardware store)
>Drill Bits >Drill >Wood Glue
>Wood Stain [Used Rustoleum Dark Walnut Wood Stain)
>Acrylic Paint for Aging - Used Liquitex Acrylic Paints
>Acrylic Sealer Paint (Used to Seal Scroll Ends after Completion)
>Mixed Media Large Sheet of Paper (This project I used some I already had) >Black Ink (Do not have to have special pens) >Noodler's Bulletproof Invisible Ink - Invisible in Normal Light
Safety Supplies: [Most important tools] >Dust Mask or Respirator >Nitrile Gloves >Safety Glasses >Ear Protection
Step One: Create Scroll Ends
First I took a trip to my local hardware store to find some dowels and end details for my scroll. I ended up finding some table legs that's I thought would be perfect.
When attaching the legs on to the ends of the dowels, I used the 1/16" drill bit to make a center hole and then worked out to the size of the screw end.
Once holes are created, put some wood glue in the ends and then screw each end to the dowel.
Tip 1: Use a wet cloth to wipe away excess glue.
Step Two: Stain and Age Scroll Ends
Now that we have allowed the glue to set completely - it is time for staining the wood ends. Wearing gloves and a respirator, I used a paint brush to brush stain on. As soon as it was brushed on, I waited a couple of minutes and wiped off any excess. This step needs to dry for a day before aging the scroll ends.
Aging the Scroll is what you want it to be. I wanted it to look like it had been sitting around for some time. This required some shadowing and grunge to be added to the crevices of the end details.
Tip 2: Use Blues and Greens to provide more definition and more depth.
Step Three: Aging Paper
This is my favorite part of the project - giving the paper some age and character. How this was accomplished. Brewed some coffee and poured it onto the paper. I brushed it on the paper so it was soaked and let the coffee sit.
After about 5-10 minutes, I wiped off the excess coffee water and placed the paper on a baking sheet. That paper went into the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 10 minutes. I checked it every minute after 5 minutes to ensure it wasn't burning the paper.
TIP 3: Do not be afraid to do another round of aging to get it the shade you would like it to be.
Step Four: Create a Pencil Drawing of Scroll Design
For the biggest design part of this project, we turn to the drawing on the scroll. I really like the idea of the Tarrasque being trapped in the scroll - always ready to come out and cause some damage. That lead me to this design.
I did do a re-do of the claws to get them just right. The most important part was to distinguish between the visible ink and the ink that would be invisible to the eye without the use of a black light.
Step Five: Transfer Pencil Drawing for Black Ink
To transfer the design, I utilized a Cricut Bright Pad which is just the Light Board or Light Box I have in my office. You can always just a piece of clear acrylic and a light or a window in a pinch.
TIP 4: Follow the natural motion of your hand to complete long curves. It will make it easier on your hand and create better curves.
Step Six: Transfer Blue Ink Drawing onto Scroll
Transferring the blue ink design was done with the Cricut Bright Pad again but it was done in two stages. First stage was all the blue lines in and around the exterior designs. Second stage was the Tarrasque outline and lettering.
TIP 4: It helped to have the black light on to see what the ink was doing as I was drawing. Do not press too much with this ink or it will begin to become visible.
Step Seven: Attach Paper to Scroll Ends
Now that the scroll is complete, it is time to attach it to the wooden ends. I used the second paper I created to extend the scroll. The glue used there was Alene's Tacky Glue. Then I used Hot Glue to attach the paper to the scroll ends. And just like that it is complete!
Optional Step Eight: Some trim used to hold the scroll together.
Can be any trim or great tie you would like to use. Style it up or down depending on your interests.