Brightstone's avatar

Book of Shadows Ostara, page 1 of 6 for BOS

115 18 17K (2 Today)
By Brightstone   |   
© 2011 - 2020 Brightstone
The first page of the Ostara (Vernal equinox) celebrating spring. The name Ostara is from ôstarâ, the Old High German for "Easter". The border began as a pencil drawing, inked with technical pen .30, base color laid out in Photoshop CS 5 extended, printed out on Canon iPF5000 printer at size 16 x 16". Then using a combination of Prismacolor colored pencils, detail was added and a Prismacolor premier fine tip pen was used to blend the drawing. I chose the Peace Rose because it was the first rose I ever planted while I was a teenager in middle school. I have always been in love with the story of how this rose was smuggled out of France just before the Nazi occupation. The ornate drop cap used in the headline is from Dover, which I adapted in Photoshop and the body copy is papyrus, an Adobe font. The background is scanned parchment. The style of the border is based on William Morris borders.

I would be interested if aspiring book of shadows author would like to collaborate on future pages since I am more of a visual artists and less of a writer. If you're interested please contact me.


© Copyright Info
None of my works can be copied, reproduced, manipulated or used in any way without my expressed written consent.
Image size
4800x4800px 3.46 MB
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
VTwiccan's avatar
Splendid work!
Eastwick1987's avatar
Hi there, I was just wondering if you could tell me the specific name of the font you used for the Calligraphic "O" in Ostara, the "A" in Archangel Raphael, and the "E" in Eostre's Eggs? I hand draw calligraphy and I fell in love with those beautiful fonts you used. Beautiful work by the way :)
PumpkinPhotography's avatar
PumpkinPhotographyHobbyist Photographer
I have featured this work here: [link]

Happy Ostara )o(
YesImDeadpool's avatar
YesImDeadpool General Artist
Very nice border. ^^
ruttitutti's avatar
ruttituttiHobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! I don't think I've seen a BoS like it! The border is phenomenal, there's obviously so much time and effort put into it! I'm totally stunned by this. <3
Crystabeau's avatar
The christians stole easter from us pagans. :(
wintersmagic's avatar
wintersmagicHobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured:[link]
Thorfinna's avatar
ThorfinnaHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I was looking for simple ideas for my own BoS and this just blew me away. I may have to put more work into my own now!
antharon's avatar
antharonHobbyist Digital Artist
that illimination is beautifull!
Evlydia's avatar
EvlydiaStudent General Artist
Ive never heard Ostara called easter (not that I know much about multiple names for sabbats) Normally when I hear easter I think of the christain holiday so this makes me curious.
Brightstone's avatar
The name Ostara is from ôstarâ, the Old High German for "Easter". It has been connected to the putative Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre by Jacob Grimm in his Deutsche Mythologie. At lest that what I have found in my several sources that I own plus a couple of places on the Internet. But then again I'm not an expert I'm simply investigating as I create pages.

Evlydia's avatar
EvlydiaStudent General Artist
Jacob Grimm? like the Grimm brothers?
Brightstone's avatar
Yes he was. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was a German philologist, jurist and mythologist. He is best known as the discoverer of Grimm's Law, the author (with his brother) of the monumental Deutsches Wörterbuch, the author of Deutsche Mythologie, and more popularly, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Evlydia's avatar
EvlydiaStudent General Artist
ah that grimm :p
EchoedSilent's avatar
I love the way you've phrased the description of the young god: "He sees with clear eyes and does not hesitate to announce that the emperor is naked". I saw a tiny typo, 'form' instead of 'from', but the piece is beautiful...I agree, the roses are absolutely gorgeous! :-)
Brightstone's avatar
Thank you for catching the typo, and I have made the correction. I can't take credit for the text since it was mostly borrowed. Severe dyslexic here, hence the typo.
EchoedSilent's avatar
I've been accused of being a grammar Nazi, so I hope I wasn't too offensive in pointing it out! :-) I fell in love with Medieval illuminated manuscripts while studying history in uni, and that stylistic similarity is what drew me to your piece in the first place. I just want to wander through the roses in the border...that's much more appealing than chemistry homework! lol
Brightstone's avatar
Thank you again for your help. I really do appreciate it. My wife usually catches my typos but she has passed away. I also share your love for illustrated manuscripts.
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In