I’m continuing my journey into illuminated letters with this layout. The background has languished, completed, in my second ever journal for possibly years, and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. The stencilled motif reminded me of the mediaeval screens, so all I needed to do was find the appropriate phrase to follow my illuminated letter. I can’t quite recall how I got to it, but seem to remember I wanted Latin phrases. This one is associated with, I think, the Catholic tradition and properly means ‘happy fault’. But I’m a crafter, and think it better translates to ‘happy accident’. Which got me thinking, and for the rest of the day I was designing myself a coat of arms. Where do my days go? On flights of fancy!
I’ve chosen the different elements on my new coat of arms based on a quick bit of research into heraldic symbolism. The acanthus leaves apparently symbolise admiration of the arts, and the falcons represent ‘no rest until the objective is reached’. The entwined Greek letters of alpha and omega represent my Christian beliefs, and take the prime position in the shield. The stag represents peace and harmony (for some reason), which is what I’d like to achieve at some point. The swan-like goose shows resourcefulness. And my brand new motto? Well, assuming Google Translate has behaved, it’s meant to loosely translate as ’embrace happy accidents’. And if it doesn’t – it’ll stay the same, just so that I can keep doing it!