I purchased some vellum scraps from Paper Ink Arts and I was really happy with the quality. I have a large calfskin parchment that I have not been brave enough to cut into and some 9x12 sheets that I am saving for larger work, but for these playful miniatures, the vellum scraps are perfect. I received an assortment of sizes for my 2.0 oz purchase. The pieces did not require much more than a light sanding and then a sanding with pumice powder. This little owl was a combination of my admiration of the medieval illuminators and their uncanny ability to tuck anything they could think of into a border design and my passion for Victorian scroll work. The finished size is 1.5 inches by 5 inches. All detail work was done with a 2/0 Escoda sable brush. The piece is flat gilded with 23K gold.