Making a decorative border can be overwhelming especially if you are basing yours on traditional designs. Traditional borders may have some hidden connotations. For instance, Italian white vine is associated with Renaissance manuscripts, realistic flower borders may be composed of flowers that have symbolic meaning such as purple irises, white lilies and sweet peas blossoms- all are associated with the Virgin Mary. In addition, technical issues at arise while copying tiny details. Manuscripts made on vellum yield finer, sharper tiny details with both pen and brush. And modern pens like microns, which work beautifully on paper, quickly get clogged when drawing on real parchment and vellum.