The Book of Hannah

Calligraphy and Illumination with Hannah!

An Update, and New Projects

I’m currently living 6,250 miles away from my manuscript supplies, so the next few posts will be about calligraphy, and a bit of a comics project with illumination influences. It’s come with its own set of challenges.

C.S. Lewis is hard to draw

Keep up the good work, folks!


Prints and Gold Ink

I recently had some prints made for older pieces. I was against it at first, since part of the idea behind manuscripts is that they’re, you know, not off a printing press. I decided to give it a go when people were interested in the images, and anyway most of my friends aren’t French nobles.

Since the gold color and some handmade work is really important to me for these pieces, I painted on some gold ink just as I would have for an original. On the left is the print as I picked it up, and on the right is a print with the gold ink and the second black outline applied.

Prints, one with gold ink

Prints, one with gold ink


These were “high quality art prints” on matte paper from a local print shop. I wanted a process that would allow me to skip the pencilling, inking, and coloring, so it was important for the print to feel as much like the original as possible before I applied the gold ink. I tried another print shop for a lower price:

Not good print

Print on different paper

Quack! This print was on shinier paper, the ink was blueish and blurry, and the gold ink beaded up on the surface and wouldn’t adhere at all!

Overall, prints of illuminations work quite well, though the process is of course full of issues of handmade versus machine-made. I’m ordering some more prints for other pieces this week, we’ll see how it goes!

Etsy Store is Open for Prints!

Prints of manuscripts for two prayers and the Apostles’ Creed are now available for purchase on Etsy! Go to my store, ReMedieval, at to see what’s available. Each of the prints are hand-painted with gold ink to keep the lovely gold accents in the originals.

The two prayers are ready to ship, while the Apostle’s Creed is still being processed by the print shop.

Happy New Year!

God the Father…Pencils!

The Apostle’s Creed mentions each member of the Trinity in turn: “Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth”, “Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord”, and “I believe in the Holy Spirit”. 

These three pieces will be connected by a triskelion, or “triple Celtic spiral”, a symbol I encountered at the Grunewald Guild that stands for the Trinity, the life cycle, and a few pagan gods and goddesses. I liked the feeling of movement and interrelation in this symbol, so though the three aren’t mentioned together in the Creed, they will be hung together to form a complete spiral. 

Here’s the beginning sketches for the Father:


The Apostle’s Creed: I Believe in God

This is the first part of a twelve-part series on the Apostle’s Creed. The first is “I Believe in God”. Remember the “I” from a few weeks back? This is what that project was moving toward, with John and his eagle writing out the last words of the phrase.


There’s going to be one of these every week. Here’s to rebirth!


I is done!


Blue, gold, and red. 


I bought more gold ink for the final piece. The finished product looks a bit gaudy to me, with all those primary colors. My materials are a little different from the source image, but still. Any thoughts on color?


The Apostle’s Creed! Part One


So! This is for a series on the Apostle’s Creed for the university chapel. My plan is to have the first few words “I believe in God” intertwined like this lovely I-N-P-R-I-N-C-I-P-I-O from Dover’s Illuminated Initials. Here’s me practicing. The Gothic “knots” are a bit more forgiving than Celtic ones, since the plant motifs allow for new lines to sprout off into new spirals. The over-then-under rule isn’t followed as strictly, either.


Time to buy more gold ink…


Face Primer

This was a project for Aesthetics class, blending a traditional style with a contemporary subject. The text is from a Cosmopolitan article on summer beauty tricks. This piece used gold ink with Prismacolor pencils. 

ImageSince illuminated manuscripts are usually connected to a sacred, or at least important subject, using the disposable Cosmopolitan text was a fun exercise in questions of sacred vs. profane, traditional vs. relevant, and word vs. image. 

Even contemporary manuscripts feature medieval lords and ladies, suggesting that the art is inherently anachronistic. What sorts of contemporary elements could be incorporated into modern manuscripts? The Saint John’s Bible ( uses scientific illustration and more contemporary. Even the medieval manuscripts put Jesus in sort of contemporary dress. What else could we use?


New work!


Now it’s summer, and I’ve finished the second prayer, from The Rhythm of Life Celtic Daily Prayer Book. I went for a Celtic design this time, taking the letters and colors from photos of The Book of Kells. 


The script is Artificial Uncial, for those who worry about such things, which uses a horizontal stroke to achieve the fun details on the R’s and G’s. 

As always, completed with .25mm Pigma Pens, Winsor & Newton inks, and Bristol paper. 



Ignatian Prayer completed!

The Ignatian Prayer commissioned by a friend is finally finished, shown here framed:


Ignatian Prayer

Colored ink


$200, Sold


I am always open to commissions,for prayers, Biblical texts, other texts, even illuminated Game of Thrones covers.