Signed Archival Prints Now Available of an Illuminated Proverbs 31!

Within the last year I finished this long-term piece of calligraphy and illumination featuring the closing verses of Proverbs about the great worth of a virtuous woman. The client for whom I designed the original wanted a stained-glass-like work of art that he would someday present to his future bride. Well, the wedding is in less than two weeks!


Before I handed the work over to him, he allowed me to make prints of the piece, since I already had another interested party. However, there are relatively few printers out there who can even handle scanning something 22"x 30", much less do a quality job printing on fine art paper. In this instance, I was able to find a friendly print shop about 30 minutes from here who could capably scan, print, and trim large format art work; was able to capture both the brilliant and the subtle colors of the original watercolor and gold ink; used archival inks and acid free paper that should last beyond my lifetime; and worked quickly. See print specs or buy on Etsy!


After that good printing experience, I have already taken Cornerstone Graphic Technologies a second piece of calligraphy For His Love Endures Forever (see below) for printing before I reframe and sell it. Grateful to them and to my Knoxville printer Jim Wells for their quality work and quick turnaround!

A winner of the 2017 Graceful Envelope Contest | Pushing the Envelope

Pushing the Envelope | Hannah C. Weston © 2017
Pushing the Envelope | Hannah C. Weston © 2017

I first heard about the Graceful Envelope Contest in December of 2012 and entered the envelope below the following March. I was startled and pleased to be chosen as one of ten winners from hundreds of entries across the nation and even more surprised to join those ranks a second year in a row with my 2014 entry. In 2015 my entry won "Best in Show." I had to miss the 2016 deadline, but was chosen as one of the winners again in 2017. See my blog entry for more details on my thought process, the contest constraints, and my preliminary rough sketches.


What I didn't know at the time I wrote the blog post was that my envelope would be returned to me the following day. I thought my work had been in vain, my hopes dashed, and my post premature. Thankfully, there is a way around a returned, postmarked entry--send it back in a plain envelope. Nevertheless, I was afraid it would count against me, disqualify me. Apparently not, but next time I will be SURE to repeat the "TO" address on the back of the envelope, which I now know is permissible.


You may view this year's other winning images here; the actual envelopes are on display in the lobby of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Washington, D. C., through July 2018. Further entries and contest info here. I would love to hear from anyone able to see these in person!


(watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on Fabriano Artistico paper)

A World of Change | Hannah C. Holder © 2013
A World of Change | Hannah C. Holder © 2013
The Superlative Letter "S"  |  Hannah C. Holder © 2014
The Superlative Letter "S" | Hannah C. Holder © 2014
Best in Show
There's No Place Like Home | Hannah C. Holder © 2015


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The Nicene Creed (print)

I created this piece of calligraphy for my former church Old North Abbey, an Anglican church plant in Knoxville. High quality archival signed prints are available upon request.

International Biscuit Festival 2015 Biscuit Art Exhibition Merit Award 

What They Wouldn't Have Given for a Southern Biscuit | 12"x 12" original | gouache, ink, and graphite on Antarctic map | $400
What They Wouldn't Have Given for a Southern Biscuit | 12"x 12" original | gouache, ink, and graphite on Antarctic map | $400

Scribes of Hope II (CIVA) | Second Presbyterian Church  Indianapolis, Indiana | 3 December 2017–13 January 2018

My piece For His Love Endures Forever was accepted into Scribes of Hope II, a traveling exhibit organized by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA), and just recently returned to me after six years on the road throughout the U.S. According to the website:


"All three Abrahamic faiths emphasize the importance of the written word. Following the work of its original authors, generations of scribes faithfully transcribed these words on parchment and paper and honored the text by illuminating it. For today’s calligraphers there exists a tension between traditional commitments to create work that is legible and a more contemporary view that emphasizes expressing the spirit of the text. Scribes of Hope II embraces this tension. This exhibit features 31 works across a wide range of approaches including: traditional lettering and illumination; artist books and letterpress work showcasing fresh directions in calligraphic design; and letters created by hand and then scanned in the computer for further alteration.


CIVA is grateful to internationally known calligrapher Timothy Botts for curating this exhibit and also grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Howard and Corrinne Russell for their generous gift in support of this exhibit." 

For His Love Endures Forever | Hannah C. Holder © 2011
For His Love Endures Forever | Hannah C. Holder © 2011

High quality archival signed prints will be available shortly upon request.