Topic: Bible Journaling
After using this style of lettering on a couple of recent projects I decided I wanted to do a full set of lessons so that YOU could do it too!
GALATIANS: Day 1 – Unicals – Introduction
This week’s lettering is an old-fashioned style that looks complicated to duplicate. But it is really based on a basic oval. And since the flourishes share common elements it is really quite easy to accomplish.
Here are step-by-step guides to get you through writing the sample word for this week: Galatians.
GALATIANS: Day 2 – Unicals – Alphabet
For this alphabet you can see there are basically the ‘round’ letters and the ‘straight’ letters. I’ve given you a red guide for each that will show you what your basis will be. This is followed by the addition of the elements that turn it into a completed letter.
There are a few things to point out that unify the letters. The curved letters have a bulging line that comes to a rounded point along the midline. Only a few straight lines have a bulge (A, K, X, Z). These are always on a single line, not a double. These letters have serifs. Sometimes they are dipped (tops of B, D, N, M, P). Some are angled (C, G, S). Then there are triangles (L, T, Z). Watch for the teardrop ends on A, B, D, G, J, K, N, P, R, U and X.
Finally, there are two letters that are truly unique but are in keeping with the original uncial alphabet. These would be E and W. If you truly don’t like these, change them up. The E could have the long right bar removed and replaced with two angled ends like the C. The W could be replaced by an inverted M.
GALATIANS: Day 3 – Unicals – Practice Words
Practice writing a phrase or scripture with the new alphabet. In your Pencil-Ink-Erase methods, actually draw in the ovals and the posts to begin with as it will help with not only your letter formation, but your spacing as well. Try using a color fill on your letters.
GALATIANS: Day 4 – Unicals – Scripture Writing
Work on making larger and smaller versions of the letters as well as centering. Do you find it easier to write the letters now? You should be getting a feel for where the various style elements fit in which will make it easier to write. Did you change out those Es and Ws?
Do you have a gold gel pen? If so, use that for your letter fills. This is a style that will especially benefit from it.
Because of all that practice, the writing of this long block of text went fairly quickly. I did compress some letters in ‘deceived’ and ‘mocked’ so I would not cover too much of the text. This time, I used a silver glitter gel pen for the letter fills.
Find a scripture in your bible, Galatians if possible, to use this font. This page also uses the dandelions from the Drawing Room lesson of the week.
Give this one a try!