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Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Bouncy Brush Lettering
Topic: Lettering

After reviewing three videos on 'bouncy' brush lettering I decided to have a go at it. I actually used 'faux' brush lettering, where the lettering is done with a regular pen then the lines are thickened on the downstrokes.

This is my sample piece:

Then a friend asked me to design a piece for her with specific text and she wanted a graphic of praying hands.

I used actual brush lettering on this one and also used brush pens for the drawing:

Customer is satisfied.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 PM PST
A Lettering Lesson - Illuminated Manuscript
Topic: Lettering

Back on October 29 I posted about designing some lettering for my Bible based on some illuminated manuscripts we saw at the Getty. Since then I developed that post into a lesson plan to teach on the Bible Journaling Facebook page I belong to.

Here it is:

This week’s set of lessons are a real departure from our usual fonts. But there is a very good reason for this and by the end of the week it will all come together into a spectacular page for your Bible journaling.

The font has some odd shapes but you’ll notice a lot of rounded triangulars and a little slanted tip on many letters.

We will be focusing on God the Father, Son and Spirit this week so those are the words we’re writing today.

Remember to draw your letters in pencil several times to get the feel of them, trace them in ink and then go back and erase the pencil.



Today we’ll get a look at the full alphabet for the week’s font.

This is an old-fashioned looking font as I wanted something ‘antiquated’ for our special project this week.

Trace the letters several times in pencil to get them into muscle memory. Then ink over them and erase the pencil.

When you’ve practiced with the lines spread out like they are in the sample, try a set using slightly shortened ascenders and descenders and NO SPACE between the lines. Hmmm… curious? It’s part of the special project I’ve designed for this week.


Well, today is an intensive learning day. You get to learn another alphabet!

Although you will be designing all of these capitals, you’ll be relieved to know that you will only be using one or two in your finished project and on your Bible page. But you only have to do this designing one time and then you’ll have ALL the letters for your reference on future projects!

There will follow today two additional posts since only one photo can be added to each comment and there is a step-by-step process to follow.

First, for each letter, draw (in pencil) a box that is 3 units wide and 4 units tall. Ink the boxes and erase the pencil. Now (in pencil) draw one letter per box with casual ‘funky’ letters that fill the boxes all the way out to the edges.


Ink the letters and then erase the pencil.


Using pencil again, fill the backgrounds of each letter with sketched flowers, lines, diamond grids, whatever you want. They don’t even have to be the same. You’ll just have lots of choices for backgrounds when you actually draw up a boxed letter for your project.

Ink the backgrounds while not crossing into the letter forms.

Now erase the pencil a final time to reveal your illuminated letters.


Now we are going to put the two alphabets together.

I was inspired to design this lettering series by a couple of museum visits – a trip to Dublin, Ireland where we viewed the originals of the Book of Kells and a recent trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles where we viewed a whole room of illuminated manuscripts and pages in prayer books and Bibles. Even though they were in foreign languages the artistry and beauty were so moving.

Anyway, back to the project. Today also has three posts to get in all the examples for the step-by-step process.

First, decide on a few two-word phrases that you’d like to work on. The first letter of the first word will be the one that uses the large block letter with whatever background you choose to use. Then in the original alphabet complete the remainder of the phrase.

These letters will be half the height of the block letter and their lines will not have a space between them. You’ll also shorten those ascenders and descenders so the letters do not actually touch one another.


Next, use markers or colored pencils to fill the design in the background of your block letters. Use bright, vivid colors as you are mimicking the inks that were available to the scribes in the early centuries.

On this next illustration I showed the finishing steps in reverse (sorry about that). First, (shown at the bottom) use gold gel pen to fill only the letter inside the block.  You could also use metallic colored pencils. Second, draw a box around the block. Third, fill the new border with the gold gel pen.



Now we’ll finally take the illuminated manuscript design to our Bible.

So, why did I choose ‘father, son and spirit’ as the words of the week? It was to be an inspiration looking at celebrating the full majesty of God. I had in mind that those words could help you choose a scripture that would embody reverence and adoration.

Now, YOU will select a scripture that you feel suits the character of the illuminated manuscript. I chose the Lord’s Prayer for my Bible (Matthew 6:9-13). Some other good selections might be John 1:1-3, Psalm 23, Psalm 8, Luke 1:46-55, Luke 6:20-22, Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 4:8b + 11, Revelation 15:3b -4, Isaiah 12:1-6. There are so many more though!

I had two sections that I wanted to use the large illuminated letters on. I penciled in the block for the first one followed by the first two words of the section in two lines like our Thursday lesson. The rest of the section was penciled in with VERY small print (one line of text in each space of the guidelines) using the original font for this week. Remember to use those condensed ascenders and descenders. Then came penciling in the next block, feature words and text.

I Inked it all. In inking this piece, note that the small font looks more like the manuscripts in the museums if a heavier tip pen is used. It wants to look denser than a standard print. Don’t you love it?

I erased all the pencil at this point. Then I penciled in the letters in the illumination blocks and inked those and erased the pencil. Next, I penciled the backgrounds to the illuminated letters and inked those. I went back and penciled double lines on the feature words next to the illuminated letter and inked those. I then erased ALL the pencil marks remaining before adding color to the Illuminated letter and filled between those lines of the feature words, all with colored pen.

Finally, I added the gold gel pen to the illuminated letters. I had a space left at the bottom of the page so I filled it with a decorated block that matches the illuminated letter blocks.

***Remember to work in pencil first, then ink your work and erase the pencil before adding any coloring***


Want to see some of the ‘inspiration pieces’?


I love this style and may be doing some further work along these lines.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:20 PM PST
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Bible Journaling - Romans 8:1-2
Topic: Bible Journaling

This week I again followed along in the Letterintg Lodge on the Facebook group for Creative Bible Journaling.

The font this week was a serif print while the focus word was 'Jesus'.

Monday - assignment was to practice the new font with the focus word:

Tuesday - assignment was to learn the whole alphabet in the new font.

Wednesday - assignment was to use the font to write various names from the Bible for Jesus. I did that first. Then I decorated the edges. Then I used pencil to draw the name in large script. I traced it in pen, stopping just short of lettering and decorations and filled it in the same way.

I skipped the Thursday assignment to write out a scripture on plain paper.

Friday - assignment was to use the font in our Bibles on a scripture with the name Jesus. 

I didn't get around to doing the assignment till Saturday, though.

I selected Romans 8:1-2 for my scripture and made a drawing to illustrate it.

All work in Prismacolor Premier 005 Fine Line Marker and Prismacolor Colored Pencils.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:01 PM PST
Friday, 24 November 2017
Paper Chase
Topic: Scrap Recovery

Continuing on my Christmas card creation marathon, I next pulled out scrapbook papers with themed elements that could be used as card fronts with minimal embellishment.

Rubons and stickers were used for the sentiments.

I did four out of a single 12 x 12 page cut into sections. Love those birch trees.

So, that completes 21 cards in one afternoon. Still more to go, but that will be another day.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:37 PM PST
On Dasher, On Dancer...
Topic: Scrap Recovery

When I was done with those 'window' cards I still had many fronts of cards received in past years. I sorted through to find several that I could trim, mount, decorate and use to make creative scrap recovery cards.

In no particular order......

Many of these use rub-on sentiments, some have stickers. All have holiday cheer!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:26 PM PST
Inspired To Begin
Topic: Scrap Recovery

I suddenly got inspired to start my Christmas cards!

The first set I made started with fronts from cards received in previous years. I had seen a window effect over pictures that someone had made using a grid of quilling paper strips. 

I, on the other hand, made a grid by using a square punch on solid cardstock. These were layered over the top of the pictures.

I added stickers with Christmas sentiments and mounted the windows on base cards with backgrounds of coordinating papers.

Most of the windows got trimmed with decorative sticker 'valances' for fun.

This last one, in a vertical format, got 'snow' in the window created from Liquid Pearls.

Group one done.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:08 PM PST
Friday, 17 November 2017
Farm Country Flyover
Topic: Quilting

Another quilt today, actually finished up yesterday along with the trio already showed.

At a warehouse sale at the fabric store I picked up a bunch of matching mini-charm packs and two charm packs of cream solid. The pattern I found (a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company) needed 96 units of each and I only had 84 so I had to cut a few extras from the stash.

All the blocks are constructed by sewing a half square triangle of the mini-charm onto the corner of each cream block. Then they are twisted and turned to form circles.

In the tutorial there are circles all over the quilt and no diamond shapes out in the middle.

One could also move the half circles on one side to join those on the other so there would be 6 full circles.

However, this is the arrangement I settled on:

The circles made me think of the big circles of crops that one sees when flying over the midwest. I quilted nested shapes in diagonals to represent the furrows in fields and I'm letting those diamonds out in the open spaces represent the farm houses.

I filled the wide borders with continuous triangles.

The binding matches the border.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:22 PM PST
Bible Journaling to Remember
Topic: Bible Journaling

I taught a 5-day tutorial on lettering for Bible journaling this week on a Facebook site I belong to (Creative Bbile Journaling). Here are the lessons day-by-day:


Welcome everyone! Here in the lettering Lodge we are learning new fonts, practicing lettering in them, and using them in our Bibles.

Monday’s lesson is always the introduction of a new font paired with a ‘theme word’ for the week. This week the word is ‘remember’ although you can use any form of the word (remembered, remembering, remembrance).

When we are lettering we use a few skills to help break away from our own natural handwriting. Work in pencil first, ‘drawing’ the letters instead of just writing them. Then trace your finished work in ink and erase the pencil lines.

You can work on lined notebook paper, graph paper, dot paper or blank paper on which you have penciled in some guidelines for yourself. There is also a lined practice paper available for you to use if you like at http://creative-bible-journaling.com/wp-content/uploads/lined-PAPER-pg.jpg

So, without further ado, here is the new font. Note that I added some important tips and things to watch for in notations at the bottom of the page. Basically, for this font, anywhere you would normally create a loop in the letter or retrace the path of a stroke, it becomes a side-by-side double stroke with a tight bend at the turn. See examples for the letters ‘a’ and ‘b’ in the photo.

Practice writing out this word on your selected paper and share your work back here in a ‘comment’.


On Tuesdays we get to see the entire alphabet in uppercase and lowercase (whenever both are available).

For this font, study and practice common elements until you are comfortable with them before tackling the letter-by-letter. For instance, the beginning ‘tick’ on the B, D, M, N, P, R – the opening ‘swoop’ on F, M, I, J, K – the common ‘loop’ on V, W, X, Z. Then note the things that make particular letters unique like the split crossbar on the ‘t’ and the direction the ‘Q’ is drawn.

Work on making those side-by-side widths consistent by practicing on a long row of up-down-up-down lines. This helps to get the width, the turn and the spacing into muscle memory.

GOOD NEWS! Everyone can draw the ‘O’ and the ‘o’ on the first try. See, you’ve already mastered one letter of this font! LOL!

Finally, working in pencil, draw out your alphabet, trace in pen and erase the pencil lines. Then share your work back here in a ‘comment’.


On Wednesdays the lessons vary week to week. Today we are going to practice the new font by writing words that are methods by which people remember things. Choose from current day and/or biblical times.

Part of the challenge of this assignment is figuring out the best way to connect letters in various combinations. The lead-in or lead-out on a letter may end up being different than in your written alphabet, depending on the letter that precedes or follows it.

Again, work in pencil to write your practice words, trace in ink and erase the pencil lines. Then, share your work back here in a ‘comment’.


For the lesson on Thursdays we select a scripture with the ‘theme word’ in it (In www.biblegateway.com there are 235 verses with versions of it!) and write it out in the new font on paper.

We usually try to do this on a plain paper on which we’ve drawn guidelines for ourselves in pencil. I did mine on dot paper, just because I like the way it looks!

As we’ve been doing all week, draw the scripture in pencil, trace in pen and erase the pencil – including your guidelines.

If you wish, you can add embellishments to your page.

Share your work in the comments. We love to see your work!


Friday is the day we take the new font to our Bibles. Select a scripture that uses the theme word in any form (remember, remembered, remembers, remembrance) and journal it into your Bible.

You can leave your page with just the lettering or decorate the page as you wish. I chose to draw in non-bleeding pen and use colored pencils to complete the illustration.

Be sure you draw everything (lettering and artwork) in pencil, trace in pen and erase pencil BEFORE you do any coloring that might seal the pencil to the page and make it non-removable.

Thanks for joining me again for a lettering lesson.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:59 PM PST
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Three Big Finishes
Topic: Quilting

What do you do when you have a LOT of a specialty fabric to use up and you don't like to do the same project over and over? Well, you could make three different patterns with the fabric. But it took so long to finally find a pattern that I liked for it that I didn't really want to do that.

So I cut all the parts for three quilts from the same pattern, subbing in alternate fabrics where there wasn't enough to use the same (mostly the sashings, but also the lightest squares).

I worked through them all step-by-step all at the same time - sew fabric A to B on all the quilts, then AB to C on all the quilts, etc. This followed through all the way - borders on all, backings on all, quilting all, binding all.

The whole process took a little over two weeks from cutting to binding (not working on them every day and some days only a few hours.)

Since I don't like to do the same thing over and over I changed up the quilting on each of them. The quilting choices inform the titles for the quilts.

This first one is called 'Exit 10' and the quilting is loop-the-loops. The freeway exit we go through the most has flocks of Canada Geese hanging out in the grassy areas surrounded by the ramps. The loops in the quilting represent those freeway ramps.

The second one is called 'Gander At This'. Obviously, gander refers to the geese on the feature fabric. The quilting is overall leaves. You get the best view of this in the white areas. Both the sashings andthe fabric with the open pattern have leaves.

The third quilt is named 'To Each His Own' as each fabric type is quilted in a different manner. Geese have a wavy line side to side, dark green has loops, white tree prints have trees, leafy print has leaves, plaid has 'plaid' quilting, and sashings have leaves on vines.

So, the same.... but different.

Each has binding to match its sashing.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:50 PM PST
Friday, 10 November 2017
Bible Journaling - Psalm 139:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

The lettering word for this week was 'give' and we learned another cursive font, this time with lots of swoops on the uppercase letters.

Day 1 - Draw out the word 'give' and practice thickening the downstrokes.

Day 2 - Practice writing out the whole alphabet in uppercase and lowercase.

Then we also practiced the alphabet with thickened downstrokes.

Day 3 - practice the new font by writing out words you associate with 'give'. Use some decorative elements.

For the thickened downstrokes I only filled them with hashmarks.

Day 4 - Use the new font to write out a 'give' scripture in a notebook or journal or on paper. I used Matthew 11:28.


Day 5 - Use the new font to journal a 'give' scripture in your Bible. I went with Psalm 139:1.

I used the assigned font mixed with some others. As you can see, I gave up on the 'backwards' letter 'o' and substituted a more conventional one.

I decorated my page with fall elements (leaves, nuts and berries) based on a journaling page that came up on Pinterest when I put in the scripture reference.

Next week I will be the one teaching the lettering lesson.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:52 PM PST
Thursday, 9 November 2017
Quilt Stats
Topic: Quilting

I have had a spreadsheet detailing my quilt finishes since near the beginning. Today I made a second sheet for it that gathers statistics and sumarizes several categories (sizes, disposition and pattern source). This is the current tabulation:


Start date for first quilt 9/2010    
Total Quilts completed to date 146    
Average per month 1.6437    
Mine 18   12%
Family 17   12%
Friends 15   10%
Charity (itemized below) 96   66%
Will. Falls Hospital   66  
Warm Springs Indian Res.   25  
Hope 360 Pregnancy Clinic   4  
Project Linus   1  
Wall 13   9%
Baby 29   1%
Lap 92   63%
Twin 1   1%
Full 5   3%
Queen 3   2%
King 1   1%
Other 2   14%
Missouri Star Quilt Co. 19    
Quilt in a Day 5    
Fons & Porter - TV or mag 6    
Magazine 16    
Web 20    
Original 25    
Sewing With Nancy 3    
Mystery Quilt - various sources 7    
Purchased Pattern 1    
Traditonal 29    
Can't remember 2    
Live Class 2    
Shop Hop materials 2    
Craftsy 4    
Book 5    


It's kind of fun to see them categorized these different ways.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:42 PM PST
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Bible Journaling Tutorial With Lettering and Drawing Lessons
Topic: Bible Journaling

I taught another Lettering Lesson series October 23-27 and in the process I totally forgot to post about it here! Very belatedly.....


The font we will be working with this week is single case, meaning there is no uppercase or lowercase. It is all mixed together. This makes it a very casual font.

It is easiest to see the letter height roughly divided in thirds. Nothing happens on the midline at all. All the shaping takes place inside the top third or bottom third.

Also, note how the letter bubbles (b and d) are kind of egg-shaped. I think they look like deflated party balloons!

Remember to ‘draw’ your letters rather than ‘writing’ them. This helps us break away from our natural handwriting. Draw the word in pencil several times. Leave the first one in pencil and trace all the rest in ink. Play with the last two, adding shadow lines and shading as noted (in pencil first). Erase pencil lines from the third one on down.



In writing out this alphabet you’ll note that all letters are the same height. There are no ascenders or descenders.

Draw three alphabets in pencil. Add shadow lines to one long side of each letter in the second alphabet and thickened lines to the third alphabet. You’ll note the numerals (at the bottom) follow the same shaping rules as the alphabet.

In practical use, if you wanted to have ‘capital letters’ you could 1) make the caps taller than the rest of the text or 2) use shadow lines or thickened lines just on the capitals or 3) do both!



Here are some ideas for embellishing your letters with big hearts (A, B, D, G, P, Q) – Little hearts on the double-lined letters – Musical notes (B, D, P, Q) – Botanicals (A, B, D, E, G, I, J, O, P, Q). These will only be useful if the lettering you aree doing includes the letters that are embellished (except for the tiny hearts).




On a page in your journal or notebook, using any style of the font and embellishments (if you choose), write out a list of your blessings. Use these to practice some of yesterday’s suggestions for making faux capital letters in some text.

****As a bonus, I have a fun and easy drawing lesson for you! Just follow along with the notes on the drawings below (two postings because we only get to put one photo per post)

As with the lettering, practice in pencil first, trace in ink, erase the pencil.



Today, in your notebook or journal, write out a verse about being blessed, using any one of the styles in the lettering. Don’t forget to write out in pencil first, ink the letters, erase the pencil. I used the shadow-line letters for mine and did not worry about using anything to denote capital letters.

Again, working in pencil, add some roses and trace using colored ink (I used Sigma Micron). As you trace the roses in ink, stop just shy of the letters so the flowers recede to the background.

Here is Proverb 8:32 (NIV) – “Blessed are those who keep my ways.”



For Friday’s work, combine the ‘blessing’ font in any style with the roses in colored ink, working in your Bible on a verse about blessings. The Sigma Micron pens I used do not bleed through the Bible pages.

TIP: When I want my lettering to line up along the right-hand margin, I actually pencil in the letters right to left to get the correct spacing. I still ink it left to right, though, so I don’t smear it with my hand as I go.

I used colored pencils to color in three shades of pink/red in the various open spaces of the flower drawings. Then I used a dark burgundy and added shading at the inner edge of each section to give dimension to the ‘petals’. I added dark yellow to my shadow lines in the letters.

This is Psalm 128:1 (NIV) – “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”


Sorry about the delay in posting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:12 PM PST
Sunday, 5 November 2017
Wall Tree
Topic: Quilting

I wanted to ‘build a snowman’ and I did it!

I started in March with a paper piecing pattern that I had won as a door prize several years ago and had not stitched up. It included three snowmen and a pair of mittens. They were arranged in the pattern to be a horizontal banner.

So I stitched up these 5 blocks and laid them out as instructed –

Then I yawned because, not only is this boring but I don’t have a place to display a horizontal banner.

I tried some other arrangements:

Then I brainstormed with the hubby and finally decided to make MORE motifs and create a row-by-row Christmas tree wall hanging.

The angel was from an outline of a pattern found on Pinterest. I added a halo of sequins.

Then came the pair of mittens from the original design. I added fluffy yarn to the cuffs.

I drew my own paper piecing pattern for the wreaths. They have a fabric bow and red seed beads as decoration.