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Friday, 12 January 2018
Bible Journaling 'Great'
Topic: Bible Journaling

This week, in the Lettering Lodge, we worked with a modern faux-brush script and focused on the word 'great'.

That upper-case G was a real bear for me to get the hang of! You can easily see this from the initial sketches of the word I did on Monday.

As you can see, I made notes to myself on areas and methods for improvement.

I had more success with the full alphabet. This is a font presented in the book 'Hand Lettering For Relaxation' by Amy Latta.

There are some neat letter forms in this font.

On Wednesday, we practiced some of the doodles taught in the same book (circle flowers and twisted ribbons) while illustrating the lyrics of a song using the word 'great'.

I went up to a 8 x 10.5 sheet of dot grid paper rather than the little half sized sheets used the first two days.

On Thursday, I used a larger sheet of paper again and illustrated a scripture with the focus word.

I had fun decorating this one using doodle lines, colored pencil woodgrain, shading for dimension and a layout that just popped into my head when I read the scripture, John 3:30.

Friday is always the day we use the new font and focus word in our Bible.

I am pleased with how much better I am becoming at drawing hands.

Refernce for this is 1 John 3:1.







Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:45 PM PST
Monday, 8 January 2018
Casting Cares - Bbile Journaling
Topic: Bible Journaling

The first of the year I joined in two more threads of the Creative Bible Journaling Facebook site - Scripture Writing and a 365 devotional book. Both of them have had a focus so far on worry, anxiety and trust in God.

In wondering how to illustrate something like this I started by sketching a backpack "burden" and then added a stack of books next to it. I started thinking about things that people commonly worry about and one by one sketched them in: coffee (for social life), calendar, alarm clock (time), credit cards, overdue bill, and a bag of groceries (day-to-day necessities).

I traced it into my Bible using pencil and then inked it in. I erased the pencil before adding color.

I added the scripture reference using the font we are learning in the Lettering Lodge this week.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:27 PM PST
Friday, 5 January 2018
We're Ba-a-a-a-k
Topic: Bible Journaling

After a week off between the holidays, the Lettering Lodge was back this week on the CBJ Facebook Group. GOOD, I was having withdrawl!

The font we used this week was titled 'NEW' and it features long triangles and dots alongside them. 

The first day, as usual, we just got the introduction to the font with the focus word.

On day two we saw and practiced the whole alphabet. This font has both upper- and lower-case letters. I chose to use just three dots per letter (unlike the samples) and made the dots on the upper-case larger than those on the lower-case. Just styling choices.

I refered back to the sample and included serifs on my letters and let intersections overlap.

You can't tell on my photo but the blue letters have green dots and the red letters have orange dots.

We were encouraged, on day three, to make a list of things we found in our Bibles that were described as 'new'. I turned mine into a statement and included the word 'news'.

For day four, we were to write out a scripture on paper using the word 'new'. I chose 2 Corinthians 5:17.

That is a LOT of dots! Just a little busy for my taste.

Because of the overwhelming number of dots AND the space this font takes up, I decided to combine it with a different font. This allows the emphasis to be pulled to only selected words.

I used Acts 10:36 as my reference.

I keyed off the triangular shape of the letters and crossing intersections to make the cross fit in with the featured font. I added some internal lines on the cross and used two colors to make it look 3D.

If I were to use much larger letters on a project, I might use this 3D effect on them. I think it would add a lot of interest. I would probably leave off the dots, in that case.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:18 PM PST
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Not Really Color-Coded
Topic: Bible Journaling

I've been using my journaling Bible as a study Bible lately and was getting frustrated skipping back and forth trying to find references.

I remembered that, in one of the Bible journaling books I had, there were tabs for the books of the Bible.

The way they are colored on the sticker sheet, if you place them on the pages with 6 tabs top to bottom, the whole thing makes a very delightful soft gradation of color.

these are the only stickers I have used from the book but I may use others on cards. Stickers in my Bible are 'not my thing.'



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:11 PM PST
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
A Gift For Myself
Topic: Supplies

If you neglect to tell your gift buyers what you really want, sometimes you have to go buy it for yourself. Not to say that the gifts I got were in any way unwanted (because they were awesome), but I just wanted more!

So what did I want more OF? Colored pencils!

I had started out with a set of 72 Prismacolor pencils and have used them a lot. But sometimes I just wanted a slightly brighter red or a green with less yellow in it.

When I saw a link to an exceptional deal on the 132 set of pencils, it went right into my cart.

Now, I've been juggling just three flimsy plastic trays of pencils and knew that juggling 6 would be no fun. So I also ordered myself a case with 4 zippered sections and elastic that secures the individual pencils.

The pencils come in some sort of order but I have yet to determine what that is. They are not entirely in order by color groups nor are they by color number (printed on the pencils) nor color name. Best I can determine they are arranged in the order they were released as colors were added to the range.

So the first thing I did was divide them up into color groups. These were subdivided into ranges of light to dark within a specific family (denim blues vs. navy blue). I determined the order by scribbling on scratch paper.

Then, with the pencils laid out in the order I wanted, I colored a 'key' on large-square graph paper and noted the color number under each.

Neutrals are at the top, divided by warm, cool and 'french' grays.

I stored the pencils in the binder pages following the chart. An empty space in the binder corresponds to where a nre range starts on the chart.

On the left page I stored just the pure white and pure black as well as the metallic silver and gold. After this was taken I pulled out my Crayola metallic markers (a set of 8) and stored them here, too)

All of the pencils are turned with the color numbers facing up so it is easy to pull the one I want from the notation on the key chart.

I am glad I did the color key chart first asit is often difficult to recognize the true color of a pencil from the paint OR the tiny view of the lead.

Some of the aquas were moved out of their chart sequence to fit in the binder in front of the greens.

I knew that I would not be able to remember exactly what section of the binder a particular color could be found so I tied snippets of colored ribbons on the four zipper pulls representing the contents.

While I was at it, I ordered a battery operated pencil sharpener. This is a cross-cut so it is less likely to break the leads than the little hand-held, single razor blade style.

I have colored many projects already and love this new setup - not only the organization but having almost double the range of colors as before.

I retired the old set of 72 to the studio where they will be used for greeting cards and less detailed projects.








Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:36 PM PST
Sunday, 31 December 2017
2017 Year-End Wrapup
Topic: Multi-Technique

In reviewing my posts for 2017 for my top 12 favorites, I realized how much my focus has been narrowing in the arts.

I spend much of my time either quilting, Bible journaling or lettering. The two latter are relatively new focus areas for me and encompas the wider skills of drawing, using different supplies, and even online teaching!

In the area of quilting, this year, I completed 22 projects start-to-finish and also pieced 4 tops for baby quilts from blocks embroidered by my Mom. 15 of my quilts were for charities (11 to the hospital, 4 to a pregnancy center). 3 of the quilts were ones I kept, 2 were for family and 2 for children in crisis.

I put three of my quilt finishes in this year-end roundup. These were all my own designs:

From a panel print, I fussy-cut the bird blocks and then made paper-pieced birdhouses to alternate with them. This is a wall hanging I kept.

The second is also from a panel print which I joined with black sashing to coordinating fabrics. This lap quilt went to the hospital.

The third quilt in my hit parade is another wall hanging that I made for me. All of the blocks are paper pieced. Many of the blocks and the overall design of the quilt are my original designs. It all started as a way to use up the three snowmen blocks!

I do less and less cardmaking as I get involved with other arts and crafts, but I did take an online cardmaking class this year where the theme was 'rainbow techniques'. Of the 28 cards made for that class, this is my favorite:

I did two random crafts that I ran across and had to try. This one was in a magazine: (yes, those are snowmen made of buttons)

And this one was from Etsy: (maker was trying to sell them so I had to figure out my own directions)

The Bible journaling I started in the fall of 2016 is a way to meditate on scriptures using art and creative lettering. I completed 56 pages in my Bible this year. I work in black pen and colored pencils. 

In the course of this, my drawing skills have improved vastly! Here are three pages that are my favorites from the year, all entailing original artwork:

I joined a Facebook group on Creative Bible Journaling partway through the year and soon became involved in the Lettering Lodge there, which focuses on learning new lettering styles. In the past few months, I have become co-staff of that area and have been teaching some week-long online lettering lessons for people to use in their own Bibles.

These are some of the lettering classes I have taught:

(An entirely original font)

(adapted from a VERY old book on lettering)

(Adapted and combined two styles to mimic the illuminated manuscripts we saw at The Getty Center in L.A.)

In the process of learning new lettering styles I started branching out into other materials, as well. I have recently begun practicing with brush markers and did this piece combined with original art, also in brush marker:

So, there you have it - a baker's dozen of my favorite arts and crafts from 2017.

Since I am so immersed in all of these areas (except the button craft and wine-glass candleholders), I expect that 2018 will yield more of the same.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:02 AM PST
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Loving Those Letters
Topic: Lettering

I saw a headline for a bullet journal on Pinterest and I got my brain gears working on a new lettering idea.

First, tape two pencils together. I used mechanical pencils and clear tape.

This will allow you to draw guidelines that are consistently and evenly spaced.

Using this new tool, draw double vertical lines to make bars.

The space between your bars should be 1/2 the width of a bar.

 Make horizontal guides at the top of the bars and the height of three bar widths.

Use pairs of bars as guide to form letters. Ends of single lines get triangle serif (base of A, curves of C, etc.)

Continue to form entire alphabet.


 Draft out a word. Use to trace onto another piece of paper in light larker, highlighter or colored pencil.

Fill in with the same medium as drawn with.


 Practice some 'stretched out' cursive to equal one cursive letter to each block letter size.

Pencil in cursive letters OCER block letters. Letters can be drawn first and then connecting lines done when inking.

 Ink cursive letters. Erase pencil (use care when erasing over colored pencil letters as you will remove color.

Use as  headline in your Bible and combine with other letter forms for a completed margin decoration.

If I was truly kind, I would redo these illustrations and that may happen at some point in the future. In the meantime, this can get you started!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:53 PM PST
Friday, 22 December 2017
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 9:6
Topic: Bible Journaling

The focus word for the Lettering Lodge in Creative Bible Journaling this week was 'son'.

On the first day, we learned another faux brush cursive font by lettering the words 'Son of God'.

I decided to try as much of the week as I could using actual brush markers as I am trying to learn that lettering style. I still followed the rules of doing it in pencil first, inking over that and then erasing the pencil.

On the second day, we learned the entire alphabet. I stayed with the brush markers, using red and green in keeping with the season.

The third lesson had us writing lyrics to a song that had the word 'son'. Again, I used the brush markers. I have a set of 8 markers from Prismacolor that I use for this.

I skipped the fourth lesson which was writing out a scripture. But, I did do the final lesson which was using the new font in our Bibles.

I didn't trust myself to do this directly in my Bible with the brush markers so I switched back to the faux brush lettering where you draw out all the letters, add a second line to the downstrokes and fill in the gap.

99% of the styling on this font is in the upper-case so it looks pretty standard when writing out mostly words in the lower-case. It does have a non-traditional r, s and i for a cursive font, though, which makes connecting the letters more challenging.

I chose Isaiah 9:6 to work on, in keeping with the Christmas season, and used an illustrative style I've been thinking about for several weeks. I originally wanted to do this on Christmas cards but don't have a creche stamp to use. I didn't want to draw it individually for cards but one drawing for the Bible was not too hard to do.

I have done this style with florals on cards before. Basically, you draw the whole illustration, mask out the center and shade in the sides. Then you take off the center mask and do the exposed illustration in full color. I went back and used a darker version of the shade color to shadow in the creche.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:38 PM PST
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Learning Lettering
Topic: Lettering

A while back, I recommended a book my Amy Latta that teaches several lettering styles and embellishments for them in a format that builds techniques one upon another.

I'm not working quickly through this book as I go off to practice things on Dawn Nicole Designs site and the Lettering Lodge at Creative Bible Journaling. I've been picking up some books from the library as inspiration, too.

But, I have gotten through lesson 12 in this book and wanted to show a few of the pages I have done.

The pages for the final practice have some decorative elements on them. I often add to those. Fankly, at this point, I would be hard pressed to tell you which are hers and which are mine!

I know I could get my lettering straighter if I worked at the table instead of wrangling this large book on my lap-board in my recliner. Yeah, ergonomics.

This is the latest one:

All of the colored elements on this one are mine. The original page had only the branches up the sides.

I do feel like I am progressing. A friend pointed out that the phrases in the book samples are all 'me, me, me' and she is going to use scriptures for her finished pages.

I think that is a grand idea and I think I'm going to do the same.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:34 PM PST
Saturday, 16 December 2017
A Little Gift Or Two For You
Topic: Dry Embossing

I realized I was still short of cards for Christmas! So, I decided to work with an idea I saw on Pinterest - with changes, of course!

I used my stamp platform for a top border and a bottom sentiment on the card fronts. 

Then I gathered some shimmery cardstock in several colors. These were run through different embossing folders using the Cuttlebug and cut into various sizes of rectangles.

I used sticky-backed satin ribbons to decorate these as packages and added bows punched out of other shimmery cardstock.

These are hard to photograph because of all the shine. Reality lies somewhere between  these two images.

Only the front package is up on foam tape for dimension. All of the bows are held on with mini glue dots.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 15 December 2017
Singing For the Season
Topic: Bible Journaling

The font for this week was named 'contemporary versals' in the book by Joanne Fink, Complete Guide to Bible Journaling. It leaves a lot of room for interpretation and decoration so that makes it 'just my style'.

The group leader had us working with the theme word 'sing'.

Monday, we practiced just that word:

On Tuesday, we got to see the whole alphabet and practiced making doodles to decorate the letters. I added a few other embellishments to my page.

I spent so much time on Wednesday's homework that it extended into Thursday, too. I liked it so much that I believe I will have it turned into Christmas cards next year.

I spent most of my time on coloring (first with colored pencils), recoloring (added brush marker to letters and stars), smothing colors (used blender pencil then blender pen), correcting colors (added Distress Marker to all but letters and stars) and detailing in color (sky was not smooth enough so I added intentional swirls).

I think this is the first lettering piece that I have had enough foresight to make a copy of before coloring. In fact, I colored the copy so I have the original for future use.

On to Friday. That is the day we use the new font in our Bibles. I worked in 1 Chronicles 15:23 and combined the versals with some faux brush lettering.

I did only the set of music notes over the scripture I was quoting for illustration. The rest is all about the decorative lettering.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:43 PM PST
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Card Mill
Topic: Stamping

I recently got the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. It is a stamp positioner with a gridded base, and a hinged gridded clear lid. You put your cardstock on the base, arrange stamps on it, close the lid and raise it. Now you can ink the stamp, close the lid to stamp, raise it, change out cardstock and repeat.

If you don't get a good impression you can ink and stamp again and it always goes back to the same place!

The difference on this positioner is that the lid is removable so you can use one side for clear stamps and the other for the thicker red rubber stamps.

So, for this card, I had a swath of snowfalkes plus several individual ones, the sentiment and the bear. All could be stamped in one go. Then I turned the card around, removed everything but the swath and repositioned that to fill the opposite corner. 

Just like that, I had a dozen card fronts ready to color.

I used Distress Markers for all the coloring. Then I got out the bulb spritzer and used it with two colors of marker to create the mist over the surface.

I do believe I am going to like this new tool.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 8 December 2017
Lettering Lesson for Bible Journaling
Topic: Bible Journaling

This week it was my turn again to teach classes on lettering. I totally hacked a font I found online for this one.

Here is the lesson plan:


Monday, we start working with a new font. I hope you’ll like the one I chose this week. Not only is it freewheeling and forgiving, but you get to do all the improvising you want!

In the sample shown you’ll note that every letter has some squared-off pinwheels. I first did the word of the week where all the letters are a standard height.

Then I tried to work a little looser with a bit of variation in the letter height – not much, just a smidge.

Then I kept that looser styling but also let the letters fall a bit above or a bit below the baseline.

As you look between these three words, you’ll note that there are some variations in the actual letter forms. Remember, you get to improvise!

As always, draw your letters in pencil first, trace in pen and then erase the pencil lines.


Today, we’ll draw up the alphabet, both upper and lower case, in the new font using pencil first.

Although you’ll note that every single letter has a pinwheel somewhere, remember to make these letters your own. Have fun with this. You can see where I digitally edited the C so it did not look like an O, E or G!

Trace over your alphabet with ink and then erase the pencil.


For the Wednesday activity, use your new font to write some words relating to water. Try using both upper and lower case. Vary the slant and the baseline of the letters. This is called ‘bouncing’.

Remember to draw in pencil, trace in ink and then erase the pencil.

When you’ve written the words, use your pen to thicken the main parts of the letter forms by scribbling over them (not over the pinwheel areas). Your letters should look solid with rough edges, not smooth.


When it's Thursday, we select a scripture with the focus word in it and use new font to write it out on paper. So let's go find a scripture with a 'water feature! (I do a keyword search in www.biblegateway.com to find verses. They let you choose the Bible translation you want.)

Bounce your lettering up and down from the baseline and improvise your letters a bit. You can see that some of my lowercase ‘t’s have the curl going up and some down. Scribble-thicken the main letter forms.

As always, draw in pencil, trace in ink and erase the pencil.


It’s Friday and today we take the font to our Bibles.

Select a scripture to journal that has ‘water’ in it.  Letter in pencil, add ink and erase the pencil. Also, do this for any illustration you might wish to add to the page BEFORE you add color. Color can lock the pencil lead to the page so it cannot be erased and it may show in the background behind your beautiful colors.

I did my work on John 4:14. I got the idea for my illustration from a blog called Doodle 101 at https://1arthouse.blog/doodles-101/. She makes drawing SO simple!


When I was a freshman in college (1972), I was taking an art class in the Home Econ department as a pre-requisite to all the future classes that would use basic design skills (fabric design, interior design, clothing design, etc.) At one point, when we were in the midst of learning lettering styles with pen and ink, the instructor was called out of town for a week and left me in charge of the classes to teach lettering. Seems that I had a firm grasp of the knowledge and skills needed. Who knew that so many years later, I would find myself teaching lettering again?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:27 PM PST
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

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