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Friday, 9 February 2018
Bible Journaling and Lettering - Crown
Topic: Bible Journaling

It was my week to teach a lettering lesson again and I chose one that reminded me of a crown. So 'crown' was the focus word I ask them to focus on in their homework.

Here is the tutorial:

MONDAY - In a few simple steps, you can create this regal lettering style we’re calling ‘Crown’. I embedded the notes on the steps into the illustration, so you can, if you wish, print it out and have the samples and steps all in one!

In pencil, sketch out the basic letter forms. Note the common elements in this style: there are serifs top and bottom, some letters have a trailing leg (R and N).

Draw a guideline across the midline of the word. Add crown shapes as shown, striving for consistency.

When the letters are just as you like, ink the crowns, then the tops. Erase the pencil lines.

Color the tops and bottoms of the letters with different colors to emphasize the forms.

TUESDAY - Today we’ll learn to draw the whole alphabet in the ‘crown’ font. This is a ‘caps only’ style.

Remember the steps we went through yesterday:

·         sketch out and finalize the base shapes

·         note the common elements (serifs and trailing legs)

·         draw a pencil guideline across the midline

·         use midline to draw in the crown tops

·         ink the letters

·         erase the pencil.

Show us your beautiful alphabet!

WEDNESDAY - I just love how this font looks so regal. It works perfectly for writing an affirmation of our standing with the King of Kings.

There is better effect when the featured font is used judiciously. Those words will just pop off the page when combined with a simpler font.

I added some vines as dividers on my page and colored everything with colored pencils – gold and purple, both royal colors!

Remember the P-I-E: pencil-ink-erase when you write your own affirmation page.

THURSDAY - Today we’ll write out a scripture using our feature word (crown) and the new font.

I used faux brush lettering as a complement to the regal ‘crown’ letters.

I employed a rainbow of colors to carry the eye from top to bottom.

FRIDAY - Today we finally get to take the font we have learned into our Bible. Find a scripture that uses the word ‘crown’ and journal it.

I used faux brush lettering again but also included the simple straight letters.

The gold gel-pen I used on parts of the crown don’t agree with my camera so you get a broken image over there. Sorry about that.

NOTE: It is especially important when working in your Bible to sketch in pencil, ink over it and erase the pencil so you can ensure that spellings, spacings and letter forms are just as you want them before the final version is locked in. Do the pencil work lightly so it will erase easily.

Won’t you give this a try and show us your work?

I don't know what alphabet I will be teaching next but I do know there will be a Drawing Room tutorial on Wednesday!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:56 PM PST
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
The Drawing Room is Open!
Topic: Drawing

I've been mentioning for some time the Bible Journaling Facebook page that I joined last year. I found them through an 'advertisement' on my Facebook feed. I first got involved with the weekly lessons in the Lettering Lodge and eventually became a co-leader of that topic thread. Then, at the first of the year, I started participating in the 'Devo Den' where we are working through a daily devotional book that includes coloring. I also began following along in the 'Scripture Writing Desk' where we write out the assigned scripture of the day.

In the midst of all that, I became interested in providing a way to help others draw simple illustrations to use in their Bible journaling. I suggested a new thread called 'The Drawing Room' and volunteered to staff it.

So, today is the first posting there! I do step-by-step drawings followed by a finished color version and write simple directions. Susan makes the lessons look consistent with a banner, frames, typing the instructions and posting to both the Facebook page (member site) and the website (where resources are open to everyone).

I can't direct you to the Facebook page but you can see and download the resources from the website at http://creative-bible-journaling.com/the-drawing-room-lesson-101-wavy-rose/ 

While you're there, have a look around, there may be more resources you'd like to access!

This is what the first lesson teaches:

This will become a regular, weekly thread (new lesson every Wednesday) on the Creative Bible Journaling site. I will link new lessons here - finished artwork only - so you can go download the lesson if you wish.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:16 AM PST
Friday, 2 February 2018
Bible Journaling - A Quiet Place
Topic: Bible Journaling

Language is a funny thing. Did you ever notice that, when you say a single word over and over and over, after a while it starts to sound strange? Or when you write the same word repeatedly, it begins to look wrong? That is the sensation I had this week as I worked on lettering with the word 'quiet'.

The font we learned was a serif print with elegant swoops on the upper-case letters.

Monday -

Of course, the hardest letter in this turned out to be the Q! Many of us had problems with that. I finally found that I had to draw my circle counter-clockwise from the lower right and then go back and add the bottom swoop.

Tuesday -

I could see on the sample sheet we were given that there were going to be a lot of swoops and swishes that were common between the letters. So I took a few minutes to practice those first, before starting in on writing out the alphabet. I love the 'a' and 'g' in this font.

Wednesday -

We searched for words in the Bible that started with each letter in the word 'quiet' and used them to make an acrosstic. I chose mine to create little phrases that I thought ended up sounding like Proverbs. I also tried out some artwork that I thought I might want to use later in the week.

Thursday -

The assignment, to write out a scripture containing the word 'quiet', was done at the end of a day with a lot of going here and there. I looked at the list of references I had written down and this one just called to me!

I did the lettering first and then drew out the scene piece by piece in pencil. I inked it with a thinner pen weight and colored using the most pastel of my colored pencils.

Friday -

I used the flower I had practiced with on Wednesday and much brighter colors than Thursday when I did theis page in my Bible. I had to learn to work at a different scale for the lettering as, all week long, the work was done on a 1/4-inch dot-grid paper making the upper-case letters 3/4-inch high. The journaling lines in my Bible are about 3/16-inch spacing making those same letters much smaller.

When a scripture does not call a specific image to mind, I often will feature florals.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:16 AM PST
Friday, 26 January 2018
Delighted to Teach Lettering
Topic: Bible Journaling

It was my turn to teach a new font in the Lettering Lodge this week. I found one online that was only a lower-case and started the week with that. On Thursday, I realized how much an upper-case was needed so I developed my own and shared it with the group. They got it just in time to use in their Bibles for the Friday assignment, but I'll share it here in the correct place for learning.

Here is the lesson plan:

MONDAY - With a lighthearted font we are going to focus this week on the word ‘delight’.

Use a pencil to practice these letters. First make note of that bubble in the upper right for an important clue to the basic letter structure. You can see my first word attempt is not too great! It’s best if you use the lower (inked) examples as your guide. It also took me several tries to get my letters to stand up straight (a common problem for me).

On my second attempt I made the posts thicker. Also, see the note on that line on how the bottom loops drop below the base line.

On the third example you can see I had a lot of trouble with the letter ‘g’. This is why we work in pencil first!

When you get an example of the word as you like it, trace it in ink. Then erase the pencil. And, finally, color the letters (if you choose).

TUESDAY -For Tuesday’s lesson we are going to tackle the full alphabet. Before beginning, you’ll want to pencil in guidelines all the way down your page. Use the guide at the upper left of the illustration for the spacing of the ascender, x-height, base and descender lines.

Remember, as you draw your font, work in pencil first. Then ink letters. I did not erase my pencil so you could see that I am STILL having problems with that letter ‘g’!  What letter is hard for you?

Don't forget to erase your pencil after inking.

I designed an upper-case for this font as well.

WEDNESDAY - Today, you’ll practice letter spacing by writing out some words you associate with the word ‘delight’.

I used four lines for my words and then used one whole line writing that troublesome ‘g’ over and over. I think I finally got the hang of it! Try this with your hard letters: leave the mistakes, move over and do it over, making adjustments. Try to make three good ones in a row. You might end up with a whole page of these practices if you have more than a couple of 'problem child' letters!

I think my favorite letter is the ‘e’ although that ‘a’ kinda makes me happy, too.

Ink your words, erase the pencil and show us your work. (You don’t need to show all your boo-boos like I did, if you’d rather not!)

THURSDAY - Now that we’ve all whipped these letters into shape, we’ll be working on plain paper or in your workbook or journal, and using the new font to write a scripture with ‘delight’ in it.

Whenever I read this scripture, I am always reminded of a pastor telling us that the ‘desires of your heart’ will be in keeping with the will of God if you are truly taking your delight in the Lord. This scripture is not telling us that if we pray we will get everything we want!

After inking and erasing the pencil, have some fun coloring and decorating your piece. I put a little loop in the top of my hearts in keeping with the lettering style.

FRIDAY - Today we take the ‘delight’ font to our Bible.

Choose a scripture with the focus word and use the new lettering to journal in your Bible. I wrote the whole scripture with it, but you could certainly use it for only some of the lettering and mix in other styles for other words. If you do this, keep in mind that a rather plain san-serif font will go best with this very ‘frilly’ one.

I used a finer pen for this lettering than in my practices and it changed the readability of the ‘m’ and ‘n’ letters. After I photographed this, I went back with a thicker pen and traced over the angled lines in those two letters throughout the page.

I wish I’d had an upper-case for the leading ‘I’ and for the ‘G’ in god. On Thursday (long after this page was completed) I went ahead and developed a full upper-case for this font. You’ll have the advantage of having that available when you do your Bible page. (See entry for Tuesday, above)

Note: I used gold gel pen on my page and, though I really like it in person, it has confused my camera a bit.

So that's it for another week of lettering lessons.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:43 AM PST
Friday, 19 January 2018
Bible Journaling and Lettering - Shadowed Blocks
Topic: Bible Journaling

Five days of lettering lessons online have brought us again to a finished journaling page in the Bible. This week the focus word was 'light' and we learned a shadowed block style based on our own handwriting (printing).

Monday, we learned the basic technique:

Tuesday, we worked out out own alphabet based on the techniques learned on Monday. You'll note that the Monday page is done with a looser style and overlapping letters. For my alphabet reference page, I wanted the letters to be more consistent as they can always be edited to a more casual style when put into use. Instead, I used my alphabet to experiment with shadowing styles.

This block letter style uses shadowing only on one side, not on two ajacent which would show more 3D.

Wednesday, we used our lettering to write words having to do with light. I had an image come to me and used that to draw up a display piece.

On Thursday, I used the font to do my daily scripture writing lesson even though it did not contain the focus word. It did give me a lot of practice in overlapping the letters, though.

And, today (Friday) I have my finished journaling page in my Bible using the font.

Where the letter components crossed one another, I inserted little nails to hold them together!







Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:29 AM PST
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Bible Journaling Psalm 42:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

More often than not these days, my Bible journaling pages are assignments for the Lettering Lodge : use the font of the week on a verse that contains the word of the week.

However, every now and then, there is an image in my head or a verse that speaks to me that I want to illustrate in my Bible, outside of the constraints of someone else's 'vision'.

This was the case today when I wanted to use a deer that I had created as a step-by-step drawing lesson earlier in the week. I've always liked the chorus we've sung in church that is based on this verse in Psalms.

I put the two together, along with a font I shared when I taught the lesson called 'blessed'.

I colored, as usual, with Prismacolor pencils including tracing over the letters with a light-bright green so they did not get lost in the text.

Every time I look at this, I find myself singing... 

"As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
You're my friend and you are my brother
Even though you are a king
I love you more than any other
So much more than anything
You alone are my strength, my shield
To you alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship you"



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:37 PM PST
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.


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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.




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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?



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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

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