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Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Drawing On My Travels
Topic: Drawing

The next lesson in the Drawing 101 class was on one-point perspective.

I know my own tendency, when working from provided photos and teacher sample drawings, is to base my own drawing too much on the derivitave work. I need to work from a photo with a similar concept but one I have not seen drawn. That way I get original work and learn the lessons rather than just duplicating someone else's work.

So I decided to use some of my own travel photos for reference.

This is a courtyard in Barcelona, Spain where we visited on a cruise a couple of years ago.

I took some liberties with the contents of the various floors on the right and left as those in the photo were boring. What isconsistent with the photo is the angle of view, which was the point of the lesson.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:55 PM PDT
Monday, 22 October 2018
Following Along
Topic: Bible Journaling

Another week of lettering lessons - this time with a 'signage' style. What a lot of fun I had with this one. Here are the daily lessons:


The font we are learning this week is of a style that might look good in signage.

The letters feature open spaces that can be colored in for more impact. We’ll get to do that later in the week after becoming familiar with the letter forms.

Remember P-I-E? That’s Pencil-Ink-Erase which we use to work toward our best letter forms.

I hope you have a go at this.


The nod to lower-case in this font is mostly to make smaller versions of the upper-case. There are a FEW cases where there is a difference. However, you can treat these as ‘alternative’ forms for the letters and switch them around.

The ‘A’, ‘M’ and ‘X’ have a variation on the length of the tail. The ‘H’ varies in the serif form as does the ‘K’ the ‘N’, the ‘T’, the ‘V’ and the ‘W’. The ‘Q’ varies in the way the tail is designed. The ‘R’ has a different style for the leg. The ‘U’ has two distinct forms as does the ‘Y’.

You can either decide which one you like of each of these or use them as designed for a distinction between upper- and lower-case. But, for this exercise, I recommend writing them ALL out and then you can make your style choices later.


Today let’s use our new alphabet to create a display piece and decorate it.

First, draw some slightly curved lines to follow and write your letters along them. You will definitely want to use pencil to sketch in your letters to center the words. Use a mix of sizes for more interest.

Don’t ink until you’ve got everything lined up just as you want. Add dangles, embellishments and color to decorate your piece.

This should be a fun project to complete.


Today we’ll practice the new font by writing a scripture with the word ‘Follow’. For my sample of scripture writing I kept the letter size consistent throughout.

I colored my letters in a gradation of color using colored pencils.

I had fun adding a ‘Baaa-Sheep’ from our Drawing Room lesson from this spring.

Isn’t this a great font for ‘sign-making’?


Since the font we are using this week has a lot of ‘presence’ it can stand up to combining with a mix of other fonts. It’s ‘sign-like’ characteristics makes it a natural to make lovely display-pieces.

On this page, I used the curved baselines again, combined with two different print styles and my own handwriting as the script.

I used colored pencils to add a rainbow of color from yellow at the top to purple at the bottom.

I hope you will be inspired to use the FOLLOW font in your own Bible, either by itself or combine with other fonts.

So, that’s it for another week. I hope you find good uses for this font.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:28 PM PDT
Friday, 19 October 2018
Drawn to Drawing More
Topic: Drawing

The next lesson in Drawing 101 was on two-point perspective.

First we set up a horizon line and two points on the outer ends. Then we used those reference poits to draw cubes with a mid- low- and high-horizon.

Then we worked from a variety of photos to learn how to turn those 'cubes' into buildings, maintaining the correct perspective. These were sketched.

Then there was a final photo from which to make a finished drawing.

I am satisfied with the exercises I did with one exception... the one NOT SHOWN. It was a photo of an interior on which I got one whole wall off kilter. No need to expose you to that!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:51 PM PDT
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
More Drawn to Drawing
Topic: Drawing

It took me a couple of days but I did find reference photos and objects to draw for the three final pages for Drawing 101, lesson 1.

The first page was 'CONES':

The next was 'CYLINDERS':

And the final page was 'COMBINED SHAPES':

Now we're on to lesson 2 - perspective.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:44 PM PDT
Monday, 15 October 2018
Drawn to Drawing
Topic: Drawing

I signed up for another art class with Sandy Allnock at Art-Classes.com and I am loving this.

I have only begun lesson one's exercises so far. This is where we practiced drawing simple objects in assigned catefories.

The first category was 'CUBES'

and the second category was 'SPHERES'

Now I have to go draw some CONES and other shapes.

Did I mention I LVOE this class???




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:03 AM PDT
Friday, 12 October 2018
Worship in Words
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.


I started out this font by incorporating some curls that I liked with letter forms that I have picked up from various alphabets. I just selected my own favorites from across the board and then edited them to include those marks that would make them into a cohesive set.

Normally, one would not write up a word in all caps when using a script as it really suffers in legibility. But, I wanted you to have more upper-case to practice with and get familiar with the common elements.

Lines two and three allow you to see and practice the basic letter forms and then begin studying how to connect them. It isn’t a true script if none of the letters are connected.

Remember P-I-E? That’s Pencil-Ink-Erase which we use to work toward our best letter forms.



Here is the full alphabet of my favorite script letter forms. I’ve been gradually training myself to write this way. I started by practicing and incorporating the ‘r’, then I added the ‘b’ and the ‘H’. I most recently began using this ‘b’ and ‘s’.

On this alphabet, the x-height is ¾ the height of the capitals. This makes for a full, round word form with a lot of impact.

Practice writing out this alphabet in pencil, then ink over it. Erase the penciled letters while leaving as much of the guidelines as you can. These will be a help when you use your reference sheet for planning projects.

If there are letter forms you prefer, feel free to substitute them, keeping as much of the flourish marks as you can to match the character of the font.


Oh, you thought today was going to be a ‘fun day’? Sorry to disappoint!

One of the issues most letterers have when using script is knowing how to join letters. So that is what we will practice today.


·         Pencil your letters as separate items. Then use pencil to test out various joinings till you find what you like. Ink letter to letter.

·         The joinings will be different for letters that end at the top and those that end at the bottom and each will change by being followed by a letter that starts at the top versus starting at the bottom.

·         It is absolutely OK to lift your pencil or pen between letters. Ink up to where letter 1 stops and then pick up the pen and begin letter 2. As you form letter 2 make sure it touches the end of letter 1.

·         Letters do NOT have to touch where the letter 2 begins. Look how the ‘ac’, ‘ad’ and ‘ae’ combinations join at the bottom, even though letter 2 starts at the top.

·         Practice lots of double letters. The ‘ss’ and ‘rr’ combinations are notoriously difficult to work out but YOU CAN DO IT!

·         Note that some initial letters can benefit from an opening flourish at the beginning of a word (‘b’, ‘h’, ‘k’ and ‘l’ can all be treated like the ‘b’ shown below)


Work on other combinations that you can think of. You may need several sheets of paper to get enough practice on this activity.


We’re going to take this font one step further today.

First, choose a scripture with the word ‘Worship’ and letter it in your notebook. Remember to work in pencil first and design beautiful and natural letter connections. Ink your work and erase the pencil.

Second, use pencil to draw a second line next to the MAIN downstrokes (don’t do the flourishing curls). Ink these lines and fill in the space between. It will end up looking like a beautiful brush script.

If you actually HAVE a brush pen, you can just us it on the downstrokes rather than drawing the second line and filling.



Today, we’re going to combine everything we learned this week to create a lettered scripture in our Bible.

  • ·         Penciling in the letter forms


  • ·         Penciling in the cursive connections


  • ·         Inking the connected letters


  • ·         Erasing all the guides and draft pencil marks


  • ·         Thickening the downstrokes


  • ·         (and embellishing the page if you wish)


I hope someone is getting some use from these lettering lessons! I never get any feedback!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:55 AM PDT
Friday, 5 October 2018
Writing On Your Bread
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.


We often do fonts that are very upright or have a right-side lean to them It is rare to use one (have we ever yet?) with a back-hand. So that’s what we’re going to do this week.

Start with guide marks for the lean which are a 1:3 angle (for every one unit to the right you move three units down). I find it is enough to do these in pencil about every two to three spaces across and just carry them down the page.

Now, draw in the guides for the baseline, the x-height and the ascenders/caps. Total letter height is three units.

Finally, draw your letters using pencil. The uprights need to be right on that angle and the rest of the letter makes natural joins to suit it.

Trace in ink only after full word is penciled in to your satisfaction. Erase pencil.



You can see on this alphabet sheet how I have drawn in all the back-hand lines as well as the lettering guides in pencil. I usually leave these penciled lines even after I have worked up the whole alphabet and traced it in ink. I don’t erase the lines even when I erase the pencil from the letters as having the lines remain in place is a guide for me when using this alphabet in the future.

This alphabet is made up of fairly standard print forms. It is just the slant that makes it unique.

I included a number set that uses the same back-hand format.


Today, draw up some back-hand guidelines and practice writing words with both upper- and lower-case letters. I used a little quote I found in Pinterest and added some doodle art.

Use anything you wish for your lettering practice – just get some words on paper while training your hand to write with a left lean.


I wanted to get a LOT of practice writing with the BREAD font so I chose a very long verse to letter in my notebook.


After all that practice writing back-hand this week, I penciled in the letters in my Bible without drawing guidelines. Remarkably, I didn’t have to make any adjustments before inking my scripture. That is the true value to practicing over and over on a new font.

I hope you will join in by using the BREAD font in your Bible.

Lean back, relax and write some back-leaning letters!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 AM PDT
Friday, 28 September 2018
Protection For You
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.

Another lettering class is in the books over on the Creative-Bible-Journaling Facebook site. This week we worked with a very novel style and the focus word 'protect'. Here are the lessons:


This week we are learning a novelty print with angles and double lines. There are no curved lines.

The capitals are 2 units wide and 5 units high. The lower case is the same width but the height varies.

There are no truly horizontal lines in this font. The angles on the ‘horizontal’ slanted lines are 2:1 (with an exception for the capital E).

The double line, always on a slant (never a vertical), has a width of 1/4 unit.

Practice the angled lines first, including single and double lines, on both the upward and downward slants. Then go on to construct the letters.

Remember to work in pencil first, then ink your letters and erase the pencil.


Even in writing out this alphabet, you can see how context makes the letters make more sense.

All of the double lines are on angles, never on the vertical lines. You will note that the E and Q break the rules of angles slightly.

If YOU have a better idea for how to write a letter that still fits the styling of the rest of the alphabet, please share!



Today let’s use an anagram to list some ways that God protects us.

Note that the space between letters is generally 1 unit. However, when a capital is open on the side like the T in Teaches and Treasures a smaller lower-case letter can be tucked in close (in this case an ‘e’ and an ‘r’). The ‘s’ at the end of ‘comforts’ gets to snuggle in, too.



For a longer scripture or other project, it is always perfectly permissible to join the new font with something completely different. The context of something easily recognized will assist in the ‘interpretation’ of the odd letter forms through context.

What do you think of this font? Be honest!

Give a try to writing scripture with the word ‘protect’.



I decided to have a little fun with the focus word and imagined what you might find inhabiting a ‘hedge’ of protection! After I was done with the page, I wondered if someone might think I meant that this hedgehog was ‘the evil one’ referred to in the verse. Sigh…

Actually, there are no scriptures that actually use the term ‘hedge of protection’ in any translation. It’s more of something that has been handed down from one preacher to another. However, if you want a hedgehog of your own, visit the Drawing Room where he is featured this week. I’m kinda thinking the hedgie is the best thing about this page as, truthfully, I am really not sold on the ‘Protect’ font.


And there you have it!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:16 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Chosen One
Topic: Bible Journaling

Wait till you see the style that I've 'chosen' to teach this week!


Not long ago we saw a font ‘introduction’ with lines showing on the top and bottom. In that case, they were guidelines only and were erased for the final product. In this case, however, those lines are added on at the END and they are a permanent part of the font style.

There are both a lower- and an upper-case but they are THE SAME SIZE. It is the style that distinguishes them.

Follow along with the steps at the bottom of the page: 1) Start by establishing the height of your letters with a penciled guide at the top and the bottom. 2) Draw your letters. Note that every one of them will extend slightly below AND above the guidelines. 3) Ink your letters 4) Use a ruler and draw on the top and bottom guidelines ONLY between the letters. Do not draw inside the letters at all.

When coloring (which is recommended) do so between the letters OR inside the letters. My favorite is shown in samples 1, 4, 5, and 6. When the side of a letter form is open, fade the color out without going all the way inside.

Keep your colors light to medium. If you use too dark of a color (dark green, navy blue, chocolate brown) you won't be able to distinguish the lines for the letters.


You’ll note that the letter forms for upper- and lower-case letters are sometimes the same in this alphabet. And here’s the good news… you can use your OWN form for a letter as long as it is a semi-script that fits with the general styling.

You may prefer to write an all-caps alphabet and then al all lower-case alphabet since that is how you will use them in projects.

I’ve included numbers for this style as well.

Since today you are making your own reference sheet for the alphabet construction you can leave it uncolored. If you DO wish to color it, use some of the ideas shown yesterday.



Today, use the CHOSEN font to write a quote or lyrics that contain the word.

When we use this font for projects we DO want to color them as it reinforces the look of the structure (with the top and bottom bands). I colored my quote with a rainbow of hues.


Use the new font style to write a scripture with the word CHOSEN. Use your journal, notebook or plain paper and color as desired.

Note that because my scripture was shorter than yesterday’s quote I was able to use a larger scale for it. I used a range of purples for an ombre effect in the coloring.

Here is another option that I did not do on any of my samples. Consider using TWO very close together lines at the top and the bottom to make it a little more decorative. Or, leave those bordering lines the same and use a heavier marker for the letters themselves to help the words stand out from the coloring.

What other ways can you think of to customize this font?


This is the day we use the newly learned font in our Bible.

I was able to fit one word per line in my margin and colored it with a consistent blue all the way down.

If you have a longer scripture, simply reduce the scale of the guidelines, even if you have to go to 1 ½ spaces. A single space is probably too small though.

Because of all the color used and the decorative nature of the font, I decided not to add any artwork.


I hope many people will try out this unique and beautiful font and get it into their Bibles.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:34 PM PDT
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
I'm Still Here
Topic: Bible Journaling

Time for another lettering lesson to use in Bible journaling. This is the series I taught last week at Creative Bible Journaling Facebook group.


Welcome to another week of Lettering Lessons. This time we will focus on the word ‘Still’ and use an upright formal print style.

This font features double lines, teardrop ends and big sweeping curves. Watch the tops of letters that are plain as they may either have a chisel top or a serif. Some letters have bottom serifs and some end in teardrops. NOTE: If you think something is totally out of character, it is OK to change it to suit yourself.

All of my samples are drawn on a 4-unit scale. The x-height for lower-case is at about the 2/3 mark.

To begin, you will pencil in your basic letters while concentrating on form and spacing (column 1 in the sample). Then, still working in pencil, refine the forms and add the second lines and teardrops (column 2). When the letters are just as you wish, ink them.

After the ink is dry, erase the pencil.

In the sample I have left the guidelines in place so you can see the relationships in letter size.


Part 1 - Letter Formation

The lesson today is in THREE PARTS to better demonstrate the steps in recreating this letter form.

FIRST STEP: Draw guidelines. Then use pencil to sketch in your basic letter forms while focusing on form and spacing.

Now go on to step two.


Part 2 - Letter Definition & Details

The lesson today is in THREE PARTS to better demonstrate the steps in recreating this letter form.

SECOND STEP:  On the same paper, still using pencil, refine the forms and add the second lines and teardrops.

Now go on to step three.


Part 3 - Letter Inking Final Product

The lesson today is in THREE PARTS to better demonstrate the steps in recreating this letter form.

THIRD STEP: When the letters are just as you wish, ink them. After the ink is dry, erase the pencil. I leave the guidelines in place as it will refresh my mind when using the lettering on future projects.


Let’s all select some song lyrics to write up using the ‘Still’ font. This way you get to practice writing the letters some more but you are also going to get to see how beautiful this font is when used on words instead of just writing out the alphabet.

You may wish to use a larger or smaller size guidelines to practice letter formation in a different scale.

Although this font is designed to remain ‘open’ you might wish to experiment with adding color between the double lines. I wouldn’t fill in the area entirely in black, however, as you lose so much of the elegant character that way.


As always, on day 4 of Lettering Lodge we are going to use the new font to write a scripture with the focus word ‘still’.

As I usually do, I used upper-case for the initial letter on every word as I think it looks more like a display piece this way and I get more practice in on the beautiful capitals.


From the day I chose the word ‘still’ as my focus, I have been planning to use cattails as an illustration. Aren’t we fortunate they showed up in the Drawing Room this week? <grin>

There was an obvious need to reduce the scale of the font when used in my Bible. I used just two units height and remembered to set the lower-case height at 2/3 of that space.

Since I mentioned the Drawing Room in the lesson above I'll show what I did for that lesson, too. It actually goes step by step on how to draw the cattails and how to use them as an outline (like above) or colored or in silhouette (both shown beow)

If you want to see this, or any other of my drawing tutorials, they can be downloaded (PDF) at Creative-Bible-Journaling.com

That's it for another week.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:48 AM PDT
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Color Me Happy
Topic: Coloring

I finally got around to doing the homework for lesson 2 of the Colored Pencil Jumpstart class by Sandy Allnock at Art-Classes.com

This lesson entailed making color wheels in warm and cool tones. We selected all the colors from our sets of color for the first (top) ones and then we used only the Yellow, read and blue from the top wheel and blended them to create the bottom wheels.

For the second project we used the full sets we had used in the first exercise but overlapped them to create another color where they intersected. I labeled these with the color they most matched in the set as I might like to go directly to that pencil instead of blending it from scratch.

The third exercise had us select a color (center hex) and then do blends around the outside using analagous, complementary and complements of the analagous colors. I didn't finish this as I was kinda 'colored out' by this time.

By now, I hope your realize that the camera 'lies' about the color of things. This makes photographing artwork a challenge and sometimes you just have to 'let it go' and know that the original work is what is true and most important.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:57 PM PDT
Friday, 7 September 2018
I Don't Have All the Answers
Topic: Bible Journaling

I'm back with a new font lesson for Bible Journaling.

This one was designed by one of the members of the Creative-Bible-Journaling group and she graciously agreed to let me teach it to the others on the Facebook group.

So, let's get right to it!


The alphabet we are going to learn this week was designed by our CBJ member Debbie Berke. Many thanks for her generous permission to have us teach this in the Lettering Lodge.

I drew this not only in a step by step manner but in graduated scale. If you follow along with writing your sample like this you will have a valuable resource to refer to as you use this font in your projects. (Note: the yellow blocks on the left are to indicate the letter heights in upper and lower case.

Lines 1 and 2 show the writing of the basic letter forms. X-height is ½ the height of upper case. Each letter has one stroke that is doubled. Lines 3 and 4 show filling the double lines with evenly spaced lines at a 45-degree slant. Lines 5 and 6 show the 3-dot embellishments. Upper case dots reach just under ½ height and are larger than those on the lower case, which reach just over ½ the x-height (about 1/3 of total letter height.)


Remember these steps for drawing this font:  Form letters for entire project in pencil including their double lines – Ink over letter forms – erase pencil – in ink, draw the fill for the entire project – draw dots for all upper case – draw dots for all lower case. Working through the whole project on a single step at a time will help to ensure consistency and helps avoid spacing errors and misspellings.

Later, in using the font in projects you may wish to color in the filled areas or use color for your dots. But in this stage, keep them free of color as it will serve as a better reference for you.


Today, we’ll use the new font to write a quote with the word ‘answer’.

The purpose of this exercise is to practice writing a lot of words. This helps the formation of the letters to become established in muscle memory as they will flow more naturally the more you use them.

So use some upper case as well as some lower case.


Like yesterday, we want to get in a lot of practice using the font. This time we’ll write a scripture with the word ‘answer’.


It is easy to drop the scale of this font down to ‘Bible size’ just by remembering that the x-height is ½ of the total font height.

Today, we’ll choose a scripture that has the word ‘answer’ and write it out in our Bible using the new font.

Here, you may wish to color in the double lined areas and decorate your page with an illustration. I added the Pansy from the Drawing Room lesson.

I think this scripture is well timed as we have many  people who are struggling with trials, grief, health issues, family issues and work issues. God is listening and he WILL answer.

...and that's another one in the books. I'll be teaching for the whole month so there's more font fun to come.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:36 AM PDT
Monday, 3 September 2018
Let's Make a Deal
Topic: Bible Journaling

I totally spaced out that I needed to do a blog post for the lettering lesson I taught last week. What was I thinking?

I found a really neat handdrawn font that looked like Hebrew writing but with English letters. So cool! So I worked on refining the forms so I could teach a step-by-step lesson on them.

Here's the deets:


I’ve been wanting to teach this font for quite a while. I just had to figure out how!

Start with drawing in guidelines on top and bottom of a 4-unit scale. Add an internal guide at just below 1 unit and just above 3 units. Add a further line just above 4 units.

In pencil, practice making the tops and bottoms of the letters first. The horizontal bars fit inside the wider bands at the top and bottom of the guides except for the little curved tips that reach out to touch the uppermost guide.

Connect these parts of the letters to the remainder with gently curving lines. The desired result resembles Hebrew writing.

Ink only after the entire word is completed.

There are several marks (tops and bottoms) that will show up repeatedly in the alphabet. Take some time to practice these, too.


I included the guidelines again here so you don’t have to keep referring back to the previous sheet.

Practice those top and bottom swishes a lot as they are mostly the same forms over and over. Some will be shorter from side to side, though.

There is no lower-case to this alphabet.

Draw all letters in pencil before inking. Erase pencil after ink is dry.

These letters are supposed to be filled with solid black as they then look like letters that were written with a brush.


Today we want to write out some words with our new font just for practice. I used it to write several synonyms for COVENANT.

I reduced the scale of the letters on this sheet to 2 units high with corresponding reductions in the guidelines.


A long scripture on plain paper, in a journal or notebook would be pretty overwhelming if done ALL in the COVENANT font. So, I wrote every other line in it and used a faux brush script for the interleaved text.


I gave myself a break on this labor-intensive font and used it only for the focus word. It takes up more real estate in a vertical format so I went with that and combined with some script as a frame for it.

I circled words in the scripture that were directly related to the focus word: promise, oath, swore, confirmed, decree, everlasting.

Another novelty font is up for next week.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:10 PM PDT
Thursday, 23 August 2018
Use the Right Word
Topic: Bible Journaling

And now another lettering tutorial prepared and taught by... me!

This week we tackled an art deco style that is very classy looking.


I’ve started this font lesson with some guidelines. These are NOT in the finished lettering but they are important to set up as you begin so the defining marks are placed correctly. I also demonstrated the font in three scales so you get to see the proper placement of the guidelines in relation to each size. The guideline instructions are laid out on the right of each sample. Unlike mine, you will use pencil for your guides so they can be erased.

The next thing to do is to practice the marks at the bottom of the sheet and their position on the guidelines.

As you practice drawing the letters in each scale, try to identify the practice marks that appear. The other marks will show up in the alphabet tomorrow.

Note that I said DRAW the letters. Do this in pencil first so you can make any correction needed. Then trace over the pencil in ink and, when the ink is dry, erase the pencil. This is what we call P-I-E (pencil-ink-erase).




Before you start on your WORD alphabet, set up the guidelines for the scale you will be working in (select from yesterday’s lesson). Then practice the defining marks again. Watch for those marks as you carefully draw your letters.

This is a very round and upright font and it has no lower case.

I did draw up a number series to go with this font so it could be used for scripture references and remain in character.




Today, use your font to write up a quote using ‘WORD’.

You will still make those guidelines to keep your letterforms consistent. Then ink the letters and erase the pencil. Note that the letters are compressed together but they do not touch.

Doesn’t this font just look beautiful when it is used naturally rather than in the alphabet?




Select a scripture with ‘WORD’ in it and write it out in your journal, notebook or on plain paper.

Depending on the length of the scripture you plan to use, you may need to drop to a smaller scale. Don’t forget to start with your guidelines.

P-I-E is on the menu again!




Today we take the WORD font to The Word. Select a scripture that uses WORD to letter into your Bible.

You will undoubtedly need to reduce the scale even beyond the smallest on your practice pages. But you should be able, by now, to figure out the relationship of the placement of the guidelines to your guide height.

P-I-E is especially important when working on your Bible pages to protect against errors in spelling and placement.

If your text won’t fit using only the feature font, by all means combine it with some other font(s). I had only one word that was going to be a little long so I adjusted the spaces between letters to condense the word package.


I used excerpts from James 1:22.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:51 PM PDT
Friday, 17 August 2018
Glad For the Week That Was
Topic: Bible Journaling

Back with anouther week of lettering! This week was Ann's turn to teach and she went with a lighthearted curly and bouncy font and focused out attention on the word Gladness.


Throughout the week, I played with my metallic fude brush markers. I was working on keeping the lines even width and not pushing down on the tip to create thick and thin.

The first day we got the intruduction to writing the focus word in both upper- and lower-case letters.

We also practiced giving the letters a little bounce.


I did my alphabet stratight and even to work on getting the forms correct. Then I can let them bounce around (or not) when using them on a project.


I went with the bouncing letters on this piece as well as centering the words. This makes it less apparent that the first letters top to bottom spell out Gladness.

I added scrolls.leaves and berries with other colors of the fude metallic brush markers.

The adtual pieces do NOT have fine outlines on the letters. This was an effect created by my scanner on the metallic marks.


More practice in my notebook.


To save space, I reverted back to my Micron pen to letter in my Bible.

Although my Bible is the NIV I wrote out portions of the scripture as it appears in The Living Bible.

A few little balloons fill the space to illustrate Gladness.



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Saturday, 11 August 2018
Drawn To Color
Topic: Coloring

I signed up for a colored pencil class online a while back and then got involved with the watercolor challenge in July. I finally got back to the class lessons and completed the homework for lesson 1.

This first involved using ALL of the pencils on a hex-chart to show their relationships. I colored FOUR charts so I could see what the differences were when used on white, tan, grey and black.

Then there was some coloring with the three primary colors in five different pressures andblending those same 3 colors with varying pressure.

And finally, I worked on layering the same colors in different orders to see what different colors resulted. There were three exercises with different pressure.

Sorry the photo is so poor on this one, but you get the idea.

I have watched the videos for lesson two but not begun the actual homework yet.




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Friday, 10 August 2018
A Good Foundation
Topic: Bible Journaling

For my turn at lettering this week I developed an original font to teach. It reminded me of cinderblocks so I called it 'Foundation'.

Here is the lesson plan:



I’m going to have another run at showing what I think will be a very easy print style. I’ve been wrong before, but I do think you will all find this one easy to do.

There are only a few rules: All the letters fit inside a perfect square and all are exactly the same size. You can use only the outside lines of the square as well as the vertical half-line, the horizontal half-line and both diagonals.

There are no lower-case letters and every letter will have one or two dots to decorate it. These were inspired by cinderblocks.

Letter spacing will be ½ the letter width.


Today we have the full alphabet. Remember, there are no lower-case letters in this style.

Note how all the letters fit the rules that we established yesterday – all letters the same size and all lines must be on the + axis, the x axis or the perimeter of the square.

Because of the regimented structure of this style it is very easy to remember them when writing. I usually write all the letters and then go back and add the dots. It helps in maintaining the flow of writing which helps to avoid misspellings.



This style of block lettering serves as a good one for constructing a crossword. I did mine with terms and materials used in construction.



Today you can write either a hymn or a scripture on plain paper. Fill in empty areas with some drawn cinderblocks the same height as the letters but twice as wide. The blocks each get two dots.



Today we will use the FOUNDATION lettering style in our Bibles.

All that practice keeping things square when we had the dots on our papers should have trained your mind to create square letters when you only have top and bottom lines.

I decorated my page with a column which I realize is not really a ‘foundation’ but it is a part of a construction and I liked the way it looked with the lettering style. If you want to use a column as well, check out the Drawing Room lesson for the week. It is not this same one but will work just as nicely.


It's a novelty print, to be sure, but occasionally you might need a little structured block print with dots. Who knows?


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Friday, 3 August 2018
You Can Walk Or You Can Stand
Topic: Bible Journaling

Last week we did the word WALK in the Lettering Lodge and this week we did the word STAND. Both were taught by Ann.

So I will simply show my homework pages without her descriptions or instructions.

DAY 1 - Introduction

DAY 2 - Alphabet

DAY 3 - Quote/Lyrics

DAY 4 - Scripture Notebook

DAY 5 - In Your Bible

The shoes on this Bible page were the new Drawing Room lesson for Friday.


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Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Walk On By
Topic: Bible Journaling

Time for another lettering round-up. This one was taught on the Creative Bible Journaling Facebook group by my co-leader Ann.

Her focus word last week was 'walk' and the font was an italic print with large swoops decorating the upper-case letters.

DAY 1 - introduction

DAY 2 - Alphabet

DAY 3 - Hymn Lyrics

DAY 4 - Scripture in Notebook

DAY 5 - Use in the Bible



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Thursday, 26 July 2018
World Watercolor Month = Bible Journaling Style - episode 7
Topic: Painting

I have so much enjoyed the challenge of doing watercolor painting every day this month. I did work ahead so I could fit it all in and still leae this weekend free for another project.

So here are the final 6 paintings.

Day 26 - Prompt YELLOW

I liked the idea of a sunflower to go with this verse because they lift their faces and track the sun across the sky. I watched a painting video on YouTube one day and then painted this from memory the next.

Day 27 - Prompt HOME

These birdhouses are styled after wonky houses developed by Joanne Fink.

Day 28 - Prompt CURIOUS

I havehad this painting in mind to do for a long time but it was really hard to find a reference photo that would match my vision. I really wanted the tippy-toes and the pose facing away. I finally found a vintage photo that was a good model, even tho it was black-and-white.

I used watercolor pencils for this. Haven't used them for a LONG time and had to make myself a little color chart for reference to show what they looked like when wetted.

Day 29 - Prompt ENDURING

I think raccoons are adorable! I wanted to challenge myself to do something with fur. I used the watercolor pencils again.

I did a lot of color blending before applying water brush to blend. I added shading and detailing with black ink and then finished with a white gel pen for highlights.

Day 30 - Prompt COMPASSION

Another personal challenge - paint realistic water. I decided to go entirely monochromatic with this so that the shading rather than color was the defining element. I used only water and Payne's Gray paint.

I worked from a painting I found on Pinterest. I did a little detail work with white gel pen.

Day 31 - Prompt FLOURISH

No flourishes on this! But the word is in the verse which also refers to palm trees.

I used some new brush watercolor markers to stamp two different palm branches in various greens. I added a second green to each branch with watercolor pencil before blending with a water brush.

I made marks with a waterolor pencil in the background and blended them out with water. Then I wetted the whole background and dried with a heat tool. I then outlined every branch with fine black marker.

I used the watercolor brush markers to letter the verse on vellum and mounted that over the illustration.

And there you have it - 31 greeting cards using watercolor paint, watercolor pencils and/or watercolor brush markers. All contain scriptures and were triggered by the prompts provided by Sandy Allnock for World Watercolor Month 2018.



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