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.
WORSHIP FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION
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.
WORSHIP FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET
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.
WORSHIP FONT - DAY 3 – CURSIVE CONNECTIONS
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.
THINGS TO NOTE:
· 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.
WORSHIP FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING
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.
WORSHIP FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE
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!
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