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Friday, 16 November 2018
Calling You
Topic: Bible Journaling

Wrapping up another week of lettering lessons with a new font and the focus word 'called'. We actually used any form of the word 'call' (called, calls, calling) which gave a lot of options in the activities.

Here are the lessons for the week:

CALLED Font – Day 1 – Introduction

The font we will be working with this week mimics a handwriting style in which crossbars and other styling elements are placed at a sharp angle, even though the base letters are very open and upright.

The top curl of the ‘C’ will later be used in the ‘G’ as well.

When we’re learning these initial 9 letters you don’t get the full effect of the font but, trust me, this is a truly elegant script.

Practice today with the focus word ‘Called’ and other forms of the word.

It is SO rewarding to see that members are actually using the lessons to grow in their lettering skills and their bible journaling.



CALLED Font – Day 2 - Alphabet

This is one of those styles that an all-caps word doesn’t look very stylish. But I like to throw them in every now and then as an option and as a way that you can practice the upper case a bit more.

With the full alphabet now revealed let me point out the style features of this font.

Look for that long sharply angled line on the A, F, H, J, K, T and X. Note the common upper curl of the C, E and G. Watch for the wide stance of the h, m and n. The sweeping lines of the B, D, P, R, S and Z also carry the sharp angle that defines foe font.

I really like the styling on the r, s and Q. Oh, that Q!!!

I think you will be very pleased when we get to start using these letters to write up words starting tomorrow, so practice lots so you are familiar enough to write with ease.

Remember, you are making PRACTICE sheets. They won’t look perfect when you start (you don’t think MINE look this good in the beginning, do you!?!?!)



CALLED Font – Day 3 - Music Lyrics

Today, see if you can come up with song lyrics that use a form of the word ‘call’. I use caps on all of the words so I get more practice time on them.

Want some other suggestions for lyrics? How about,

“We're chosen, anointed,
Called out into his light
Shine brighter, lift higher
The name of Jesus Christ”


“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me”


“When you call on Jesus
All things are possible
You can mount on wings like eagles and soar”

One more:

“This is a call to worship
Let it echo all around the earth
This is a call to bow down
And give God the glory, He deserves”




CALLED Font – Day 4 - Scripture

Our Thursday activity is to practice our ‘Called’ font by writing some scripture on paper. The more you practice the easier the letters become. This also gives you a better understanding of letter spacing and joining which makes your lettering flow and look more natural.

I chose 1 Peter 2:9 but some other good choices might be:

Exodus 17:15

2 Chronicles 7:14

Psalm 3:4

Psalm 86:5

Isaiah 55:6

Isaiah 65:24

Luke 5:32

Acts 2:21

Romans 8:28

Philippians 3:14

1 Thessalonians 5:24

1 John 3:1




CALLED Font – Day 5 - In Your Bible

Today is the day we take the new font to our bible for writing a scripture. If a whole scripture in the font seems like too much for you to do, feel free to write just key words using this font and intersperse with plain block lettering for the rest.

Select a scripture from the suggested list given yesterday. You can include artwork if you choose or go with just the lettering.

I chose to use 1 Thessalonians 5:24 and drew some dogwood flowers.


I hope you are getting some use out of these lettering lessons. Please let me know using the comment link below.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:49 AM PST
Monday, 12 November 2018
Good News
Topic: Bible Journaling

In the #BeThankfulFor challenge the prompt was 'Good News'. Is there any better news than the gospel?

I journaled Proverbs 15:30 using lettering I found in one of my books on hand-lettering styles.

I think that sunflowers are such a cheerful sight so I used one large bloom for the illustration.

All of the lettering and illustration are done with Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 10 November 2018
New Bible Art
Topic: Bible Journaling

I got a new bible a while back but have just now done a page of journaling in it. The bible is the ESV interleaved version which has a double-sided print page followed by a blank page all the way through. LOTS of room for art.

I wanted to do some designing using different fonts in different sizes to create interest while maintaining the flow and readaability of a long passage.

I did a LOT of sketching to get the lettering right and then transfered it onto the page with graphite paper.

After I traced the text in ink, I went back and worked on a spray of various flowers and used colored pencils on them.

This bible allows me to use a full paage for art and not cover up any of the text in the scriptures.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 PM PST
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
More Gratitude
Topic: Bible Journaling

Three more days here for the prompt #BeThankfulFor:

Be Thankful For Inspiration:

I placed my page in Exodus 28 where the construction and furnishing of the tabernacle were directed to be done by 'skilled craftsmen'. God had given some people specific gifts and they were being called upon to employ those talents in service to Him.

I thought about the talents that God has given me and how He inspires me in using them. I get inspiration from all over. This is my page:

The next prompt was to Be Thankful For Emotions. Well, this was certainly the right week to talk about those but I'm not at all sure that I am thankful to be having these exact emotions. I guess it is enough to understand that our emotions are OK. God understands. Jesus was sad, happy, joyful, angry, compassionate, empathetic - all human emotions.

So I focused on just one: being joyful.

Finally, the next prompt was Be Thankful For Comfort.

Yeah, I kinda needed this right now.

Psalm 34:18 will be my comfort right now.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:27 AM PST
Monday, 5 November 2018
Love Conquers All
Topic: Bible Journaling

#BeThankfulFor Love. How can you NOT be thankful for love?

I used a tulip drawing technique I learned from a Sandy Allnock video, colored them with PrismaColor Premier colored pencils. and did my lettering right over it with a brush pen.

I used the first part of 1 Corinthians 13:8 as the text.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 November 2018
Home Sweet Homes
Topic: Bible Journaling

I counted up the places (abodes) where I have lived in my 65 years and came up with a total of 23. In each move it was a matter of going along with family - first my parents then my husband.

In celebrating the #BeThankfulFor challenge today the prompt word was 'Home'.

It seemed appropriate to include my Bible journaling for 'home is where the heart is' in the book of Ruth.

I used a waxed paper transfer technique to put an antique map of the Pacific Northwest onto my page. This includes the four states I have lived in: Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

I colored my text using colors from the map and then wrote the scripture at the bottom.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:31 PM PDT
Saturday, 3 November 2018
Line Of Sight
Topic: Bible Journaling

For the third day of the #BeThankfulFor challenge the prompt was 'Senses'. I chose to focus on 'sight' because I think that is the thing I would miss the most if I were to lose it.

What would I do if I couldn't see to read, write, make art, drive, and take photos? I can't imagine.

So I did a Bible journaling page with this focus.

The verse is actually on the facing page but I had already journaled a different verse over there.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 2 November 2018
Favorite Foof
Topic: Bible Journaling

Continuing with the #BeThankfulFor challenge, the prompt was 'Food'.

To me there is nothing that beats a Honeycrisp Apple. They are the perfect combination of crunchy, juicy and sweet. I could seriously eat them every day!


I used the prompt to create a Bible journaling page with a quote instead of a scripture even though, on the facing page, it asks God to 'keep me as the apple of your eye'.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Lettering for the Kingdom
Topic: Bible Journaling

We've finished up another week of Lettering lessons with a novelty font and the word Kingdom.

Here are the daily lessons:


In the novelty print we are learning this week, there is only an upper-case. But this font is truly regal. This is why we will use it for the word KINGDOM.

The letters are all based on a centrally placed diamond. It will need to remain a constant size and be at a consistent location on the centerline horizontally.

Each of the letters also has triangle-shaped serifs.

To get these letterforms just right, here is my process:

·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter


  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil





The art of this style is in the consistency of the diamonds in size, shape and placement. Further beauty is added with consistent size and shape of the feet. Result? Regal lettering!

I am in love with the O and the Q! I included a number set for this font, as well.

Remember the steps:


  • ·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter
  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil





This week I created an anagram off the word KINGDOM using words that describe the kingdom of God.

I used color in the diamonds in the initial letters. This helps define the focus word.

Now, do you see my big boo-boo? I used the number 4 in place of the letter Y! I don’t know how I got off on this track but I managed to do it for the rest of this week’s samples! Good grief! But it doesn’t glare too much, does it?





And this page starts with that crazy ‘Y’! Oh well. Now you all know that I am susceptible to messing up, too.

I used the color in all the diamonds throughout and worked on centering all the words to make this piece of scripture a showpiece.

The scripture reference is written with a stripped-down version of the feature font - it has the diamonds left out.

Write a scripture using the new font and the word KINGDOM.






This regal font was used in my Bible and the diamonds filled with gold for the majestic feeling.

Some of these letter forms that have complicated lines are harder to do when scaled down for use in the Bible. But I think this one works pretty well.

Don’t forget the steps to success:


  • ·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter
  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil



That's it for the Kingdom Font.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Be Thankful For... Memories
Topic: Art Challenges

Occasionally I come across an art challenge that I want to participate in online. Up to now these have been posted under their particular topic based on the medium (watercolors, sketching, etc.) However, the current one can be in any medium as long as it represents the word prompt.

The theme #BeThankfulFor will run for the entire month of November and I will be trying to participate daily if I can manage it.

So here goes:

November 1 - #bethankfulfor Memories

"Growing up we used to take vacations at the Oregon Coast because it was inexpensive on a limited income. I fell in love with lighthouses early on. I have never actually been inside one yet, though.

"I love taking photos of lighthouses and this one in Gibraltar was spotted on our cruise in the Mediterranean last year. Because it is so distinctive with its lattice grid it immediately brings back great memories."

Rendered in Micron Pen.

This is the photo in my travel archives on which the drawing is based:

See you again soon.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:54 PM PDT
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
A Perspective On Drawing
Topic: Drawing

I am SO MUCH enjoying taking this online Drawing 101 class at Art-Classes.com.

I am up to lesson 5 - various shapes and objects in perspective.

These are the exercises and drawings I did:


That train gave me a run for my money!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:24 PM PDT
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Sad To Say
Topic: Multi-Technique

It is always sad when I need to make a sympathy card. This time, our next-door neighbor passed away and sentiments were due to the family.

I had on hand a Dazzles outline floral sticker that I had mounted on a fuscia foil cardstock. This I trimmed down for a starting point. 

I found a piece of white embossed cardstock that I got in a a swap. With a little layering (gold foil cardstock and a white card base) it all came together.

I used a gold Dazzles sticker for the text.

Hope I don't need another for a long time.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 October 2018
The Highs and Lows of Drawing
Topic: Drawing

It didn't take long before I was anxious to move on to the next drawing lesson.

This lesson was on multi-point perspective. Trying to get the angles AND relative sizes correct was hard. The original photo had multiple rooflines below this but I ran too close to the bottom of the page so those partial lines made no sense. The solution - leave them out!

So, here is the drawing for lesson 4:




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:30 PM PDT
Thursday, 25 October 2018
On The Right Path
Topic: Bible Journaling

I put up a new lettering lesson this last week.

This was a strange little novelty print that has the sort of look of a maze. So I named it PATH and that became the focus of the scriptures chosen to work with. Here are the lessons:


This week we are going to do a novelty print that, to me, is reminiscent of a maze. So, we are going to use it for the word PATH.

The scale of this is shown in the red guides on the left side. The x-height is 1/2 of the full letter height and the descender is an equal amount. In this example, the scale is 3 units for the ascender, 1 1/2 for the x-height and 1 1/2 for the descender. The path of double lines is 1 unit.

The thing to watch for in forming the letters of this font is consistency in the spacing of the double line tracks. They can be ‘slightly’ narrower on the lower-case than the upper- but within each case they should remain consistent. In my experience, this is harder on the curves, but you’ll get it with practice.



I used the same scale for this alphabet as on the example yesterday.

Some of these letter forms are just so much fun! Some of them look almost like shadow letters and some look a little 3D. This font is unlike any other we have done.

As we studied yesterday, work on keeping the spacings within the letters consistent.




I used all caps to create a crossword of synonyms for ‘PATH’. The benefit to all caps is that the space taken up by each letter (baseline, height and width) is constant which is needed for a crossword.

You can choose to a different activity but I suggest using all caps, too, so you can get a lot of practice on them. When using standard text-writing layout you get less practice on the upper-case letters.

Have fun composing a project.


Today we are going to write a scripture using the Path font. When writing out blocks of text like this I like to use caps on every word.

It was fun to use the footbridge from the Drawing Room to illustrate my piece. This was inspired by my recent trip to France and a visit to Monet’s Water Garden at Giverny!

What will YOU be inspired to create?



In your Bible, choose a verse that uses the word ‘path’ and use the new font to write it out. You can certainly combine it with other fonts if you choose.

As I am posting this, I suddenly see a typo in the word ‘straight’. I find that I can fix these little errors with a bit of Dry-line white out followed by inking the letters over the top.

I used the footbridge again for this page.



I hope you are getting some use from these lettering lessons???


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:42 PM PDT
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

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