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Wednesday, 3 April 2019
New Class and a Challenge
Topic: Lettering

I signed up for a new class called Typography For Bible Journaling in which the instructor teaches how to use your own handwriting to letter scriptures attractively.

There are 10 lessons and each lesson contains 3 challenges using the same design principles.

So, when I heard about a challenge - 30 Days of Bible Lettering - I decided to combine the two activities. The numbers work out perfectly. I use theinformation in the lessons but use the scriptures from the challenge in the place of those shown in the class videos.

I will post these in sets of three... the three that represent a single lesson theme.

So here are the three lettered scriptures that go with the lesson for Sans Serif Letters.

April 1 - Psalm 23:3 - he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

April 2 - Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

April 3 - 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we live by faith, not by sight.

I'll be back with more in a few days - all month long.

Ddd


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Sunday, 31 March 2019
A Favorite Hymn
Topic: Hymnal Art

This is reported to be the hymn that the largest percentage of people list as their favorite.

The concept for this crown of thorns is one I developed a couple of years ago and used in my Bible. But I like this version much more than the original.

The use of the nails to form crosses and to stand in for the thorns says so much.

I used the same technique for the wood on the cross that I usually do - draw in the wavy lines with a medium dark colored pencil. Then color over everything with a medium light colored pencil. 


I used a script lettering for the lyrics up the left edge.

Ddd

 


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Friday, 29 March 2019
1 & 2 Samuel - Lettering
Topic: Bible Journaling

Time for the weekly post of another lettering lesson. This week we cover 1 and 2 Samuel.

Here are the weekly lessons:

1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #1 – Basic Oval Lettering – Intro

Having spent so much time on block letters we are now going to move on to another simple print style and then explore variations on it. The style we are starting with is called a basic oval print.

The general letter construction is very similar to the basic round but the letters are narrower and, where there are ‘bowls’ on the letters they become an oval that sits at an angle, tipped to the right.

You don’t see much evidence of this in the all caps version of the sample below but it does show up more in the lower-case ‘a’ and ‘e’ in the second line.

Practice drawing these letter forms. Remember to work first in pencil, correcting your letters as you go. Only ink when the letter is exactly how you want it, then erase the pencil.



1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #2 – Basic Oval Letters – Alphabet

This is the full alphabet for the basic oval print style. Note that the ‘bowls’ of the letters are oval in shape and have a slight lean to the right. The uprights, however do NOT lean.

The letters are narrower than the basic round print. The x-height is still ½ the full letter height.

Sketch out the letters lightly in pencil, correct until they are exactly as you want them, trace over the pencil with pen and then, when the ink is dry, erase the pencil.

 



1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #3 – Oval Style & Dot Serifs – Alpha

Creating the dot serif style is very simple. First, write out another copy of the basic oval style alphabet. Then draw a small dot on all of the line ends and intersections.

It is fun to let these letters bounce off the baseline and use a mix of colors in your text. For my sample page, though, I toe the line so I can make sure the relative sizes and shapes are correct. The play can come into use when using the alphabet on a project.



1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #4 – Numbers w/ Dot Serifs

To make numerals that fit with the basic oval and dot serif styles you really have a lot of leeway. The keys will be: make the numbers as tall as your upper-case, keep them upright, make narrow like your letters. Other than that, you have the choice of how your digits are shaped. Do you like a 9 with a straight stem? Boom! You got it. How about a 4 with an enclosed top? Your choice.

For the dot serif numbers, just add that dot at all line ends and intersections.



1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #5 – Dot Serifs – Bible Page

For my Bible page in 2 Samuel, I used the dot serif style in a very straightforward manner.

This style is easy to scale up or down – see the reference at the bottom of the page – while remaining very clear and readable. Note that the smaller the lettering, the more prominent the dots become.

I combined my text with the simple illustration of the fish hook from the Drawing Room tutorial.


Great stuff, huh?

Ddd

 

 


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Thursday, 28 March 2019
Final Whimsy
Topic: Drawing

And now, I have finished my Whimsical Drawing class, too. Whew!

The final idea was to create an underwater scene. These are all my orn original fishes, corals and seaweeds.


As with the other whimsical drawings I was able to find an appropriate scripture to accompany it in my interleaved bible.


So, two classes completed? Now I can get back to the Colored Pencil Jumpstart class and start a new class (April 1) on Typography for Bible Journaling.

Ddd

 

 


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Grand Finale - Drawing 101
Topic: Drawing

The final lesson in this class was on rendering metal and glass. I worked from the photo provided and I think I got a good result.


I reduced a scan of this one for my interleaved bible and lettered scripture to surround the lantern.


I think I might have to find some photos to use the techniques I learned in this class.

Oh, for more time!

Ddd


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Monday, 25 March 2019
Crazy Birds
Topic: Drawing

The instructor for Whimsical Drawing designed some crazy little birds in various positions perched on branches.

I paid more attention to the original artwork when drawing this because of the need to get the birds right. Mine are moved around a bit as they did not fit with the sizes I made them. I also did more preliminary sketching on this one than with the previous drawings.


This whimsical drawing was also reduced and colored with markers to go in my interleaved bible.


I added a block of hand-written scripture at the bottom of the page.

Ddd

 

 

 


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Sunday, 24 March 2019
Silhouette People
Topic: Hymnal Art

I'm not sure I've done anything like this artwork since I started with Bible journaling. In my Bible it would block out the words and I do not want to work like that.

But in my hymnal, that is just fine with me.

This week we are working with 'Just A Closer Walk With Thee'.

I kept the illustration very simple and interspersed an appropriate scripture in the spaces between the musical staves.


When the written words blended in too mush, I went over them with a light pink marker to give them just a bit of contrast.

Ddd

 


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Friday, 22 March 2019
Lettering in Ruth
Topic: Bible Journaling

Wow, we are up to week 12 in the year and this series of lettering instruction. This week we are working in Ruth.

Here are the daily lessons:

RUTH: Day #1 – Editing Block Letter Shapes – Intro

Having done a lot of work with basic block letters, it’s time to show you more ways to make changes to the form.

For the sample introduction I started by penciling the basic forms and then bounced some up off the baseline, changed some to lower-case, loosened up the tails and crossbars, and overlapped letters. Somewhere along the line they stopped looking like basic block letters at all!

This week we will work on making three entirely new alphabets just by varying height and the width of the elements of the letters.

For now, let’s just start with this one word – but, make up your own version of edited letter forms.



RUTH: Day #2 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha A-E

Rather than working all the way through one alphabet style and then another and another, we are going to work on making all the style variations on a letter by letter basis.

The first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

So different, aren’t they? There are many more ways to change these up. If you want to explore other ideas, just add your new forms on the right.

Today, we are just doing the letters A through E. The rest of the alphabet will be done on days 3 and 4.



RUTH: Day #3 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha F-P

We’re back with the next series of letters in edited block letters.

Just as yesterday, the first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

We will finish this project tomorrow.



RUTH: Day #4 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha Q-Z

And today we have the final series of letters in edited block letters.

Once again, the first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

Have you been adding any other forms?



RUTH: Day #5 – Edited Block Shapes – Bible Page

In your Bible today, working in the book of Ruth, combine several versions of the edited block letters. I did some skinny, some wide, and even brought in those with slashed edges from prior lessons. Also, in the mix are some basic round letters and a bit of script handwriting. Use whatever mix of styles YOU are comfortable with.

 

So what ties it all together? The way the words interlock together and the consistent colors throughout. I combined my text block with the peacock from the Drawing Room lesson for this week in the same colors.


Oh, how I love that peacock!

Ddd

 

 

 


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Wednesday, 20 March 2019
The Whimsy Is Back
Topic: Drawing

Skipping back and forth between different types of projects is sure keeping me on my toes!

In the Whimsical Drawing class the next assignment was a tiered plate of sweets. I turned mine into cupcakes with a blank banner at the top so I can print it out and fill the banner with a sentiment for whatever the occasion will be (if used on card fronts).


This is another one that I reduced to fit in my interleaved bible. I colored with markers and added a short scripture snippet in the banner.


This is a really fun class!

Ddd

 

 


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Monday, 18 March 2019
Lesson 9 In Drawing 101
Topic: Drawing

This is anoth in the lessons that uses toned paper. The highlights in the original photo were totally blown out so I reduced the contrast in mine. The original shows the bird as pretty much a black blob with a few stark white highlights along the top. In many drawings I couldn't even figure out what it was supposed to be!

I like my version better.


I think there is only one more lesson to go in this class.

Ddd

 


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Sunday, 17 March 2019
Continuing the Sing-Along
Topic: Hymnal Art

I know many people would say this is their favorite hymn.

I am working again in my hymnal to create art that reflect the theme of the song. This week it is 'HowGreat Thou Art'.

I used fine-line markers and colored pencils to create the scene with elements mentioned in the lyrics.


I really like how this one turned out, too.

Ddd

 


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Friday, 15 March 2019
Time for More Lettering - 1 and 2 Peter
Topic: Bible Journaling

On the plan for lettering lessons, whose books that have a 1st and 2nd are combined into one lesson. So here we are covering BOTh books of Peter.

Here are the daily lessons:

1 & 2 PETER: Day #1 – Filled Block Letters – Intro

Let’s have some fun this week including artwork right in our letters. The base of these will be the now-familiar basic block letters.

For the intro today, write out the letters for the book(s) of Peter, change the outlines to casual double lines. You can then draw patterns within the letters – using either different patterns in each one or a consistent pattern throughout the word.

You also have the option of leaving the word in black and white or coloring in the patterns.



1 & 2 PETER: Day #2 – Fills For Block Letters – Alphabet

As shown yesterday, the first alphabet we will practice this week is basic block letters filled with patterns.

In this sample alphabet, I did not use the casual sketchy lines like Day 1. But there are lots of ideas for how you might want to fill your letters. When you are using them in your Bible journaling, you can fill your letters with doodles that fit the theme of a verse.

Remember, you have the option of color or black and white.



1 & 2 PETER: Day #3a – Carved Letters – Design Lines

There are two sheets for the alphabet today.

For chiseled letters, 1) start by drawing the basic block letter alphabet (caps only). 2) At each end, draw a little triangle 3) on the straight letters, draw a diagonal at the intersections 4) split the elements in half lengthwise, drawing from the points of the triangles 5) connect that center line with any new angles formed 6) add center line to remaining element from the ends of the triangle and the diagonals 7) shade the top and right segments.



Letters with curves get an arrow V along the curve. This is to define where the shading will switch from one side of the element to the other.

Use the steps described to turn your basic block alphabet into chiseled letters. Then go on to page 3b for shading.



1 & 2 PETER: Day #3b – Carved Letter Shading – Alpha

After you have drawn your carved alphabet it is time to work on shading. Since the letters are meant to look like they are indented into stone or concrete, the shading will go on the right and top of all the little bits. The light would come from the top so the top, indented spaces would be in shadow.

It is difficult to remember where the shading goes, so it may take a bit of practice to get it right. For this reason, do your shading in pencil so you can erase if needed.

I keep a copy of the alphabet with and without shading so I can work on structure separately from lighting.



1 & 2 PETER: Day #4 – Fills & Frills – Activity

This piece is to demonstrate that the art fills can be either outside OR inside the letters. And, as a bonus, fills inside the letters can be art objects rather than doodles.

I used the sketchy style of outlining the basic block letters. Then I drew, in pencil, various objects of clothing right across the words. On the first line, I used markers to trace the clothes only outside the letters. On the second line, I used the markers to trace the clothing only inside the letters.

The rest of the text was written out using basic round letters in all-caps, using the same markers. Go have some fun with fills.


1 & 2 PETER: Day #5 – Using Block Fills – Bible Page

Working with the carved letters on this small scale was quite a challenge. I wanted the words to look like they were carved right into the brick wall (from the Drawing Room this week) So I drew the wall in pencil, then penciled and inked the words, inked the bricks, erased all the pencil and added the shading to the letters and the color to the wall.

 

Use any one of the styles of filled block letters in your Bible to journal in 1 Peter or 2 Peter.


What fun!

Ddd

 

 


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Wednesday, 13 March 2019
A Little More Whimsy
Topic: Drawing

The continuation of the Whimsical Drawing class had us working on a page of stacked gifts.

What fun these were to draw! It is certainly a process. But the instructor draws all on video and talks through the things to consider as well as showing ideas and techniques.

I printed out her sample sheet but then put it away out of sigh and drew from my memory and imagination.

I may scan and reduce to print out for card fronts that I would then color.

Ddd

 

 


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Monday, 11 March 2019
More Drawing On Toned Paper
Topic: Drawing

Until I started this Drawing 101 class I had not used toned paper for drawing since I was in college (more than a few years ago). But I am discovering that I really do like the effect.

Good thing since I have a whole notebook of it now!

This was the 8th lesson from the class. Again, we were provided with a photograph to work from.

I do two things to help myself: 1) I use my computer to change the photo to black and white and then play with the lighing and contrast so I get good details to print. 2) I draw a grid on my printout and on my drawing paper and use the gridlines to transfer the drawing outlines.

These two steps help me immensly in getting a good result.


Our photo was a whole bundle of garlic bulbs with one featured. We were given the option of zooming in to work on only the featured bulb and working in more detail. That is the option I chose.

Ddd

 


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Sunday, 10 March 2019
Time For Another Old Song
Topic: Hymnal Art

I broke away from my usual style for the illustration of 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus' in my hymnal.

There were so many phrases that I wanted to highlight that I did them all!

It turned out pretty busy but it is not hard to focus in on different parts to isolate them.


This work was all done with markers.

Ddd

 


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Friday, 8 March 2019
Lettering Judges
Topic: Bible Journaling

On we go with the lettering lessons. This week they were unusual twists on block letters.

Here are the daily lessons:

JUDGES: Day #1 – Extreme Edits to Block Print – Intro

This week we will be exploring three ways to get a little more creative with our block letters. This is one of the novelty prints we will explore on day 3. But in the meantime, have fun recreating this intro word for the book of Judges.

The lettering starts in pencil with a big, fat outline of the general letter shape. Then a small Basic Round Capital is attached to the edge of the letter.

Draw the little letter with colored ink and then use black for the big outline. Erase the pencil.

This one is a lot of fun!



JUDGES: Day #2 – Short & Fat Block Print – Alphabet

There’s lots of fun to be had by making even small edits to basic block print letters. Today, explore this by making an alphabet that makes the letters shorter by one unit and wider by making the elements 1 ½ units instead of 1 unit like we drew originally.

You can see that I still had problems with that pesky S!

What other changes would you make on an alphabet like this? Draw any optional forms you like.

 



JUDGES: Day #3 – Inside Job – Alphabet

Oh, goody! We’re back to the letter-in-a-letter alphabet that we introduced on day 1.

In review, draw the outline of the big letter in pencil (outline only - no internal lines. Then draw in the little letter along the edge.

Use colored ink to trace the little letter and black ink for the large outline. Erase the pencil.

This really goes pretty quickly and looks great in use.



JUDGES: Day #4 – Slash Edge Blocks – Alphabet

This is another simple way to make block letters. Basically, the letters are only outlines. Where the regular letter would have internal spaces, all of these details are accomplished with only slashes.

None of these shaping lines have any dimension – just a line.

These look good when overlapped just a little – each one to the right tucks behind the one preceding it.



JUDGES: Day #5 – Extreme Block Edits – Bible Page

I couldn’t resist using the letter-in-a-letter style for this block of text.

I used a lot of different colors for the little letter inserts so it has a lot of movement. Notice how readable this font is.

I illustrated this page using the songbird from this week’s Drawing Room and added a bit of music for him to perch on.


So ends another week.

Ddd

 

 


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Thursday, 7 March 2019
A Bit of Whimsy
Topic: Drawing

In a Whimsical Drawing class the first lesson was on drawing fantastic flowers. These are all flowers made up as I went along.

This was drawn entirely in Prismacolor pens.

After the drawing was complete the background was filled in with brush marker.

This was another drawing that I reduced and printed to go in my interleaved bible.


I colored my print with markers and lettered a scripture to the bottom of the page.

Ddd

 

 

 


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Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Lesson 7 in Drawing 101
Topic: Drawing

Lesson 7 in the class Drawing 101 is again working on toned paper (as are all the rest in this series).

We were provided with a photograph to draw with the concentration on light and shadow. This one was of a padlock on an old door.


I liked my drawing so much that I scanned it and printed on plain paper in a reduced size. The I trimmed and added it to my interleaved bible and lettered a verse with it.


I really like this bible for glueing in full-page art.

Ddd

 

 


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Monday, 4 March 2019
Lettering in Joshua
Topic: Bible Journaling

It was time for another lettering lesson in the progressive series I started January 1. This week the focus was on the book of Joshua.

Here are the daily lessons:

JOSHUA: Day 1 – Block Lower Case – Intro

This week we are going to add to the block lettering in several ways. First up will be to create a lower-case alphabet. We’ll practice this process today using just the single word, ‘Joshua’.

In pencil, lightly draw out the word in a basic print as shown on the first line. Then draw an equal width on all sides of these lines. Ink the outline only and erase the pencil guides.

When I am using lower-case, I don’t make the elements as wide as when using all-caps. The lower-case letters are obviously smaller and have tighter internal spaces. Making the elements narrower gives some breathing room on the insides of the letters.



JOSHUA: Day 2 – Block Letters in Dual Case – Alphabet

Use the technique introduced yesterday to create a full alphabet for the upper- and lower-case block letters. The final alphabet will be personal to you because it is based on your initial writing of the basic round print letters.

What we are doing by using this method is helping you to develop your own personal style. You’ll note that my alphabet is not perfectly formed. This is okay with me because it is just a reminder sheet on how to construct the letters. I am not trying to match an ‘ideal’.



JOSHUA: Day 3 – Color Fills – Exploration

It’s time to play with color! I love this part of the process. Today we are going to write up another sample page of block letters (or you can make a photocopy of an alphabet you’ve already done) and experiment with a variety of color options. I did all of my samples in colored pencil.

 

1)      1- Down the left side practice blending colors on your letters. Although you could do these letters with any two colors you wished, I did mine in the rainbow – blending two colors on each line: red-orange, orange-yellow, yellow-green, green-blue, blue-indigo, indigo-violet.

2)      2- Use two tones of the same color to make the letters dimensional. Darker shade goes on the bottom and left of elements and is blended with lighter shade covering the remainder of the letter.

3)      3- Draw a wavy line right through the word. Color the letters above the line and the background below the line.

4)      4- Choose two contrasting colors to apply dots on every other letter. My caps have turquoise dots on purple letters and the lower-case have purple dots on turquoise letters.

5)      5- Six shades of the same gray were used to color successive letters.

6)      6- Alternating solids were used to color these letters.

7)      7- Dark colors (red and orange) were used to outline the letters and a bright (yellow) used to fill in.