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Saturday, 25 May 2019
Trust and Obey
Topic: Hymnal Art

I was ar a Bible Journaling Retreat and we all got lots of goodies donated by companies and the leaders. I gained a couple of sets of alphabet stickers among my new treasures.

Then the assignment came to decorate the song 'Trust and Obey' in our hymnals.

I started with the block letter stickers but soon realized that they were not a consistent size so they looked a little sloppy. I pulled out the second set of letters which were in a combatible color and of letters on little dots.

So I placed matching letters in random places, stacked on top. Still not quite right so I outlined all the stickers in fine line black pen. That's better!

I had matching strips of border stickers which I employed as divider elements and outlined those as well.


I used gold peel-off sticker trim at the top and bottom as a finale.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:14 PM PDT
Friday, 24 May 2019
End of an Era
Topic: Bible Journaling

This is the last in the series of progressive lessons from basic round print to bounce lettering. I will still be teaching lettering lessons but they will be built on one or more of the lessons from this series.

This week's lessons are built around the book of Esther.

Bounce Lettering – Introduction

This week is the culmination of all our study in the progressive series on lettering – from basic print to elegant script. We have visited the faux-brush script (last week) and now will enter the realm of bounce lettering. This style is sometimes referred to as ‘modern calligraphy’ and is most often executed with a brush-tipped marker. However, we will continue to use our method of penciling the letters, making adjustments, inking our best effort, erasing the pencil and thickening and filling the downstrokes.

 

This week we will be using samples from the book of Esther so our introductory word is just that.

 

First, use your regular script to write out the word, using the baseline and x-height and ascender line as guides.

Then lightly sketch a pencil line just below and just above the baseline. Edit your letters so some drop below the line and some ride above it. Exaggerate the loops and heights as you wish and connect some letters as I have with the th.

 

Trace over your final lines in ink and thicken the downstrokes before erasing your pencil.

 



Bounce Lettering – Alphabet

For this practice sheet, draw sets of guidelines to establish the baseline, x-height and ascender line. On the first set of lines start writing out your regular script alphabet (lower case). Then on the second set of lines write the same letters but carry some below and some above the baseline. You can also exaggerate elements such as loops and curls.

 

Study the alphabets below to see some of the differences I chose to make in my letters. Now make it your own!

 

At the bottom of your page, practice some bounce and alternative forms in common letter combinations. With bounce lettering it is NOT desirable to have uniform letters as you want it to be obvious that this is an artistic, hand lettered product.

 

 

 



Bounce Lettering – Practice

Just as we did yesterday, we are drawing those guidelines and writing our phrase in normal script. Make a second set of guidelines and repeat this step (shown in pink lines here). Then use pencil to exaggerate those letters and make them bounce.

 

Now try it again, working over and under. This time let the exaggerated forms fill in spaces where the words come together.

 

Then draw some baselines that are not square to the page OR one another. Use these to write in bounce letters.

 



Bounce Lettering – Faux Brush Bounce

Today, I want you to draw some ‘rising and falling’ curved baselines and use them to write a block of text.

 

Make the exaggerations fill the open spaces. Don’t forget to work in pencil and edit over and over and over to get just the look you want.

 

Ink when you are finished and then use the double-line technique to turn your letters to faux-brush lettering.

 

It does not have to be perfect! This is a sharp learning curve that most are practicing for a LONG time before it comes naturally. The goal is beautiful, artistic lettering – not looking like it was produced on a computer. Your own variations and designs will make it unique to you.

 



Bounce Lettering – Bible Page

Use a piece of paper to do all the design and layout work for a scripture in bounce lettering. Edit until you have it just the way you want and then ink the letter forms. This will make them easier to see for tracing.

 

Trace into your bible (I used my interleaved ESV in Esther 4:14) using pencil, then ink the letters, then make them faux-brush with thickened downstrokes. Erase all the pencil and decorate the page as you wish.

 


As further evidence of what a difference the thickened downstrokes make, take a look at this side-by-side comparison of before and after adding them.


Seriously? Why would you NOT add them?

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:04 AM PDT
Thursday, 23 May 2019
The Echo On Ringo Lake
Topic: Quilting

On the Quiltville blog in November 2017, a new mystery quilt was started. Now, I have said to myself ('declared' is more accurate) several times that I would never do another mystery quilt, but I got sucked in by the inspiration photo, the name and the color palette (coral, teal, chocolate, cream).

While I worked off and on toward the goal what I didn't like was:

  1. I had too wide a range of values within each color reducing the continuity in the pattern.
  2. This designer works with REALLY small pieces.
  3. The pattern is for a queen sized quilt with no details on downsizing it. I didn't NEED a queen sized but had to make all the parts anyway becuse you don't know how they all go together until you have all the pieces in hand.
So, I made ALL the parts called for (grumping all the way, mind you) and came to the 'reveal' with a dissapointed "yikes"!
 
I decided to make enough extra of the side setting triangle units that I could break the pattern in half and finish off the edges where they split apart.
 
One is backed with a dirty coral print with small dragonflies. The other has a solid coral backing from the same fabric as the binding on both. One is quilted with stitch-in-the-ditch around major shapes in the blocks. The other is quilted with a large meander in coral.
 
The best thing I can say about these is "they are done". I am naming them Thing One and Thing Two.
 


Because of the split I ended up with 4 blocks left over. I told the ladies at my group that, if someone wouldn't take them I would rotary trim them into small pieces and toss them. One of the ladies took them to make a doll blanket for a niece. Nice save!

Now, I hereby declare, "I will never make another mystery quilt." And, this time, I mean it!

Ddd

 

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:16 AM PDT
Monday, 20 May 2019
Onward!
Topic: Hymnal Art

Monday means it's time to show another decorated song in my hymnal. This is such a fun new craft.

The assigned hymn this week is Onward Christian Soldiers. I remember how we used this to march in Vacation Bible School when moving between activities!

I traced an image I had painted durint the 31 Days of Watercolor Painting last July.


This time I used colored pencils for the coloring medium.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:44 PM PDT
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Drawing Down
Topic: Bible Journaling

Using filled double lines on letters is an entirely different animal when used on script as opposed to basic prints. This week the lessons will introduce faux-brush script.

We are now going to move from a single-line script to what is called ‘faux-brush; script. This is because it looks like it was drawn with brush pens, but it is just added lines with the regular pens and filled in. Because it is done in simple steps, one at a time, it is an easy and elegant font to master.

 

For the sample, using the two books of the Bible in the cover-to-cover plan in CBJ, I lettered in standard script leaving a little extra room between the letters. Then I added a single line to the downstrokes (more about that tomorrow).

 

Work on getting the line gap consistent and blending the lines together on the upper and lower curves so you don’t have an abrupt joining.



We touched briefly on the term ‘downstrokes’ yesterday but didn’t really define it. When you are writing script, sometimes your pen is traveling away from you, sometimes side to side and sometimes it is being drawn toward you. When the pen is coming toward you, that is a downstroke.

 

Draw out a basic script alphabet. Then with a different color of pen mark arrows ONLY along the lines that are downstrokes. If you’ve used some of the alternative letter forms, use the guidelines above to define the downstrokes in your letters.



Draw out a full script alphabet again. Using the downstroke guide you created yesterday, add a second line to all the downstrokes. Work on keeping the line gap consistent throughout. Also, be careful to blend your dual lines together when they join at the upper or lower curve of a letter.

 

There are a couple of letters where ALL the lines are downstrokes (K and X). These can look heavier than the other letters so you may elect to leave the second stroke as a single line. Try it both ways and choose the one you like.

 

(Yes, on my sample, I put the double stroke on the ‘I’ on the wrong line. It doesn’t look horrible, so it stays!)



I want you to write out the script alphabet again. I know it seems redundant, but I want you to have the complete range of steps in samples when you finish this series.

 

Again, add the double lines to the downstrokes. Then use your pen to color between the lines. You can really see the heaviness of the K and X once you get the fill done. Try it out with one of the strokes as a single line and see if you like it better that way. Mark the one you will use as your personal style.



Select a scripture in either Titus or Philemon on which you can letter using the faux-brush script. When you are lettering small like this, you may wish to use a finer-tipped pen. Use a small caps font for some of those connecting words to save space.

 

Don’t forget to give some weight to your punctuation by thickening the lines on them, too.

 

This sample page also has the addition of the poppies from this week’s Drawing Room.



Select a scripture in either Titus or Philemon on which you can letter using the faux-brush script. When you are lettering small like this, you may wish to use a finer-tipped pen. Use a small caps font for some of those connecting words to save space.

 

Don’t forget to give some weight to your punctuation by thickening the lines on them, too.

 

This sample page also has the addition of the poppies from this week’s Drawing Room.


Not only did the lettering turn out great, but those poppies are really beautiful.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:27 PM PDT
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Put a New Slant On It
Topic: Bible Journaling

In this week's lettering lesson series we are going to focus exclusively on various slants for script lettering.

 

Throughout this week we will be exploring the use of various slants on script lettering and the effect it has on the ‘character’ of the written text.

 

The sample today applies no slant whatsoever – a true upright. You can use whatever letter styles you have adopted from the options presented in the script styles studied so far. To write the upright, make sure to align the ascenders and descenders on a vertical.

 

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.



To begin preparing for the extreme slant script, mark on your paper a box that is 3 units wide and three units high. Draw a line from corner to corner, creating a 45-degree angled line. Then, mark a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

Now, as you begin writing your alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the angled line to establish the core lean. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.

 



To begin preparing for the full upright script, mark on your paper vertical lines that are three units high. Make a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

As you write your alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the vertical line to establish the core. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.



As before, we will draw a box with an angled line to establish the angle of the core of our letters. Mark on your paper a box that is 3 units wide and 2 units high. Draw a line from upper left to lower right, creating a backhand angle. Then, mark a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

To write the alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the angled line to establish the core lean. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.

 



Each of the alphabets we studied this week have their own character because of the angle on the letters. Once you choose a scripture to write in the book of Nehemiah in your Bible, select the alphabet slant that best establishes the spirit of the text.

 

Sketch out your angled guidelines along with 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. I used the extreme slant because it showed more ‘strength’ than the other two alphabets.


Isn't it amazing how the slant changes the entire character of these alphabets?

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:03 PM PDT
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Can't Stop Singing
Topic: Hymnal Art

Amazing how many of these hymns we've been assigned that are not in the hymnal I am using. I remember singing them as a kid but, somewhere along the way, somebody decided they didn't need to be in the book any more. Harumph!

I end up finding a printable copy online and adjusting the size so it will fit into the hymnal I have. I do the art and coloring before I trim it down and glue it into the gutter.

I found a clip-art image to guide me in the features of this lady's face.


Her hair is all original! This is colored in pencils.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:24 PM PDT
Sunday, 5 May 2019
More Lettering Lessons
Topic: Bible Journaling

Ready for the next lesson in the series? Let's dive in to beginning script.

This week we will convert our semi-script into full script. It is much easier than you might expect, thanks to the way we have studied incremental changes.

 

Today, make some practice areas on your paper, marked with even amounts of space above and below the x-height. I have written out two slightly different versions of script that you can practice. As you go, try to identify the things that make this font different from our semi-script and what makes it different from your handwriting?



This is the full alphabet for a basic script style. Note that I said ‘A’ basic script. Because there are many alternative forms for many of the letters. We will look at a few of the more common ones tomorrow.

 

This alphabet uses an x-height that is one-half of the total letter height. The bowls are oval and the letters have an italic slant.

 

You will note that some of the letters are not what one commonly learns in cursive writing – the bowl of the ‘b’, the ‘f’ fully above the baseline, the loops of lower-case beginning at the x-height, etc. Let’s just all agree to write them this way today and break any pre-conceived notions about script lettering (which is NOT the same as cursive handwriting).



As was mentioned a few days ago, there are alternative forms to many script letters. A few have been included here to give you some choice in your personal style going forward.

 

When watching others do script lettering, I have been drawn to the new way of drawing the ‘b’, the ‘H’, the ‘p’, the ‘r’, and the ‘s’. As I have practiced these more and more, they are becoming part of my own style. If you were to look at script fonts online or in books, you would find other forms that you might like to incorporate.



Once you’ve practiced and selected the form you want to use for each lower-case letter you will move on to learning how to connect them to form words. Again, this is NOT the same as cursive handwriting. Unlike penmanship, hand lettering is meant to be drawn rather than written; decorative rather than utilitarian.

One of the hardest things for many is forming the habit of pausing and lifting the pen in the middle of words. This allows for connecting letters in a more artistic way than the cursive we learned in childhood.

 

Use this method to write out your lower-case alphabet as long words, using the letter forms you have chosen. When you get to the end of a line, move down and continue with the next letter series (beginning with the last letter used). I have marked the end-point (where I lifted the pen) with a red dot. I have marked the start points (where the letter began) with a green dot. [green=go, red=stop]

 

You will likely want to do different letter connections when going from a short letter into one with a loop and stem than when connecting a series of small letters. Also, you can elect to pencil the letters as stand-alones and then go back and add the connections where they seem natural to you. Do NOT leave letters unconnected within words at this point. Later, when you are confident with styling, this may be an artistic choice you make.

 

Letter pairs (bb, dd, ee, gg, ll, mm, nn, oo, pp, rr, ss, tt) often get a different styling than a single letter of the same. It is hard to get both letters to match, so you may intentionally change one slightly so it looks planned.



Having studied individual letter connection, you will want to practice writing words which will use different combinations of letters. Choose a scripture in our feature book (Ezra) and practice on paper until you are pleased with how all your letters are formed and connected.  Remember to work in pencil first and to s-l-o-w

d-o-w-n. You are drawing the letters, not writing them.

 

Transfer your best effort into your bible either by tracing or by following your original steps to recreate it.

 

 


Another one in the books!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:45 PM PDT
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Sometimes It Just Comes Together
Topic: Hymnal Art

Mostly, when I can't think of an image that illustrated a scripture or a song, the easiest thing to do is flowers.

For this Easter hymn I decided to do lilies like the ones I taught in the Drawing Room lesson last year.

But once I got to the stage of coloring I decided to color like stargazer lilies because they have the most beautiful pink streaks and fascinating dots on the petals.

I used these on the hymn with colored pencils as the medium.

 


These came out exactly how I envisioned them!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:16 PM PDT
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Here's Where It All Ends
Topic: Lettering

That title refers to the Typography for Bible Journaing class and the 30 Days Of Bible Lettering challenge that I combined for this series. Both of these end today.

These three lessons were to focus on 'impact' in the lettering.

April 28 - Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


 

 

April 29 - Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.


 

 

April 30 - Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;


I hope you've enjoyed this series with the combination of class homework and an online challenge.

Now I will have to decide which of these I want to refine and add to the margins of my journaling bible.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:55 AM PDT
Monday, 29 April 2019
Advancing In Skills At Retreat
Topic: Bible Journaling

This past weekend I went to a bible journaling retreat in southern Oregon with 13 other ladies from around the PNW and other states.

Several of us taught classes to the others - My contribution was lessons based on my Drawing Room tutorials and Lettering Lodge series. Great success!

Though I don't have anything to show from that, I do have pictures of the final bible pages from the other lessons.

This first page is 2 Corinthians 5:12 in my interleaved bible. Products/processes: gelato background, printed vellum tipin, washi tape borders, napkin technique using Mod Podge. This combined two of our lessons.


Next is also in my interleaved bible in Romans 12:2. 

It uses a watercolored background, Distress Inks through stencil, A doily stamp applied through stencil, pen outlining and lettering.


For Lamentations 3:22-23 in the interleaved bible I used gelatos and baby wipe, lettering with brush pen and pen.


Next up was Psalm 51:10 in the interleaved bible.

First up was gelatos and bubble wrap! Then I drew in the rope with pen, made drips with watercolor and a straw, distressed the edges of the cutout shapes using Distress Ink pads, glued the music hearts and fabric heart only enough to keep them in place while allowing them to be free at the bottom. I made tiny clothespins with skinny washi tape. The bottom steip is Him Holtz tissue tape. Watercolor shading on the clouds.


We then made a tag with a napkin technique that utilized Saran Wrap to aid in placement. Embellished with washi tape, strips of pearls and bling, lace and ribbons.

I haven't lettered on mine yet.


We then were given a variety of papers and pockets to fold and nest. These were then center-stapled to create a 'junk journal'. Materials included strips of torn fabric to attach to big paper clips.

I have not used any of the pages in mine yet.


In 1 Peter 1:24-25 in the interleaved bible I made a Distress Ink background with blender tool, stamped in versamark and embossed with gold, colored with colored pencils and lettered with Micron pen.


And the last one that I did during 'free time' and not from anything we had covered in the lessons.

I did this in Song of Solomon 2:1 in my Journal the Word bible.

Method uses packing tape over a printed image with a white background. This is burnished well and then placed in a bowl of water to soak. When it is thoroughly soaked you lay it face down on a towel and use fingertips to rub away the paper. Soak and rub, soak and rub till all of the white paper is gone, leaving just the image on the tape.

You allow the tape to air dry and it is still sticky. Just place in the margin and trim the edges.


So that is it - the sessions were held over two days so we really accomplished a lot.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 April 2019
Learning Semi-Script Lettering
Topic: Bible Journaling

This series on progressive lettering styles is coming right along! This part of the series is focused on moving into semi-script.

The remarkable thing about today’s practice word is how unremarkable it is! In fact, it looks pretty much like it was written from last week’s lesson on italics.

 

However, note that the tail on the ‘e’ is just a little longer and the base of the ‘w’ is now round instead of coming to two points. The whole word is just a little more relaxed.

 

Consider it like the difference between these two typefaces:   Hebrews and Hebrews

 

Tomorrow we’ll see the many other changes that transform this style.



Although very similar to the italic oval print, the semi-script introduces little curled tails at the end of letters that would normally end on the baseline.

 

These letters do NOT connect to one another in their application which is why it is only a semi-script and not a script. But those tails actually make the letters faster to write as they help the letters to flow together and they make the text to enhance the feeling of the words being cohesive elements.

 

Today we are using the same upper-case as for the italics.



Today you can practice an alternative upper-case for the semi-script. These are more in keeping with the flowing style that allows you to make the letter forms more quickly.

 

Notice the trailing tails on the ‘A’, ‘E’, ‘L’, ‘Q’, ‘R’, ‘U’ and ‘Z’.

 



Let’s put it all together – The alternative upper-case, the italic slant, the trailing tails. But remember, we are NOT connecting out letters together.

 

Practice by writing out a block of text. I used Hebrews 4:16.

 

It is more difficult to write in this particular scale (3 units) as it is hard to keep the x-height consistently falling between those dotted lines. If this is an issue for you, consider penciling in a straight line using a ruler to establish your x-height.

 



This style of print is what my children learned in school instead of basic printing. The teachers felt it would be an easier transformation into cursive for them. In the long run, it did not make their handwriting any more readable than those children who learned standard print and then cursive! But it does make for a very nice print that reads more attractively than a rigid standard print.

 

Remember, we still always work in pencil first to establish our letter size and shapes as well as spacing. Then we ink over our letters, making corrections as desired. When the ink is dry, we erase the pencil.

 

On work such as this blank page, 1) the lettering can be written on graph or dot grid paper and traced 2) guidelines can be drawn on the page with a ruler and pencil to guide the lettering or 3) use the ghost of the printing on the following page to serve as your guidelines (this is what I did).


I love this lettering style!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:27 PM PDT
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Almost There
Topic: Lettering

This set of lessons for the Typography class focused on ‘Banners and, as always, the scriptures are part of the #30DaysofBibleLettering challenge. Banners are fun!

25 - 1 Timothy 6:12 - Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.


 

 

26 - Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.


 

 

27 - 1 John 4:19 - We love because he first loved us.


Almost there - just one more set of Typography lessons to show with the last three in the 30 day lettering challenge. We will finish on April 30.

Ddd