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Sunday, 29 September 2019
I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
Topic: Hymnal Art

Another hymn was chosen for art that was indeed in my book but that I had never heard. We obviously grew up with a limited repertoire and a different one than some others. I wonder if the distinction is regional. It isn't denominational as the book I am using is the hymnal from the denominationn in which I grew up.

In any case, I focused on the aspect of prayer and chose a scripture to reinforce this. 

I lettered over the musical staffs and then added several stickers to fit the theme.

In celebration of Psalm 116:1-2



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:53 PM PDT
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Three In One
Topic: Bible Journaling

As our group is working on journaling in the bible 'cover to cover' the goal is to have something done in every book by the end of the year. We are alternating between Old Testament front to back and New Testament back to front. Since there are many more Old Testament books, sometimes a set of short ones will be combined into one week. So this week we did various activities in Joel, Amos and Obadiah. (I misspelled Obadiah in several places throughout my samples!)

Here is the lettering lesson for the week:


JOEL/AMOS/OBADIAH: Day 1 – Flourish – Introduction

This is probably the fanciest font we have introduced here in the Lettering Lodge. But it, too, is not really as complicated as it looks – just several steps to get you there.

Follow along with the basic building process shown on the letter ‘A’.

1)      Sketch out the basic letter skeleton

2)      Add the flourishes

3)      Make teardrop ends where indicated

4)      Sketch in flowers and trimmings AND ink them

5)      Ink rest of letter without actually touching the flower

6)      Thicken midlines but not the ends of lines

Do the same steps on the ‘J’ and the ‘O’ and write in the rest of the words in script. Note relative size and placement of script letters.



JOEL/AMOS/OBEADIAH: Day #2 – Flourish – Alphabet

The Flourish alphabet has a few elements that are common across multiple letters. These are the bones that make the alphabet cohesive. First practice these structures – you will recognize them when you are making your letter skeletons. Follow the step-by-step shown for the letter ‘A’ as you draw EVERY letter in the alphabet.

1)      Used on B, D, E, F, P, R

2)      Used on H, M, N, T, Y

3)      Used on I, J, K, L

4)      Used on V, W

5)      Used on ALL LETTERS






JOEL/AMOS/OBADIAH: Day #3 – Flourish – Lower-Case

The lower-case alphabet used with the Flourish capitals is a delicate script with faux-brush styling. Note that this is built on the same framework as the upper-case (4 units high) but the baseline is raised one unit and the x-height is at the midline. The ascender is ½ unit lower than the full 4th unit.

Draw base letter with pencil, ink it, then draw a second line along the downstrokes and fill in with pen. Erase pencil.

When this is combined with the Flourish font it creates an elegant word.



JOEL/AMOS/OBADIAH: Day #4 – Flourish – Practice

Today, select a verse from one of the three featured books and letter it using the Flourish font. Don’t you love the way this looks?

I made the flowers and trimmings with a dark purple marker and brushed over them with a lighter purple to create a ‘glow’. This was done before inking the letters.



JOEL/AMOS/OBADIAH: Day #5 – Flourish – Bible Page

Create a bible page in one of the featured books using the Flourish font. My words were short so I was able to keep the original scale of 4 units using the lines in my margin.

For the flowers and trimmings, I drew them in using black and then used a bleed-free marker to color over them.

The lighthouse is from this week’s Drawing Room.

Whew! That is some intensive lettering - doable but time consuming. But isn't it awesome when it is done?





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Blue Birds Converge
Topic: Quilting

From my stash of fat quarters I selected 4 that looked good together to create another Convergence quilt from the instructions created by Ricky Tims.  I truly love how these come together.

I wait until the center is constructed before selecting material for the borders as so much depends on the final layout.

For this one I chose a small border of tiny houndstooth followed by a dark teal print with browns and golds in it.

I used a paper pantograph and teal thread for the quilting.

The whole thing is brighter than this appears but I could not adjust the color intensity enough without totally skewing the look of the quilt. This will have to do.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:30 PM PDT
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
After This We're Down To Five
Topic: Lettering

Wow, this series is going so quickly!

September 22 - Ephesians 2:8

September 23 - Exodus 14:14

September 24 -Hebrews 12:14

September 25 - Lamentations 3:23

This last one is my favorite so far, too!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:22 PM PDT
Monday, 23 September 2019
God Will Take Care Of You
Topic: Hymnal Art

My hymnal is really looking good as I add more artwork to it. This week the assigned hymn was 'God Will Take Care Of You'.

I pulled out my envelope of stickers and created a sticker collage on this page. Instead of using the song lyrics I chose a scripture with the same theme. The letter dots are stickers, outlined in ink. Then I lettered the rest of the verse over the sticker bookmark using Prismacolor marker.

More stickers for borders and a gold sticker for the open bible.


Doesn't Isaiah 41:10 fit this hymn perfectly?



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Lettering In The Letter... To The Galatians
Topic: Bible Journaling

After using this style of lettering on a couple of recent projects I decided I wanted to do a full set of lessons so that YOU could do it too!

GALATIANS: Day 1 – Unicals – Introduction

This week’s lettering is an old-fashioned style that looks complicated to duplicate. But it is really based on a basic oval. And since the flourishes share common elements it is really quite easy to accomplish.

Here are step-by-step guides to get you through writing the sample word for this week: Galatians.





GALATIANS: Day 2 – Unicals – Alphabet

For this alphabet you can see there are basically the ‘round’ letters and the ‘straight’ letters. I’ve given you a red guide for each that will show you what your basis will be. This is followed by the addition of the elements that turn it into a completed letter.

There are a few things to point out that unify the letters. The curved letters have a bulging line that comes to a rounded point along the midline. Only a few straight lines have a bulge (A, K, X, Z). These are always on a single line, not a double. These letters have serifs. Sometimes they are dipped (tops of B, D, N, M, P). Some are angled (C, G, S). Then there are triangles (L, T, Z). Watch for the teardrop ends on A, B, D, G, J, K, N, P, R, U and X.

Finally, there are two letters that are truly unique but are in keeping with the original uncial alphabet. These would be E and W. If you truly don’t like these, change them up. The E could have the long right bar removed and replaced with two angled ends like the C. The W could be replaced by an inverted M.





GALATIANS: Day 3 – Unicals – Practice Words

Practice writing a phrase or scripture with the new alphabet. In your Pencil-Ink-Erase methods, actually draw in the ovals and the posts to begin with as it will help with not only your letter formation, but your spacing as well. Try using a color fill on your letters.





GALATIANS: Day 4 – Unicals – Scripture Writing

Work on making larger and smaller versions of the letters as well as centering. Do you find it easier to write the letters now? You should be getting a feel for where the various style elements fit in which will make it easier to write. Did you change out those Es and Ws?

Do you have a gold gel pen? If so, use that for your letter fills. This is a style that will especially benefit from it.





GALATIANS: Day 5 – Unicals – Bible Page

Because of all that practice, the writing of this long block of text went fairly quickly. I did compress some letters in ‘deceived’ and ‘mocked’ so I would not cover too much of the text. This time, I used a silver glitter gel pen for the letter fills.

Find a scripture in your bible, Galatians if possible, to use this font. This page also uses the dandelions from the Drawing Room lesson of the week.


Give this one a try!






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Just Three Days
Topic: Lettering

I'm only posting three days of lettering today. There's plenty left to come, though.

September 19 - Psalm 126:5

September 20 -Colossians 3:16


 September 21 - Galatians 6:9

I promise to make up the shortfall on days later on.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Broken Bars
Topic: Quilting

I had a quest: 1) find a pattern for a set of fabric rolls I had acquired 2) find a use for a little scenery panel that came from someone's stash 3) make a quilt as a gift for a guy (no frou-frou!). When I came across this pattern in an old magazine I knew I had the solution.

Unfortunately the fabric rolls were not going to stretch to fit the layout so I set out searching my stash for coordinates and cutting more 2.5 inch strips from them.

The fabric panel was not quite large enough to equal one of the pieced blocks so I used a batik to frame it up to fit.

I used a different pantograph roll (with oak leaves and acorns) to quilt this, carefully working around the panel rather than over top of it. Then I did free-hand quilting on the scene - following along the outlines of hills, houses and fences.

The quilting was completed in dark green as it blended well with all of the colors in the piecing.

This will shortly be on its way to the new owner.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
And Four More Days...
Topic: Lettering

More lettering today from the 30 Days of Bible Lettering challenge:

September 15 - Proverbs 16:3

September 16 -Matthew 5:44

September 17 -1 Corinthians 10:31

September 18 -Romans 5:8


 Many of these are using lettering styles I have taught here.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Asian Dreams
Topic: Quilting

At a yard sale last year I picked up a variety of Asian fabrics. They were from a sample pack so the sizes varied. I set these aside while keeping an eye out for just the right pattern that would have a feel of asian design but would look good with the scrappy look of mixed fabrics.

When I saw this pattern in an advertisement for a fabric line in a magazine, I immediately knew that it was the one.

I cut it so that there are NO DUPLICATE fabrics in the whole thing. There are some with the same design but in a different colorway from the fabric line so they coordinate.

I made the top while on a quilting retreat in June and set it aside to do on the longarm machine. But I wanted to have lots of practice under my belt so I would not ruin it. I found a pantograph roll that was included in the things I got delivered with the longarm. Perfect!

Here is a closer photo of the quilting.

I found great prints to use for the borders, backing and binding - all having some gold pattern overlaying them. This coordinated with the golds featured on the prints.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 16 September 2019
Does Jesus Care
Topic: Hymnal Art

The assigned hymn to work on this week was 'Does Jesus Care'. Of coourse we KNOW he does and this song confirms it.

I didn't want to have to do a truly photographic version of a face so I found a photo of a sculpture which automatically gave me a gray-scale image. I drew the defined lines with Prismacolor marker and did all the shading with regular graphite pencil.

I may need to spray this with a fixative to keep it from smearing.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 15 September 2019
Hooray For Hosea
Topic: Bible Journaling

On we go with lettering lessons every week. This week we are up to Hosea with these lessons:

HOSEA: Day #1 – Overstated Serifs – Introduction

The base shapes for this new lettering style come from the Basic Oval Print. From there, double lines have been added and the serifs are hugely overstated.

This sample uses a letter height of 5 units with an x-height of 3 units. Other options will be explored as we progress through the week.





HOSEA: Day #2 – Overstated Serifs – Alphabet

This page of letters was done without the dot-grid paper. This will help you get a feel for the letter relationships which is much more important than having exact measurements. For example, you may wish to have the double lines wider or thinner, you may want the actual letters wider or thinner, or you may want the x-height to be higher or lower. Make it your own! You can write up the alphabet with any of these options knowing that you can change to a different formula when you use it in a project. Color is optional at this stage.





HOSEA: Day #3 – Overstated Serifs – Options

Today we are going to incorporate some of the changes we discussed yesterday. So write out the words that describe the options being demonstrated.

This is a great font to use with simple pattern doodles, to experiment with color, to toss about off the baseline and to mix cases. You can also experiment here with those size variations. If you think of more options, write them out and give it a try.





HOSEA: Day #4 – Overstated Serifs – Scripture Work

Use one or more of your variations (or the original alphabet) to write up a scripture from Hosea. I am loving those curls on the descenders of the y and g, the tails of the R and the arms of the f and r.

Don’t forget to use capitals on all of the initial letters of the words. It adds continuity and gives you more practice on the upper-case.





HOSEA: Day #5 – Overstated Serifs – In Your Bible

For my bible page I varied the letter sizes slightly, tossed them off the baseline and colored them with a range of teals and blues. I combined the verse in Hosea with the lesson from the Drawing Room (raindrops).


And in the drawing lesson for the week, I taught them how to do the raindrops!






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Four More
Topic: Lettering

Time for four more days of the 30 day bible lettering challenge.

September 11 - Romans 12:12


September 12 -1 Thessalonians 5:15

September 13 -Isaiah 40:29


 September 14 -Romans 8:31

Almost halfway done with the challenge now.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 13 September 2019
A Chain Of Diamonds
Topic: Quilting

I made this quilt top this summer and got it sandwiched back in June. I was prepared to do the quilting on my domestic machine but set it aside for other stuff. Then I got the longarm machine and figured I would do the quilting on that.

Well, two issues with that: 1) I had spray basted the three layers together so I wouldn't be able to do the standard loading of the machine and 2) I had wanted tonot have a lot of extraneous material beyond the top so I could fit it in my domestinc sewing machine. That left me no fabric to attach to the leaders on the longarm.

So I found some heavier fabric and sewed it on the two edges - about 7 inches of it. This was what I used to load the quilt onto the machine.

Then I just practiced making patterns on the quilt with free-hand stitching - different patterns in different decorative areas.

I had a lot of tension problems and thread breaks on this but I think it was due to the spray baste that was in the sandwich.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Lettering By The Day
Topic: Lettering

Days 7 to 10 of the #30DaysOfBibleJournaling challenge (Yeah, I know, hashtags don't work on my blog).

September 7 - Colossians 3:23

September 8 - Numbers 6:24

September 9 - Matthew 19:26

September 10 - 1 John 3:18

You might have recognized that medeival writing above on the 9th. I told you I like it!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 9 September 2019
Abide With Me
Topic: Hymnal Art

There is such satisfaction in doing artwork in my hymnal. I decided to use some fancy lettering for this hymn and liked it so much that I am going to create a lesson to teach this lettering style.

The black lines are Prismacolor marker and I did the letter fills with gold glittery gel pen (Signo brand).



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 8 September 2019
Lettering In The Lion's Den
Topic: Bible Journaling

This week, the lettering lessons are from the book of Daniel.

DANIEL: Day #1 – Jubilant Script – Introduction

The lettering this week is a combination of styles, including some invented forms! The lower-case is a fairly straight-forward upright round script (at least in the letters in our sample word.) A few more creative forms will appear in the full alphabet tomorrow.

The upper-case is a very carefree, casual style in which some letters are wide and some narrow. The one thing the all have in common is the little ‘hook’.

The relationship between the cases is extreme. Upper-case is four units while lower-case has an x-height of one unit, an ascender of three units and a descender of one unit.

Somehow it all works!





DANIEL: Day #2 – Jubilant Script – Alphabet

The markings on the left side of the sample graphic are a reminder of the relative letter sizes in this combination of script letters. The letters in the upper-case are so casual that there are very few common elements to watch for, other than the little hook. Some are wide letters and some narrow. You’ll just have to study each letter and get a feel for the shape of it.

In the lower-case, you’ll find mostly standard script formations. The ‘d’ does have a pronounced backhand as does the ‘v’.

When using the lower-case in projects, do as with any other script in designing your own letter connections.





DANIEL: Day #3 – Jubilant Script – Writing Practice

The best way to become comfortable with this lettering style is to just use it. This gives practice with letter formation, letter and word spacing, and letter connections.

Since the casual style of the upper-case is really the feature, when you are writing out blocks of text, use capitals to begin all words.





DANIEL: Day #4 – Jubilant Script – Scripture Writing

This alphabet usually calls for lots of practice before it starts feeling natural. Are you remembering our lettering mantra: Pencil-Ink-Erase? Drawing (sketching) the letters in pencil first lets you make adjustments and corrections in the forms and the spacing until it is just like you want it. Inking over the penciled lines trains your eye and brain to learn the forms and write them more naturally. Erasing the pencil makes your work ready for presentation.

Choose a scripture from Daniel to write using this week’s ‘Jubilant’ script.





DANIEL: Day #5 – Jubilant Script – Bible Page

This lettering style makes a good choice for a quotation because it looks more like personal handwriting. It is that mix between the overstated casualness of the upper-case and the slightly more formal lower-case. It just looks spontaneous!

I used a paraphrase of Daniel’s declaration in my Bible, along with this week’s Drawing Lesson of the ‘lion’.


Another week completed.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Wall To Wall
Topic: Quilting

I needed something to use for practice on my new longarm quilting machine I found a couple of printed panels in my stash and loaded one backing and batting to put both of them on.

The first is fall-themed illustrations set up in framed areas. I used these to practice echo quilting - steering around the outer edges of the decorative elements using the edge of the round foot as my distance guide. I had a bit of an issue with the tension of the quilt sandwich as some nuts on the collar of the back roller didn't get tightened. This allowed the quilt to sag whenit should have stayed taut resulting in some bubbling.

In any case...

The second panel is much narrower and has three gourds in framed sections. I used the gourgs to try some thread painting, tracing over the top of the decorative swirls on them. 

I then tried tracing along the edges of the frame lines to practice vertical and horizontal control.

I gave both of these hanging sleeves and bound them with the same print as the backing.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 6 September 2019
Another Four
Topic: Lettering

I have kept up with the daily lettering challenge and have four more to share today.

September 3 - Psalm 116:7

September 4 -Philippians 4:6

September 5 -Romans 8:39

September 6 - Matthew 28:20

Back in a few days with another batch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Another Loss Close To Home
Topic: Multi-Technique

 Quite a while back, I painted this piece in watercolors on a stamped image. I loved it but the way I had created a card around it did not do it justice so I tore it apart and rescued the painting.

For the new card I grabbed some table scraps (diecut ring, dry embossed panel) as well as a new folded card base and some narrow washi tape.

I used a shaped die to cut out the original image which then seated perfectly into the diecut ring! Once the whole thing was layered I added a gold peel-off sentiment.


It's been a sad several months in our neighborhood - three deaths since last fall.

I hope it is a long time before I need to make any more sympathy cards!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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