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Monday, 20 January 2020
Take Time To Be Holy
Topic: Hymnal Art

I really noodled on how I could get photos into my hymnal and finally came up with this concept:

  1. take photo
  2. make a photocopy of the hymnal page
  3. download photo and size to the same as the hymn with the same placement on the page
  4. load the print of the hymn in the printer
  5. print the photo
Then I trimmed the printout and glued it into the hymnal right over the original.

And, yes, those are my own hands in the photo.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:09 PM PST
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Mitered Mania
Topic: Quilting

I managed to squeeze out a little time for quilting in the midst of all this bible journaling! I actually cut out all the parts for this in September when I had a friend's AccuQuilt machine and dies on loan for a few weeks.

Actually, I cut a TON of fabric scraps and made kits for dozens of quilts which allows me to just pick up a bag of parts and go straight to sewing.

I had found the pattern for something along these same conceptual lines. They used strip sets of 6 2" strips and I used 5 of 2.5" strips. This made the measurements they had for the blocks totally wrong for me so I just followed the process while inserting my own data.

The finished quilt in the magazine was for a square baby quilt using only 4 of the big blocks. I added 2 of my bigger blocks (for a total of 6) and added wider borders to make a lap quilt.

All from scraps!

I quilted on the longarm machine with a pantograph called "Bountiful Feathers" - my favorite!

First quilt on Squatch with not a single thread break, too.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:58 PM PST
Saturday, 18 January 2020
On Fire
Topic: Bible Journaling

This art by another artist came in both a line art drawing and a lightly colored version. I liked the concept but it was not bright enough for me so I brought it into 'Paint' and used the spraycan feature with multiple colors in many layers to get what I wanted. I also added the drop-shadow to the lettering on the right side.

I did the lettering down the left side with brush marker and yellow highlighter.

This was trimmed to the size that would fit in my interleaved bible with a border all around. I glued it in.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:50 PM PST
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Illuminated List
Topic: Bible Journaling

I have used illuminated lettering before in my bible (in Matthew, for the Lord's Prayer). This time it is used in Levitius to list the prescribed Offerings and Observances that were to be adhered to by the Israelites.

By putting these on two facing pages it is nicely balanced. I changed the color scheme from the NT use of these letters to distinguish them.

A lot og gold glitter gel pen decorates these letters which makes it hard for my camera to get good focus.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:41 PM PST
Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Rejoice Before the Lord
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I am going to draw the same thing in my bible that I've already used elsewhere, I try to do it such a way that it is not obvious that it is the same item. That is what I did with these palm fronds that I had previously used in the New Testament with the Palm Sunday text.

I did not realize that the people were told in Leviticus to cut palm branches and wave them in praise to the Lord.

So this time I drew the branches much larger, limited them to just two and used fine pen to draw everything with double wavy lines.

Each branch was colored with a combination of two greens and the colors were blended with Gamsol using a paper stump.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:35 PM PST
Sunday, 12 January 2020
Lampstand For the Tabernacle
Topic: Bible Journaling

One of our group artists drew her interpretation of the lampstand made for the Tabernacle as described in Exodus.

I took her line art and printed it out then used metallic markers to color it all, leaving little bits of white paper as reflections.

I whited out the stem of the stand so my lettering would 'read' over the top of it.

Exodus 25:31 was selected by the artist.

I cut my page to fit my bible page and glued it in only at the spine.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:28 PM PST
Friday, 10 January 2020
Waterfall on Many Levels
Topic: Bible Journaling

I once drew a tutorial on how to draw a waterfall. It was simplistic (to aid in the teaching to non-drawers). When this verse popped up talking about twelve springs I decided to break the waterfall into multiple stages and embellish them a little. I added in some palms to reflect the rest of the verse (Exodus 15:27).

I started at the top and drew a very short fall of water. Then that level of rocks were added. Next came the pool of water followed by the next layer of short falls and rocks. I continued until I got to the bottom and then went back to add the elements above the falls.

After I had inked everything, erased the pencil and colored with colored pencils I blended with Gamsol on a paper stump. More color was added to the water followed by sparkles in the water done with POSCA white paint pen.

I lettered the verse at the top and bottom and colored in the lettering.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:18 PM PST
Thursday, 9 January 2020
On to the Exodus
Topic: Bible Journaling

The next old font I used from 2018 was one called 'still'. I combined it with Exodus 14:14 and rally let that word 'FIGHT' burst right off the page.

I looked up some illustrations and photos of boxing gloves and drew these directly into my bible (no test sketches on paper). These were then colored with Prismacolor brush marker (which does not bleed through bible paper),

I colored in the letters of the big word to match the gloves and pulled back to yellow for the other words.

I quite like this - bold and intriguing.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:12 PM PST
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
What's New in Genesis?
Topic: Bible Journaling

The bible journal page I did today was to feature a font that was taught back in 2018. Since, in Genesis, everything is 'new' that is the name of the font!

The font features wedge letters with a tripple dot embellishment. I changed my dots to diamonds and only used them on the upper-case letters.

Genesis 15:6 was my featured verse.

I liked the lettering well enough to let it stand on its own instead of making it compete with an illustration.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:03 PM PST
Monday, 6 January 2020
Genesis Map
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am still working with a Facebook group doing bible journaling. This year, we are going book by book straight through the bible with activities such as drawing from lessons, lettering styles, some provided artwork, scripture writing, art in our hymnals and verse mapping.


I am doing the scripture writing and the verse mapping in a Happy Planner and adding in three items of gratitude using the book 1000 Gifts as inspiration. I also plan to write in the lyrics of the hymns in addition to decorating the songs in my hymnal. All of these activities will not be shown on the blog but I will share the pages in my bible that grow out of these.

So, first up for the year is a page in Genesis I did using one of the typography lessons I drew up in April and September last year. (I forgot to mention that I want to try to do a page with these as inspiration as their book comes up in the rotation).

Today's scripture is Genesis 28:15. I drew a little map (completely made up) with water, land, mountains and a trail. It is colored with colored pencils and then marks were added in white pen.

This was kinda fun!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:52 PM PST
Quilt Card
Topic: Collage

I was challenged by a friend to create a step-by-step process for creating a quilt block in paper that would be simple for beginners to duplicate. Part of the challenge was encouraging them to 'use what you have' so they would be freed up fron thinking they had to go buy supplies.

I had a rubber stamp of a quilt block that I used as my inspiration and I laid out on my desktop some old salvaged cards, paint chip samples, wrapping paper scraps, white glue and a bit of washi tape.

By cutting standard shapes I was able to layer parts cut out of my scrappy supplies and came up with this quilt block.

After the process was complete I snagged the block to use on this card front, popped up on foam tape.


Background layers are some foiled paper and scrapbook papers over a purple folded A2 card base.

I went back and added very fine dashed lines to represent stitching on the block and gave the card a gold peel-off greeting.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 5 January 2020
Card Challenge - Graduation
Topic: Art Challenges

I'm going to need THREE graduation cards for grandkids this year so I was glad to see this as one of the challenge themes.

I started this card with a denim printed tissue paper applied as a background on an A2 card base. Then I put together some washi tapes, diecuts, and stickers to create an adventure theme.

The camera was pretty confused by all the gold foil elements so you don't get an awfully clear photo.

CheckONE off the list!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 4 January 2020
Challenge Card - Unusual Background
Topic: Backgrounds

Our first challenge from the card group was to use an unusual background. I had lots of choices as, when I make backgrounds, I do them in marathon sessions and set them aside for use later. My choice for this card was a shaving cream background where I used reinkers.

I already had black and white line drawing scraps on my desktop from yesterday so I snagged a couple and combined them for a focal image. I covered the seam between them with another of the Tim Holtz text stickers.

I double mounted this on top of black scrapbook paper and parchment cardstock before trimming out the background paper with 1/8 gold foiled washi tape.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:27 PM PST
Friday, 3 January 2020
Card Swap - Black and White
Topic: Pretty Paper

Another thing I want to do this year is get back to participating in card swaps and challenges. I only belong to one card-making group now and they put out monthly: 1 card swap on an assigned theme, 2 card challenges which may be techniques, supplies, themes, etc, and 1 card of the month entry that can be anything goes.

They also do a continuing letter-by-letter swap but, after two rounds of the full alphabet, I am bowing out of that one for the time being.

So, today I have a share of my first swap card of the year on the theme Black and White.

I chose to use black and white printed papers in collage with one focal framed out and raised up on foam tape. I used white POSCA paint pen and a black marker to add dashed lines around the focal image (white on the black and black on the white).

This is an A2 sized card with a text sticker from Tim Holtz.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 2 January 2020
Tower of Babel
Topic: Bible Journaling

This year I am challenging myself to use more of the artwork provided on Creative-Bible-Journaling.com for inspiration in my bible journaling. Even if I don't use it exactly as presented, I can make my own edits and trace it in, or even just use it as a jumping off point to draw something else.

This week there was a printable of the Tower of Babel from the book of Genesis. I scaled it to fit the margin of my bible and traced with few hanges (I moved the sun and clouds around and changed the lower part to be steps instead of a pathway.

I used colored pencils and then used my new favorite supply, Gamsol, to blend the colors.

The other edit I made was to write a paraphrase of the story in microprint along the tops of the walls.

This is in my Journal the Word NIV bible.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 31 December 2019
We Three Kings
Topic: Hymnal Art

Yes, Christmas is passed and I have another carol for the season. However, it is so appropriate because the three wise men were NOT at the manger but traveled a long distance and visited Jesus later.

We Three Kings was drawn with fine-line marker and colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. The color was blended with Gamsol on a paper stump.

A black brush marker was used for the solid black.

I used a lettering style that I had taught this fall in the Lettering Lodge (and here on the blog) called 'shield'. and added highlights with white POSCA paint pen.

The stars were added with the white POSCA paint pen, as well.

In the new year we will be going back to standard hymns.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 30 December 2019
Quilt of Valor
Topic: Quilting

The Quilts of Valor program has been going on for quite some time but this is the first one I have made. 

According to the Foundation's website The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

It also reports the following quilt counts:

Quilts Awarded This Month:


Quilts Awarded 2019 YTD:


Total Quilts Awarded:


Now they can add ONE MORE to each of these totals!

My Quilt of Valor is being awarded to a friend of ours who served in the army during the Vietman era, though he was deployed in a different area.

I used fabrics with dulled colors to give the quilt an overall vintage look. The individual pieces largish (flying geese are 3x6) and blocks are 12x12. 

Here is an overview shot:


And a closeup that shows the quilting. Free-motioned zig-zags in the white chevron areas. The red and white diamond areas are outlined in long scallops as are the yellow and white pinwheels. Then the pinwheels got a star quilted into them.


For the backing I found this awesome vintage flag print.

This will be presented on January 1, 2020.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:04 PM PST
Sunday, 29 December 2019
Collaborative Quilting
Topic: Quilting

My sister had started a few quilting projects at the time of her passing. That was a girl with very few unfinished projects!

One was a SET that included a queen-sized bed quilt top (completely pieced), a matching wall hanging (laid out on the design wall) and a set of commercial pillowcases with extra blocks to decorate them with.

I took a lot of time practicing on her longarm machine with lap quilts until I was confident that I would not ruin the projects she had begun. The last week I got brave and loaded the two quilts one after the other and quilted both with a feather pattern from one of her pantograph rolls.

I was SO pleased that everything turned out perfectly!

I laid them out at Mom's house to photograph them:

She had designed this set of projects for her daughter's new house. They are boxed up and ready to mail tomorrow.

I hope I did her proud and that they will be used with loving memories!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:30 PM PST
Saturday, 28 December 2019
Lettering in the Book of John
Topic: Bible Journaling

As the year draws to a close so does the Cover to Cover lettering project. And we finished theprocess with the book of John.

These are the lessons:

JOHN: Day #1 – Elite – Introduction

The font this week is all-caps and elegant. The stems on this tall, graceful style are flared at all the ends of lines and thickened at the interior of curves. Crossbars are angled as well as curved.

The lower part of the graphic shows the steps to constructing the letters. First, establish the stems of your 4-unit letters. Add any crosspieces. Flare the ends – the flares are much longer and smoother than a triangle serif. Fill between the lines.

Practice this construction method on the c2c book of the week – JOHN.







JOHN: Day #2 – Elite – Alphabet

Especially note the thickened internal curves on letters like the B C D G O P Q R U. Also note the filled sharp angles on the M V W and Z. These same styling elements are used on some of the numerals.

Make guidelines for a 4-unit letter height and write your alphabet using the same steps to construction that we learned yesterday.







JOHN: Day #3 – Elite – Word Play

Today we will practice using the Elite Font to write some words descriptive of the style. This practice will help you get comfortable with letter spacing.

Use the same construction methods we’ve been employing all week.







JOHN: Day #4 – Elite – Scripture Writing

Today we are moving on from simple word lists to writing a block of text – a scripture this time. This moves us from letter spacing to word spacing.

Same methods for construction apply. If you want to challenge yourself, try centering each line.







JOHN: Day #5 – Elite – Bible Page

Today we advance to using the Elite Font in our bibles. You’ll want a short scripture or phrase as you can only practically get one word per line.  If you do have a longer scripture, use the Elite font for important words and find a simple script or italic font in a smaller scale for the rest.

Height-wise, this fits nicely in two lines of the margin markings. However, it is advised that you move to a thinner tipped pen. Use the same construction methods and you’ll do just fine.

I combined my text with the Well tutorial from the Drawing Room.



Yes, I will continue lettering in my bible and in my journaling in the new year. Even I don't know what form it will take, though. I will not be teaching online lessons in 2020.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 25 December 2019
Joy To The World
Topic: Hymnal Art

The hymnal art for today is on the Christmas Carol 'Joy to the World'. With all of the Christmas Story art that I have been doing in this hymnal I could not think of something different in that vein so I went with jingle bells.

I started out on scrap paper drawing a bell from memory but it did not look quite right so THEN I looked up a reference photo and made a few corrections from that. I had it 'almost' right but my X cuts were not deep enough on the ball. I bet those original bells would not have even rung!

Once I got the style right, I added three of them to the hymnal page along with some ribbon to hold them all together.

When it got to coloring, I grabbed some metallic paint pens in gold, silver and green for the bells and in red for the ribbons.

You can faintly see where I aded matching glitter gel pen for the highlights.

The JOY is round stickers.



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

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