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Monday, 31 August 2020
August Lettering Alphabets
Topic: Lettering

You may remember that, at the end of every month, I have been sharing the lettering sheets I did that month to use in my bible journaling. These are examples I prepare for the tutorials I wrote a couple of years ago that are being re-presented on the CBJ website.

For Ausust 2020 I did these sheets that I file in my Happy Planner.

For Matthew - COME

For Mark - KINGDOM

For Luke - CHOSEN

For John - LIGHT

Some of the fonts were assigned to be used right where I had done them before. In these cases I did not make new sample pages in my bible and therefore did not reintroduce them on my blog this month.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Oh How I Love Jesus
Topic: Hymnal Art

The hymn that was assigned for the book of John was not in my hymnal and I could not find sheet music online. So I just reassigned myself to do this hymn instead!

Ah, artistic license!

I didn't have a specific image come to mind as I read the lyrics so I shose to do flowers and leaves and brush lettering, all with Prismacolor brush markers.

The lettering was not distinct from the background so I used a white paint pen to define the outline.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
John at the Well
Topic: Bible Journaling

Last year I used this well in my bible in the book of John. I moved over to my interleaved bible so I could use it again!

This is one of the Drawing Room lessons I made for the bible journaling website I participate in.

I love how the shading makes this very dimensional and solid-looking.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 24 August 2020
The Shirts Off My Back
Topic: Quilting

Armed with a stack of my grandson's t-shirts, collected by his mom, I set out to make my first t-shirt quilt ever!

The first step was to read all about it - advice from other quilters on materials (stabilizers, sashing, batting, backing, threads) and on methods (pressing seams, quilting, special needles). I experimented with various layouts and finally realized I was going to need to put in a couple of extender rows to get the size out of only 15 shirts. I ended up adding the back of one shirt that had gradeschool classmates' names on it so I would have 16 to work with.

I pulled 3 different flannels from my sister's stash - one for sashings and backing, one for the panels and binding, and one for the outer border. After cutting off all the shirt fronts I ironed on the stabilizers and then measured to find the largest size I could get. As it turned out I could cut 13.5 inch squares from all but one shirt and for that I could bring it up to size by adding borders all around (from the back of a black shirt.)

The extending panels ended up being one near the top that ran the full width of the quilt and one near the bottom the width of two shirts. I had a plan for those so they wouldn't be so plain.

So assembly took place, sandwiching and quilting was accomplished and then I put my plan into place for the panels - iron-on lettering! I had my brother and sister-in-law use their Cricut machine to cut 'collegiate' style letters to spell out NEBRASKA in red as well as his last name, HOOPS, in black. I used a combination of the Cricut Press and my iron to apply the letters. I had already quilted at this point so it took some work to get the letters to stick down in the stitched valleys.

Here is the final result (followed by detail shots of the custom quilting in the shirts, by theme)


This got outlining of the image plus background stippling.

This is the one shirt I had to extend to reach the size of the rest. I filled the background with bubbles.

Archerygot a background of pointy meandering

Rise up was outlined and filled with scallops.

The first banner with iron on lettering. The quilting was varying depths of chevrons to echo the fabric print.

Swirly waves fill this background around the logo which is outlined.

It was perfect that this logo sat up so high. It fit perfectly in the windshield of a stylized Jeep logo.

Never having seen this show I had no idea what was up with the pineapple. But I figured it must be important since it was on a LOT of the pictures I saw. So I just madea large one on the left and meander filled the rest.

Simple echo quilting

Beets, of course!

The basketball net is not obvious on this one but yo can see the 'swoosh' as the ball goes through it!

Hard to see - left half is tire treads, right half is silhouette of Jeep tire with Jeep logo on the hubcap.

The lower panel had blank shirt backs on each end. On this side I made an X-Box controller.

Easy to assume that this is a sports reference, but it is actually his name!

Since this blank block was red, it was begging for the outline of the state.

Our bass player got three lines of music staffs with random notes for the background.

Tennis shoes! In a continuous line drawing.

More echo quilting

And the last is allover meandering.

So what do you think of my result?
As long as the 'kid' likes it, I'm happy!

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Hark! Is That a Christmas Carol I Hear?
Topic: Hymnal Art

When pairing up hymns with books of the bible and working straight through all the books in the course of 52 weeks, there can come some interesting arrivals on the schedule. If this Christmas hymn had appeared in July some might have been on board with the irony of Christmas in July.

But here we are in late August in the book of Mark and the assigned hymn is Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

When I began to plan my page I remembered a pattern I had drawn about 15-20 years ago (at least) for an angel to be worked in parchment craft. I really had to go a-digging in paper files, computer files and old photos to find that pattern.

Then it wasn't exactly what I remembered it to be so I brought it into photo editing software and gave it a bit of an update, a resizing and a color change (it was drawn in pink) and then printed it out.

I had the intention of tracing it onto the page with the lightpad but it was too detailed and the musical notations became too distracting. So I used my glitter gel pens directly on the print and cut it out.

I glued down all of the illustration except the outer 1/2 of the wings as I wanted them to remain free and floating. Note that the lower edge of the clouds is torn rather than cut.

Below, you can see the effect of the glitteriness of the pen when the page is tilted in the light.

I really was pleased with how this came out!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:30 AM PDT
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
A Boat For Luke
Topic: Bible Journaling

The tutorial I did for drawing a boat was in 2019 and appeared in the book of Luke. In order for it to be used in Luke again, I moved over to my interleaved ESV bible and made it a ful page illustration.


Given that the scripture reference involves the quieting of the storm I used the lettering style 'still'. It also fits well with the curls in the waves.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Where He Leads Me
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I try to use my own hands as a model (photos of them) when I need to draw specific poses. But sometimes it is just impossible to get the right angle and I have to go searching for photos online. Such was the case for these.

I ended up using two different models and drew them on scrap paper. Then they were out of scale with each other so I had to copy them in various percentages till I had a set that matched.

They were not properly aligned so I cut them apart and rotated the drawings until I liked the arrangemet and taped them together.

In the end, I didn't want to try to draw them again so I used my lightpad to trace them into my hymnal.

I used the refrain, written in italics below the verses, and highlighted a portion to tell the story.


I might use a thinner pen nib to do this in the future as it looks a bit clunky. I used markers for the coloring.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Net Effect of Mark
Topic: Bible Journaling

I must say that every time I use this technique I am amazed all over again with how easy it is and how nifty it turns out! What am I talking about? Drawing nets.

I had already used the net in the book of Mark before so I switched to my interleaved bible this time. Lo and behold, I had used the blank page next to the scripture I was referencing. So, what to do?

I used the full page of text with the scripture and designed my net as a background treatment. In order to highlight the verse, I left the area free of the net drawing and filled it with some 'water' color with my colored pencils.

Mark 1:16-20 tells of Jesus' calling of Peter and Andrew, out of their lives as fishermen and into his ministry as 'fishers of men'.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:40 PM PDT
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
The Kingdom In Mark
Topic: Bible Journaling

Our group got bogged down in working through journaling in the Old Testament. I kept up with the schedule though which is why you've been seeing the pages right on time. I just haven't been posting them over there.

Now they simply skipped ahead on the schedule to the New Testament so we will be working in sync again.

The lessons we are working on this week are in the book of Mark. The lettering lesson for this book is KINGDOM. Yes, I wrote in all caps on purpose as there are no lowercase letters in this font.

I used Mark 4:11 as my reference. 

This style has diamonds decorating one of the uprights on each letter. For this page I used color in each of them. You can also leave them all blank or color only the first one in each word. Lots of options.


Notice that all the tops and bottoms have triangle feet.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 PM PDT
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Fishing Around With Matthew
Topic: Bible Journaling

I hadn't done any journaling in my ESV Interleaved Bible for a while. So I used the assigned font (come) and drawing lesson (fish) together to do this page.

I used Prismacolor Premier marker for both the lettering and drawing and Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on the fish.

I made a few edits on the fish to change them up from the drawing lesson but they still represent no particular species of fish.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
The Old and the New
Topic: Bible Journaling

Many, many, many years ago I heard this quote used by a pastor and I wrote it inside the cover of my Bible. When I started bible journaling I wrote it on a piece of paper and used it as a bookmark for awhile.

This year as our journaling group is working through the bible we have come to the New Testament and I thought it was a great time to journal this quote. So I lettered it with brush pen on the blank page that divides the Old and New testaments.

I decorated it with silver peel-off stickers and used my brush pens to tint the silver and to color in the voids.

The statement makes sense whether written in this order or with the two sentences reversed. This is the order I first heard it so that is what I used.

There are other versions out there, where the words are changed to concealed and revealed.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 31 July 2020
Lettering Practice in July
Topic: Lettering

This being the last day of July it is time for the wrap-up of the sample sheets for lettering styles I used in my bible this month.

I use the pink dot grid paper that is designed by Happy Planner.

GARDEN - used in Micah

JOYFUL - used inBabakkuk and Zephaniah

BRANCH - used inHaggai and Zechariah

WALK - used in Malachi

I also used COME in Matthew but only for a partial week so that one will show up at the end of August inlettering review.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:13 PM PDT
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
All-Star Animals
Topic: Quilting

Even though I am not being paid for making this quilt, I am still considering it to be a commisioned piece. The fabric was furnished to me with the request that I make a large lap quilt for a fundraiser for the Oregon Zoo.

This was such fun fabric and great colors. I did add some of my fabric from the stash to broaden the variety but kept them in the same colors (black, medium and light grey, and yellow.

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do - fussy-cut centers of stars that featured the animals from the print. I used graph paper to draft out a plan that used:

1) 170 two inch half-square triangles with a light grey floral print and 4 black fabrics with figures in taupe:

2) 36 four inch blocks of zebra print set on point inside white corners.

3) 22 six inch blocks of sawtooth stars with a variety of fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.

4) 10 eight inch blocks of sawtooth stars with two different fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.

5) 8 ten inch blocks of two-toned stars with animal centers set on point.

6) 8 twelve inch blocks of four fabric sawtooth stars with 6 inch stars in the centers.

When you put it all together you get a colorful and fun layout with lots of movement.

A grey 3 inch border frames this, followed by a binding of the small black polkadot.

The backing is the zebra fabric and I used a 5-point star-and-loops pantograph to quilt it with light grey thread.

You cannot see it in the photos but I used bright yellow thread to write in script "The Oregon Zoo" up the lower left border and "All-Star Animals" down the upper right border.

The auction for the items donated to the Oregon Zoo will start August 1st and continue for 2 weeks. I hope this makes a lot of money for them.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:15 PM PDT
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Caution About the Sword
Topic: Bible Journaling

I thought it was fun to use the sword drawing as a paragraph divider on this page in Matthew.

This was one of the drawing tutorials I designed a couple of years ago.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 27 July 2020
Now We Come to Matthew
Topic: Bible Journaling

The lettering style called 'Come' was assigned to the book of Matthew.

I love the little curls inside the letters and that the letters are still easily readable despite the details. This is a casual font rather than formal.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 20 July 2020
Dragonfly in Malachi
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today's page is actually a combination of three assignments: 1) the 'walk' font 2) drawing a dragonfly and 3) journaling in the book of Malachi. I often will split assignments into two but these all combined well.

The dragonfly actually has nothing to do with the verse or the font but fills the spae and gives a focus on the page.

I used a handful of pastel colors of colored pencils on the wings which make them look glassine and quite lovely.

This is a nicely shaped italic print font that features graceful curves in the upper-case letters.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:26 PM PDT
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Have Thine Own Way Lord
Topic: Hymnal Art

For this hymn that says 'thou art the potter, I am the clay' I chose to recreate artwork I did of two pots in a drawing class last year.

I did the drawing with fine-line markers and did the shading with colored pencils.

The original art did not have titles on the books but I added them to this piece so they would make sense in this context.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:09 PM PDT
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Little Orphan Angles
Topic: Quilting

Well, I think I am done rooting in the 'orphan blocks' bin for a while! The 'Mitered Mania' quilt I made in January yielded 5 extra blocks and 2 additional strip triangles that did not match up. So I tore apart the 5th block into two triangles and made an arrangement with four blocks in the center with two triangles placed on each end.

Strange shape. I pulled out some recently used backing fabric to add corner triangles and then side borders (blue floral). 

Still needing to grow this I looked in my drawer of fabrics with a variety of colors in them. Eureka! I found a piece of butterfly fabric with all the right colors. It was then that I noticed that the green strips in the blocks had butterflies. I used this new fabric (leftover from my sister's stash) for uneven borders to expand the width more than the length.

To keep expanding the size I pulled out another recent backing fabric (the yellow pinstripe was back for all of the last three quilts I finished) and added another round of uneven borders.

Now with a 'theme' of butterflies emerging I decided to quilt with loops and butterflies. I used a fine, light yellow thread for this.

The binding is the same as the backing used on this quilt.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:55 AM PDT
Friday, 17 July 2020
Sweet Osmanthus in Zechariah
Topic: Bible Journaling

I first learned to draw this flower from a book of daily doodles. It is so simple to do and has such a great effect. Some day I want to try the same concept to draw hydrangea blossoms since they have the same basic construction (just different flower shapes).

For this page I combined the art with a scripture in Zechariah written in a simple script.

The Sweet Osmanthus comes in different colors - most common are orange, white and yellow. I like the orange best and it combines well with the bright lime green even though the real leaves would be darker - artistic license, ya know.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:23 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Point Taken
Topic: Quilting

Having used up all the squares I could get out of the recent strip sets I found that I still had an upright triangle that could be cut from each end of each set. I did this and when I opened them and rotated two of them together on the long edge they made little hourglass units.

Of course now I am dealing with true leftovers and having created all these units I had to figure out a way to set them together to create a quilt top. I measured the hourglass units and discovered I could sliver trim them and get 5 inch squares. This meant I could set them alternating with charm squares for a perfect fit.

The question was, 'do I have any charm squares?' Yay, the answer was, 'yes'!

I had leftovers of a couple of stacks in a range of orange/golden/rust that I set in a gradiant arrangement and alternated with the hourglasses turned this way and that to form a secondary pattern of diagonal squares.

How those metallic finish warm colors changed the look of these scraps (again). I accented the teal in the blocks by adding a narrow inner border.

Here you can see the metallic finish on the squares and the brown border as well as the edge to edge quilting.

I truly used up every scrap of these orphaned strip sets after cutting all I needed for that first quilt, 'Get To The Point'.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:40 PM PDT

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