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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.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:55 AM 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.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:50 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
30 Day Challenge Continues
Topic: Lettering

The next set of lessons for the Typography class focused on ‘Movement’ and, as always, the scriptures are part of the #30DaysofBibleLettering challenge

April 22 - Joshua 24:15 - But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.



April 23 - Psalm 55:22 - Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.



April 24 - Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Just 6 more days (two more lessons) in the 30 day challenge and the Typography class. So far, this has come together very nicely!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:39 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Next three Bible Lettering
Topic: Lettering

 Three more days of bible lettering for the 30-days challenge. The technique being explored in Typography For Bible Lettering is'kerning' - the process of letter spacing for readability and impact.

April 19 - 1 Chronicles 16:24 - Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.


April 20 - 1 Corinthians 16:14 - Do everything in love.


April 21 - Proverbs 18:10 - The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

This has been such a fun challenge. 9 more lessons to go.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:48 PM PDT
Friday, 19 April 2019
Continuing a Month of Bible Lettering
Topic: Lettering

Now, for the Typography class, the projects wre to feature 'word stacking'. My prompts continue to be from the 30 Days of Bible Lettering challenge.

April 16 - 1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

April 17 - Psalm 139:24 - See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

April 18 - Matthew 19:26 - Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

You can see from the text I have highlighted for each date, they do not sometimes match what the art says. That is because I highlighted in red the text I thought I would use foe each day. But then, as I progressed on the art, sometimes I changed my mind. I did not go back to change my original worksheet though.

More in three days!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:53 AM PDT
Monday, 15 April 2019
Three More Days of Bible Lettering
Topic: Lettering

This post is to show the next three days of the 30 Days Of Bible Lettering challenge.

In the class Typography for Bible Journaling, the lesson was on Line Weights. 

These are the samples I made:

April 13 - Philippians 4:6 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

April 14 - Psalm 84:10 - Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

April 15 - 2 Corinthians 1:4 - who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

I'll be ack in three days with more of this project.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:00 AM PDT
Friday, 12 April 2019
Still Making Typography Scriptures
Topic: Lettering

The next 3 lessons in the Typography For Bible Journaling class were on combining fonts. I had already been doing this so basically continued with what I was doing.

April 10 -

10 - Micah 5:5 - And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders


April 11 -

11 - Psalm 107:9 - for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

April 12 -

12 - 1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

More to come!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:02 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
Three More Typography Scriptures
Topic: Lettering

The next set of samples in the Typography For Bible Journaling class were to practice 'casual script', using our own handwriting.  We practiced using script beforehand and explored letterforms that we might want to incorporate. 

I have already been doing this in my bible lettering and have changed, for 'art lettering' the way I make h, r, s, o and others. I have also worked on letter connecting. So this was not a problem for me.

As before, I am using the prompts for the 30 Days Of Bible Lettering challenge for my class homework. I used a combination of regular markers and brush markers in my script.


April 7 - Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

April 8 -1 Corinthians 13:13 - And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

April 9 -John 14:1 - Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

You can see, because of the dots, that I did this whole series of lettering designs in a notebook. This way I can later choose which ones I want to transfer to my journaling bible.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:22 AM PDT
Saturday, 6 April 2019
30 Day ChallengeOn Bible Lettering
Topic: Lettering

The next series of lessons for Typography class were related to Serif letters. Again, I used scriptures from the 30 Days of Bible Lettering challenge for my homework.

April 4 - Psalm 103:2 - Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits

April 5 - Proverbs 16:24 - Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.


April 6 - Nehemiah 8:10 - Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Lesson 2 complete.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:00 AM PDT
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.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PDT
Friday, 22 February 2019
Continuation of Block Lettering Versions
Topic: Lettering

Hope you're not tired of this series yet because we have a l-o-o-o-g way to go yet. I promise it will be worthwhile, though.

1,2,3 JOHN: Day 1 – Block Serifs – Introduction


We had so much fun with serifs on the basic round print several weeks ago that I wanted to repeat those options on the basic block print.

Since we are covering three books this week, we have three words on which we can get a taste of each of the three serif styles.

Start by writing out the words (and numbers) in the basic block print. To the first line add triangle serifs.

To the second line add basic serifs, which come in the form of blocks. When we drew the letters with lines, the serifs were lines. Now with the letters as blocks the serifs are blocks as well.

On the third line of text we turn the edge of the block serifs to the ‘flying bird’ form and, voila, you get ‘western’ letters.

1,2,3 JOHN: Day 2 – Chisel Serif Block Print – Alphabet


To create the chisel serif block print, begin by writing out the full alphabet of the basic block print in pencil. Pencil in triangle serifs as indicated. Note that some of these are half-serifs and some are full serifs, depending where on the letter they fall (see the difference in the tops of the H and the M and in the bottoms of the E and the T as well as the two separate feet of the N.)

Trace the letters along with the outline of the serifs using ink and then erase the pencil. You can decide at this stage if you want to leave the letters open or ink then in or fill them with color.

I like to leave my sample alphabets open as I can then clearly see the structure of the letters. When I am using them in a project, I can finish them off in any way I choose.


1,2,3, JOHN: Day 3 – Blocky Block Serifs – Alphabet


We discussed on day one this week the guideline for these blocky serifs – if the letter is lines then the plain serif is a line; if the letter is blocks then the serif is blocks.

One thing that was not pointed out is that the blocky serifs should be the same width as the elements of the letters. You will note that this sample sheet does NOT follow that rule. I tried to create the serifs digitally in paint software and I have much less control when drawing with the mouse!

This is the style of writing you will often see on athletic wear (sports jerseys).

Begin by writing out the basic block alphabet in pencil. Then pencil in the block serifs (doing a much neater job than me). Ink the outline of the letter, encompassing the serif, and then erase the pencil.

Again, you can choose to fill your letters like these or leave them open. Many sports letters are outlined in one color and filled with another (representing the team).

1,2,3, JOHN: Day 4 – Western Serifs – Alphabet


The western serif is an easy transition from the blocky serif, simply indent the block serifs with the flying bird shape.

You will begin by drawing out the basic block letters in pencil. Then add the block serifs and, finally, add the indentations. (Again, mine were done digitally so they lack finesse. Yours will, of course, be shining examples of what I should have done.)

When you have completed all your wing shapes, outline the letters in ink and erase the pencil. Then fill with ink or color.


1,2,3 JOHN: Day 5 – Block Print Serifs – Bible Page


Every week we complete the lesson plan by using the new lettering style in our Bible. We have three choices this week from the various versions of serifs on block lettering. Use any of these options to write out a scripture from 1st, 2nd or 3rd John.

On your page, 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.

I made my block print more casual and added the basic block serifs. After inking them in solid ink, I used a gold glitter gel pen to draw a single vertical line through each letter. This adds a further element of creativity and demonstrates how you can make this lettering your own.

Done with another week!




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:16 PM PST
Friday, 15 February 2019
Progression of Lettering Styles
Topic: Lettering

We are, this week, tackling week 7 of building on lettering styles.

DEUTERONOMY: Day 1 – Enhanced Blocks – Intro

This week we will learn three ways to adapt the basic block lettering to create other creative styles for our Bible journaling.

The sample word below is a taste of day three – making stencil letters.

Start with all of the word written out in pencil using the basic block letters we learned last week. Then draw in a little break where the letter parts change direction.

Ink in the letter and erase your pencil outlines. You may choose to leave the letters open as they show here or fill them in solidly with ink or color.

DEUTERONOMY: Day 2 – Rounded Blocks – Alphabet

The first full alphabet we will cover this week is the rounded block.


Use pencil to write out basic block letters in both upper- and lower-case letters. I have done the sample with narrower elements that the alphabet we learned on last week. Work still for a consistent line width. The next step is to draw a circle at the end of every line ending. Keep the circle contained inside the line so it does not make the letter taller than the original pencil marks. Then trace around the letter, in ink, using the rounded ends instead of the squared off ones. Erase pencil and fill in solid.





DEUTERONOMY: Day 3 – Stencils – Alphabet

The stencil alphabet goes back to being an all-caps lettering style. We got a taste of this on day one.


Start with all of the alphabet written out in pencil using the basic block letters we learned in week 6. Then draw in a little break where the letter parts change direction. Note that the H only has one break in my sample. You can choose to add a second break on the right side. Also note that the Q does not break at the tail, even though it is a direction change.


Ink the outline of the letters and erase your pencil outlines. You may choose to leave the letters open or fill them in solidly with ink or color as shown.


DEUTERONOMY: Day 4 – Solid Rock – Alphabet

This is similar to a novelty style that was taught here in July 2018.


Begin by drawing out your basic block lettering alphabet in pencil. Convert your smooth outlines to lumpy, bumpy ones and draw in a few ‘cracks’ extending inward from a few of the dips. It is okay if your letters look a bit misshapen. Trace the outlines and cracks in ink and erase your pencil marks.


·         These make great letters to write stacked words by starting your text at the bottom and making sure all the words above rest directly on the letters below

·         Shading these darker along the bottom of each element and a little in the cracks give a great look of dimension

·         You can also draw a lumpy shadow under and to one side of all the elements to make them look more solid

·         Drawing the letters so they touch each other, and even overlapping a bit, will seal them together as words better



DEUTERONOMY: Day 5 – Fancy Blocks – In Your Bible

The ‘Solid Rock’ version of the block letters was used sparingly on this page in Deuteronomy.


Your assignment is to use one of the enhanced block styles learned this week on a scripture in your Bible in Deuteronomy.

That's it for another week




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:06 PM PST
Friday, 8 February 2019
Numbers of Lettering Styles
Topic: Lettering

Continuing on with my series on progressive lettering development, I have a set of lessons based in the book of Numbers in the Bible.

Day 1 – Block Letters – Introduction

We are moving now into an entirely new letter form – the basic block. We will only be working with an upper-case.


Note that all of the letter parts are the same width, whether they are verticals, horizontals or angled and whether they are straight or curved. On the sample I made these elements one unit wide which works well with a letter height of four units. The letter widths will vary as you can see with the M below.


Be sure you are working in pencil throughout the design and layout stages and only ink your letters after they are exactly the way you want them.


Just as we did with the basic round letters, we will be exploring a variety of ways to customize this basic style over the next few weeks. So, work now to develop good form so you have a good base from which to branch out.