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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
Monday, 2 September 2019
30 MORE Days of Bible Lettering - a Challenge
Topic: Lettering

Back in April, I participated in a challenge to letter a bible verse every day of the month. That was fun so I joined in again for September.

I am going to do all of mine as 2-inch wide so I can use the ones I like best as margin art in my bible.

Here is the piece for September 1 -Psalm 96:3

and September 2 - Philippians 4:19

I'm not going to post these every day but will collect a few and post as a group like today.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 1 September 2019
New Lettering In Ephesians
Topic: Bible Journaling

You may wonder why I label all of these lettering lessons as 'Bible Journaling' instead of 'Lettering'. It is simple, really. If it weren't for the bible journaling, I wouldn't be teaching lettering. Also, I use the bible for all of the samples. And further, the final part of the lesson is always a page from my bible that I completed with the lettering lesson.

This time the book featured is Ephesians.

EPHESIANS: Day #1 – Versals – Introduction

This lettering style is another that requires a step-by-step process for completion. It is called ‘versals’ and was introduced by Joanne Fink in her book Complete Guide to Bible Journaling. The steps are illustrated in the graphic below:

1)      In pencil, write out your word in basic upper-case print with indented wide serifs.

2)      Draw on each side of the lines to create concave shapes that meet with the serifs.

3)      Use ink to trace the outside lines of your newly created letters. Erase pencil.

4)      Use fine pen to doodle on the letters however you wish. Color as desired.

Today, practice writing the word EPHESIANS by following the four steps.





EPHESIANS: Day #2 – Versals – Alphabet

The full alphabet is to be considered an idea guide rather than a pattern this week. Since your own printing in the first step will likely be different than mine, your finished letters will most certainly be different.

When you get to the stage of doodling, try to come up with a variety of ideas. When you are using the letters in a project the doodles can be switched out to fit a theme, replicated throughout to add continuity or just be random.

I added script words underneath my samples to serve as inspiration for the doodles and to make the page more decorative. It is not part of the exercise, though.





EPHESIANS: Day #3 – Versals – Practice Words

This is a demonstration of how your original printing can affect the outcome of your finished piece. On the first three lines I used a very basic print, first in three units then in four units.

On the last three lines I intentionally varied the size of the printing and exaggerated their shapes. Look how much more relaxed this text becomes. I also practiced creating more doodle styles to build up my catalog of choices.





EPHESIANS: Day #4 – Versals – Creative Application

I wanted to explore other ways to use these fun letters, beyond just printing blocks of text. I first laid out lines for the spacing of the shelves and then drew the letters with wider than normal spacing between them. Then I Drew the pots around the letters, varying the heights, and finally, added a variety of plants.

I used four reddish-browns for the pots and colored the letters solid, regardless of their doodle patterns. A variety of greens for the plants brings this scripture into focus.





EPHESIANS: Day #5 – Versals – Bible Page

I really think the versals look better in large format lettering as the doodles are more easily seen. Shrinking down to this size can make them appear cluttered. I try to alleviate that by coloring in solidly instead of focusing on the doodling.

This lettering style works well in a vertical format as you can see. The artist palette is from the weekly Drawing Room tutorial.


So there you have it - another week of lessons and a new style of lettering for you to try.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 31 August 2019
He Hideth My Soul
Topic: Hymnal Art

Another assigned hymn to illustrate.

I had in my mind exactly what I wanted and had to search for just the right elements for reference material. I needed a hand (I used a photo of my own), a split rock (found photo on Pinterest) and a flower (which I edited so it looks nothing like the reference photo).


I colored this page with markers.



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Thursday, 29 August 2019
Neuman Finds a Home
Topic: Around the House

We have had these kind of squirrels at our house for about 25 years - after our god was no longer with us.

This one is enjoying some slivered almond on the deck.


This year, for the first time ever, we have some new guys who have moved in.

We think they are California Gray squirrels. There are a lot of differences between the two, beyond the odd 'paint job' on this guy. He almost looks like he would be bristly like a hedgehog but It sure makes him blend in.


climb trees easily, eat one nut or seed at a time holding it in their hands and biting off parts,have tufts on their ears, good wire-walkers, live in the trees, run with their tails down, will stand at the back window peering in to beg for nuts.


have a harder time getting up trees, scoop up seeds by the mouthful and chew it up hulls and all, have smaller untufted ears, sometimes walk on wires by hanging upside down rather than balancing on top, live in burrow, run with their tails straight up like a chipmunk, will run and hide if they catch a glimpse of you in the window even if they are 20 feet away.

We saw that these were hanging out on top of posts so they could see around the area around the burrows so we make some that stood up higher. They like to get on top and remind you of meercats!


We call these guys 'Neuman' because they are the new men in the neighborhood.


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Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Topic: Scrap Recovery

One of the groups I play with is all about creating cards and swapping them. We have been working our way though the alphabet (A is for .... B is for ....) and finally worked our way up to X. Ooooh that is a tough one.

I made a card using the one single wood block stamp I own for the theme X is for xylograph. And, yes, I had to look it up, too.

I used some table scraps to put together a collage card and included some X and O stickers to reinforce the 'X' theme.

Y and Z card Ideas were much easier to come up with. In fact, those were done, shown and filed away when we STARTED the alphabet series!



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Monday, 26 August 2019
Faith Of Our Fathers
Topic: Hymnal Art

For this hymn I borrowed from one of the Drawing 101 lessons I took a while back. One of the photos we were given to work from was called Dorothy Church and we drew it in pencil - learning aout multi-point perspective.

I used the same building - drawing from my own original drawing, but this time in ink.

Markers were used for the coloring.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Lettering in Ezekiel
Topic: Bible Journaling

A new lettering lesson is in the queue for today:


EZEKIEL: Day #1 – Full Hearts – Intro

Here is another font based on the Basic Block Print. We are working in the book of Ezekiel this week so I have written out the book name in the new font.

This looks a little complicated so I’ll show you how easy it is to do (second graphic). There are 5 steps. 1) In pencil, draw a heart that is 5 units wide and 3 ½ units tall. The top point drops down ½ unit. 2) a rectangle that is 3 units tall and 2 units wide is layered over the heart at an angle. 3) Use the rectangle as a size guide to construct your block letter. 4) With ink, trace the outer edge of the heart and the outline of the letter where it rests inside the heart. Leave the overhanging parts of the letter (outside the heart) as unfinished lines. 5) erase the pencil guides.





EZEKIEL: Day #2 – Full Hearts – Alphabet

Here is a repeat of the instructions on constructing these letters. For consistency, I cut a heart hollow out of a piece of paper as well as the correct measurement of the rectangle. Then I could simply trace these ‘stencils’ with my pencil.

There are 5 steps, shown in the first graphic. 1) In pencil, draw a heart that is 5 units wide and 3 ½ units tall. The top point drops down ½ unit. 2) a rectangle that is 3 units tall and 2 units wide is layered over the heart at an angle. 3) Use the rectangle as a size guide to construct your block letter. 4) With ink, trace the outer edge of the heart and the outline of the letter where it rests inside the heart. Leave the overhanging parts of the letter (outside the heart) as unfinished lines. 5) erase the pencil guides.





EZEKIEL: Day #3 – Full Hearts – Crossword

Generally, you would not be writing out whole words with a font as complicated as this – although a title on a page or a keyword might be done. But I wanted you to get lots of practice, so today we will make a crossword.



EZEKIEL: Day #4 – Full Hearts – Scripture Writing

For writing out this scripture, I used the Full Hearts font as the first letter of each word and completed the remainder in 1x2 simple upper-case letters.



EZEKIEL: Day #5 – Full Hearts – Bible Page

The use of the font in my bible page is similar to yesterday’s scripture page. There are, however, three distinctions: 1) the hearts are tilted a bit, this way and that. 2) the hearts are colored as a background to the letters, which makes them easier to read. 3) I finished the words in script instead of print which adds more formality.

The heart from the Drawing Room was done on vellum, cut out and glued down with a dry adhesive.

That is quite a unique lettering style is it not?




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Friday, 23 August 2019
Topic: Photo

The other day my hubby called me to come look at the HUGE fungus growing off the side of some cement steps at the side of the house. Holy Smokes! This thing was at least 10 inches across.

Those perfectly round holes in it are a mystery but it kinda makes this look like a big face.

It's a little disconcerting - am I right?

Went out after a couple of days to see if it had grown bigger and it was completely shriveled up.

A true mystery.




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Thursday, 22 August 2019
Summer Flowers
Topic: Field Trip

We spent a day at a local art festival. The venue had some lovely gardens that we wandered through when we needed a break.

I only had my iPhone to use for taking pictures and did a lot of editing when I got them back on my computer. I was pleased with how well they came out.


I was pleased with the focu and rich colors I got with my phone.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Jesus Loves Me This I Know
Topic: Hymnal Art

With a hymn so familiar to all I wanted an illustration that had a lot of symbolism. I went with the hands of Jesus holding the earth and then turned the earth into a heart.

I references John 3:16 to tie it all together.

I used markers for the coloring.




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Tuesday, 20 August 2019
A Sure Foundation
Topic: Hymnal Art

This is another hymn assignment that immediately brought an image to mind. I used a similar illustration in my bible quite some time ago with a scripture that refers to the cornerstone.

The original idea for the cross built into the corner was one I saw on Pinterest - I think it was for a conference advertisement but I am no longer sure about that.

This page is colored with markers.



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Monday, 19 August 2019
Everybody Sing!
Topic: Hymnal Art

I took most of July off from this activity as I did not want to do 4 weeks of patriotic hymns. One was plenty.

When I saw the name of this hymn I immediately thought of the stacked up animals in the children's book: The Bremen Town Musicians. I don't remember what the book was about so no idea how well it fits, but I just wanted that illustration.

I colored using markers.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:01 PM PDT
Sunday, 18 August 2019
No Lament - It's Lamentations
Topic: Bible Journaling

Next lettering lesson is due and we've worked our way to Lamentations. Here are the 5 days of lessons:

LAMENTATIONS: Day #1 – Art Deco – Intro

The alphabet font we will focus on this week is based on the Basic Oval Print but is really a half-oval. You do not notice the overall styling too much in the upper case (at least with the letters used today). But you can definitely see the ‘art deco’ make its self-evident when we work in the lower case.

Work with an overall letter height of four units. Crossbars fall at the ¾ mark or down at the ¼ mark. The upper-case ‘I’ gets serifs even though this is not a serif font.

Try out these two words for a start and we’ll jump into the full alphabet tomorrow.



LAMENTATIONS: Day #2 – Art Deco – Alphabet

There’s that classic art deco look. Yesterday we did not see any styling evident in the upper-case letters we used, but now you’ll take note of the classic sweeping curves that open the B, D, P and R. The J and K share a different sort of opening sweep. Note the little overhangs where a half-oval crosses a straight line.

As to scale, the x-height is 3 units of the overall height of 4 units. The descender is only 1 unit.

Once again, we get a full set of numbers with this font.





LAMENTATIONS: Day #3 – Art Deco – Hymn Lyrics

A fun way to practice getting the letter spacing and word spacing correct is to write lyrics to hymns. Did you realize that some of the lyrics to Great Is Thy Faithfulness come from Lamentations? Here it is from the King James Bible: Lamentations 3:22-23 - It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

When writing blocks of text, I like to use Upper-case to begin every word.



LAMENTATIONS: Day #4 – Art Deco – Scripture

Today we will write another block of text – this time a scripture from Lamentations. With the scripture reference you get to practice working on a smaller scale – 2 units high with 1 ½ units as the x-height.



LAMENTATIONS: Day #5 – Art Deco – Bible Page

For this bible page in Lamentations I shrank my letters down to 2 units. You can actually get a lot of text in this font as it is compressed horizontally by nature.

My scripture selection worked well with the magnifying glass from the weekly Drawing Room lesson.

Have YOU tried any of these lettering lessons?


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