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Friday, 19 June 2020
I Surrender All
Topic: Hymnal Art

Because our group was covering two books of the bible instead of just one, we also illustrated two hymns. This one goes with Obadiah.

My drawing used a photo of my own hand (reversed for the facing one) and was drawn in ink. I backed it with a wooden cross illustration and added a single word in brush lettering.

I created a drop shadow with a marker.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:22 PM PDT
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
Topic: Hymnal Art

The assignments to illustrate certain hymns in our books actually come in about once a week but I work ahead so I can provide samples for the site I follow.

This week the hymn is I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.

The name of Jesus forms the shape of the cross and I filled out the shape with black and wrote lyrics of the song as a border.

A yellow highlighter provies the 'glow'.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Softly and Tenderly
Topic: Hymnal Art

The whole theme of this hymn is repentance and return. The bible story that came to mind for me was the Prodical Son.

I found this sketch my Leonardo DaVinci and did some editing in my Paint program to take the background to white and make the edges a vignette.

I edited a copy of the hymn to white out the center into roughly the same size and shape as the illustration.

Then I printed the music and ran the same paper back through to print the illustration over the top.

I used blended colored pencils on the illustration and added key phrases with brush pen.

The page was cut down and tipped in to the gutter of my hymnal.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:01 PM PDT
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Just As I Am
Topic: Hymnal Art

Time for another decorated hymn posting. This one was accomplished by digital manipulation and here's what I did.

First, I downloaded a print of the one-page sheet music, brought it up in graphics program to whiten the background and sharpen the text. Then I inserted that as a picture in Word, adjusted it to be exactly the size as my physical hymnal pages which is 8.5 x 5.5 inches. This was set to be centered on the page.

Next, I found a graphic that I liked, downloaded it and brought it up in the graphics program to adjust color balance. I inserted this into the same Word document and adjusted the size to match the sheet music. This was also centered on the page. I applied a Word filter to the image (canvas) and saved the document.

Finally, I printed page one, reinserted the paper back into the printer and printed page two on top of it.

I used some a highlighter to reinforce the yellow glow, red-brown marker to fill in the cross, red marker for the wound. I used brown brush marker to write the lyrics top and bottom and outline the lamb. 

I trimmed the image to match the size of my hymnal pages and glued this in. Then I added some printed border sticker pieces to the top and bottom (I wanted to cover the page number from the sheet music which was not the same as where I placed it in my hymnal.)

I am very pleased with the final result!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:55 PM PDT
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Holy Holy Holy
Topic: Hymnal Art

For today's hymnal art I used 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty'. In my hymnal, this song only spanned a portion of the page allowing for a smaller treatment than most.

I keyed off the phrase 'God in three persons, blessed Trinity' and found an old woodcut image to use as inspiration for my drawing.

It took some study to figure out how to precisely place the shapes so they would interlock and meet perfectly. Each section was filled with the written name of the person of the trinity while the center shows their combination as the Godhead.

I used a combination of colored pencils and gel pens in the colors of royalty (blue, purple and gold) for the coloring.

That view shows the shine of the gold glitter gel pen.





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:56 PM PDT
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Showers of Blessing
Topic: Hymnal Art

I had such fun constructing this page in my hymnal.

The boots I sketched with inspiration from clipart. The quote is from a 'church sign' we passed on our way to town.

Altogether, I think it makes a cute page.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:07 PM PDT
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
O God Our Help In Ages Past
Topic: Hymnal Art

I'm sure I wouldn't do nearly the number of hymn journaling pages if I didn't have specific assignments. But, I'm glad I do because I quite love it.

It is sometimes a challenge to come up with something that goes with the theme of the hymns or even the specific lyrics, though.

The art for this one is something I drew in my sketchbook while on vacation, even coloring it. Since it was too complicated to trace into my hymnal I decided to do an overprint.

I copied the hymn first then sent that page back through the printer to add the artwork over the top. I did have to reinforce some of the smaller lettering in the connecting words of the phrases as they became a bit obscured by where they fell in the music and text of the song.


Because of the printing process the page does not have as vibrant of color as the original sketchbook version.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:10 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Lily Of the Valley
Topic: Hymnal Art

Last year I made a drawing tutorial for a plant called 'lily of the valley'. I know it would be perfect to illustrate this hymn of the same name.

I used Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits and a paper blending stump. This makes the colors so vibrant.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:36 PM PDT
Sunday, 29 March 2020
Take My Life and Let It Be
Topic: Hymnal Art

 Lots of littleclear stickers made their way onto this page to enhance the brush lettering. Focusing on a key phrase in the lyrics is my favorite way to decorate hymns.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:14 PM PDT
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Topic: Hymnal Art

This hymn also came up while I was on vacation. I had brought my sketchbook along and used a book on birds of the area as reference to sketch a hummingbird.

I combined this with a freehand sketch of a hibiscus and transfered both to my hymnal page.

I did all the inking with a Prismacolor fine line marker and used colored pencils for the coloring.

This is the actual coloring of the bird I was referencing in the book I mentioned.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:44 PM PDT
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Praise Him!
Topic: Hymnal Art

The next assigned hymn to decorate was Praise Him! Praise Him! I was on vacation when this one came up and had just designed a new alphabet in my sketchbook. So I used the lettering as the primary focus for this hymn and then added color.

Simple page using just the lyrics.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:41 PM PDT
Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Glory To His Name
Topic: Hymnal Art

While on vacation I had my hymnal along with me to serve as another place to do art besides my sketchbook. This fountain was designed after one in a shopping area at one of the ports.

You can see the lyrics inscription at the base of the fountain which ties it back to the hymn.

This is simple pen word with the addition of colored pencil.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:17 PM PDT
Sunday, 1 March 2020
I Need Thee Every Hour
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I did a very simple treatment on this hymn. I used a compass to draw the circles for accuracy.

The hands and the numerals hage glitter gold gel pen which adds some drama to the illustration.

I used a brush pen for the text and added a thin stripe of the gold to the thickened strokes of the letters.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 23 February 2020
The Solid Rock
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I couldn't envision anything but a pair of shoes on a rock to illustrate this hymn.

Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to make the shoes look like they had feet inside of them!

This was the assigned hymn for Creative Bible Journaling this week.

I used colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits for these snazzy shoes.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 9 February 2020
It Is Well With My Soul
Topic: Hymnal Art

I have always loved this hymn but I must admit - since it was played at my sister's funeral I can't get through it without tears.

The bible book this was paired with in the group I journal with was Old Testament. But while I was contemplating the lyrics, it spoke to me that the Apostle Paul had a great take on it, as well.

I used a brush pen to write the text of his verse in Philippians over the waterfall from an old drawing lesson I taught.


Yes, It is well with my soul.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Standing On The Promises
Topic: Hymnal Art

I created this page in my hymnal in the same way I did the page for Take Time To Be Holy, not too long ago.

That is: I made a copy of the page in the hymnal then opened a Word document and called up one of my own photos. I sized it to be exactly the same as the copied hymn - both in size and in placement on the page. Then I put the page with the hymn back in the printer and printed the photo over the song.

This was then trimmed to size and glued into the hymnal over the original page.


The photo was taken from our back deck with a view across the valley. Love the double rainbow.

I like that the rainbow is God's assurance of a promise, so that is why I selected it for this hymn.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
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
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
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
Thursday, 19 December 2019
What Child Is This?
Topic: Hymnal Art

All through this month, the assigned hymns to illustrate are Christmas Carols. This is the third of five that we will do.

I did an illustration much like this in my bible in Isaiah for the prophecy of Jesus' birth.

This has been drawn with fine-line markers and colored with colored pencils. The pencil has been blended with Gamsol which also brightens the color.

This highlighting style was one I originally saw applied to a shaft of sunlight on a rubber stamped image - but it works for starlight too!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:01 AM PST

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