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Saturday, 19 August 2017
Bible Journaling - Romans 12:18
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I was looking up verses on PEACE to do yesterday I had a hard time deciding between two of them. So I decided to do the other one toda y and here we are with Romans 12:18.

I decided to make this one all about the lettering and wording so did minimal work on the illustrating.

Istarted with the words and then added frames, banners and ribbons around them to tie them together. This was a bit of fun to do.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:20 PM PDT
Bible Journaling - Romans 12:18
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I was looking up verses on PEACE to do yesterday I had a hard time deciding between two of them. So I decided to do the other one toda y and here we are with Romans 12:18.

I decided to make this one all about the lettering and wording so did minimal work on the illustrating.

Istarted with the words and then added frames, banners and ribbons around them to tie them together. This was a bit of fun to do.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:20 PM PDT
Friday, 18 August 2017
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 26:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

This week, the lettering lesson on the Bible journaling Facebook group was titled 'peace'.

I went directly to writing the alphabet in both upper- and lower-case.

To use it in my Bible, I illustrated Isaian 26:3 with Multnomah Falls, an iconic, semi-local tourist attraction in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon.

I worked from photos on Pinterest (there are many).

To me, waterfalls are very peaceful and this is one of our favorites.

I love these lettering lessons!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:17 PM PDT
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Bible Journaling - Mark 3:35
Topic: Bible Journaling

Again, this post will be a lot of lettering - a new-to-me font, followed by a Bible journaling page using it.

On day one, the challenge was to letter the assigned words in the new font:

Note the little eyeballs in the letters.

On day two, for the full alphabet I chose to skip the thickened lines on the lowercase letters:


Day three, we were instructed to letter a few familiar words in the font and to do some double-line doodles:

On to day four where we lettered a scripture. I stayed with the theme of 'eyes' for mine:

I thinkthe eyes on every letter makes them look to busy. You start to see them as just dots instead of eyes.

So, for my Bible journal page I left most of the dots off the lowercase letters, only using a couple here and there:

I got an idea for illustrating this from some clipart online.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:04 PM PDT
Friday, 4 August 2017
Bible Journaling - Psalm 97:11
Topic: Bible Journaling

As promised yesterday, here is the scripture I did using the 'zealous' font:

I opted to use only the uppercase letters for balance and styling. The lowercase just would not hang on the wires nicely.

Again, I used a few elements from the letterin lessons in the new book: Hand Lettering for Relaxation by Amy Latta.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:49 PM PDT
Friday, 28 July 2017
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 55:12
Topic: Bible Journaling

As promised, here is the assignment for day #5 in the Lettering Lodge, using the 'joy' font and 'twisty ribbon'.

I worked in imagery for all the parts of the verse and even turned the twisty ribbon into a musical staff.

I had fun dreaming up this layout and researching on Pinterest to find photos of the elements I wanted to use in order to get the perspective right. This was especially important for the wrought iron gates.

I drew double lines on most of this as I had done so on the gates and then needed to do the same on the background as it was fading away with only a single thin line.

I found myself singing the song while I was doing the lettering - and still catch myself humming it today!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:37 AM PDT
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Bible Journaling - Psalm
Topic: Bible Journaling

We're back in the Lettering Lodge doing homework with a faux brush font nicknamed 'Joy'.

This font starts with neatly drawn cursive. Then an additional line is added to the downstrokes and the space is filled in.

The first day we practiced a few words to get the feel of the font:

The second day we wrote out the entire alphabet in upper- and lower-case:

The third day we wrote out familiar words and learned to make twisted ribbons:

Finally, on the fourth day we were given a specific scripture to write out 'on plain paper' and decorate with ribbons. I figured, if I'm going to all the trouble to write it out and decorate it, I might as well do it in the Bible and add art:

Tomorrow we will be instructed to do a full Bible journal page in our Bible using the font and a ribbon. I've already done mine but I'll restrain myself and not post it until then.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:06 PM PDT
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Bible Journaling - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Topic: Bible Journaling

It seems when I learn a new font for the Lettering Lodge on the Bbile Journaling Facebook page I follow, I immediately want to write out the whole alphabet. Then, depending on the 'word' that is assigned to that font I start thinking about verses I can journal with that font.

The group is doing one word on Monday, the alphabet on Tuesday, a surprise assignment on Wednesday, a verse on paper on Thursday and then using the font in the Bible on Friday.

I can't work that slow. I end up doing the word AND the alphabet on Monday, looking for verses on Tuesday and journaling in the Bible by Wednesday...Thursday at the latest.

If they did it all in one day, I would be OK with that!

So, this week it was a font they called Grace. It has a bit of Native American art vibe to it.

I changed up little bits in the font to come up with this page (the uppermost word is a different font by the same artist):

As you can see, the lowercase letters re not very exciting - the rounder letters have a diamond-ish feel to them, but everything else is just basic printing.

So, when I wrote out the verse in my Bible, I used all uppercase letters. Again, I edited bits of the letters and then I did some creative coloring to give them a bit more pizazz.

For the hands, I used an illustration sheet that taught how to draw this particular pose and then traced to the back of the paper to get the reverse image. 

I took a photo of the tiny sketch with my phone, turned up the contrast and enlarged it and then used the screen under my bible like a lightbox to trace the hands.

It was a new process for me.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:43 PM PDT
Friday, 14 July 2017
Bible Journaling - Jonah 2:2 and 9
Topic: Bible Journaling

Yesterday I used the new font 'Grateful' which was shown the other day to journal in Jonah.

The lettering instructor included some inspiration on creating decorative wreaths and some traditional symbols for the word 'grateful'.

I combined all three elements for my page.

This kind of page treatment works when there is no specific 'picture' to illustrate the selected scripture.

I did include a little whale to set off the scripture reference in the upper right. :)



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Organizing Journaling Supplies
Topic: Bible Journaling

I reorganized my Bible journaling supplies and they can now be on display. I already had several boxes that look like books and they were all tucked away not being useful at all!

I had reference materials - books on lettering and sketching, printouts of alphabets, sketching reference material, etc (mostly 8 1/2x11) that I put in the large wooden box on the bottom of the stack.

The box with the purple binding has my Bible, a list of verses to work on, one drawing pencil, one journaling pen, a white eraser, a pencil sharpener and repositionable page flags.

On top of that is my box of colored pencils. I haven't figured out a way to repackage them so they stay in order.  Oooh-oooh-oooh, I just thought of something! I can build a slipcase that looks like a book and slide the metal bo inside. Yeah, I'll be doing that.

Topping the stack is a box of drawing paper and loose drawing pens and pencils.

Over on the left is a box containing a portable pop-up light and a box of my favorite pens.

In the next photo you can see that I put a bookmark in each one with the supplies listed so I don't have to keep opening them to find what I need.

The only thing not here is my Huion led light pad that I use for tracing my sketches into the Bible. It is too big for the display so it lives elsewhere.

This keeps everything neat and together.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:38 PM PDT
Friday, 30 June 2017
Bible Journaling - Psalm 150:1-8
Topic: Bible Journaling

The assignment for today on the lettering part of the Bible journaling Facebook page I am following was to use that new 'Praise' font we learned to write a scripture in our Bible.

There are so many scriptures that have the word 'Praise' in them. I decided to focus on Psalm 150 where all 8 verses use it:


Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;

  praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

  praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

  praise him with the harp and lyre,

praise him with timbrel and dancing,

  praise him with the strings and pipe,

praise him with the clash of cymbals,

  praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD.


Well, I sure didn't have room to write out all of it so I paraphrased it like this:


Praise God in his sanctuary.

  Praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him with the trumpet,

  with the harp and lyre,

with the timbrel and dancing,

  with the strings and pipe,

with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath Praise the LORD.


For the illustration I drew a trumpet, harp, lyre, and cymbals. Then I added a flute for the pipe and a tamborine for the timbrel.



Another assignment completed.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:17 PM PDT
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Bible Journaling - John 1:4-5
Topic: Bible Journaling

The Bible Journaling Facebook page I've referenced over the past few days had an area I had not explored yet. They have a chart of scriptures to write out, one for each day of the month.

I joined in today, writing the assigned verse (plus one) in the margin area of the Bible page and illustrating it with a lighthouse from a photo I recently took on Gibraltar. It is such a pretty lighthouse with the diagonal gridwork around the light and the weathervane on top.

For the text I used a font recently taught on that same website, that the instructor named 'kindness'. However, I used a double line on the left downstroke of all the letters so I would have an area to add color. I used red to go with the lighthouse.

I realize that light would not show up like this, especially during the daytime, but it is meant to illustrate a point, not be literal.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:57 PM PDT
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Bible Journaling - Matthew 9:12-13
Topic: Bible Journaling

The impetous to do this scripture was the new Facebook page I recently joined. One of their activities is a daily devotional.

They are working in a published devotional book that includes black and white illustrations to color as well as a decorative writing of the scripture text. A little devotional is included along with a lined area to write one's own thoughts about the lesson.

Not having the book, I decided to just illustrate that scripture in my Bible in the style I have been doing.

I went to the internet to find a picture of a stethescope and one of a male torso. I drew these out on scratch paper and then traced them onto the Bible page.

I used the new alphabet I learned yesterday for lettering the text.

All the coloring is done with Prismacolor colored pencils over the Prismacolor 0.05 fine line pen.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:22 PM PDT
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Bible Journaling - Hebrews 10:24-25
Topic: Bible Journaling

The illustration for this entry came entirely from my head. I had, long ago, photographed some churches on my phone to use as references but they were just too formal-looking. I wanted more of the 'church in the wildwoods' feeling to it.

My original sketch was way too small and I didn't want to do a lot of 'fill-in' of landscaping and such to expand it. The church needed to be the centerpiece. So I re-sketched it freehand into the Bible using pencil and then added a few trees and a hedge in the background.

I dropped some of the text in thse verses and combined them to create a shorter phrase. The full text says, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

The highlighting shows the parts I used.

The lettering is based on a font I had photographed into my phone to use as a reference. I wanted something that walked the line between formal and casual.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:13 PM PDT
Bible Journaling - Hebrews 4:12
Topic: Bible Journaling

This is the second sketch I did on vacation for use in my Bible.

I used a photo that I had saved to my phone to reference the hand and sword and drew the rest from memory.

The lettering was all done without reference. I wanted some of it to look like knife blades and some to look like it was in motion.

I used the lightpad to transfer the drawing to the page in the Bible.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:57 PM PDT
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Bible Journaling - 1 Corinthians 9:24
Topic: Bible Journaling

I did some sketching for Bible journaling while on a recent, short vacation trip. I have all my supplies in a large canvas tote while at home and this includes printouts of drawing ideas and lettering styles as well a books on both. I also have a book about Bible journaling, a collapsible light and a box with a variety of pens and pencils. My lightpad fits in there, too.

When I travel, however, I put my favorite pen, one drawing pencil, a sharpener, an eraser, my index of verses I want to work on and some sketch paper into the box that holds my journaling Bible. I wrap an elastic band around the metal box that holds my colored pencils and I have all I need to work 'on the road'. I have photographed many of the lettering and sketch ideas into my phone and I can use these for reference.

I did three sketches while on vacation and waited to transfer them to my Bible until I got home so I could use the lightpad to trace them.

This is the first of the three that I finished.

I worked from a photo on the internet to get the poses for the runners, though all the sketching was done free-hand (no tracing). After lots of re-drawing, editing and refinement I did use the lightpad to trace my own drawing into the Bible using the fine-line black marker.

I colored all the illustration with the Prismacolor colored pencils. Then I used one of the photos of lettering styles on my phone to write out the scripture and colored that as well.

All of the lettering and the runners were gone over with the lightest colored pencil I have to smooth out the coloring.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:39 PM PDT
Sunday, 11 June 2017
2 Corinthians 4:7
Topic: Bible Journaling

I had a spot of time while on a short vacation and worked on this page in the hotel room. I hope I didn't use too much data over the phone lines as I was having issues with the Wi-Fi there.

I chose a photo of clay jars to illustrate 2 Corinthians 4:7:

The lettering was from a photo I had taken of a form online onto my cell phone. It was easy to replicate and I really like it in this setting.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:08 PM PDT
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Colossians 3:12, 14
Topic: Bible Journaling

Even though I did this page yesterday, it was late at night and I had already done a post for the day so I didn't mind delaying it.

The kernel of the idea for this illustration came from someone else who had used the skirt of a woman to write out character traits from the Proverbs 31 woman. When I saw it, I thought instead of this scripture and sketched out the idea on scrap paper.

I did better on this drawing than I expected to as I admit I am not great at drawing people. I think the key might be to keep it stylized and not use too much detail.

I had completed the skirt with the list of 5 virtues and then,when I kept reading, noticed that there was further instruction in verse 14. I added this along the hemline and then added the bit of lace to contain it in the fabric area.

I really like doing mixed typeography in the text section, too.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:49 PM PDT
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
Luke 12:27
Topic: Bible Journaling

Sitting in the library waiting on someone I had some time to sketch. I have just recently begun carrying a sketchbook in my purse and this was the first time I have used it!

I sketched a flower. Not sure what it is because it is strictly out of my head, but it looks a little like a gladiola, some like a lupine, sort of like a hollyhock.

When I got home I traced over my pencil drawing with marker and then used my very flat light box to trace it into my Bible. I did the front flower on the right and then turned my art over to the back and traced it for the flower on the left. Finally, I used parts from the front view and the back view to construct the flower in the back.

I added veins to the petals and leaves and then erased all the pencil marks before using colored pencils to color and shade the flowers. I added sky and ground very lightly in the background.

I thumbed through my reference pages for lettering and found a script that looks very casual. About halfway through the penciling-in phase I just started lettering in my own hand and followed through with that as I was inking the text.

I did follow the guide to add some flourishes before I traced over the ink with colored pencils to coordinate with the drawing.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:33 PM PDT
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Hebrews 12:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

 When I first started art journaling in my Bible I ran across this shoe print with text tread on Pinterest. The original source photo now links back to a women's beauty/cosmetics site so I don't know to whom credit is due.

Was thinking how neat would it be to have shoes that leave scripture as a footprint!! Then I realized that I am a footprint!!! Am I leaving behind an image of God in the tracks I leave??:

However, I only used the general idea of text tread and drew my own lettering style that looked more like actual tread. I also used a different scripture reference.

I drew in additional treads and colored them similar to the base of the sole. The text got bright colors so as to stand out.

The text is a little difficult to read due to the unorthodox word breaks but I felt the fit was more importnt.

I filled in the background with grass using SIX different green colored pencils.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:09 PM PDT

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