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Friday, 24 May 2019
End of an Era
Topic: Bible Journaling

This is the last in the series of progressive lessons from basic round print to bounce lettering. I will still be teaching lettering lessons but they will be built on one or more of the lessons from this series.

This week's lessons are built around the book of Esther.

Bounce Lettering – Introduction

This week is the culmination of all our study in the progressive series on lettering – from basic print to elegant script. We have visited the faux-brush script (last week) and now will enter the realm of bounce lettering. This style is sometimes referred to as ‘modern calligraphy’ and is most often executed with a brush-tipped marker. However, we will continue to use our method of penciling the letters, making adjustments, inking our best effort, erasing the pencil and thickening and filling the downstrokes.

 

This week we will be using samples from the book of Esther so our introductory word is just that.

 

First, use your regular script to write out the word, using the baseline and x-height and ascender line as guides.

Then lightly sketch a pencil line just below and just above the baseline. Edit your letters so some drop below the line and some ride above it. Exaggerate the loops and heights as you wish and connect some letters as I have with the th.

 

Trace over your final lines in ink and thicken the downstrokes before erasing your pencil.

 



Bounce Lettering – Alphabet

For this practice sheet, draw sets of guidelines to establish the baseline, x-height and ascender line. On the first set of lines start writing out your regular script alphabet (lower case). Then on the second set of lines write the same letters but carry some below and some above the baseline. You can also exaggerate elements such as loops and curls.

 

Study the alphabets below to see some of the differences I chose to make in my letters. Now make it your own!

 

At the bottom of your page, practice some bounce and alternative forms in common letter combinations. With bounce lettering it is NOT desirable to have uniform letters as you want it to be obvious that this is an artistic, hand lettered product.

 

 

 



Bounce Lettering – Practice

Just as we did yesterday, we are drawing those guidelines and writing our phrase in normal script. Make a second set of guidelines and repeat this step (shown in pink lines here). Then use pencil to exaggerate those letters and make them bounce.

 

Now try it again, working over and under. This time let the exaggerated forms fill in spaces where the words come together.

 

Then draw some baselines that are not square to the page OR one another. Use these to write in bounce letters.

 



Bounce Lettering – Faux Brush Bounce

Today, I want you to draw some ‘rising and falling’ curved baselines and use them to write a block of text.

 

Make the exaggerations fill the open spaces. Don’t forget to work in pencil and edit over and over and over to get just the look you want.

 

Ink when you are finished and then use the double-line technique to turn your letters to faux-brush lettering.

 

It does not have to be perfect! This is a sharp learning curve that most are practicing for a LONG time before it comes naturally. The goal is beautiful, artistic lettering – not looking like it was produced on a computer. Your own variations and designs will make it unique to you.

 



Bounce Lettering – Bible Page

Use a piece of paper to do all the design and layout work for a scripture in bounce lettering. Edit until you have it just the way you want and then ink the letter forms. This will make them easier to see for tracing.

 

Trace into your bible (I used my interleaved ESV in Esther 4:14) using pencil, then ink the letters, then make them faux-brush with thickened downstrokes. Erase all the pencil and decorate the page as you wish.

 


As further evidence of what a difference the thickened downstrokes make, take a look at this side-by-side comparison of before and after adding them.


Seriously? Why would you NOT add them?

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:04 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Drawing Down
Topic: Bible Journaling

Using filled double lines on letters is an entirely different animal when used on script as opposed to basic prints. This week the lessons will introduce faux-brush script.

We are now going to move from a single-line script to what is called ‘faux-brush; script. This is because it looks like it was drawn with brush pens, but it is just added lines with the regular pens and filled in. Because it is done in simple steps, one at a time, it is an easy and elegant font to master.

 

For the sample, using the two books of the Bible in the cover-to-cover plan in CBJ, I lettered in standard script leaving a little extra room between the letters. Then I added a single line to the downstrokes (more about that tomorrow).

 

Work on getting the line gap consistent and blending the lines together on the upper and lower curves so you don’t have an abrupt joining.



We touched briefly on the term ‘downstrokes’ yesterday but didn’t really define it. When you are writing script, sometimes your pen is traveling away from you, sometimes side to side and sometimes it is being drawn toward you. When the pen is coming toward you, that is a downstroke.

 

Draw out a basic script alphabet. Then with a different color of pen mark arrows ONLY along the lines that are downstrokes. If you’ve used some of the alternative letter forms, use the guidelines above to define the downstrokes in your letters.



Draw out a full script alphabet again. Using the downstroke guide you created yesterday, add a second line to all the downstrokes. Work on keeping the line gap consistent throughout. Also, be careful to blend your dual lines together when they join at the upper or lower curve of a letter.

 

There are a couple of letters where ALL the lines are downstrokes (K and X). These can look heavier than the other letters so you may elect to leave the second stroke as a single line. Try it both ways and choose the one you like.

 

(Yes, on my sample, I put the double stroke on the ‘I’ on the wrong line. It doesn’t look horrible, so it stays!)



I want you to write out the script alphabet again. I know it seems redundant, but I want you to have the complete range of steps in samples when you finish this series.

 

Again, add the double lines to the downstrokes. Then use your pen to color between the lines. You can really see the heaviness of the K and X once you get the fill done. Try it out with one of the strokes as a single line and see if you like it better that way. Mark the one you will use as your personal style.



Select a scripture in either Titus or Philemon on which you can letter using the faux-brush script. When you are lettering small like this, you may wish to use a finer-tipped pen. Use a small caps font for some of those connecting words to save space.

 

Don’t forget to give some weight to your punctuation by thickening the lines on them, too.

 

This sample page also has the addition of the poppies from this week’s Drawing Room.



Select a scripture in either Titus or Philemon on which you can letter using the faux-brush script. When you are lettering small like this, you may wish to use a finer-tipped pen. Use a small caps font for some of those connecting words to save space.

 

Don’t forget to give some weight to your punctuation by thickening the lines on them, too.

 

This sample page also has the addition of the poppies from this week’s Drawing Room.


Not only did the lettering turn out great, but those poppies are really beautiful.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:27 PM PDT
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Put a New Slant On It
Topic: Bible Journaling

In this week's lettering lesson series we are going to focus exclusively on various slants for script lettering.

 

Throughout this week we will be exploring the use of various slants on script lettering and the effect it has on the ‘character’ of the written text.

 

The sample today applies no slant whatsoever – a true upright. You can use whatever letter styles you have adopted from the options presented in the script styles studied so far. To write the upright, make sure to align the ascenders and descenders on a vertical.

 

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.



To begin preparing for the extreme slant script, mark on your paper a box that is 3 units wide and three units high. Draw a line from corner to corner, creating a 45-degree angled line. Then, mark a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

Now, as you begin writing your alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the angled line to establish the core lean. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.

 



To begin preparing for the full upright script, mark on your paper vertical lines that are three units high. Make a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

As you write your alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the vertical line to establish the core. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.



As before, we will draw a box with an angled line to establish the angle of the core of our letters. Mark on your paper a box that is 3 units wide and 2 units high. Draw a line from upper left to lower right, creating a backhand angle. Then, mark a series of lines on that same angle for practice.

 

To write the alphabet, make a pencil line for the angle and then draw the letter over it – following the angled line to establish the core lean. (You will have pencil lines where I am showing pink guides.)

 

Continue drawing guidelines and letters all the way through the alphabet. Even when you move on to using this style in a project, draw these guidelines as you go. DO NOT try to ‘wing it’ as your angle will tend to revert to your own natural slant and you will lose continuity.

 

On a project, you will ink your letters and erase the pencil guidelines. On this practice sheet, leave the pencil guides in place for future reference.

 



Each of the alphabets we studied this week have their own character because of the angle on the letters. Once you choose a scripture to write in the book of Nehemiah in your Bible, select the alphabet slant that best establishes the spirit of the text.

 

Sketch out your angled guidelines along with 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 used the extreme slant because it showed more ‘strength’ than the other two alphabets.


Isn't it amazing how the slant changes the entire character of these alphabets?

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:03 PM PDT
Sunday, 5 May 2019
More Lettering Lessons
Topic: Bible Journaling

Ready for the next lesson in the series? Let's dive in to beginning script.

This week we will convert our semi-script into full script. It is much easier than you might expect, thanks to the way we have studied incremental changes.

 

Today, make some practice areas on your paper, marked with even amounts of space above and below the x-height. I have written out two slightly different versions of script that you can practice. As you go, try to identify the things that make this font different from our semi-script and what makes it different from your handwriting?



This is the full alphabet for a basic script style. Note that I said ‘A’ basic script. Because there are many alternative forms for many of the letters. We will look at a few of the more common ones tomorrow.

 

This alphabet uses an x-height that is one-half of the total letter height. The bowls are oval and the letters have an italic slant.

 

You will note that some of the letters are not what one commonly learns in cursive writing – the bowl of the ‘b’, the ‘f’ fully above the baseline, the loops of lower-case beginning at the x-height, etc. Let’s just all agree to write them this way today and break any pre-conceived notions about script lettering (which is NOT the same as cursive handwriting).



As was mentioned a few days ago, there are alternative forms to many script letters. A few have been included here to give you some choice in your personal style going forward.

 

When watching others do script lettering, I have been drawn to the new way of drawing the ‘b’, the ‘H’, the ‘p’, the ‘r’, and the ‘s’. As I have practiced these more and more, they are becoming part of my own style. If you were to look at script fonts online or in books, you would find other forms that you might like to incorporate.



Once you’ve practiced and selected the form you want to use for each lower-case letter you will move on to learning how to connect them to form words. Again, this is NOT the same as cursive handwriting. Unlike penmanship, hand lettering is meant to be drawn rather than written; decorative rather than utilitarian.

One of the hardest things for many is forming the habit of pausing and lifting the pen in the middle of words. This allows for connecting letters in a more artistic way than the cursive we learned in childhood.

 

Use this method to write out your lower-case alphabet as long words, using the letter forms you have chosen. When you get to the end of a line, move down and continue with the next letter series (beginning with the last letter used). I have marked the end-point (where I lifted the pen) with a red dot. I have marked the start points (where the letter began) with a green dot. [green=go, red=stop]

 

You will likely want to do different letter connections when going from a short letter into one with a loop and stem than when connecting a series of small letters. Also, you can elect to pencil the letters as stand-alones and then go back and add the connections where they seem natural to you. Do NOT leave letters unconnected within words at this point. Later, when you are confident with styling, this may be an artistic choice you make.

 

Letter pairs (bb, dd, ee, gg, ll, mm, nn, oo, pp, rr, ss, tt) often get a different styling than a single letter of the same. It is hard to get both letters to match, so you may intentionally change one slightly so it looks planned.



Having studied individual letter connection, you will want to practice writing words which will use different combinations of letters. Choose a scripture in our feature book (Ezra) and practice on paper until you are pleased with how all your letters are formed and connected.  Remember to work in pencil first and to s-l-o-w

d-o-w-n. You are drawing the letters, not writing them.

 

Transfer your best effort into your bible either by tracing or by following your original steps to recreate it.

 

 


Another one in the books!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:45 PM PDT
Monday, 29 April 2019
Advancing In Skills At Retreat
Topic: Bible Journaling

This past weekend I went to a bible journaling retreat in southern Oregon with 13 other ladies from around the PNW and other states.

Several of us taught classes to the others - My contribution was lessons based on my Drawing Room tutorials and Lettering Lodge series. Great success!

Though I don't have anything to show from that, I do have pictures of the final bible pages from the other lessons.

This first page is 2 Corinthians 5:12 in my interleaved bible. Products/processes: gelato background, printed vellum tipin, washi tape borders, napkin technique using Mod Podge. This combined two of our lessons.


Next is also in my interleaved bible in Romans 12:2. 

It uses a watercolored background, Distress Inks through stencil, A doily stamp applied through stencil, pen outlining and lettering.


For Lamentations 3:22-23 in the interleaved bible I used gelatos and baby wipe, lettering with brush pen and pen.


Next up was Psalm 51:10 in the interleaved bible.

First up was gelatos and bubble wrap! Then I drew in the rope with pen, made drips with watercolor and a straw, distressed the edges of the cutout shapes using Distress Ink pads, glued the music hearts and fabric heart only enough to keep them in place while allowing them to be free at the bottom. I made tiny clothespins with skinny washi tape. The bottom steip is Him Holtz tissue tape. Watercolor shading on the clouds.


We then made a tag with a napkin technique that utilized Saran Wrap to aid in placement. Embellished with washi tape, strips of pearls and bling, lace and ribbons.

I haven't lettered on mine yet.


We then were given a variety of papers and pockets to fold and nest. These were then center-stapled to create a 'junk journal'. Materials included strips of torn fabric to attach to big paper clips.

I have not used any of the pages in mine yet.


In 1 Peter 1:24-25 in the interleaved bible I made a Distress Ink background with blender tool, stamped in versamark and embossed with gold, colored with colored pencils and lettered with Micron pen.


And the last one that I did during 'free time' and not from anything we had covered in the lessons.

I did this in Song of Solomon 2:1 in my Journal the Word bible.

Method uses packing tape over a printed image with a white background. This is burnished well and then placed in a bowl of water to soak. When it is thoroughly soaked you lay it face down on a towel and use fingertips to rub away the paper. Soak and rub, soak and rub till all of the white paper is gone, leaving just the image on the tape.

You allow the tape to air dry and it is still sticky. Just place in the margin and trim the edges.


So that is it - the sessions were held over two days so we really accomplished a lot.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 28 April 2019
Learning Semi-Script Lettering
Topic: Bible Journaling

This series on progressive lettering styles is coming right along! This part of the series is focused on moving into semi-script.

The remarkable thing about today’s practice word is how unremarkable it is! In fact, it looks pretty much like it was written from last week’s lesson on italics.

 

However, note that the tail on the ‘e’ is just a little longer and the base of the ‘w’ is now round instead of coming to two points. The whole word is just a little more relaxed.

 

Consider it like the difference between these two typefaces:   Hebrews and Hebrews

 

Tomorrow we’ll see the many other changes that transform this style.



Although very similar to the italic oval print, the semi-script introduces little curled tails at the end of letters that would normally end on the baseline.

 

These letters do NOT connect to one another in their application which is why it is only a semi-script and not a script. But those tails actually make the letters faster to write as they help the letters to flow together and they make the text to enhance the feeling of the words being cohesive elements.

 

Today we are using the same upper-case as for the italics.



Today you can practice an alternative upper-case for the semi-script. These are more in keeping with the flowing style that allows you to make the letter forms more quickly.

 

Notice the trailing tails on the ‘A’, ‘E’, ‘L’, ‘Q’, ‘R’, ‘U’ and ‘Z’.

 



Let’s put it all together – The alternative upper-case, the italic slant, the trailing tails. But remember, we are NOT connecting out letters together.

 

Practice by writing out a block of text. I used Hebrews 4:16.

 

It is more difficult to write in this particular scale (3 units) as it is hard to keep the x-height consistently falling between those dotted lines. If this is an issue for you, consider penciling in a straight line using a ruler to establish your x-height.

 



This style of print is what my children learned in school instead of basic printing. The teachers felt it would be an easier transformation into cursive for them. In the long run, it did not make their handwriting any more readable than those children who learned standard print and then cursive! But it does make for a very nice print that reads more attractively than a rigid standard print.

 

Remember, we still always work in pencil first to establish our letter size and shapes as well as spacing. Then we ink over our letters, making corrections as desired. When the ink is dry, we erase the pencil.

 

On work such as this blank page, 1) the lettering can be written on graph or dot grid paper and traced 2) guidelines can be drawn on the page with a ruler and pencil to guide the lettering or 3) use the ghost of the printing on the following page to serve as your guidelines (this is what I did).


I love this lettering style!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:27 PM PDT
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Lettering In My Bible
Topic: Bible Journaling

Oh, how I wish my blog editor allowed more than one Topic tag! I fear I switch back and forth between Bible Journaling and Lettering for these posts and so they will never all appear together in one search. Grrrr!

In any case, this week I taught lettering again and include the script here for you.

Day #1 – Adding Weight – Intro

This week we’re going to explore options for adding weight to our italic fonts learned last week.

For the sample word, write it in pencil using a basic oval font OR an architect font in italics.

Add a second line along the left side of the letter then ink and erase the pencil.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Day #2 – Double Line Italic – Alphabet

This entire alphabet is based on an italic of the basic oval letter. You can refer back to your own sample sheets from previous lessons to see if you had changed any letter forms into ones you would like to keep for this lesson.

Write out the whole italic alphabet in pencil. Add a second line to the left side of each letter. Ink and erase pencil.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Day #3 – Filled Line Italic – Alphabet

You can use a COPY of yesterday’s lesson for this exercise. The only difference is that we will fill in the area between the double lines. You can use either black or color for the fill.

The reason I emphasize using a COPY is that you will then retain samples from every stage of the progression which can be used to decide what lettering you want to use on a future project.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Day #4 – Wide Line Italics – Alphabet

This style adds weight by thickening ALL the lines on the letters.

Note that the verticals are slightly thicker than the horizontals and that all line ends are squared off.

We are keeping the general letter shapes of the basic oval lettering in their italic forms.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Day #5 – Weighted Italics – Bible Page

The final exercise of the week is to select one of the weighted italic forms learned this week and use it in your bible. I chose a scripture in 1 Chronicles and applied the filled double line style. I used color as my fill.

I added artwork using the Drawing Room lesson for this week ‘Globe’.

 

 


Is anyone out there USING these lettering lessons?

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:28 AM PDT
Saturday, 13 April 2019
Lettering in the Books of Kings
Topic: Bible Journaling

Here we are up to week 15 in the series on lettering progression from basic to advanced. We are now starting the transformations leading from print to script - not all at once but in small, incremental steps.

Let's begin.

1 & 2 KINGS: Day #1 – Architect – Introduction

Now that we’ve mastered the basic oval print, we’re going to start morphing it into more styled letters. This page introduces a font called Architect. This is the type of print you would find on blueprints and building designs, but generally only using upper-case.

It is very readable and every letter is distinct so it cannot be mistaken for something else. The slants on the letter forms make it very natural to write quickly.

Today, just practice on these few letters introducing the books of Kings.