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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?







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.

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

Now we have the full alphabet in both upper- and lowercase for the architect font.

Note that the tops of letters as well as the horizontal crossbars are on an angle. The bowls of the letters are based on a slanted oval and the left and right posts of letters are staggered in height.

I think this has become my favorite lettering style to default to, especially for lettering things accompanied with a drawing.


1 & 2 KINGS: Day #3 – Italics Oval Print – Alphabet

We’re going to drop back to the basic oval print again today but turn it into an italic font. Rather than just tipping the bowls, like the architect print did, this sets all the uprights on a slant and the bowls follow them. However, the horizontal marks remain square to the baseline.

1 & 2 KINGS: Day #4 – Italic Architect – Block of Text

Let’s combine the Architect and the Italic today and use them to write up a block of text. Do this by using the letter forms for the architect style but with the uprights on a slant.

I selected a scripture from 1 Kings for my sample.

1 & 2 KINGS: Day #5 – Architect/Italic – Bible Page

Choose with the architect font or the italic oval font or a combination of architect/italic and use it to write a scripture in your bible. I chose 1 Kings for my scripture reference again.

I have added some gems from this week’s Drawing Room lesson.

Keep joining me here every week for the continuation of this series.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:23 PM PDT
Friday, 5 April 2019
Lettering James
Topic: Bible Journaling

The lettering lessons continue - this week in the book of James.

Here are the daily lessons:

JAMES: Day #1 – Bouncing Letters – Introductions

I tend to like my lettering all lined up in neat rows, showing off their symmetry and consistency. But every now and then it is good to let them loose to play a little.

We’re going to concentrate on that aspect this week while using the basic oval letters.

To begin, letter the word ‘James’ in a couple of bouncing styles. On one, twist the letters this way and that while allowing them to float at varying distances above the base line. On the next, Only allow the bounce to be vertical without any tilt to the letters.

JAMES: Day #2 – Bouncing Letters – Alphabet

I think the hardest part of bouncing letters is keeping the sizes consistent when you don’t have that baseline and other guidelines to key off of. So it is especially important to draw out the letters first in pencil and make any edits in conformity before inking.

Practice bounding your basic oval lettering on a full alphabet. Include some of your alternative letter forms as well.

While you’re at it, you might toss in a set of numbers for future reference.

JAMES: Day #3 – Bouncing With Options – Style Page

Today we will practice writing words with bounced print lettering. There are so many options (not all of them are listed) that I included the samples and pointers right in the practice piece.

I did all of my lettering in pencil and then drew them with colored markers. Try this out for fun!

JAMES: Day #4 – Bounced – Writing Text

For more practice, choose your favorite technique from yesterday’s practice and write a block of text using it. You’ll notice how much less frantic it appears when you confine yourself to only a few options.

I used vertical bouncing with slant serifs and no color.

JAMES: Day #5 – Bounced/Colored – In Your Bible

For my Bible page I used vertical bouncing with shadow lines and added a rainbow of color to the letters.

Like yesterday, I want you to choose a favorite style from Day 3 and use it in your bible in the book of James. I combined mine with the Drawing Room lesson on ‘Gears’.

More to come.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PDT
Friday, 29 March 2019
1 & 2 Samuel - Lettering
Topic: Bible Journaling

Time for the weekly post of another lettering lesson. This week we cover 1 and 2 Samuel.

Here are the weekly lessons:

1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #1 – Basic Oval Lettering – Intro

Having spent so much time on block letters we are now going to move on to another simple print style and then explore variations on it. The style we are starting with is called a basic oval print.

The general letter construction is very similar to the basic round but the letters are narrower and, where there are ‘bowls’ on the letters they become an oval that sits at an angle, tipped to the right.

You don’t see much evidence of this in the all caps version of the sample below but it does show up more in the lower-case ‘a’ and ‘e’ in the second line.

Practice drawing these letter forms. Remember to work first in pencil, correcting your letters as you go. Only ink when the letter is exactly how you want it, then erase the pencil.

1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #2 – Basic Oval Letters – Alphabet

This is the full alphabet for the basic oval print style. Note that the ‘bowls’ of the letters are oval in shape and have a slight lean to the right. The uprights, however do NOT lean.

The letters are narrower than the basic round print. The x-height is still ½ the full letter height.

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.


1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #3 – Oval Style & Dot Serifs – Alpha

Creating the dot serif style is very simple. First, write out another copy of the basic oval style alphabet. Then draw a small dot on all of the line ends and intersections.

It is fun to let these letters bounce off the baseline and use a mix of colors in your text. For my sample page, though, I toe the line so I can make sure the relative sizes and shapes are correct. The play can come into use when using the alphabet on a project.

1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #4 – Numbers w/ Dot Serifs

To make numerals that fit with the basic oval and dot serif styles you really have a lot of leeway. The keys will be: make the numbers as tall as your upper-case, keep them upright, make narrow like your letters. Other than that, you have the choice of how your digits are shaped. Do you like a 9 with a straight stem? Boom! You got it. How about a 4 with an enclosed top? Your choice.

For the dot serif numbers, just add that dot at all line ends and intersections.

1 & 2 SAMUEL: Day #5 – Dot Serifs – Bible Page

For my Bible page in 2 Samuel, I used the dot serif style in a very straightforward manner.

This style is easy to scale up or down – see the reference at the bottom of the page – while remaining very clear and readable. Note that the smaller the lettering, the more prominent the dots become.

I combined my text with the simple illustration of the fish hook from the Drawing Room tutorial.

Great stuff, huh?




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PDT
Friday, 22 March 2019
Lettering in Ruth
Topic: Bible Journaling

Wow, we are up to week 12 in the year and this series of lettering instruction. This week we are working in Ruth.

Here are the daily lessons:

RUTH: Day #1 – Editing Block Letter Shapes – Intro

Having done a lot of work with basic block letters, it’s time to show you more ways to make changes to the form.

For the sample introduction I started by penciling the basic forms and then bounced some up off the baseline, changed some to lower-case, loosened up the tails and crossbars, and overlapped letters. Somewhere along the line they stopped looking like basic block letters at all!

This week we will work on making three entirely new alphabets just by varying height and the width of the elements of the letters.

For now, let’s just start with this one word – but, make up your own version of edited letter forms.

RUTH: Day #2 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha A-E

Rather than working all the way through one alphabet style and then another and another, we are going to work on making all the style variations on a letter by letter basis.

The first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

So different, aren’t they? There are many more ways to change these up. If you want to explore other ideas, just add your new forms on the right.

Today, we are just doing the letters A through E. The rest of the alphabet will be done on days 3 and 4.

RUTH: Day #3 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha F-P

We’re back with the next series of letters in edited block letters.

Just as yesterday, the first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

We will finish this project tomorrow.

RUTH: Day #4 – Editing Block Shapes – Alpha Q-Z

And today we have the final series of letters in edited block letters.

Once again, the first letter is the basic block letter we originally learned – 4 units tall, about 3 units wide, elements 1 unit wide. We draw it here to serve as a reference point.

The next letter is 5 units tall, about the same width, and the elements are ½ unit wide. WOW! What a difference that makes. The third version is the same but the left element is widened to 1 ½ units. And the fourth style is back to the 4-unit height, vertical elements are 1 ½ units wide and horizontal elements are a single line.

Have you been adding any other forms?

RUTH: Day #5 – Edited Block Shapes – Bible Page

In your Bible today, working in the book of Ruth, combine several versions of the edited block letters. I did some skinny, some wide, and even brought in those with slashed edges from prior lessons. Also, in the mix are some basic round letters and a bit of script handwriting. Use whatever mix of styles YOU are comfortable with.


So what ties it all together? The way the words interlock together and the consistent colors throughout. I combined my text block with the peacock from the Drawing Room lesson for this week in the same colors.

Oh, how I love that peacock!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 AM PDT
Friday, 15 March 2019
Time for More Lettering - 1 and 2 Peter
Topic: Bible Journaling

On the plan for lettering lessons, whose books that have a 1st and 2nd are combined into one lesson. So here we are covering BOTh books of Peter.

Here are the daily lessons:

1 & 2 PETER: Day #1 – Filled Block Letters – Intro

Let’s have some fun this week including artwork right in our letters. The base of these will be the now-familiar basic block letters.

For the intro today, write out the letters for the book(s) of Peter, change the outlines to casual double lines. You can then draw patterns within the letters – using either different patterns in each one or a consistent pattern throughout the word.

You also have the option of leaving the word in black and white or coloring in the patterns.

1 & 2 PETER: Day #2 – Fills For Block Letters – Alphabet

As shown yesterday, the first alphabet we will practice this week is basic block letters filled with patterns.

In this sample alphabet, I did not use the casual sketchy lines like Day 1. But there are lots of ideas for how you might want to fill your letters. When you are using them in your Bible journaling, you can fill your letters with doodles that fit the theme of a verse.

Remember, you have the option of color or black and white.

1 & 2 PETER: Day #3a – Carved Letters – Design Lines

There are two sheets for the alphabet today.

For chiseled letters, 1) start by drawing the basic block letter alphabet (caps only). 2) At each end, draw a little triangle 3) on the straight letters, draw a diagonal at the intersections 4) split the elements in half lengthwise, drawing from the points of the triangles 5) connect that center line with any new angles formed 6) add center line to remaining element from the ends of the triangle and the diagonals 7) shade the top and right segments.

Letters with curves get an arrow V along the curve. This is to define where the shading will switch from one side of the element to the other.

Use the steps described to turn your basic block alphabet into chiseled letters. Then go on to page 3b for shading.

1 & 2 PETER: Day #3b – Carved Letter Shading – Alpha

After you have drawn your carved alphabet it is time to work on shading. Since the letters are meant to look like they are indented into stone or concrete, the shading will go on the right and top of all the little bits. The light would come from the top so the top, indented spaces would be in shadow.

It is difficult to remember where the shading goes, so it may take a bit of practice to get it right. For this reason, do your shading in pencil so you can erase if needed.

I keep a copy of the alphabet with and without shading so I can work on structure separately from lighting.

1 & 2 PETER: Day #4 – Fills & Frills – Activity

This piece is to demonstrate that the art fills can be either outside OR inside the letters. And, as a bonus, fills inside the letters can be art objects rather than doodles.

I used the sketchy style of outlining the basic block letters. Then I drew, in pencil, various objects of clothing right across the words. On the first line, I used markers to trace the clothes only outside the letters. On the second line, I used the markers to trace the clothing only inside the letters.

The rest of the text was written out using basic round letters in all-caps, using the same markers. Go have some fun with fills.

1 & 2 PETER: Day #5 – Using Block Fills – Bible Page

Working with the carved letters on this small scale was quite a challenge. I wanted the words to look like they were carved right into the brick wall (from the Drawing Room this week) So I drew the wall in pencil, then penciled and inked the words, inked the bricks, erased all the pencil and added the shading to the letters and the color to the wall.


Use any one of the styles of filled block letters in your Bible to journal in 1 Peter or 2 Peter.

What fun!