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Friday, 30 November 2018
In the Fellowship
Topic: Bible Journaling

Friday! It's another completed week of lettering lessons for use in Bible journaling. This week the focus word was 'fellowship' and here are the lessons:

FELLOWSHIP Font – Day 1 – Introduction

This week we will work with an italic print font with script-style capitals. A few of the lower-case letters actually are small caps! The x-height is 1/2 of the full letter height.

Our focus word for this font is ‘Fellowship’,

This is not a particularly attractive font when all caps are used, but it does give you an opportunity to practice more of the letters.

FELLOWSHIP Font – Day 2 - Alphabet

There are really few surprises in the full alphabet for the Fellowship font. However, note the styling of the ‘E’ and ‘e’, the long straight line that makes up the ‘f’, the extension on the top of the ‘p’, and the small-caps used for the ‘k’ and ‘r’. There’s a little extra extension on the crossing of the ‘t’, as well.

These letters don’t look so remarkable here in the alphabet, but when you see them appearing in the words, later this week, I think you will be surprised how much style they carry.

Don’t forget your scale – x-height is 1/2 of the full letter height.

FELLOWSHIP Font – Day 3 - Anagram

I really like using anagrams for the word exercise we do on Wednesdays. I’ve used mine to write out words that relate to elements in fellowship and capitalized the initial letters

To fit this on my paper I had to reduce the scale to an overall letter height of 3 units. Thus, the x-height is 1 1/2 units (1/2 the total).

Feel free to play with your letters in any way you wish – writing up words – to practice letter formation and spacing.


FELLOWSHIP Font – Day 4 - Scripture

Writing up a block of text has a totally different feel than the list I showed yesterday. Today, we are writing a scripture on fellowship on practice paper. Concentrate on getting the slant consistent and good spacing inside and between the words.

This looks more like it could be someone’s natural handwriting, doesn’t it? It is OK on this font to allow the letters to be looser – not so mechanical – to maintain this feel.

I decorated my page to go with the scriptural reference to ‘light’.


FELLOWSHIP Font – Day 5 - In Your Bible

The more you practice with each font the better you will be able to replicate it. And the more different fonts you practice the easier new ones are to pick up. Your learning curve is shortened as you train your brain to see the features that make each alphabet unique.

Find a scripture with the focus word ‘fellowship’ and use the new font to write it in your Bible. I used 2 Corinthians 13:10 and gave my page a few little birds ‘in fellowship’.

The ultimate purpose in learning these new lettering styles is to use them in our Bibles so I hope you will do the same.


I was really amazed by how different this font looked in use as opposed to the written alphabet. Very pleased, I might add.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:17 PM PST
I Did It - I Finished On Time!
Topic: Bible Journaling

Despite being behind on the #BeThankfulFor challenge for a few days while I had to travel out of town, I did catch up by doing several days' worth at a time. This allowed me to finish ON TIME. The challenge ran with daily prompts from November 1 through November 30.

All of the rest have already been posted so I only have two left to show.

November 29 - Traditions

Joshua 4:6-7, 24 - A representative from each of the 12 tribes of Israel went out into the Jordan River and brought back a stone from the dry land, when the river flowed back into its course, they stacked the stones. The purpose was to have a memorial so that, when their children asked about it, they could be told how God took them across the river on dry land. It was a remembrance of a miracle.

Many of the Jewish traditions were reminders of what God had done for them. Christian traditions are much the same for us (baptism, communion, celebrations of Christmas and Easter). When we participate in holiday traditions, let's follow the example in Joshua and remind ourselves of the WHY, not jut the WHAT that surrounds them.


November 30 - Forgiveness

I have had a bookmark in my study Bible for many years with this KJV paraphrase on it. I think it was a Secret Sister gift. I love that it is personalized with my own name.

I decided to use the same concept with the NIV wording and now I have it permanently in my journaling Bible.


As usual, I think the hardest thing about challenges with prompts is deciding what to do for the artwork. In this case, sometimes the art was easy to decide on but it was more difficult to decide what scripture to journal it on. In some cases that was because I had already journaled on that page in my Bible, so had to choose an alternative.

It has been fun.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:59 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Strength is from God
Topic: Bible Journaling

Day 26 for the #BeThankfulFor challenge has the prompt 'Strength'. I journaled on Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

I'm glad this scripture pairs 'refuge' and 'strength' because sometimes, before you go out to stand in the chaos, you need to have a quiet refuge to regroup and recharge.

Then God goes out with you!

 

I used rocks to signify the strength and solidarity of God and the sign-posts to point the way.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:16 AM PST
Sunday, 25 November 2018
More to Be Thankful For
Topic: Bible Journaling

I finally got caught up with the #BeThankfulFor challenge! Here are the next seven (Yes, SEVEN) pages.

November 19 - #BeThankfulFor Generosity

Proverbs 11:25 - "A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be rewarded." The prompt is asking us to be thankful for generosity but I turned that around with the scripture. I want to be the person who creates thankfulness in others by my generosity. But I don't want to do that SO I will be rewarded.


November 20- #BeThankfulFor Relaxation

Mark 6:31 - "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Jesus knew the importance of getting rest and understood that the most relaxing circumstances would involve just Him and us.


November 21- #BeThankfulFor Hope

Habakkuk 3:19 - "The Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights." My hope is in the Lord. He lifts me up and gives me the strength I need to take the hard steps.


November 22- #BeThankfulFor Passion

Proverb 16:3 - "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans." God had given me a passion for art and I want to honor Him by using it to celebrate Him.


November 23- #BeThankfulFor Teamwork

Ephesians 4:16 - "...the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." No question about it, everyone has a unique part to play in the body of Christ.


November 24 - #BeThankfulFor Books

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." I don't know what I would do without books! But the Bible is truly my favorite. I never read a book more than once - except this one!


November 25 - #BeThankfulFor Seasons

Zechariah 10:1 - "Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime." Where I live, we never have a lack of rain! But I do love the springtime (and the fall). That blessed rain brings on the blossoming trees and all the flowering bulbs. It all just makes me happy!


Until I got caught up through the 25th I didn't realize how close to the end of the month we really are! Just 5 more pages in this challenge.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:18 PM PST
Friday, 23 November 2018
Life With a New Font
Topic: Bible Journaling

Sure enough, this past week was the rollout of another series of lettering lessons. This week we used 'life' as the focus word.

LIFE Font – Day 1 – Introduction

LONG POST!

We are going to learn a font this week that is informal and fun and we are going to use ‘Life’ as our focus word.

But before we go into details, let’s review the steps we use in the Lettering Lodge to learn new fonts.

·         The most important thing in our lettering concept is P-I-E. This stands for Pencil-Ink-Erase. As you are learning new styles it is best to work in pencil first. Take your time and ‘draw’ your letters rather than ‘writing’ them as this helps break away from one’s natural handwriting. Practice each letter multiple times until you are comfortable with the form. Trace your best effort in ink. Then, when the ink is dry, erase the pencil.

·         Practice paper should be lined, graph or dot grid. This will help keep your letters even and straight. There are free printable versions of all of these online.

·         A basic lettering guide follows:

_______________  ascender line (top of upper-case and tall letters)

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   x height (top of the lower-case letters)

_______________  base line (where the base of the letters sit)

_______________  descender line (bottom of descending letters)

Once you proceed from letter practice to phrase writing the descender line will often double as the ascender line for the next row of text.

·         Study the new style to note the elements that make it unique. Is it a script or a print? Does it have serifs or not? Are the letter shapes linear or rounded? Are the bowls of the letters circular or oval? Is it an upright or an italic? Are there curves or curls or tails that are repeated? Learning to recognize these elements and practicing them before you start drawing your whole letters will get you to a point of familiarity and consistency much faster.

·         Remember, YOU are the artist! You have the freedom to change a particular letter form to something you like better as long as you keep it consistent with the style. In a similar vein, you can change an entire style. It is best to do this after you have learned it in the manner taught, though. Then feel free to give a little slant to an upright print; make a slanted script stand tall; make the caps all half again as tall – make it your own.

So, let’s get started with this new lettering style? It is an upright script that combines a lot of ‘print’ styling including half-serifs. Note that I’ve worked on a 4-unit font height with an x-height of 2 units.

WAIT! Did you skip over those bullet points above? Please go back and read them, even if you think you already know it. It is important!

The best way to learn and to use this particular font is to draw out the base letter (in pencil), connect the lower-case letters in a natural way (in pencil), add the half-serifs (in pencil) and then ink over everything and erase the pencil.

Ready? Time to practice with both the upper- and lower-case letters in the word ‘Life’.



LIFE Font – Day 2 - Alphabet

With the reveal of the whole alphabet let’s look closer at the features that make up its ‘style’.

Most of the capitals are closer to a print style while the lower-case are more script. Watch for the half-serifs on the capitals although some do NOT have them (J, O) and there are a few lower-case that do have them (c, I, m, n, p, q, u, v, w, x, y, z) – there were a lot more than I realized!

The lower-case ascenders come all the way up to the same height as the caps (except the t) and the descenders are two units below the base line.

There is some really nice styling on the f, J, Q, and s.

Take time to practice a lot so as to become thoroughly acquainted with the font. This will make the later exercises easier to accomplish. Don’t worry about connecting letters today, we’ll go over that in tomorrow’s lesson.


LIFE Font – Day 3 - Music Lyrics

It should be easy to come up with some hymn or chorus lyrics that use the word ‘Life’,

As you write them on your practice sheet you will be concentrating first on the letter forms and then on the connections between the letters. Try to get the spacing between the letters as even as you can. Keep in mind that it is fully permissible to lift your pen/pencil between letters. Your connecting line may end near the bottom of a letter whose own starting point is at the top (see the nd combo in ‘and’, the nc and ra in ‘consecrated’, the rd in ‘Lord’.

Use the P-I-E (pencil-ink-erase) method to create your best work. Remember, we are ‘drawing’ the letters instead of ‘writing’ them.

I made a little piano keyboard to decorate my page, just for fun.


LIFE Font – Day 4 - Scripture

As we do every Thursday, we’re going to find a scripture with the focus word (Life) and write it out on a practice page. This is one more way of getting practice with the font that may use different letters than you used yesterday.

Although I did not on today’s piece, I often use caps on ALL of my words just so I can practice more of them.

Today I used a paraphrase of John 3:16 that I have on a bookmark that was given to me many years ago.

It would be fun to see many of you use this as practice, personalized with your own name, of course.


LIFE Font – Day 5 - In Your Bible

Now it’s time to use the new font in our bibles in journaling a scripture using the word ‘Life’. You will probably have to shrink your letters to fit in your space. Just keep in mind that the x-height is half the overall letter height and you can easily re-size it.

The steps are the same: pencil-ink-erase. We never do go directly to ink in hand-lettering.

I used 1 Timothy 6:12 with an illustration of ‘holding on’.


I hope you are enjoying these weekly wrapups of the lettering tutorials and find occasion to use the alphabets in your own work.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:44 PM PST
Still Thankful
Topic: Bible Journaling

I got a bit behind on my #BeThankfulFor challenge so I did a number of them all at one sitting.

November 13 - #BeThankfulFor Surprises

I kept coming back to 'gifts' and pulled up sections of three scriptures to focus on the gifts of the spirits. I used portions that did not list these gifts so I included them as the tags on the presents. I used very narrow washi tape as the ribbon on the gifts.


November 14 - #BeThankfulFor Warmth

Basking in the Warmth of the Son. I got the general idea for this page off Pinterest but added my own lettering styles and caption.


November 15 - #BeThankfulFor Growth

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. What better way to grow than in our faith? That is something to celebrate.


November 16 - #BeThankfulFor Water

I used this verse with a glass of water in a watercolor painting last July. This time, I found a YouTube video on drawing a glass of ice water (aimed at children). It was SO easy to follow and the results were perfect!


November 17 - #BeThankfulFor Laughter

For the many years I read the Readers Digest magazine, there was a column called 'Laughter is the Best Medicine'. I wonder if they knew they were quoting scripture? This layout was inspired by Pinterest but the actual artwork is all mine.


November 18 - #BeThankfulFor Nature

This section of scripture celebrates the whole of creation and reminds us that God still takes care of the earth.


I still have a few days to get caught up but will certainly be finishing out the month with this challenge.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:50 PM PST
Friday, 16 November 2018
Calling You
Topic: Bible Journaling

Wrapping up another week of lettering lessons with a new font and the focus word 'called'. We actually used any form of the word 'call' (called, calls, calling) which gave a lot of options in the activities.

Here are the lessons for the week:

CALLED Font – Day 1 – Introduction

The font we will be working with this week mimics a handwriting style in which crossbars and other styling elements are placed at a sharp angle, even though the base letters are very open and upright.

The top curl of the ‘C’ will later be used in the ‘G’ as well.

When we’re learning these initial 9 letters you don’t get the full effect of the font but, trust me, this is a truly elegant script.

Practice today with the focus word ‘Called’ and other forms of the word.

It is SO rewarding to see that members are actually using the lessons to grow in their lettering skills and their bible journaling.

 


 

CALLED Font – Day 2 - Alphabet

This is one of those styles that an all-caps word doesn’t look very stylish. But I like to throw them in every now and then as an option and as a way that you can practice the upper case a bit more.

With the full alphabet now revealed let me point out the style features of this font.

Look for that long sharply angled line on the A, F, H, J, K, T and X. Note the common upper curl of the C, E and G. Watch for the wide stance of the h, m and n. The sweeping lines of the B, D, P, R, S and Z also carry the sharp angle that defines foe font.

I really like the styling on the r, s and Q. Oh, that Q!!!

I think you will be very pleased when we get to start using these letters to write up words starting tomorrow, so practice lots so you are familiar enough to write with ease.

Remember, you are making PRACTICE sheets. They won’t look perfect when you start (you don’t think MINE look this good in the beginning, do you!?!?!)

 


 

CALLED Font – Day 3 - Music Lyrics

Today, see if you can come up with song lyrics that use a form of the word ‘call’. I use caps on all of the words so I get more practice time on them.

Want some other suggestions for lyrics? How about,

“We're chosen, anointed,
Called out into his light
Shine brighter, lift higher
The name of Jesus Christ”

Or

“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me”

Or

“When you call on Jesus
All things are possible
You can mount on wings like eagles and soar”

One more:

“This is a call to worship
Let it echo all around the earth
This is a call to bow down
And give God the glory, He deserves”

 

 


 

CALLED Font – Day 4 - Scripture

Our Thursday activity is to practice our ‘Called’ font by writing some scripture on paper. The more you practice the easier the letters become. This also gives you a better understanding of letter spacing and joining which makes your lettering flow and look more natural.

I chose 1 Peter 2:9 but some other good choices might be:

Exodus 17:15

2 Chronicles 7:14

Psalm 3:4

Psalm 86:5

Isaiah 55:6

Isaiah 65:24

Luke 5:32

Acts 2:21

Romans 8:28

Philippians 3:14

1 Thessalonians 5:24

1 John 3:1

 

 


 

CALLED Font – Day 5 - In Your Bible

Today is the day we take the new font to our bible for writing a scripture. If a whole scripture in the font seems like too much for you to do, feel free to write just key words using this font and intersperse with plain block lettering for the rest.

Select a scripture from the suggested list given yesterday. You can include artwork if you choose or go with just the lettering.

I chose to use 1 Thessalonians 5:24 and drew some dogwood flowers.

 

I hope you are getting some use out of these lettering lessons. Please let me know using the comment link below.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:49 AM PST
Monday, 12 November 2018
Good News
Topic: Bible Journaling

In the #BeThankfulFor challenge the prompt was 'Good News'. Is there any better news than the gospel?

I journaled Proverbs 15:30 using lettering I found in one of my books on hand-lettering styles.

I think that sunflowers are such a cheerful sight so I used one large bloom for the illustration.


All of the lettering and illustration are done with Micron pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 10 November 2018
New Bible Art
Topic: Bible Journaling

I got a new bible a while back but have just now done a page of journaling in it. The bible is the ESV interleaved version which has a double-sided print page followed by a blank page all the way through. LOTS of room for art.

I wanted to do some designing using different fonts in different sizes to create interest while maintaining the flow and readaability of a long passage.

I did a LOT of sketching to get the lettering right and then transfered it onto the page with graphite paper.

After I traced the text in ink, I went back and worked on a spray of various flowers and used colored pencils on them.


This bible allows me to use a full paage for art and not cover up any of the text in the scriptures.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 PM PST
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
More Gratitude
Topic: Bible Journaling

Three more days here for the prompt #BeThankfulFor:

Be Thankful For Inspiration:

I placed my page in Exodus 28 where the construction and furnishing of the tabernacle were directed to be done by 'skilled craftsmen'. God had given some people specific gifts and they were being called upon to employ those talents in service to Him.

I thought about the talents that God has given me and how He inspires me in using them. I get inspiration from all over. This is my page:


The next prompt was to Be Thankful For Emotions. Well, this was certainly the right week to talk about those but I'm not at all sure that I am thankful to be having these exact emotions. I guess it is enough to understand that our emotions are OK. God understands. Jesus was sad, happy, joyful, angry, compassionate, empathetic - all human emotions.

So I focused on just one: being joyful.


Finally, the next prompt was Be Thankful For Comfort.

Yeah, I kinda needed this right now.


Psalm 34:18 will be my comfort right now.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:27 AM PST
Monday, 5 November 2018
Love Conquers All
Topic: Bible Journaling

#BeThankfulFor Love. How can you NOT be thankful for love?

I used a tulip drawing technique I learned from a Sandy Allnock video, colored them with PrismaColor Premier colored pencils. and did my lettering right over it with a brush pen.


I used the first part of 1 Corinthians 13:8 as the text.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 4 November 2018
Home Sweet Homes
Topic: Bible Journaling

I counted up the places (abodes) where I have lived in my 65 years and came up with a total of 23. In each move it was a matter of going along with family - first my parents then my husband.

In celebrating the #BeThankfulFor challenge today the prompt word was 'Home'.

It seemed appropriate to include my Bible journaling for 'home is where the heart is' in the book of Ruth.

I used a waxed paper transfer technique to put an antique map of the Pacific Northwest onto my page. This includes the four states I have lived in: Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.


I colored my text using colors from the map and then wrote the scripture at the bottom.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:31 PM PDT
Saturday, 3 November 2018
Line Of Sight
Topic: Bible Journaling

For the third day of the #BeThankfulFor challenge the prompt was 'Senses'. I chose to focus on 'sight' because I think that is the thing I would miss the most if I were to lose it.

What would I do if I couldn't see to read, write, make art, drive, and take photos? I can't imagine.

So I did a Bible journaling page with this focus.


The verse is actually on the facing page but I had already journaled a different verse over there.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 2 November 2018
Favorite Foof
Topic: Bible Journaling

Continuing with the #BeThankfulFor challenge, the prompt was 'Food'.

To me there is nothing that beats a Honeycrisp Apple. They are the perfect combination of crunchy, juicy and sweet. I could seriously eat them every day!


 

I used the prompt to create a Bible journaling page with a quote instead of a scripture even though, on the facing page, it asks God to 'keep me as the apple of your eye'.

 

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Lettering for the Kingdom
Topic: Bible Journaling

We've finished up another week of Lettering lessons with a novelty font and the word Kingdom.

Here are the daily lessons:

KINGDOM FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

In the novelty print we are learning this week, there is only an upper-case. But this font is truly regal. This is why we will use it for the word KINGDOM.

The letters are all based on a centrally placed diamond. It will need to remain a constant size and be at a consistent location on the centerline horizontally.

Each of the letters also has triangle-shaped serifs.

To get these letterforms just right, here is my process:

·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter

 

  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil

 


 

 

KINGDOM FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET

The art of this style is in the consistency of the diamonds in size, shape and placement. Further beauty is added with consistent size and shape of the feet. Result? Regal lettering!

I am in love with the O and the Q! I included a number set for this font, as well.

Remember the steps:

 

  • ·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter
  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil

 


 

 

KINGDOM FONT - DAY 3 – ANAGRAM

This week I created an anagram off the word KINGDOM using words that describe the kingdom of God.

I used color in the diamonds in the initial letters. This helps define the focus word.

Now, do you see my big boo-boo? I used the number 4 in place of the letter Y! I don’t know how I got off on this track but I managed to do it for the rest of this week’s samples! Good grief! But it doesn’t glare too much, does it?

 


 

 

KINGDOM FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

And this page starts with that crazy ‘Y’! Oh well. Now you all know that I am susceptible to messing up, too.

I used the color in all the diamonds throughout and worked on centering all the words to make this piece of scripture a showpiece.

The scripture reference is written with a stripped-down version of the feature font - it has the diamonds left out.

Write a scripture using the new font and the word KINGDOM.

 


 

 

 

KINGDOM FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

This regal font was used in my Bible and the diamonds filled with gold for the majestic feeling.

Some of these letter forms that have complicated lines are harder to do when scaled down for use in the Bible. But I think this one works pretty well.

Don’t forget the steps to success:

 

  • ·         Use pencil to sketch in the base letter
  • ·         Draw the diamond
  • ·         Ink the diamond
  • ·         Ink the rest of the base letter
  • ·         Ink the serifs
  • ·         Erase the pencil


 

 

That's it for the Kingdom Font.

Ddd 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 25 October 2018
On The Right Path
Topic: Bible Journaling

I put up a new lettering lesson this last week.

This was a strange little novelty print that has the sort of look of a maze. So I named it PATH and that became the focus of the scriptures chosen to work with. Here are the lessons:

PATH FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

This week we are going to do a novelty print that, to me, is reminiscent of a maze. So, we are going to use it for the word PATH.

The scale of this is shown in the red guides on the left side. The x-height is 1/2 of the full letter height and the descender is an equal amount. In this example, the scale is 3 units for the ascender, 1 1/2 for the x-height and 1 1/2 for the descender. The path of double lines is 1 unit.

The thing to watch for in forming the letters of this font is consistency in the spacing of the double line tracks. They can be ‘slightly’ narrower on the lower-case than the upper- but within each case they should remain consistent. In my experience, this is harder on the curves, but you’ll get it with practice.

 

PATH FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET

I used the same scale for this alphabet as on the example yesterday.

Some of these letter forms are just so much fun! Some of them look almost like shadow letters and some look a little 3D. This font is unlike any other we have done.

As we studied yesterday, work on keeping the spacings within the letters consistent.

 

 

PATH FONT - DAY 3 – CROSSWORD

I used all caps to create a crossword of synonyms for ‘PATH’. The benefit to all caps is that the space taken up by each letter (baseline, height and width) is constant which is needed for a crossword.

You can choose to a different activity but I suggest using all caps, too, so you can get a lot of practice on them. When using standard text-writing layout you get less practice on the upper-case letters.

Have fun composing a project.

PATH FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

Today we are going to write a scripture using the Path font. When writing out blocks of text like this I like to use caps on every word.

It was fun to use the footbridge from the Drawing Room to illustrate my piece. This was inspired by my recent trip to France and a visit to Monet’s Water Garden at Giverny!

What will YOU be inspired to create?

 


PATH FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

In your Bible, choose a verse that uses the word ‘path’ and use the new font to write it out. You can certainly combine it with other fonts if you choose.

As I am posting this, I suddenly see a typo in the word ‘straight’. I find that I can fix these little errors with a bit of Dry-line white out followed by inking the letters over the top.

I used the footbridge again for this page.

 

 

I hope you are getting some use from these lettering lessons???

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:42 PM PDT
Monday, 22 October 2018
Following Along
Topic: Bible Journaling

Another week of lettering lessons - this time with a 'signage' style. What a lot of fun I had with this one. Here are the daily lessons:

FOLLOW FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

The font we are learning this week is of a style that might look good in signage.

The letters feature open spaces that can be colored in for more impact. We’ll get to do that later in the week after becoming familiar with the letter forms.

Remember P-I-E? That’s Pencil-Ink-Erase which we use to work toward our best letter forms.

I hope you have a go at this.

FOLLOW FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET

The nod to lower-case in this font is mostly to make smaller versions of the upper-case. There are a FEW cases where there is a difference. However, you can treat these as ‘alternative’ forms for the letters and switch them around.

The ‘A’, ‘M’ and ‘X’ have a variation on the length of the tail. The ‘H’ varies in the serif form as does the ‘K’ the ‘N’, the ‘T’, the ‘V’ and the ‘W’. The ‘Q’ varies in the way the tail is designed. The ‘R’ has a different style for the leg. The ‘U’ has two distinct forms as does the ‘Y’.

You can either decide which one you like of each of these or use them as designed for a distinction between upper- and lower-case. But, for this exercise, I recommend writing them ALL out and then you can make your style choices later.


FOLLOW FONT - DAY 3 – SONG LYRICS

Today let’s use our new alphabet to create a display piece and decorate it.

First, draw some slightly curved lines to follow and write your letters along them. You will definitely want to use pencil to sketch in your letters to center the words. Use a mix of sizes for more interest.

Don’t ink until you’ve got everything lined up just as you want. Add dangles, embellishments and color to decorate your piece.

This should be a fun project to complete.


FOLLOW FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

Today we’ll practice the new font by writing a scripture with the word ‘Follow’. For my sample of scripture writing I kept the letter size consistent throughout.

I colored my letters in a gradation of color using colored pencils.

I had fun adding a ‘Baaa-Sheep’ from our Drawing Room lesson from this spring.

Isn’t this a great font for ‘sign-making’?

FOLLOW FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

Since the font we are using this week has a lot of ‘presence’ it can stand up to combining with a mix of other fonts. It’s ‘sign-like’ characteristics makes it a natural to make lovely display-pieces.

On this page, I used the curved baselines again, combined with two different print styles and my own handwriting as the script.

I used colored pencils to add a rainbow of color from yellow at the top to purple at the bottom.

I hope you will be inspired to use the FOLLOW font in your own Bible, either by itself or combine with other fonts.

So, that’s it for another week. I hope you find good uses for this font.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:28 PM PDT
Friday, 12 October 2018
Worship in Words
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.

WORSHIP FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

I started out this font by incorporating some curls that I liked with letter forms that I have picked up from various alphabets. I just selected my own favorites from across the board and then edited them to include those marks that would make them into a cohesive set.

Normally, one would not write up a word in all caps when using a script as it really suffers in legibility. But, I wanted you to have more upper-case to practice with and get familiar with the common elements.

Lines two and three allow you to see and practice the basic letter forms and then begin studying how to connect them. It isn’t a true script if none of the letters are connected.

Remember P-I-E? That’s Pencil-Ink-Erase which we use to work toward our best letter forms.

 


WORSHIP FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET

Here is the full alphabet of my favorite script letter forms. I’ve been gradually training myself to write this way. I started by practicing and incorporating the ‘r’, then I added the ‘b’ and the ‘H’. I most recently began using this ‘b’ and ‘s’.

On this alphabet, the x-height is ¾ the height of the capitals. This makes for a full, round word form with a lot of impact.

Practice writing out this alphabet in pencil, then ink over it. Erase the penciled letters while leaving as much of the guidelines as you can. These will be a help when you use your reference sheet for planning projects.

If there are letter forms you prefer, feel free to substitute them, keeping as much of the flourish marks as you can to match the character of the font.


WORSHIP FONT - DAY 3 – CURSIVE CONNECTIONS

Oh, you thought today was going to be a ‘fun day’? Sorry to disappoint!

One of the issues most letterers have when using script is knowing how to join letters. So that is what we will practice today.

THINGS TO NOTE:

·         Pencil your letters as separate items. Then use pencil to test out various joinings till you find what you like. Ink letter to letter.

·         The joinings will be different for letters that end at the top and those that end at the bottom and each will change by being followed by a letter that starts at the top versus starting at the bottom.

·         It is absolutely OK to lift your pencil or pen between letters. Ink up to where letter 1 stops and then pick up the pen and begin letter 2. As you form letter 2 make sure it touches the end of letter 1.

·         Letters do NOT have to touch where the letter 2 begins. Look how the ‘ac’, ‘ad’ and ‘ae’ combinations join at the bottom, even though letter 2 starts at the top.

·         Practice lots of double letters. The ‘ss’ and ‘rr’ combinations are notoriously difficult to work out but YOU CAN DO IT!

·         Note that some initial letters can benefit from an opening flourish at the beginning of a word (‘b’, ‘h’, ‘k’ and ‘l’ can all be treated like the ‘b’ shown below)

 

Work on other combinations that you can think of. You may need several sheets of paper to get enough practice on this activity.


WORSHIP FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

We’re going to take this font one step further today.

First, choose a scripture with the word ‘Worship’ and letter it in your notebook. Remember to work in pencil first and design beautiful and natural letter connections. Ink your work and erase the pencil.

Second, use pencil to draw a second line next to the MAIN downstrokes (don’t do the flourishing curls). Ink these lines and fill in the space between. It will end up looking like a beautiful brush script.

If you actually HAVE a brush pen, you can just us it on the downstrokes rather than drawing the second line and filling.

 


WORSHIP FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

Today, we’re going to combine everything we learned this week to create a lettered scripture in our Bible.

  • ·         Penciling in the letter forms

 

  • ·         Penciling in the cursive connections

 

  • ·         Inking the connected letters

 

  • ·         Erasing all the guides and draft pencil marks

 

  • ·         Thickening the downstrokes

 

  • ·         (and embellishing the page if you wish)

 

I hope someone is getting some use from these lettering lessons! I never get any feedback!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:55 AM PDT
Friday, 5 October 2018
Writing On Your Bread
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.

BREAD FONT - DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

We often do fonts that are very upright or have a right-side lean to them It is rare to use one (have we ever yet?) with a back-hand. So that’s what we’re going to do this week.

Start with guide marks for the lean which are a 1:3 angle (for every one unit to the right you move three units down). I find it is enough to do these in pencil about every two to three spaces across and just carry them down the page.

Now, draw in the guides for the baseline, the x-height and the ascenders/caps. Total letter height is three units.

Finally, draw your letters using pencil. The uprights need to be right on that angle and the rest of the letter makes natural joins to suit it.

Trace in ink only after full word is penciled in to your satisfaction. Erase pencil.

 

BREAD FONT - DAY 2 - ALPHABET

You can see on this alphabet sheet how I have drawn in all the back-hand lines as well as the lettering guides in pencil. I usually leave these penciled lines even after I have worked up the whole alphabet and traced it in ink. I don’t erase the lines even when I erase the pencil from the letters as having the lines remain in place is a guide for me when using this alphabet in the future.

This alphabet is made up of fairly standard print forms. It is just the slant that makes it unique.

I included a number set that uses the same back-hand format.


BREAD FONT - DAY 3 – FUN DAY

Today, draw up some back-hand guidelines and practice writing words with both upper- and lower-case letters. I used a little quote I found in Pinterest and added some doodle art.

Use anything you wish for your lettering practice – just get some words on paper while training your hand to write with a left lean.


BREAD FONT - DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

I wanted to get a LOT of practice writing with the BREAD font so I chose a very long verse to letter in my notebook.

BREAD FONT - DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

After all that practice writing back-hand this week, I penciled in the letters in my Bible without drawing guidelines. Remarkably, I didn’t have to make any adjustments before inking my scripture. That is the true value to practicing over and over on a new font.

I hope you will join in by using the BREAD font in your Bible.


Lean back, relax and write some back-leaning letters!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 AM PDT
Friday, 28 September 2018
Protection For You
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am back-dating this post to the date the lettering class actually finished. I was away for a while and had no access to my computer or blog to do it at that time.

Another lettering class is in the books over on the Creative-Bible-Journaling Facebook site. This week we worked with a very novel style and the focus word 'protect'. Here are the lessons:

PROTECT FONT – DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION

This week we are learning a novelty print with angles and double lines. There are no curved lines.

The capitals are 2 units wide and 5 units high. The lower case is the same width but the height varies.

There are no truly horizontal lines in this font. The angles on the ‘horizontal’ slanted lines are 2:1 (with an exception for the capital E).

The double line, always on a slant (never a vertical), has a width of 1/4 unit.

Practice the angled lines first, including single and double lines, on both the upward and downward slants. Then go on to construct the letters.

Remember to work in pencil first, then ink your letters and erase the pencil.



PROTECT FONT – DAY 2 - ALPHABET

Even in writing out this alphabet, you can see how context makes the letters make more sense.

All of the double lines are on angles, never on the vertical lines. You will note that the E and Q break the rules of angles slightly.

If YOU have a better idea for how to write a letter that still fits the styling of the rest of the alphabet, please share!

 


PROTECT FONT – DAY 3 – FUN DAY

Today let’s use an anagram to list some ways that God protects us.

Note that the space between letters is generally 1 unit. However, when a capital is open on the side like the T in Teaches and Treasures a smaller lower-case letter can be tucked in close (in this case an ‘e’ and an ‘r’). The ‘s’ at the end of ‘comforts’ gets to snuggle in, too.

 


PROTECT FONT – DAY 4 – SCRIPTURE WRITING

For a longer scripture or other project, it is always perfectly permissible to join the new font with something completely different. The context of something easily recognized will assist in the ‘interpretation’ of the odd letter forms through context.

What do you think of this font? Be honest!

Give a try to writing scripture with the word ‘protect’.

 


PROTECT FONT – DAY 5 – TAKE IT TO YOUR BIBLE

I decided to have a little fun with the focus word and imagined what you might find inhabiting a ‘hedge’ of protection! After I was done with the page, I wondered if someone might think I meant that this hedgehog was ‘the evil one’ referred to in the verse. Sigh…

Actually, there are no scriptures that actually use the term ‘hedge of protection’ in any translation. It’s more of something that has been handed down from one preacher to another. However, if you want a hedgehog of your own, visit the Drawing Room where he is featured this week. I’m kinda thinking the hedgie is the best thing about this page as, truthfully, I am really not sold on the ‘Protect’ font.

 


And there you have it!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:16 AM PDT

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