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Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Psalm 113:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

This scripture was one of the first I put on my list for future journalling -- "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."

When I first read this I knew I wanted to do a scene that could be either a sunrise or a sunset. I think I succeeded.

I drew all the elements using double lines so they would have more impact. I used solid black for the birds, the tree trunks and the man praising. This makes them easier to see against the background and also reinforces the scene.

I used yellows, oranges, pinks, purples and blues to color the sky and added bright yellow to the edges of the objects facing the sun to give them a glow.

The trees and the grass were colored with a mixture of dull greens and they were further muted with layers of successively darker greys.


I have been marking and printing neat lettering styles from Pinterest and found several in those that I thought went well together as well as suiting the text.

I colored the letters with colors from the artwork - orange, 2 purples and a green.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:23 PM PDT
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Mark 15:17, 16:6
Topic: Bible Journaling

Last week, while sitting in church, I had a sudden inspiration to draw a 'crown of thorns' using crosses to make up the thorns. I made a tiny 1-inch sketch of the idea.

Today, when I sat down to make a full-sized sketch I wondered how it would look to make those crosses from nails so they would have a sharp, thorn-like point. Well, it looked just great!

I had to switch back and forth from vines to crosses while drawing so they woud end up being interwoven. This allows some of the nails to be under a vine and some on top of a vine while the vines wrap around one another, too.

I added drops of blood below the crown and went on to the lettering.

The first phrase of the lettering is more elegant to denote the jeers of 'King of the Jews'. I colored this in purple for the purple robe they put on Him. The letters for 'mocked' have little barbs and the letters for 'crucified' are similar to the nails.

I had already written the reference in the next space so added 'He is risen' underneath that. Those letters are very upright and are colored golden yellow like the morning sun. 

I went back to the scripture reference and drew the tomb with the stone rolled away.

I did the coloring on the crown with three browns colored pencils and used silver metallic pencil on the nails.

Happy Easter: He Is Risen, Indeed!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:49 PM PDT
Friday, 7 April 2017
Proverbs 31:22
Topic: Bible Journaling

Who knew the Proverbs 31 woman was a quilter? When I ran across this passage again the words in verse 22 just jumped out at me: "She makes coverings for her bed".

Not only that but verse 27 says "She does not eat the bread of idleness", which would indicate that her activities are not considereed a wasting of time but industrious.

I believe I just got permission from God to make more quilts!

The drawing for the pose was based on this painting:

"Young Woman Sewing, The Artist's Sister Anna Hammerchøi," 
by Vilhelm Hammerchøi, oil on canvas, 37 by 35 centimeters, 1887

I changed her into biblical era clothing and gave her a modern quilt to stitch.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:47 PM PDT
Thursday, 6 April 2017
John 15:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

It took me a while to get back to putting artwork in my journaling Bible. But I was actually spending a lot of time going line-by-line through the index and making notes of scriptures that I wanted to use. I ended up with 8 pages!

This section of scripture is one I had already planned to draw out before I did the index search, though.

The hardest part was actually deciding how to do the lettering. I tried to make them look like vines.

Although I noted the reference as verses 1-4 I only used the first part of verse one and one phrase out of verse 4. I hope to encourage the reader to look at the whole section of scripture.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:18 PM PDT
Monday, 30 January 2017
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 35:1
Topic: Bible Journaling

I'm so glad I discovered this form of art. I had read a lot about art journaling and viewed others' work but the multi-media, and mostly abstract, stuff I was seeing was just not speaking to me.

Then I saw some Bible artwork by Sandy Allnock (she used to run Operation Write Home for whom I made cards for servicemen) and knew I had found the focus I wanted.

The key for me is that I have a verse in mind and can draw artwork specifically for that page. It doesn't have to be frame-worthy nor does it have to be hidden away in an art journal with other random art. It has purpose - a devotional focus.

I experiment with lettering styles that I would have no reason to study were I not trying to marry the text to the illustration.

For this page I reflected on Isaiah 35:1.

I wanted to illustrate the profusion of blossoms so drew (from memory) a wide variety of flowers. I also made the desert cactuses bloom in the mid-ground.

I searched a font library for 'flower fonts' and sketched several to use, repeating them down the text for continuity.

I came upon this scripture by thumbing through the concordance in the back of my Bible the other day. I'm going entry by entry making a note of phrases that evoke an illustration in my mind. In the first session of this cataloging I have reached the middle of the 'C's.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Bible Journaling - Matthew 10:31
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I have read through this section of scripture in the past, I have always zeroed in on the phrases 'the hairs of your head are numbered' and 'fear not'. This time I wanted to focus on the fact that God treasures us and finds us to be of great worth to himself.

I looked up photos of sparrows on the internet to get their shape and coloring right. I wanted to make sure they looked like sparrows and not like robins, hawks or parrots! Good photo reference is essential.

I had just thumbed through a book on botanical drawing and took a few photos from the back pages. In that, I studied the structure of a branch that I could incorporate into the drawing for the birds to perch upon.

I drew with a pencil, traced with fine-line pen, erased the pencil lines and added colored pencil to the drawing.

Various lettering styles were pencilled in, inked and colored before I added lots of doodle swirls and colored them.

I used my favorite color to lightly color the sky as my finishing touch.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:23 PM PST
Friday, 20 January 2017
Bible Journaling - Zephaniah 3:17
Topic: Bible Journaling

I trolled Pinterest for Bible Journaling ideas when I first started and have combined several for this scripture. Some used the keyboard or the staff for other scriptures.

The roses were sketched in from memory of some I once saw. I used the lines in the journaling border as a guide to drawing the keyboard - very handy. I looked up 'treble clef' to get the shape and shading right.

The handwriting on the scripture is my own and I used notes for all the dots over the 'j' and 'i's.

My extra-fine line pen is getting low on ink so I moved up to a wider tip for the inking. It lends more weight to the drawing over the coloring.

The colored pencil work was used primarily on the roses, leaves and goldenrod, but I did use some smudged color on the staff, treble clef and scripture.

You'll also note that I started dating the artwork above the reference at the top of the page. I went back to my already-posted pages and added the dates on them as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:18 PM PST
Monday, 16 January 2017
Bible Journaling - Philippians 4:8
Topic: Bible Journaling

As soon as I started considering this scripture for Bible journaling this was the image that popped into my head (no pun intended). I had to do some searching to find a reference photo for it as I could not remember what it was called.

"Phrenology [from Wikipedia] is a pseudomedicine primarily focused on measurements of the human skull, based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules. Although both of those ideas have a basis in reality, phrenology extrapolated beyond empirical knowledge in a way that departed from science." The phrenology head is a kind of 'map' to the mind that these people used.
I searched and found several models of this and used one as the basis for a rough drawing in my sketchbook several weeks ago. When I decided to do this scripture today I worked only from that drawing and basically redesigned the head to sketch into my Bible. The key elements carried over from the original were the dividing lines on the top of the head designating the various areas.
The second reference I used was on drawing scrolls, which I had photographed into my phone from a drawing book. I also looked up font references on how to draw and shade chiseled lettering.
Next, I wrote the 'thoughts' from the scripture into the areas outlined on the head.
With these items sketched in place with pencil, I was able to ink in the scripture and the illustration and finish with colored pencils.

I made the colored areas match the lettering on the scroll, used a variety of greys to shade and model the head, and did the same for the scrolls.

Because the phrase 'whatever is' was repeated over and over in the scripture I turned it into a simple bulleted list with this phrase as the header.

I put the reference into a 3D box to mimic the sculptured head.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:54 PM PST
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Bible Journalling - Psalm 119:105
Topic: Bible Journaling

This will be a scripture that is familiar to most, although I learned it in the KJV when I was a child and this version sounds 'not quite right' to my ear. But since I am doing my work in an NIV Bible I stick to that in the art and quotes.

I first drew the lantern in a sketchbook and then looked up a photo to see where I had gone wrong. It was mostly right, though I had forgotten those supporting bars along the outside.

After the lantern, I drew in the path and followed that by the various roadside materials.

The lettering is my own invention, too.

I went back to a single page illustration as this called for a more vertical layout.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:33 PM PST
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Bible Journalling - Psalm 139:17-18
Topic: Bible Journaling

Ooooh, I love it when a project comes out exactly like I planned it!

Last time I had my Bible journalling out I made a note of several scriptures I wanted to illustrate and did some rough pencil sketches in a notebook. So, when I got ready to work today, I already had a starting place.

I selected Psalm 139:17-18 to illustrate with a beach scene.

As usual, I completed the sketch in the Bible with fine-line black pen and used colored pencils to finish it.

I don't know why the photo does not show it, but on the lettering (the wider parts) are double lines with purple colored between them to match the distant hills.

This was drawn and colored completely from the imagination. The only reference I used was a look-up of a photo of a sandpiper so I could get the pose correct.

I added lots of little dots around the critters and around the last words in the quote, "the grains of sand", to join them to the illustration.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:06 PM PST
Monday, 19 December 2016
Bible Journaling - John 10:27
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today I set aside the quilting projects and got out my journalling Bible.

I had collected some photos of sheep from the internet onto my phone so I decided to use John 10:27 as the reference.

I sketched the sheep in my sketchbook and outlined it in dark black ink. This allowed me to trace it in pencil into the Bible where I used the black fineline marker to finalize the illustration. I added curly wool to him and then finished with colored pencils.

The text section was sketched out in pencil directly on the page and then refined with the black fine line marker.

I highlighted the scripture in the text where it passes behind the head of the sheep.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:18 PM PST
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Bible Journalling - Psalm 147:4
Topic: Bible Journaling

The journal page I did in my Bible this time is Psalm 147:4.

I started with the lettering this time and tried to make creative designs. 

I wanted to use a night sky for obvious reasons and needed a base to ground it. To do that I drew a night skyline of high-rises and residences. I colored these with black, dark greys, dark brown and dark green.

The sky is colored with layers of three pencils - a red-violet, a purple and a dark blue. These were worked around drawn stars.

Some of my favorite parts of the lettering are: the numbering, the moon as the letter 'C', a star in each letter of the word 'each', and a name badge for the word 'name'.

This whole area was colored in a variety of yellows.




Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 40:31
Topic: Bible Journaling

I had wanted to do this scripture for some time and then it was the sermon topic last Sunday in our series on 'Promises'. Well, how could I NOT do it now?

I combined two photos, one for the eagle and one for the background, to create the scene. 

The text style is from a book on creative lettering.

I chose to make this a double page spread for more impact as I could make the bird so much larger that way.

Many more to come.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 AM PDT
Saturday, 15 October 2016
Bible Journaling - Isaiah 12:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

Today I did journaling artwork in Isaiah 12:3.

For reference, I searched for photos on the internet of wells and chose two to work from. One was used for the buckets and one for the stonework in a generalized sense.

The lettering was inspired by a book on lettering styles.

I really love the fact that my pen does not bleed through the pages. I think I may have mentioned that a time or two!

So hard to get colors right in the photo but there is truly NO green in the stonework!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:11 PM PDT
Monday, 10 October 2016
Journaling Matthew 5:16
Topic: Bible Journaling

I had some time to day to take a little quiet break and work in my journaling Bible.

I've been turning every page in all ov my other Bibles to see what verses I have marked, underlines or highlighted. I compiled a list of references followed by a few key words so I can scan them and choose a verse to work on.

Today I chose Matthew 5:16.

I first illustrated a burning candle and then went over to the margin to illustrate the words.

I had some fun with the 'light' portion of the text, using little light bulbs and some glow.

And then, just for one of my grandkids, I drew an eye for the word 'see'.

I'll admit, she draws eyes much better than I do but this serves the purpose.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:21 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 10 October 2016 8:22 PM PDT
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Bible Journaling - John 6:35
Topic: Bible Journaling

I am finding that the colored pencil Bible journaling is so relaxing and personally rewarding.

For today, I decided to work in the book of John.

I tried out a different lettering style - tall, skinny, high center - and used a bit of a pictogram as well (little loaf of bread at the top.)

I did more scroll-work than usual amongst the lettering and colored the letters pretty much as before. I used fairly bright colors here since the illustration is monochrome.

The scripture is illustrated with a loaf and a slice of bread.

These small pictures are a great way to get comfortable with my colored pencils, too.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:53 PM PDT
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Fruit Of the Spirit - Bible Journaling
Topic: Bible Journaling

Many years ago I did a devotional called 'The Fruit of the Spirit is bananas' in which each of the fruits is assigned a real fruit to represent it. The only ones I can still remember are bananas=joy, apples=goodness, grapes=self-control, and kiwi=meekness. Also, the basket that holds them all = love.

So, for the fruits of the Spirit scripture (Galations 5:22-23) I created a drawing using these plus other fruits to round out the fruit basket.

These include orange=faithfulness, plum=forbearance, cherries=patience, lemon=peace, and pear=kindness. After the fruits were drawn in ink, I wrote the fruit's word inside the outline and then colored it.

The word LOVE is used as a weaving on the basket.

I colored the outline letters with a color-blending going from turquoise to green to orange to purple.

I grew up on the King James Bible and now use the NIV. The scriptures that I have memorized are in my head in KJV so I am torn, sometimes, on that version to use in the journaling.

So far, I am using NIV since that is the translation of Bible I am working in. I may break out of this occasionally when the KJV is so overwhelmingly 'right' to my brain. More than likely, these will be things like the 23 Psalm and the Lord's Prayer. We'll see.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:32 PM PDT
Monday, 12 September 2016
More In the Word
Topic: Bible Journaling

I did another page of Bible journaling today. For this page I selected Proverbs 18:10.

I drew and colored the text down the left side of the page margin.

For the artwork I sketched out a castle (fortress) from an old magazine photo and colored it with my colored pencils.

I had checked out a few books on 'creative lettering' from the library and used some of their ideas for the text, including the addition of flourishes, banners, shaped spaces and texture fills.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Thursday, 8 September 2016
The Word and Pictures
Topic: Bible Journaling

I've been seeing the work of some artists on the internet who are doing Bible journaling. It is a combination of artwork, lettering and devotions - working in the pages of an actual Bible.

For my birthday, I asked for a journaling Bible and chose this one (NIV):

It is designed specifically for journaling so it has wide margins on the outer edges which are lightly lined. This edition is called "Journal the Word". A nice blue and brown imitation leather cover provides stability and it lays fairly flat while working in it.

I wanted to try out the pen and the colored pencils for how they react on the page (and to make sure the pen would not bleed through). So I decided to do a very small illustration on the last page. My chance that was the page describing the weights and measures.

The pen I chose is a .005 black permanent marker which does not bleed through the paper. I colored with my new Prismacolor pencils which go in very smoothly and blend nicely on this paper.

For my first journal page I turned to Psalm 100:4.

I used pencil to lightly letter the scripture in the provided margin and draw an illustration over the text of the page.

I used a rainbow of colors to do the text first:

Then I went on to color the 'gate' which is represented by a pillar and railing:

I used a variety of greens to create an impression of foliage in the background.

I added a bit of coloring over an in-text description of the psalm:

This method of devotion encourages one to dwell on the meaning of the scripture while creating art that relates to the words.

I hope to do much more of this as I found it to be relaxing and spiritually uplifting.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT

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