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Thursday, 22 June 2017
Bible Journaling - Hebrews 10:24-25
Topic: Bible Journaling

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

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


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

The highlighting shows the parts I used.

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

Ddd

 


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

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

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

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

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

Ddd

 

 


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

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

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

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

This is the first of the three that I finished.


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

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

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

Ddd

 


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

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

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


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

Ddd

 


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

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

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

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


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

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

Ddd

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Ddd

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 7:09 PM PDT
Isaiah 58:11
Topic: Bible Journaling

I have been enjoying browsing through Pinterest for sketch ideas and for lettering styles to use in Bible journaling. I compile my favorites in folders and then print out so I can have them as references. Sometimes I take a photo of the screen with my phone so I have different resources in various places.

I found the garden sketch this way in a 'drawing 101' series. It was on how to draw a lamppost.

I did all the sketching freehand in pencil, using the original as an instruction guide, modifying as I went.

The lettering was an alphabet also found on Pinterest and printed out. I drew the basic letter shapes in pencil and then worked in pen to enhance each with twigs and leaves.


I think both the drawing and the lettering work perfectly to illustrate this scripture.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:57 PM PDT
Sunday, 14 May 2017
John 14:3
Topic: Bible Journaling

I woke up one morning with this image in my head of 'the way of the cross' leading from an earthly path up into heaven. The path literally goes through the cross.

I immediately knew which verse I wanted to draw it for - John 14:3.

Yes, I realize that there will be no sunlight in heaven because God's glory will light it. I know, too, that there will be no clouds but putting in these two elements complete a landscape that our earthly brains will recognize.

The streets were colored with gold metallic pencil but it came off looking more brown than gold - bummer.


I like the wrought-iron gates even though I know that the gales are actually made of pearls. Again, artistic license.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:30 PM PDT
Friday, 5 May 2017
Psalm 116:16-17
Topic: Bible Journaling

I must admit this is a pretty straightforward copy of an idea I saw online. I drew my own chain from scratch, including the broken link, though. The original was done to illustrate a song rather than these verses.

I did some shading to make the chain more 3-dimensional. 


I selected parts of the two verses to include in the text and used my own cursive handwriting.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:11 AM PDT
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Genesis 1:26
Topic: Bible Journaling

Still being inspired by all the historic art we traveled to see, I wanted to include a part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling in my journaling. I chose the hand of God giving life to Adam at creation.

Although I included all the elements of the creation in the background the central focus is on the two hands as referenced in Genesis 1:26.


I tried to make the upper-case letters in the scripture look more gothic. Not sure I succeeded but they are different, in any case.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:02 AM PDT
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Joshua 24:15
Topic: Bible Journaling

 For this verse I wanted to include reference to the fact that all people can be the family of God no matter their circumstances or culture.

I included a tent, a house boat, a middle eastern house, an appartment building, row houses and a castle.


I chose simple block lettering for the scripture.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 AM PDT
Saturday, 29 April 2017
1 Peter 2:6
Topic: Bible Journaling

 When I searched image files for the term 'cornerstone' this concept came up as a logo for some kind of conference or study. I did a quick sketch in my notebook to use on one of the myriad scriptures that use this term.

I started with very square blocks and then did pen scribble work to round the edges and add some face texture for dimension. I added the vines after this.

I used a warm grey and a cool grey to distinguish between the cross and the wall and then used a darker tone of each for shading.

I designed the lettering as being built of stones and used the same greys to color them.

The final word would not fit one one line if lettered in the stone-style so I did it on the diagonal and added flourishes and leaves to reference the vines in the illustration.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:23 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Matthew 18:12-13
Topic: Bible Journaling

When I was looking for a sheep picture to use in a previous page, I came across this little lamb and had to save him to use for this scripture. He is so sweet!

The original showed only the lamb and a bit of the shepherd's sleeve so I had to 'invent' the rest of the guy. I'm not too good at drawing people so he is not very refined-looking.

 


The lettering is a bit messy on this page, too. There was a lot to fit in and we were on a bit of choppy seas when I was inking it. When I made a few slips of the pen I decided to make the lettering double-thick and fill in with color.

The color shanges in the lettering is meant to keep the eye moving down the page.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:16 AM PDT
Monday, 24 April 2017
Jeremiah 17:7-8
Topic: Bible Journaling

The image files on the internet, both drawings and photos, make great inspiration for Bible journaling illustrations. For this scripture I used a general concept I had seen for the placement of the tree and the stream while drawing my own version of them.

I then designed the rest of the landscape out of my head.


I wish I had chosen another color for the field that appears as red in the photo. 

The lettering is my own design.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:10 AM PDT
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Mark 1:17
Topic: Bible Journaling

When we went on a cruise to the Mediterranean I took along my journaling Bible and colored pencils as a project to work on when not reading, touring, eating, or participating in onboard activities.

The first page I did was actually inspired by the fact that we were at sea.

When designing the netting I kept sketching on scratch paper until I came up with an easy knot to draw. I have no idea if it really 'works' as a knot, but it looks good on paper.

I sketched and inked the net as the first layer then sketched and inked a layer of fish and added two more layers of fish so they would all overlap. All the pencil marks were then erased before coloring the illustration.

I worked a lot on shading so the knots would look 3-dimensional and the fish would cast shadows on each other.

I had taken some photos of pages from lettering books with my phone and used one as a reference for the lettering of the scripture.


I blended the colors from the water and the fish on each of the letters for more interest.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:59 AM PDT
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.

Ddd

 

 


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!

Ddd

 


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.

Ddd

 


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.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:18 PM PDT

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