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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Loving Those Letters
Topic: Lettering

I saw a headline for a bullet journal on Pinterest and I got my brain gears working on a new lettering idea.

First, tape two pencils together. I used mechanical pencils and clear tape.

This will allow you to draw guidelines that are consistently and evenly spaced.

Using this new tool, draw double vertical lines to make bars.

The space between your bars should be 1/2 the width of a bar.

 Make horizontal guides at the top of the bars and the height of three bar widths.

Use pairs of bars as guide to form letters. Ends of single lines get triangle serif (base of A, curves of C, etc.)

Continue to form entire alphabet.


 Draft out a word. Use to trace onto another piece of paper in light larker, highlighter or colored pencil.

Fill in with the same medium as drawn with.


 Practice some 'stretched out' cursive to equal one cursive letter to each block letter size.

Pencil in cursive letters OCER block letters. Letters can be drawn first and then connecting lines done when inking.

 Ink cursive letters. Erase pencil (use care when erasing over colored pencil letters as you will remove color.

Use as  headline in your Bible and combine with other letter forms for a completed margin decoration.

If I was truly kind, I would redo these illustrations and that may happen at some point in the future. In the meantime, this can get you started!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:53 PM PST
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Learning Lettering
Topic: Lettering

A while back, I recommended a book my Amy Latta that teaches several lettering styles and embellishments for them in a format that builds techniques one upon another.

I'm not working quickly through this book as I go off to practice things on Dawn Nicole Designs site and the Lettering Lodge at Creative Bible Journaling. I've been picking up some books from the library as inspiration, too.

But, I have gotten through lesson 12 in this book and wanted to show a few of the pages I have done.

The pages for the final practice have some decorative elements on them. I often add to those. Fankly, at this point, I would be hard pressed to tell you which are hers and which are mine!

I know I could get my lettering straighter if I worked at the table instead of wrangling this large book on my lap-board in my recliner. Yeah, ergonomics.

This is the latest one:

All of the colored elements on this one are mine. The original page had only the branches up the sides.

I do feel like I am progressing. A friend pointed out that the phrases in the book samples are all 'me, me, me' and she is going to use scriptures for her finished pages.

I think that is a grand idea and I think I'm going to do the same.






Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:34 PM PST
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Bouncy Brush Lettering
Topic: Lettering

After reviewing three videos on 'bouncy' brush lettering I decided to have a go at it. I actually used 'faux' brush lettering, where the lettering is done with a regular pen then the lines are thickened on the downstrokes.

This is my sample piece:

Then a friend asked me to design a piece for her with specific text and she wanted a graphic of praying hands.

I used actual brush lettering on this one and also used brush pens for the drawing:

Customer is satisfied.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 PM PST
A Lettering Lesson - Illuminated Manuscript
Topic: Lettering

Back on October 29 I posted about designing some lettering for my Bible based on some illuminated manuscripts we saw at the Getty. Since then I developed that post into a lesson plan to teach on the Bible Journaling Facebook page I belong to.

Here it is:

This week’s set of lessons are a real departure from our usual fonts. But there is a very good reason for this and by the end of the week it will all come together into a spectacular page for your Bible journaling.

The font has some odd shapes but you’ll notice a lot of rounded triangulars and a little slanted tip on many letters.

We will be focusing on God the Father, Son and Spirit this week so those are the words we’re writing today.

Remember to draw your letters in pencil several times to get the feel of them, trace them in ink and then go back and erase the pencil.



Today we’ll get a look at the full alphabet for the week’s font.

This is an old-fashioned looking font as I wanted something ‘antiquated’ for our special project this week.

Trace the letters several times in pencil to get them into muscle memory. Then ink over them and erase the pencil.

When you’ve practiced with the lines spread out like they are in the sample, try a set using slightly shortened ascenders and descenders and NO SPACE between the lines. Hmmm… curious? It’s part of the special project I’ve designed for this week.


Well, today is an intensive learning day. You get to learn another alphabet!

Although you will be designing all of these capitals, you’ll be relieved to know that you will only be using one or two in your finished project and on your Bible page. But you only have to do this designing one time and then you’ll have ALL the letters for your reference on future projects!

There will follow today two additional posts since only one photo can be added to each comment and there is a step-by-step process to follow.

First, for each letter, draw (in pencil) a box that is 3 units wide and 4 units tall. Ink the boxes and erase the pencil. Now (in pencil) draw one letter per box with casual ‘funky’ letters that fill the boxes all the way out to the edges.


Ink the letters and then erase the pencil.


Using pencil again, fill the backgrounds of each letter with sketched flowers, lines, diamond grids, whatever you want. They don’t even have to be the same. You’ll just have lots of choices for backgrounds when you actually draw up a boxed letter for your project.

Ink the backgrounds while not crossing into the letter forms.

Now erase the pencil a final time to reveal your illuminated letters.


Now we are going to put the two alphabets together.

I was inspired to design this lettering series by a couple of museum visits – a trip to Dublin, Ireland where we viewed the originals of the Book of Kells and a recent trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles where we viewed a whole room of illuminated manuscripts and pages in prayer books and Bibles. Even though they were in foreign languages the artistry and beauty were so moving.

Anyway, back to the project. Today also has three posts to get in all the examples for the step-by-step process.

First, decide on a few two-word phrases that you’d like to work on. The first letter of the first word will be the one that uses the large block letter with whatever background you choose to use. Then in the original alphabet complete the remainder of the phrase.

These letters will be half the height of the block letter and their lines will not have a space between them. You’ll also shorten those ascenders and descenders so the letters do not actually touch one another.


Next, use markers or colored pencils to fill the design in the background of your block letters. Use bright, vivid colors as you are mimicking the inks that were available to the scribes in the early centuries.

On this next illustration I showed the finishing steps in reverse (sorry about that). First, (shown at the bottom) use gold gel pen to fill only the letter inside the block.  You could also use metallic colored pencils. Second, draw a box around the block. Third, fill the new border with the gold gel pen.



Now we’ll finally take the illuminated manuscript design to our Bible.

So, why did I choose ‘father, son and spirit’ as the words of the week? It was to be an inspiration looking at celebrating the full majesty of God. I had in mind that those words could help you choose a scripture that would embody reverence and adoration.

Now, YOU will select a scripture that you feel suits the character of the illuminated manuscript. I chose the Lord’s Prayer for my Bible (Matthew 6:9-13). Some other good selections might be John 1:1-3, Psalm 23, Psalm 8, Luke 1:46-55, Luke 6:20-22, Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 4:8b + 11, Revelation 15:3b -4, Isaiah 12:1-6. There are so many more though!

I had two sections that I wanted to use the large illuminated letters on. I penciled in the block for the first one followed by the first two words of the section in two lines like our Thursday lesson. The rest of the section was penciled in with VERY small print (one line of text in each space of the guidelines) using the original font for this week. Remember to use those condensed ascenders and descenders. Then came penciling in the next block, feature words and text.

I Inked it all. In inking this piece, note that the small font looks more like the manuscripts in the museums if a heavier tip pen is used. It wants to look denser than a standard print. Don’t you love it?

I erased all the pencil at this point. Then I penciled in the letters in the illumination blocks and inked those and erased the pencil. Next, I penciled the backgrounds to the illuminated letters and inked those. I went back and penciled double lines on the feature words next to the illuminated letter and inked those. I then erased ALL the pencil marks remaining before adding color to the Illuminated letter and filled between those lines of the feature words, all with colored pen.

Finally, I added the gold gel pen to the illuminated letters. I had a space left at the bottom of the page so I filled it with a decorated block that matches the illuminated letter blocks.

***Remember to work in pencil first, then ink your work and erase the pencil before adding any coloring***


Want to see some of the ‘inspiration pieces’?


I love this style and may be doing some further work along these lines.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:20 PM PST
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Lettering - 'Strength' font
Topic: Lettering

I never did get around to journaling a scripture for the 'strength' font we were taught this week - what a whirlwind my week turned into!

I did get the first day done with the font name as the practice word:

Then on Tuesday I got the full alphabet done:

Thursday I did a scripture on a journal page:

I kind of went nuts with the doodling on this page!

All week long I looked up scriptures on 'strength' and 'strong', trying to come up with one that I could illustrate. I never did come up with anything so I dodn't carry this font into my Bible.

One fine day, it will be the perfect alphabet to use for something, just not this week!





Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:00 PM PDT
Thursday, 3 August 2017
Lettering With Zeal
Topic: Lettering

First of all, I have a book recommendation for anyone who wants to learn/improve their hand lettering skills. I bought mine from Amazon.

This is a beautifully designed workbook that has guided lessons on different fonts, doodles, embellishments and various stylings and personalizations.

But that is not the source of the lettering I have been using in my Bible journaling lately. However, I have been making use of the decorative elements I've learned there.

The Bible journaling site I follow had us practicing and using a font that was only created in uppercase.

Monday we practiced a word in the font:

Tuesday, we wrote out the alphabet and created a lowercase alphabet for it:

Wednesday was for practice of words in both upper- and lowercase letter. This was where I started practicing adding some doodles:

Finally, on Thursday, we used the new alphabet to write out a scripture in a notebook. 

The instructor started the week by guiding us to focus on 'zealous' for this alphabet. But, along the way, I changed my focus to power and light.

Tomorrow will show the Friday assignment of using the new font in our Bible.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:29 PM PDT
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The Future of Lettering
Topic: Lettering

I was noodling around the other day and wanted to design lettering with a futuristic vibe.

My practice paper was 1/4-inch grid so I started working around the grid blocks, using the verticals the horizontals and the 45-degree angle.

Here is my final design. There are no uppercase letters for this alphabet:

You can see that some of the letters are very wide. In the sample words at the bottom you'll note that I only used 1/8-inch for letter spacing and 1/4-inch for word spacing. Also, on occasion, there is an opportunity to overlap some letters for a better look.

I did a little dot embellishment on one sample word.

Feel free to use these letters in your own work but do not reproduce this alphabet for sale or distribution, either my drawn letters or the same letters you have re-drawn. Feel free to direct others back to this page for inspiration.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:01 AM PDT
Monday, 10 July 2017
Grateful For a New Font
Topic: Lettering

Another font for creating word art was posted today on the Bible Journaling site I belong to.

Once again, I created an entire upper- and lower-case alphabet based on the single word we were taught.

Part of the assignment was to create some decorative swirls in keeping with the style.

Here is my homework page:

I'll add this to my samples to use in my journaling Bible.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:46 PM PDT
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Praise Alphabet
Topic: Lettering

I added a new category to the topics list today.

I have joined a Facebook group that (among other activities) teaches, via video, new decorative alphabets. 

They start with a single word and teach the letters necessary to write it out in the new font. Then we are to practice it.

This is my practice sheet for day one:

The next day we were given two other words to write out. 

I went ambitious at this point and decided to construct the whole alphabet in both upper- and lower-case using the clues in the letters I already knew.

Here is my worksheet:

What I didn't know was that the whole alphabet was supposed to be the homework for day three!

I actually came very close to the instructor's alphabet and decided to just use my own as the final version (for me).

The blended coloring was part of the lesson as well.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:10 PM PDT

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