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Thursday, 15 October 2020
Higher Ground
Topic: Hymnal Art

Another entry in my hymnal journaling - Higher Ground.

I focused on these lyrics in the middle of the current pandemic: "My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay. Though some may dwell where these abound, my prayer, my aim is higher ground."

This goes perfectly well with the verse mapping I did last week on 'do not worry', so I gave my illustration a pose of prayer.

 


Prismacolor pens for the drawing, Prismacolor pencils for the coloring.

(she's wearing the haircut I wish I could get right now!)

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 25 September 2020
I Wll Sing Of My Redeemer
Topic: Hymnal Art

Very strange... I did this page in my hymnal last year but apparently never posted it because it looked so much like another page I had done that I skipped putting it in the thumbnails to cue up.

This year it was paired with the book of Galatians but when I did it I used John 15:13.

The brush script and use of only black and white was what threw me off.

I was inspired to use the cross in place of the T in 'greater' and also used a pink marker to shade behind the black brush marker.

I'm glad I found this photo again so I could share it with you.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 17 September 2020
Victory in Jesus
Topic: Hymnal Art

I decorated another page in my hymnal - Victory in Jesus.

This is inspired by an illustration I found on Pinterest (the way of the lettering) and I worked with colored pencil shading to create a glow and dimension on the cross.

I found that some of my clear Happy Planner stickers were an exact match to the colors I had used so I added a grouping at the base of the cross.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 10 September 2020
To God Be the Glory
Topic: Hymnal Art

 A lot of people use washi tape in their bibles or hymnals but I have never been a fan of the low-tack adhesive so I have very little of it.

What I did have was some border strip stickers out of a bible journaling book. They were the perfect size to fit in the spaces of the sheet music.

I used a brush pen to add lyrics over the colored border strips and then added clear flower stickers to finish off the ends.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Oh How I Love Jesus
Topic: Hymnal Art

The hymn that was assigned for the book of John was not in my hymnal and I could not find sheet music online. So I just reassigned myself to do this hymn instead!

Ah, artistic license!


I didn't have a specific image come to mind as I read the lyrics so I shose to do flowers and leaves and brush lettering, all with Prismacolor brush markers.

The lettering was not distinct from the background so I used a white paint pen to define the outline.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Hark! Is That a Christmas Carol I Hear?
Topic: Hymnal Art

When pairing up hymns with books of the bible and working straight through all the books in the course of 52 weeks, there can come some interesting arrivals on the schedule. If this Christmas hymn had appeared in July some might have been on board with the irony of Christmas in July.

But here we are in late August in the book of Mark and the assigned hymn is Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

When I began to plan my page I remembered a pattern I had drawn about 15-20 years ago (at least) for an angel to be worked in parchment craft. I really had to go a-digging in paper files, computer files and old photos to find that pattern.

Then it wasn't exactly what I remembered it to be so I brought it into photo editing software and gave it a bit of an update, a resizing and a color change (it was drawn in pink) and then printed it out.

I had the intention of tracing it onto the page with the lightpad but it was too detailed and the musical notations became too distracting. So I used my glitter gel pens directly on the print and cut it out.


I glued down all of the illustration except the outer 1/2 of the wings as I wanted them to remain free and floating. Note that the lower edge of the clouds is torn rather than cut.

Below, you can see the effect of the glitteriness of the pen when the page is tilted in the light.


I really was pleased with how this came out!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:30 AM PDT
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Where He Leads Me
Topic: Hymnal Art

 I try to use my own hands as a model (photos of them) when I need to draw specific poses. But sometimes it is just impossible to get the right angle and I have to go searching for photos online. Such was the case for these.

I ended up using two different models and drew them on scrap paper. Then they were out of scale with each other so I had to copy them in various percentages till I had a set that matched.

They were not properly aligned so I cut them apart and rotated the drawings until I liked the arrangemet and taped them together.

In the end, I didn't want to try to draw them again so I used my lightpad to trace them into my hymnal.

I used the refrain, written in italics below the verses, and highlighted a portion to tell the story.

 

I might use a thinner pen nib to do this in the future as it looks a bit clunky. I used markers for the coloring.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Have Thine Own Way Lord
Topic: Hymnal Art

For this hymn that says 'thou art the potter, I am the clay' I chose to recreate artwork I did of two pots in a drawing class last year.

I did the drawing with fine-line markers and did the shading with colored pencils.


The original art did not have titles on the books but I added them to this piece so they would make sense in this context.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:09 PM PDT
Thursday, 9 July 2020
I'll Go In The Strength Of The Lord
Topic: Hymnal Art

The assigned hymn for today was another that was not in my hymnal. In fact, I had hever heard it before (still haven't) so I am working strictly from the lyrics.

What those lyrics reminded be of was Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength".

Then I looked up that scripture online and found a great idea for the illustration.


I started by doing the brush lettering then sketching the illustration in pencil. When coloring in the mountain in brush marker I left a little border around the lettering so it stands out.

This is all done on a print of a digital copy of the music which I then trimmed to exact size and glued into the hymnal at the gutter.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:23 AM PDT
Friday, 3 July 2020
Rock of Ages
Topic: Hymnal Art

One group I belong to is illustrating a hymn to go with every book of the bible as we work ourselves through the year. Today we are up to the book of Nahum.

The hymn assigned to this book is Rock of Ages.

I found several paintings where a woman was hanging onto a stone cross as it was being lashed by a stormy sea and I got the idea to make the cross from stacked stones rather than the solid carved version used in the paintings.

I also left off the woman and the sea to keep it simple.


I have three sets of gray colored pencils in several shades each. One set is true gray, one set leans toward the blue and one set toward the brown.

As I look at the photo I see that my perspective is off by a bit as it goes down the rignt lower side, but It is standing solid in my mind.

Where the text crossed over the notes it was a bit hard to distinguish the lines so I used a bit of white gel pen to blot out the background a bit.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:04 PM PDT
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
Topic: Hymnal Art

It is fun to try to come up with some kind of art to represent the lyrics of the hymns that our group has assigned.

Sometimes I have no clue what to do so I search for a phrase in Pinterest and scan for ideas. A sketch of Christ holding a lamb was one of the results on such a search so I drew my own version and traced it into my hymnal.


Rather than writing the lyrics on the page I used a scripture around the outer edge of the illustration. "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms. [leaning, leaning]  Deuteronomy 33:27

 

All the artwork was filled with colored pencil.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:21 AM PDT
Friday, 26 June 2020
Love Lifted Me
Topic: Hymnal Art

How about a little music today?

I decorated this hymn with a hot air balloon pulling a little stick man our of the 'angry waves' mentioned in the hymn lyrics.

Of course, the balloon is labeled 'love' lest anyone claim it is anything else lifting him up.

My colored pencils were blended with odorless mineral spirits to get that smooth finish.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 AM PDT
Friday, 19 June 2020
I Surrender All
Topic: Hymnal Art

Because our group was covering two books of the bible instead of just one, we also illustrated two hymns. This one goes with Obadiah.

My drawing used a photo of my own hand (reversed for the facing one) and was drawn in ink. I backed it with a wooden cross illustration and added a single word in brush lettering.


I created a drop shadow with a marker.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:22 PM PDT
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
Topic: Hymnal Art

The assignments to illustrate certain hymns in our books actually come in about once a week but I work ahead so I can provide samples for the site I follow.

This week the hymn is I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.

The name of Jesus forms the shape of the cross and I filled out the shape with black and wrote lyrics of the song as a border.


A yellow highlighter provies the 'glow'.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:36 PM PDT
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Softly and Tenderly
Topic: Hymnal Art

The whole theme of this hymn is repentance and return. The bible story that came to mind for me was the Prodical Son.

I found this sketch my Leonardo DaVinci and did some editing in my Paint program to take the background to white and make the edges a vignette.

I edited a copy of the hymn to white out the center into roughly the same size and shape as the illustration.

Then I printed the music and ran the same paper back through to print the illustration over the top.

I used blended colored pencils on the illustration and added key phrases with brush pen.

The page was cut down and tipped in to the gutter of my hymnal.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 2:01 PM PDT
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Just As I Am
Topic: Hymnal Art

Time for another decorated hymn posting. This one was accomplished by digital manipulation and here's what I did.

First, I downloaded a print of the one-page sheet music, brought it up in graphics program to whiten the background and sharpen the text. Then I inserted that as a picture in Word, adjusted it to be exactly the size as my physical hymnal pages which is 8.5 x 5.5 inches. This was set to be centered on the page.

Next, I found a graphic that I liked, downloaded it and brought it up in the graphics program to adjust color balance. I inserted this into the same Word document and adjusted the size to match the sheet music. This was also centered on the page. I applied a Word filter to the image (canvas) and saved the document.

Finally, I printed page one, reinserted the paper back into the printer and printed page two on top of it.

I used some a highlighter to reinforce the yellow glow, red-brown marker to fill in the cross, red marker for the wound. I used brown brush marker to write the lyrics top and bottom and outline the lamb. 

I trimmed the image to match the size of my hymnal pages and glued this in. Then I added some printed border sticker pieces to the top and bottom (I wanted to cover the page number from the sheet music which was not the same as where I placed it in my hymnal.)


I am very pleased with the final result!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:55 PM PDT
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Holy Holy Holy
Topic: Hymnal Art

For today's hymnal art I used 'Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty'. In my hymnal, this song only spanned a portion of the page allowing for a smaller treatment than most.

I keyed off the phrase 'God in three persons, blessed Trinity' and found an old woodcut image to use as inspiration for my drawing.

It took some study to figure out how to precisely place the shapes so they would interlock and meet perfectly. Each section was filled with the written name of the person of the trinity while the center shows their combination as the Godhead.

I used a combination of colored pencils and gel pens in the colors of royalty (blue, purple and gold) for the coloring.


That view shows the shine of the gold glitter gel pen.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:56 PM PDT
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Showers of Blessing
Topic: Hymnal Art

I had such fun constructing this page in my hymnal.

The boots I sketched with inspiration from clipart. The quote is from a 'church sign' we passed on our way to town.


Altogether, I think it makes a cute page.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:07 PM PDT
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
O God Our Help In Ages Past
Topic: Hymnal Art

I'm sure I wouldn't do nearly the number of hymn journaling pages if I didn't have specific assignments. But, I'm glad I do because I quite love it.

It is sometimes a challenge to come up with something that goes with the theme of the hymns or even the specific lyrics, though.

The art for this one is something I drew in my sketchbook while on vacation, even coloring it. Since it was too complicated to trace into my hymnal I decided to do an overprint.

I copied the hymn first then sent that page back through the printer to add the artwork over the top. I did have to reinforce some of the smaller lettering in the connecting words of the phrases as they became a bit obscured by where they fell in the music and text of the song.

 


Because of the printing process the page does not have as vibrant of color as the original sketchbook version.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:10 AM PDT
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Lily Of the Valley
Topic: Hymnal Art

Last year I made a drawing tutorial for a plant called 'lily of the valley'. I know it would be perfect to illustrate this hymn of the same name.


I used Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits and a paper blending stump. This makes the colors so vibrant.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 4:36 PM PDT

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