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Saturday, 13 August 2016

My 100 Day Lettering Project Wrap Up

Why Lettering for 100 Days?

I remember when I first heard about the 100 day lettering project.  An artist by the name of Tiantian Xu blogged about her experience after recently completing the project.  You can read that blog post can here.  I was really inspired by her journey and her blog post came at a time in which I was searching for a way to improve my lettering skills. 

For the last few years I have actively participated in Inktober, where for the month of October, artists are encouraged to draw with ink everyday and post to social media.  For me, the discipline of working everyday produces results.  By the end of Inktober, my ink work had improved significantly. 
Having experienced such improvement as a result of discipline, I was very interested in the idea of a 100 day lettering project.  There wasn't any other idea that I had come up with to improve my lettering, other than practice, so a commitment of 100 days seemed like the right thing to do to achieve the results I was looking for. 

So on the 16th of April, 2016, I made my first post announcing I was undertaking the project.  

Fonts, Letterforms & Styles

Initially I decided to concentrate on fonts.  My hearts desire has always been about being able to sit down at a drawing board in worship, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through me.  I rationaled that in order to let this happen, I needed to be confident in lettering, understanding letterforms and styles so I could work freely without the need for a reference guide.  So my first 24 days were all about font!  Here's a few pics of some of my faves from the project.

The A,B,C's of Illuminated Letters

The next 26 days were used to work on a letter of the alphabet each day.  I wanted each letter to be ornate and a be piece of art by itself.  This is also where I wanted to start showcasing my abilities as an artist, pulling bits and pieces of things I'd been learning together.  

Illuminated lettering is a love of mine.   Old manuscripts and bibles of the Middle Ages and Medieval Period are of such beauty, and this beauty is rarely seen today as publishers rely on computer generated text and typography.  To open a book and be greeted with gold or silver shining off the page is an experience.  To have margins filled with ornamental designs and flourishes demonstrates a love of the text it accompanies.  In ancient times, a lot of the illuminated lettering was in religious texts, like the bible.  It's purpose was to exalt the texts, as in these cases it was considered to be the Word of God.  This divine purpose for lettering is lost in today's technological world, and I have a deep desire to see it return to continue to exalt the Word of God and engage the reader in beauty.

My entire illuminated alphabet can be viewed here, I've posted a few pics of my favourite letters below.  


Day 50 to Day 100 I concentrated on calligraphy.  Before the project, I had had limited experience with a dip pen and ink, so this is where I really dug in and believed for a result before I actually saw it.  I kept reminding myself of past Inktober successes as calligraphy has been one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding crafts I've ever undertaken.  Some nights, a scripture verse took over three or four attempts to produce something that was photo worthy.  I wasn't expecting Seb Lester calligraphy results (google him if you don't know who he is), but I was expecting to produce something that was neat, had a consistent slant and was pleasing to the eye.  I cannot tell you how frustrated I was in the early days trying to meet my own expectations.  

Using an oblique dip pen and ink does not come naturally, it is a learned skill and I take my hat off to the masters of the craft.  It's about here that I should give a big shout out to Lindsey Bugbee of the Postman's Knock blog.  Lindsey is my calligraphy hero, I have been inspired by her work and am grateful for her heart to teach others the craft.  Through her I have learned the basic calligraphy principles, I have bought her calligraphy courses and now have a bit of a clue about inks and nibs.  I have a long way to go as I continue to work on my calligraphy, however I wanted to show you just what can be achieved in 50 days.  Below are two pics - the first piece I did on Day 50 and the final piece I did on Day 100.

A vast difference between the two and this is where I get my encouragement from to continue on.  If this is what can be achieved in 50 days, then where will I be by the end of the year.  Such an encouraging thought and it's one that will drive my work for the remainder of the year.  Below are a couple of pics of my fave scripture verses from the last 50 days.  

Give It a Go...

Overall this has been a remarkable experience that I would encourage others to undertake.  If it is on your heart to work with lettering, then embark upon a 100 day project and see where things take you.  As a result of the project, I have been commissioned to do some work for others, and have a portfolio of work that will stand as a testament to my efforts for many years to come.  If now's not the time,  then when is?  

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Bless you 
Chrissie xx

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Zentangling Through the Bible - Book 21 - 1 Peter

This week I'm up to 1 Peter in my Zentangling Through The Bible Challenge, here's the patterns I used this week;

P - Podz by Nancy Newlin, CZT
E - Embellish by Sandra Strait
T - Trumpits by Theresa Glover
E - Eddypur by Damy
R - Rixty by Zentangle

Until next week, stay beautiful

1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT
[6] So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. [7] These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 20 - James

This week I'm up to James in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Here's the patterns I used this week;

J - Jetties by Zentangle
A - Antidots by Anita Roby-Lavery, CZT
M - Meringue by Kelley Kelly, CZT
E  - Embellish by Sandra Strait
S - Sprigs by Michele Beauchamp, CZT

Until next week, happy tangling
Stay beautiful

James 2:1 NLT
[1] My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 19 - Hebrews

Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.  I'm hoping that wherever you may be you're thoroughly enjoying the day and you're making some memories. 

This week I'm up to Hebrews in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge, here's the patterns I've used this week.

H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
E - Embellish by Sandra Strait
B - Borbz by Rita Nikolajeva, CZT
R - Rixty by Xentangle
E - Embellish
W - Wist by Michele Beauchamp, CZT
S - Shattuck by Zentangle

Until next week
Stay beautiful

Hebrews 1:3-4 NLT
[3] The Son radiates God's own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. [4] This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 18 - Philemon

What a journey this weeks tile was, I'm up to Philemon in my Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  After laying down ink I was really unhappy with the tile, it seemed clunky and wasn't flowing well at all.  I then added colour and all that seemed to do was create even more chaos.  It amazes me that I ended up creating something that became quite beautiful, just proves that persistence can be worthwhile.  Here's the patterns I've used this week;

P - Pokeroot by Zentangle
H - Holly by Linda Dawson
I - Ing by Zentangle
L - Lazy Eights by Denielle Nor
E - Eyelet and Ribbon by Lori Howe
M - Mooka by Zentangle
O - wow!! Just realised I forgot an O pattern!!
N - Ninja

Until next week 
Stay beautiful

Philemon 1:6 NLT
[6] And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 17 - Titus

This week I'm up to Titus in the Zentangling Through the Bible Challenge.  Here's the patterns I have used this week;

T - Tipple
I - Intwine
T - Triadz
U - Up and Across
S - Sprigs

Until next week
Stáy beautiful

Titus 3:4-6 NLT
[4] But- When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, [5] he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. [6] He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Zentangling Through The Bible - Book 16 - 2 Timothy

Here is the second of the Timothy books and the patterns I've used this week;

T - Twile by Leslie Scott-Gilliland
I - Inaura by Bunny Wright, CZT
M - Mooka by Zentangle 
O - Onamato by Zentangle
T - TIcking by J J LaBarbera 
H - Henna Drum by Jane MacKugler, CZT
Y - Yincut by Zentangle

Until next week, stay beautiful

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
[7] For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.