On March 1, 2017 I started the #30daysofbiblelettering project with thousands of other artists across the globe. This 30 day plan is the 4th plan so far and was started by a world renowned hand lettering artist that goes by the name @stefankunz on Instagram.
The project is about hand lettering one bible verse every day for 30 consecutive days in any style you enjoy. Every artist hand letters the same bible verse each day following the 30 day plan that can be found on: http://30daysofbiblelettering.com/
I am having fun participating and it is so neat to see all the different versions people come up with.
I have never done anything like this and was hopeful that I would actually follow through until the end. Well. so far so good and since March 1 have created a work of art each day. I am now on day, and lucky, number 13. (Head to my Instagram page to see all 13 so far and if you are reading this after March 13, there are more to see.)
At first I started hand lettering each verse but then as each day progressed I started to find a style that fit more in line with what I really LOVE to do...which is to use a combination of drawing by hand, lots of color, creating coloring pages AND using Photoshop.
Basically I am finally using the Graphic Design degree I acquired 20 years ago. (I guess it's never too late.)
COming Up with the idea
Today's (Day 13) verse is Psalm 119:130 and I thought it would be fun to show you the process of HOW I came up with the final piece.
So, are you ready? Let's get started...
Sketching it out
The first thing I do each day is read the verse in the bible and then meditate on it for a while asking the Holy Spirit for inspiration on how to bring the verse to life.
When I am done praying I start sketching a number of different versions. I will commonly look on Instagram and google images for inspiration and when I feel I finally have something I like I will start sketching it up in greater detail.
For this particular verse I was initially thinking "lightbulb" but then felt more drawn to a candle to depict the light instead. I am glad I went in that direction.
Sketching out the artwork
After sketching out a couple versions of a candle in pencil and getting it to where I liked it I then traced over the sketch to ink it using Staedtler Markers.
For this step I took the penciled sketch and placed it on my glass drafting table. (sample picture from google images of my glass desk pictured below on the left.)
I then place a nice sturdy piece of watercolor paper on top of the penciled sketch and place a small desktop lamp in the back of the glass desktop to light up the lines so I can see them and ink the drawing better.
Basically, with the small lamp in the back of my glass desk top, I am making my own "light table". (sample picture from google images of a normal light table pictured below on the right.)
Scanning it in and adding font
Next, I scanned in the candle I had just drawn and brought that sketch into Photoshop. I used the "levels" tool to give it more contrast, making the whites whiter and the blacks blacker.
I then started to add the words of the bible verse one by one. The #30daysofbiblelettering project is supposed to be all about hand lettering, which I did for the first few days, but instead of hand lettering the words for today's verse, I chose to add them in Photoshop.
I am not a rebel. It is a personal preference. I like how crisp and clear the words look by adding them in this way.
Adding color using photoshop
Once I liked where everything was positioned I then started adding the color in. I used the gradient tool a lot for this piece. I wanted to achieve a warm feel to it, hence the yellow, reddish and maroon tones. I think I did a good job. I also wanted to make sure the word light and the candle looked as if it were glowing. I think I did pretty good here too.
Creating the coloring page
After the coloring part was done I then took the orginal black and white piece and made sure I saved it to make into a coloring page. I then saved the colored piece and brought both versions into a new file adding the stock photo of some colored pencils in at the bottom.
I do this for all my hand drawn coloring pages. I like the way this looks because I think it gives the viewers a feel for what the finished colored project could look like.
Uploading to Social Media
After everything was finished and done to my liking I then created another image to upload onto my social media sites. I made sure that when I posted it I added all the pertinent hashtags and links to catch the attention of anyone that may be looking for coloring pages.
I then called Weebly, the company that hosts my website to ask how I make a "free" downloadable coloring page file available to my fans.
I create and maintain every aspect of my website so I am always calling Weebly with questions. They know me by now. :-)
A nice lady directed me on how to do it and wah-la, you will find YOUR FREE coloring page file below. It is called "unfolding of words". Just click on it and save it to your computer. Then print it out and color away!
Free coloring page download
But wait! There's more. I want to see what you did. SO, when you are done coloring in your page please take a picture of it and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will upload them to my "Coloring Gallery". (It is a little bare right now.) :-)
...And then I did some groceries and went for a walk.
Motivated by the radical love of Jesus, I create beautiful works of art and passionately share my testimony to free people all across the earth to also fully and completely live the life they were uniquely created for.
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