Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mixing up fonts

I've been noticing that the K LOVE Radio "Encouraging Word" often has a nice mix of fonts. So I decided to capture them into a concise document to give me ideas. I have no idea how to post a PDF file (feel free to let me know!) But if you e-mail me, I'll send it to you!  Here are a few examples. The last one is not a verse, but I love the font!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fun with Fonts 1

It's fun to play with fonts and mix and match them.  I found the coolest (free!!) online tool to compare all the fonts on your computer! (I found the tip here).  The webiste is  You type a word or phrase in the box and hit "load fonts" and it will give a bunch of options. (Mine displayed 93 fonts and gave me the option to load more fonts five times. (I have a lot of fonts, continue reading!)

You have a few options (in the black bar across the top) like making them negative, making them smaller or larger, or even comparing selected fonts.

Here, I compared a few of the fonts. 

It gets better! While I was putting this blog post together, I decided to see if I could do a longer phrase! I can!  First I did a short phrase (7 words)

Next I tried a longer phrase!  It still works!  Some of the letters are a little cramped, but this would be great to get an idea of how to write a phrase in a cool font!

Some Psalms

I was just finishing up a reading through Psalms when I started the Bible journaling. I marked a few verses I wanted to capture. These are in the back of my Proverbs journal.

Set a guard over my mouth (that's a "MasterLock" on her lips!) and a door on the bottom one!
Psalm 141:3
Though I walk in the midst of trouble...
Psalm 138:7
I thought that was a pretty decent prison cell!
Psalm 142:7
As soon as I read this verse, I knew what I wanted to do!  I pictured God naming (why can't He name the stars with people names instead of Latin ones?!?!) and counting them. Of course, I added my own family names among others.
Psalm 147:4

Proverbs 16-20

Chapter 16: I haven't gone gray yet, but I will wear it with pride!
Proverbs 16
Chapter 17: Grandma and Grandpa Brinkley always had a plaque on the wall in the kitchen that said,:
"It's better to silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".
I found an owl on Google images and added a jester's hat (also found on Google).
Proverbs 17
Chapter 18: As soon as I read this verse, I knew I wanted to make "the name(s) of the Lord" into bricks in the tower. If you look closely, you'll see me looking out the window after running to safety.
Proverbs 18
Chapter 19: I knew what wanted to draw here, but I had a hard time with it. I attempted to draw several versions of someone sleeping. My husband thought it looked like she was in a coffin. I guess she is resting very contently! :)
Proverbs 19
Chapter 20: I had fun with the rubies and gold bars. Still not happy with my people drawing skills. But I will get there!
Proverbs 20


I often use images I find on Google search or "how to draw" pages I find. Here are a couple of examples.

Proverbs 11-15

Proverbs 11. Like a gold ring in a pig snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
I tried to draw cleavage on my "discetionless" woman.

Proverbs 11
Chapter 12: I want to a crown to my husband, not be like decay in his bones!
Proverbs 12
Proverbs 13. I'm pretty happy with this light house! Inspiration from here.
Proverbs 13
Chapter 14. I found some houses on Google (images, line drawings). I like the way it turned out.
Proverbs 14
Chapter 15. Again, not happy with my people drawing skills, but I think the point is made.
Proverbs 15

Proverbs 5-10

Proverbs 5: May your fountain be bless and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
I am not happy with my people drawing skills, but I'll get better as I practice.

Proverbs 5
Proverbs 6: Go to the ant you sluggard. (Okay, so my slug doesn't look much like a slug!)
Proverbs 6
I seem to be missing the picture from Proverbs 7. I'll add it later.

Chapter 8: By God, kings and rulers make laws.
Proverbs 8
Here is where I found my old scrapbook markers!
Chapter 9, Wisdom is prepared!
Proverbs 9

Proverbs 10. I was working on this verse the day of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. Hatred (on either side of the issue) does nobody any good.  I made the sin rainbow colored, not to represent the "Pride" flag, but to remind me that sin comes in all colors.  The sin I struggle with may not be the sin you struggle with.  And sin is sin in God's eyes. We are called to love.
Proverbs 10

Proverbs 1-4

I started with a cover page that highlights some important parts of Proverbs: wisdom, learning, and listening.

The inside cover of my Proverbs journal
For chapter 1, I focused on the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To show the beginning, I made a starting line.
Proverbs 1
Chapter 2 focused on the benefits of wisdom (which are many!) I decided to do a play on words with "happy feet" to represent "pleasant to your soul".
Proverbs 2
Chapter 3 is how to find favor with God and man.
Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4: Guard your heart--it is the wellspring of life!
Proverbs 4

Getting started

Recently, I came across the idea of Bible Journaling.  Bible Journaling is kind of a mix of coloring books, scrapbooking, and studying God's word. Some people completely cover the text (like an "altered book"), some use a journaling Bible, and others use a separate notebook.  I started with a separate notebook--actually a spiral bound sketch book I found at Wal-Mart for $5. I am working my way through Proverbs.

My current supplies include:

  • Colored pencils (and sharpener)
  • Gel Pens (I got a 24 "Ultra Glide Ink" ball point pens from "Write Dudes" at Sam's club for about $8.)
  • Crayons
  • A thin line Sharpie (I don't use much because it bleeds through)
  • An assortment of pens and markers left over from my scrapbooking days.

I have a set of watercolor pencils that I haven't mastered yet, and I want to experiment with watercolor/acrylic paints. I also have a new KJV Journaling Bible that I won! I have not started working in it yet.

Some great websites I've found to help me get started:

Darlene at Time Warp Wife and her Facebook Group: Bible Journaling has given me much inspiration. Amber at Doodle My Faith <--- I won my journaling Bible from a giveaway on her site!

And of course, I have found lots of help from Pinterest!  My boards related to Bible Journaling are:

Bible Journaling
Fonts and Printables
Hand Lettering
Grown Up Coloring Pages
Draw a....

I also use Google--a lot!--for ideas on how to draw something!