Latest Illustrated Faith Pages

Today I just wanted to share a whole bunch of the latest #illustratedfaith pages from my Bible. I don't have too much to say about these, but I do encourage you to look into these packages, as well as into the worship of Illustrated Faith. At the bottom of this post, I'll give you some more information and links about Illustrated Faith, if you'd like to learn more!

Illustrated Faith is a art based form of worship that I found through Instagram. I learned about it more through Shanna Noel's blog, as well as through others on Instagram. Search the hashtag #illustratedfaith on Instagram, and search it on Pinterest too, to find lots of other Bible journaling artists. Even if you aren't artistic, I think that everyone is able to worship God through this format!

Behind the Scenes - Brush Lettering Sketches

I thought that I would share with you some behind the scenes of my Good Friday and Easter Sunday posts a couple weekends ago. Even though the posts were little, without anything written to accompany the photos and lettering, I knew that I wanted to still share something to mark both of those days.

I did a lot of different lettering, with different supplies, to try to make something to go with the sentiments of both Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I used my Sakura Koi Water Brush which I currently have filled with watered down sumi ink. Some similar options for water brushes are this one, these ones, or this Pentel Pocket Brush pen, which already has ink in it, or the Pentel Colour Brush. Both of the Pentel pens have a nice rich black ink in them, but I preferred a watered down black, so I mixed my own ink.

The thinner lettering was done with a simple black Sharpie Fine Point marker. I don't really love the look that this marker created, which made me want to get one of the newer Sharpie Brush Markers so badly. Being left handed, I really struggle with brush markers, but as I play more and more with them, I'm slowly just figuring out what works best with me, and with my writing style. I have to step away from fluid writing, like your typical script writing, and treat the lettering more in little swipes, similar to using a pointed pen dipped in ink.

I like that I'm able to share these little lettered sketches with you, after you were able to see the final product. I love seeing the sketching process of other artists, so I think that I'm going to continue to share more too. I wish that I had other steps of this lettering process, but I'll be honest, and let you know that there really aren't any! There was no pencil sketching and refining first. I just dove right in and started writing. For other projects I'll start with pencil, and have a few layers of refinement before settling on a final design. But for most of my brush lettering, I just write it, scan it, and create a clean white background for it to lay on in Photoshop. Hopefully for the next Behind the Scenes, I'll have more scenes for you to actually see! 

Hope you have a great weekend! I'll be outside enjoying this sunshine (FINALLY!) and the smells of spring. My flowers have peeked their little green heads through the dirt, and I'm looking forward to planting some buddies for them soon.

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A Sibling Collaboration - Surprising my Sister with a Custom Gift

A little while before Christmas, my brother-in-law Nath contacted me to work on a collaborative piece he wanted to make for my sister's gift. I was pumped he asked me to work on something with him, and thought that he had great ideas. Thankfully, Nath is a creative person, excellent photographer, filmmaker and designer, and all around creative person. He's half of my favourite photo team, The Entrance Collective (no bias there!) and makes great videos like THIS one. 

Anyways, his idea was to layer some of my lettering over photos he took on film while vacationing in Hawaii.  He wanted some of the lyrics from the song Coasts by Oceans. The lyrics he chose, "We fell in love right by the ocean, made all our plans down on the sand" fit perfectly with the store of Nath and Ali. They met in Australia, just outside of Sydney, and had many memories made on the beach, right beside the ocean. He also had gathered some inspiration lettering samples that he sent my way. I made a moodboard, and got to work sketching for him!

I used a Pentel Art Brush, as well as Sharpie markers to start laying down ink and playing with the words. I got my Art Brush from JetPens, a great site for finding unique pens! (This is not a sponsored post, just a product I'm happy to support!) Below are the two lettering bits we had settled on, with the second being the final top pick!

Originally Nath had thought about using other lines of the lyrics, but when they got written and layered on a photo, it became too busy. I used this water photo to give us both an idea of what the lettering could look like, since we were still waiting for Nath's Hawaii film to be developed.

Below are some photos that Ali sent me of the final products Nath had printed. I really love how they turned out, and am definitely interested in collaborating with Nath (and Ali) on more projects in the future! Stay tuned for those to come!

Brush Lettering by Daughter Zion Designs X Photo by The Entrance Collective

Brush Lettering by Daughter Zion Designs X Photo by The Entrance Collective

If you are interested in any custom pieces of your own, don't hesitate to contact me! Starting April 25, 2015, I'll be taking on more custom projects! Email me on the CONTACT page, and we can start chatting!

Good Friday

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