HOPE JOURNAL:
Putting Text into Shapes
& Adding Color

In this lesson I show how I make some shapes for text, fit the text into the shapes,
write the words, and add color.

Center Spread-hope-journal

Here is a list of lettering/doodling supplies you will need for this lesson to paint the doodle border: 

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Journal Pages of watercolor paper to doodle and write on
  • Regular White Gesso
  • Pencil
  • Eraser –  kneaded eraser and/or white eraser suggested
  • Permanent drawing/writing pens, preferably in a few various widths, such as FaberCastell Pitt Pens (fineliner set which includes sizes XS, S, F, M) or Copic Fine Nib Inking Pens set which includes sizes 0.3, 0.1, 0.05, 0.03. Microns may work too, but tend to smear when writing over layers of acrylic medium or paint, so they aren’t my first choice.
  • Paints: of your choice
  • Brushes: Any acrylic or mixed media brushes should work. Flat brush, about 1/2″ wide. For the more refined work in this lesson you may want: one small round brush and one medium round that comes to a good point.
  • White Paint Pen for any corrections needed
  • Stencil/s with shape you would like to write in. I use  an oval stencil I can paint in with gesso.
  • Cosmetic Sponge or stencil brush for putting Gesso in stencil shapes
  • Acrylic Matte Medium to put on surface before painting. Putting it on after painting is optional.
  • Palette/s – may use paper plates or plastic lids etc.
  • Protective covering for table
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional) for removing acrylic paint
  • Water container and water
  • Paper towels

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The following video is a demo of my process of building up areas for text with gesso in the Hope Journal:

The password for the video is: do-letter

The following video is a demo of my process of writing quotes within shapes in the Hope Journal:

The password for the video is: do-letter

The following video is a demo of my process of adding color to gesso shapes and how Art reflects life in the Hope Journal:

The password for the video is: do-letter

dreams doodle detail

4 Comments
  1. Rita

    Valerie I am loving this class and you sharing your art and your faith!! It is just what I needed at this time in my life…I know it is not a coincidence!! Thank you so much…God shines through you and we are blessed!! Thank you!!

    Where is a good place to find good stencils? Michaels has some, but not a great selection.

    • Rita,
      I’m so glad you are loving the class! Yay!

      As far as stencils go, I’ve had to order online to get more of the look I want. I don’t have a specific company I order from, but google craftersworkshop.com or craftersworkshop stencils and peruse what comes up from there.

      Many creative blessings to you!
      Valerie

  2. Christine

    Hi Valerie,

    I just wanted to thank you for your classes. I was first attracted to your work though Pinterest when I noticed you used scripture. I have many ordinary journals that I have used to write my prayers over the years, and have been thinking lately that to art journal them would be nice. You have inspired me….thank you.
    Blessings….Chris

    • Chris, I’m so happy you are inspired to move forward to visual prayer!

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