Saturday, March 26, 2016

Back to the Blog -found something so cute!

I saw the cutest custom Journaling Bible that had a hand painted monogram and hand lettered tabs. It was adorable and it was $95. 
While I think the price is right considering the cost of the Bible and the time to hand letter and hand paint...
I knew it was something I could do myself. 
The timing was perfect too. I have a friend that asked me to re-create some of my Bible pages so that she could mat & frame them and offer them in an auction. 
(When I have details on the auction, I will be sure to post)
So I ordered an extra Bible that I could cut pages out of and use for this purpose.
They were so inexpensive on Amazon, I ordered two!
And that is when I found this adorable custom monogram with tabs.
I decided I would try it out on my Bible that I am cutting the pages out of.
And so this post is the result.
I started with paper.
I had ordered 2 packs of this garden themed paper from Stampin' Up! I loved that it had black in it (works well for the cover), it is two-sided (24 prints), and there is matching washi tape!

I found a font that I could use to guide my drawing
I sketched my J using a white pencil
and then I painted it using white acrylic paint.

While that was drying I began punching out my tabs using Stampin' Up! decorative label punch

I cut them using a paper trimmer 

and then began hand lettering the tabs

This part I did in stages. I did some of these and then would take a break and paint. I went back and forth between the two until I finished.
I used Stampin' Up! re-inkers to tint white acrylic paint

I used paint brushes and toothpicks to paint and add detail.

I used the low-setting on my heat tool to dry in between layers.

I have been missing my blog and am happy to post again. I  was in India last month and went to see Beth Moore LIVE not long after I returned (this month) so I haven't been home much and now I am trying to catch up with life.

I have missed my Bible Art Journaling and was super excited to do this project.

Happy Easter to you all!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2 Corinthians 10:4

I started out doing 2 Cor 10:5-6 and ended up instead with verse 4

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

I had a day of struggle... again. Friends, I am flawed and some days more flawed than others.
On the day I started this I was trying to get my emotions in check.
and this verse just really helped me put things in perspective.

I have a verse on the next page and I worried that the watercolor paint would soak through, but it didn't. I used watercolor and heat set it quickly. I added a layer of white watercolor paint and heat set. I used colored pencils to help define edges and add some golden colors. I had to go over my lettering again. 

Hope y'all are finding verses that are meaningful to you and are exploring your creative side with your faith! You don't have to be an "artist" to love your journaling Bible!

If you need a little help with your lettering or banners, Artsy Faith has two stamp sets available to help you Bible Art Journal CLICK HERE

Be encouraged my friends!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Psalm 51:10

This week I had a day where I was struggling with those around me.
I was super frustrated.
Some of it was my own condition and doing.
All I could do was reach for this Scripture.
I drew the verse and inked it and then wanted color like inviting water.
I inked it but didn't like the results. It looked like a muddy river and I wanted a sparkling pool.
I used some water color paints and it ended up closer to what I wanted.
I had to re ink the lettering.
Some days this is all I can pray.
And then I am thankful that I have these words to pray for strength and encouragement.
God knows each heart
and knows just how to reach and comfort each heart
Blows my mind
that He loves me like that!

Monday, January 4, 2016

I Belong to God | 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I had a post written out for this one and it was lost.
I am having one of those days.
But at the end of the day, I belong to God!

I did this one to go with the 1st verse I did on our identity in Christ.
You can see the original post HERE

This one is on the left hand side of the page and the other verse is on the right hand side.
This was colored with colored pencils.

Friday, January 1, 2016

God With Us

In December we studied Jesus' birth in Sunday school. And at the same time I began reading a book on the names of God.
God With Us.
It reminded me of one of my favorite verses in Genesis 3 
v.8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the coolc of the day
That is God with them for sure.
I find such comfort in the verse and the name. 
Happy 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2 Corinthians 5:17

Another simple verse done without any planning....I just did it!
I have done this verse twice before but I keep going back to it.
I love butterflies and I love that they transform so completely and beautifully!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Genesis 22:2

So this one didn't turn out like I had it in my head.
I am posting anyway.
I made the mistake of using a charcoal pencil to draw out my picture.
It got muddy and icky when I colored it.
So why post it?
Well, because it is real. Not all of my creations are pin-worthy. LOL
I had this image in my head and I really had it great in my head. 

Not long ago I heard someone talk about the principle of first mention. Our speaker asked us if we knew the first question in the Bible. I knew that one because I love the first part of the verses..

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool3 of the day, and the man and his wife bhid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

I love the thought of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, but missed the all important first question in the Bible!

Where are you?

God wants to know where you are. Not in the sense that He is unaware of your location but He wants to draw you to Him!

Where are you?

So that was the first thing she talked about and then she asked us if we knew when the first mention of the word Love was?

Genesis 22:2

He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

The first use of the word LOVE comes when God asks for the sacrifice of an only son -the same manner in which sacrifice is made for sin atonement.

My picture may not be very good but I don't care. The message is powerful enough to make up for my lack of skills :-)