Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bible Journaling Grace watercolor pencil tutorial

2 Corinthians 12:9

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
My power is made perfect in weakness."

Who else needs an extra dose of grace today? Me too! It was a looooong week and I was so grateful for some time yesterday morning to listen to some hymns and paint in my Bible after praying and hearing God whisper to me that I needed to relax all day and give myself some grace. 

I pictured this page in my head and am so happy with how it turned out. It's not perfect, but ... GRACE! I had a fun, relaxing time while working on it. And that's what was needed and important for me at that time.

I would love to share with you how I created this page. I had watercolor pencils for years before I used them. Now they are my go-to art supply and I want to share how easy (and portable) they are!

I have my most used supplies in a little container from Snapware (I got them with a 40% off coupon from Joanns) and this way if I want to get away to a bookstore or the park, I can just grab my Bible and the little container and go. 

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In it I have, 
  • a pencil and an eraser
  • PITT pens (I constantly use the xs and s sizes)
  • a white pen
  • watercolor pencils (both Staedtler Karat and Prismacolor) both come in different quantities. I was gifted 36 of the Karats 20 years ago and purchased the 24 pack of Prismacolors 2 years ago. I love the brighter color options in the Karats and they "activate" very well, but the Prismacolors go on buttery smooth and blend nicely. 
  • and 3 waterbrushes
Ok, let's get started.

First, I sketched my design with a pencil. I knew I wanted the word "grace" in bold with different flowers behind. My go-to flowers when doodling are a daisy (small circle with a lot of long petals), a sunflower (a large circle with tiny half-circle petals), a rose (a circle that spirals in to the center), and a coneflower (a half circle on top with 5 petals below). I allowed the flowers to overlap and planned to clean them up during the next step.

Once I was happy with the sketch, I inked the lines I liked starting with the word. Then I moved on to the daisies. As I inked the other flowers, I omitted certain lines to make them appear under the daisies and the word. I prefer the Pitt pens as they are waterproof and do not bleed when I activate the watercolor pencils.

Now the fun step... coloring! I picked out my favorite colors and made sure to get 2 or 3 shades of each color. 

I started with the lighter color and then added shadows with the darker color. For example, I colored the rose a light pink and then added darker pink to some of the petals (specifically on the bottom left of each element).

Keep coloring and shading as much or as little as you want.

And now on to step 4. Activate! I use a waterbrush... again for the convenience and ease of portability. It is a paintbrush that houses it's own water supply in the handle and the water wets the bristles when you gently squeeze the handle. I pick the lightest color first (yellow here) and gently swipe the brush over the colored areas. After activating a shaded area, I wipe the brush on a tissue to get the color off or else it will transfer the darker, shaded color to the next lighter yellow area I activate.

Repeat this process (cleaning your brush between colors) for all flowers. Keep in mind that if you activate the purple coneflower petals before the blue tops dry, the purple will run into the blue. Fortunately, since the Bible pages are so thin and such a small amount of water is used, each color dries quickly.

Now when coloring the background green, I used a different technique. Instead of coloring + activating, I dabbed the wet brush directly on to the pencil thus "lifting" off some of the color and then put the brush directly to the page (as if I were painting with actual watercolors). This allowed me to control how intense or diluted the color was in different areas. 

Once dry I noticed that the word had faded a bit from the water (I had used a different pen). So I simply went over it again and it made it nice and bold... standing out from the outlines of the flowers even more. Tada!!!

I finish my pages by "highlighting" the verse with the above watercolor technique, adding a heart on the verse number, and then signing and dating it. It's funny to look back over pages now and see the date and remember "oh yeah, I was sitting in this room painting and God was helping me go through this season or that circumstance."

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for simple, easy, fun Bible Journaling. You are creative! God created all of us in His image and as the Creator, He made us creative. Give yourself some grace, have some fun, and get to doodling His promises to you!!!

:) Ann

PS - I did do a few mixed media pages last weekend and hope to share those with you soon.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Bible Journaling doodling with a favorite pen

Hello Doodlers,

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been having an extra rough few weeks. But on two different evenings last week, the heat broke just enough for me to sit on the porch and mindlessly doodle in my favorite Bible with my favorite pen.

I shared on Instagram that growing up in the 80's, my mother usually had one of those Bic pens with four ink colors and a blue barrel. Years ago, I saw them at our local grocery store and bought one out of nostalgia. Then I saw that Bic had a special Spring edition with pink, purple, blue, and green inks! My color palette!

I used them to journal for years and then PaperMate came out with their InkJoy line which included 4 color pens! The ink is more like a gel... thicker and glides smoothly. And last week I grabbed my pen and Bible and headed outside for a minute of quiet.

Simple flower doodles...

They do show a bit of bleed through on the other side of the page, but that is easily covered by adding acrylic paint or paper embellishments to that side.

As I was doodling my little daisies and coneflowers and roses, I teared up a bit. I miss my mom and this new season I'm in has me longing to be a responsibility-free kid in the simpler times of the 1980's. And instead of remembering the hard times, I fondly remembered the sweet things my mom used to do to try to help me not be so scared all the times... little gifts in my lunch, funny stories about the cats on the ride home from school, her providing creative opportunities for me. 

I wish I could go back and tell my little scared, sad self to not be scared and sad and to enjoy this time because life tends to get more complicated as you get older. But I can't. 

But I can do what I can to enjoy my time now and provide a fun, secure, loving, creative, safe home for my daughter. 

Part of what helps me try to do that is to spend time doodling in my Bible...

And even enjoy mistakes along the way. I initially drew these flowers with just one line but then botched up the one at the top. So I implemented a fun technique from Joanne Sharpe and went over each line 2 more times and it gave a fun new dimension to my doodles. 

Fun note, I took Joanne's Bloomin' Doodles class the summer we moved to North Carolina and I was pregnant and super sick. I would sit by the pool at the apartment and listen to the class on my phone while doodling in my notebook from the drugstore up the street (I couldn't drive because of OCD) and try not to get sick. I should probably go back and listen to the classes again now that I'm feeling better!

Now put your phone down and make something creative! Relax in His presence and enjoy THIS time!

:) Ann

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PS - here's the pen I used...

And if you want to be extra cool like my mom, here's the original Bic...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Bible Journaling Psalm 106 and a lesson from my watercolor palette

Psalm 106:1-2

"Praise the Lord!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever!
Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or declare all His praise?"

It was a long week and I was more than relieved to have some time Saturday morning to sit down to a blank page in my colorful Bible.

A blank page. A fresh start. A new day. And His Word and a little set of watercolor paints to soothe a weary soul. 

As I opened my watercolor tin, I saw the dried colors I mixed a few weeks ago. And I thought I'd paint tiny flowers with just the dried colors.

first coat of paint
And then I saw a lesson right there on my tiny watercolor pallet. 

The paint was dry, crusty, and essentially useless. But add just one drop of water...

Just one drop of water refreshed the paint enough to allow it to fulfill its purpose. Sounds pretty dramatic for a little blop of paint, but I saw me in it...

Most of the time I feel like that little smudge of dried up, useless paint. Worn out from the daily tasks of my new role as a mom and my body revolting from a lifetime of worry and stress that I have allowed. 

I was in bed most of the day. My limbs felt like spaghetti and I couldn't even stand long enough to shower. But just one drop of water...

Jesus said He is the living water (John 4). We must go to Him daily for refreshing and comfort and direction. And He will calm the fears and restore our bodies. 

If we don't go daily, we will quickly return to our dry, thirsty state.

The lighter green color dried up in about 10 minutes. 

Now back to painting, I added more details with my tiny number 3 brush and love how my teeny, tiny flowers turned out.

Then I added the verses with my trusty XS Pitt pen.

Make some time to draw near to Him today and He will refresh your soul.

:) Ann

PS - below are the affiliate links for the products I used here.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bible Journaling Psalm 19 the words of my mouth

Psalm 19:14
"Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock
and my Redeemer."

Psalm 19 and 22
Our words really are powerful and for the better part of this week, mine have not been kind, uplifting, or acceptable to anyone, let alone God.

But I keep trying. That's all we can do, right? Cling to God for strength and help and get up the next day and try to be more Christ-like. 

And then there on the next page is Psalm 22 complete with David crying out "my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Someone else cried that out in the New Testament. But fortunately, David doesn't stop there. He asks God to be close to him.

And the fantastic news is that every time we feel like God has forsaken us, He is right here with us. "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27.

He will help. It may not come when we want or how we want, but He is here and He will help if we ask. 

I was fortunate to have some quiet time yesterday and today to catch my breath after a long, difficult week and I gathered a few basic supplies and created these pages while meditating on His Word. 

I'm grateful for stumbling upon Bible Journaling as it has helped me read and retain portions of God's Word that I might have otherwise glossed over. I hope this encourages you to give it a try.

Supplies (see top photo for brands):
a handful of watercolor pencils
a waterbrush

Have a blessed day,
:) Ann

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bible Journaling Psalm 85 He will speak peace

Psalm 85:8-9
"Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints;
but let them not turn back to folly. 
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
that glory may dwell in our land."

Psalm 85
Despite our circumstances and feelings and overwhelming thoughts, God promises peace to His people. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and if He dwells in our hearts, then we have peace in our hearts no matter what we feel. 

I've heard Joyce Meyer say that maintaining our peace is one of the highest forms of spiritual warfare. The devil is actively out to steal our peace. I believe living a peaceful life comes from living a life fully trusting in God and His will for our lives. Trust can be extremely difficult especially when we wonder "if You are God of the Universe, why did you allow this or that to happen?"

I don't think we'll ever understand the answer to that question on this side of eternity, but I do know He promises to make all things new (Rev. 21:5) and to work all things together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28). So each day, we press on, trusting Him and maintaining the peace He has given us.

Be blessed,
:) Ann

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bible Journaling Psalm 121 and why I doodle in my Bible and supply list

Psalm 121
"I lift up my eyes to the hills..."

It was nice to force myself to sit and rest for a few minutes yesterday. I got out a few basic supplies (list below) and doodled a little flower wreath. After adding watercolor and colored pencil, I went to erase my pencil lines and smudged the colored pencil all over the page. Some of it did erase, but some didn't. I went ahead and did a messy outline in black pen. And it is the perfect picture of my life right now... messy, smudge marks, colors outside the lines. What can I do but lift up my eyes to the hills? Surely my Help will come. 

When I began Bible journaling, I inadvertently made a habit of "highlighting" the verse I was focusing on in watercolor with a heart over the verse or chapter number. A special little touch that makes this Bible unique and imperfect... just like me.

It's ok to doodle! And for those of you who may be new to this concept of creating art in your Bible and think it might be a sin or offensive to God to paint in His Word, please know that this is part of my time of worship and reflection on His Word using the gifts He has given me. It helps me remember the scriptures, but I do have 2 other Bibles that are for study and note taking. 

If you want to join the #biblejournaling community, it is simple...
1. grab a Bible or a notebook or scrap paper.
2. grab whatever art supplies you have in your room.
3. pray and meditate on a verse.
4. doodle and have fun!!!

Here are the basic supplies I used on this page. 

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1. Bible - Crossway ESV 2 column journaling Bible
4. Pen - Faber Castell Pitt Pen in S and XS  

Thank you for reading and remember to have fun!
God loves you,
:) Ann

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bible Journaling Psalm 40

Psalms 40
"I waited patiently for the Lord..."

I've been having a hard time catching my breath lately. Not literally, but everything else-ly. Thankfully I had some time Sunday to just sit and play with my new watercolors (see below for info). I watched THIS fun tutorial by Ashley Magnolia and was inspired to try her flower technique. 

I had a fun time and managed to catch my breath for a minute and add to my doodle repertoire, but most importantly, I was in God's precious Word. Psalm 40. One of my favorites. I can't believe I haven't journaled this page before. Always reminds me of one of my favorite U2 songs.

So fun and I'm enjoying how vibrant my new watercolor set is. It was a rough week last week and I treated myself to a little set of Prima Marketing watercolors. This is the tropical pallet. Below are affiliate links to the supplies I used to make this page.

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1. Bible - Crossway ESV 2 column journaling Bible
3. Brush

That's it! Fun and refreshing. Keep painting!

:) Ann