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

Bible Journaling Psalm 16 My Whole Being Rejoices

Psalm 16 
"My whole being rejoices..."

I was able to spend a couple of hours at a bookstore yesterday... by myself!!! Glory! Being able to sit, listen to some worship music ("Hidden in my Heart" by Scripture Lullabies... some of the only music I have downloaded on my phone, but it is such a peaceful and relaxing album), and read/journal in my Bible was so refreshing to this Momma's heart. 

I have set the Lord always before me;
because He is at my right hand, 
I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad,
and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
- Psalm 16:8-9

My physical body hasn't been feeling like it should, but I will continue to trust that He is at my right hand and my whole being will rejoice.

All I took with me was my Bible and that little tub with my pencil, watercolor pencils, 2 waterbrushes, and 4 PITT pens (and a pillow for my back). Feel free to check out this post HERE for a detailed list of supplies with affiliate links. 

First I colored in my flower doodle.

Then I activated the pigment with a waterbrush.

And after letting it dry for a few minutes, I added detail with a pen.

Yea for making time for some quiet time! What do you do to make time for you?

Keep painting!
:) Ann


Bible Journaling How to Carve Your Own Custom Stamp

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I finally unpacked more of my craft supplies last week and found my little stash of washi tape and stamps! Yippie! And after almost 2 years of neat and tidy Bible journaling entries (see some of my posts HERE), I decided to do some mixed media pages (which is odd because I did more of that before taking up watercoloring in my Bible).

One of my favorite rolls of washi tape has a vintage map of the world on it, so of course I had to use it in Matthew 28 where Jesus gives us the Great Commission...

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

This page was created in minutes by swiping some craft acrylic paint on the page, drying it with my hair dryer, adding the washi tape, then stamping and doodling with my trusty PITT pen.

Then I noticed in my little supply box the stamps I carved a few years ago after being inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's amazing stamps (check her out on YouTube!). I stamped a few flowers and the cross I carved on the opposite page and then thought, "hmmm, maybe there are Bible journalers out there who don't know how easy this is."

Ok, so you'll need 3 basic supplies. 

this is what I have leftover after carving 2 stamps

- a pen or sharpie marker
- a Speedball linoleum cutter. This one has an assortment of tips. *Be careful! The tips are sharp! Keep out of reach of children!
- a carving block. I used the 9 x 11 inch Speedball Speedy-carve and have a TON left over after carving 2 stamps. It carves like butter and they offer smaller sizes.

Oh, and you'll need stamping ink. I used Ranger's Archival ink pad. It is a great ink; HOWEVER, it does have major bleed through on my thin Bible pages.

back of Jesus loves me page

However, when I stamped on top of the cheap craft acrylic paints, there was nearly NO bleed through. 

back of Great Commission page

Ok, so now on to the super easy how-to.

1. Figure out what you want to make a stamp of. For me it was a flower. 
2. Sketch it out in a corner of your carving block. Remember images will be reversed when stamped.
3. When you're happy with your sketch, ink over it with a pen or sharpie marker.
4. Using scissors or an xacto knife, cut your soon-to-be stamp free from the block. A square or rectangle is easiest. Leave some margin around your design (to hold onto the stamp when inking and stamping). 
5. Now begin carving! Basically, you're carving away everything except what is inked. The tips will cut away varying amounts of the block. The wider tip will easily carve away larger areas while the narrow tip will allow you to carve finer detail and clean up the edges of your image. 
6. When you're satisfied, ink it up and stamp on a scrap piece of paper. Any high spots that need carved away will be revealed with the ink. (I still need to clean up some of my edges but I kinda like the vintage look it gives.)

That's it. Easy peasy. There are lots of YouTube videos with demonstrations (and perhaps I'll make one soon... after I unpack the rest of my craft stuff). 

Above is my page pre-watercolor. See the little edges on the top right of my flower? :) 

And here it is after I added my Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolor pencils and activated them with a waterbrush.

Appropriate that my cross and flowers and "He loves me" (letter stamps from Walmart - I think they were $2) are on the page detailing Jesus' arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection!

God is so good and He loves us all! Keep on creating!
:) Ann

Bible Journaling Throwback and Supply List

Since I started blogging again, I thought it'd be fun to look back at some of my first Bible journaling entries and some of my favorite supplies to use!

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OK, on to the fun stuff....

Above is my very first entry! I had stumbled upon Shanna Noel's "Illustrated Faith" sometime in the summer of 2015 on Pinterest, I think. And I was hooked. It combined my love for God with my passion for being creative. Because it was fairly new, it took a while for me to find a reasonably priced journaling Bible. Since most stores were out of stock online, people were selling them for hundreds of dollars on eBay and such. Finally in the fall, Crossway released more of their ESV journaling Bibles and I snatched one up.

I tested some of my supplies in the back of it so see how the paper reacted to my pens and watercolors (more details on those below). There was minimum bleed-through so I continued on to add my quirky doodles to the pages of my Bible. 

Of course I doodled more flowers next to the actual "consider the lilies" verse in Matthew 6.

"Consider the lilies fo the field, how they grow: they neigher toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (verses 28 and 29)

And on to the book of John! I love sheep! Sheep make yarn and I love to gather yarn and crochet fun things. So I love all of the sheep/Shepherd analogies in the Bible. Jesus says in chapter 10 verse 11...

"I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

Amen and forever grateful that He did! 

So these were just the beginnings of my Bible journaling adventure. I was a bit over 3 months pregnant at the time and super sick. I lost almost 25 pounds my first trimester so these little pictures were a great accomplishment at the time. 

Now on to my tried and true supplies. The following items were what I had on hand at the time and turned out to work very well.

- Bible: Crossway ESV Journaling Bible
- Pen: Faber-Castell PITT pen XS (this set has a great variety of widths/brushes, but you can also get them individually or in smaller sets)
- Watercolor Pencils: Staedtler Karat (my set is over 20 years old, but they are great. Last year I also added Prismacolor watercolor pencils to my supplies) 
- Waterbrush: Pentel Aquash

my current go-to supplies (easily portable)

I know how art supplies can add up. Like Stephanie Ackerman of "Documented Faith," I'm a firm believer in using what you have. Then as your budget permits, add quality supplies that will make creating easier, more fun, and more enjoyable!

Now go get in His Word!
:) Ann

Bible Journaling Proverbs 19:14 a Prudent Wife

Proverbs 19
"A prudent wife is from the Lord..."

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To be honest, when I started this page, I was just doodling and not really reading. I wanted to try some new flowers, but I'm still getting used to watercolors and a paint brush (as opposed to watercolor pencils and a waterbrush). So dots is was... especially since I was too lazy to get up and dry my page between colors, I had to keep the colors separated. Anyhow, I like these colorful dotty flowers and it got me reading Proverbs 19. 

"House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord."

When I got to verse 14, I looked up "prudent" in the dictionary (because... Mom brain!) and it means: acting with or showing care and thought for the future. And I thought, yes that is how flowers are too. One flower carrying dozens of seeds in it to multiply itself in the future. 

And as wives, isn't that what we try to do? Carefully plan for the future of our seeds? Whether it's our seeds of children, profession, business, ministry, or hobby, we care for and try to provide a good future for all we set our hand to do. God, help us to be prudent and care for all that You have given us.

Keep on keeping on and coloring in the Word, my friends!
:) Ann

Bible Journaling Proverbs 17 Joyful Heart

Proverbs 17
"A joyful heart is good medicine..."

A stressful week calls for focusing and making more time for reading God's Word and painting bloppy flowers.

And get in His Word we must if we're ever to be transformed. I pray He gives us all joyful hearts despite our circumstances. Crushed spirits and dry bones are absolutely no fun at all. 

Look for the good today, friends!
:) Ann

Bible Journaling Psalm 133 Dwell in Unity

Psalm 133

"...for there the Lord has commanded the blessing..."

Dwell together in unity... even when your giant cat lays down on the wet paint in your Bible! Fortunately watercolor is a little forgiving and the cat cleaned up nicely.

When I started Bible journaling, I was very neat and tidy (I'll post some prior work soon). I would sketch an idea out on paper, copy it to my Bible, ink it carefully, then use finely sharpened watercolor pencils and a water brush. Lately, I've only had a few minutes here and there and feel the need to just get some sloppy color down. Just something creative. Anything. So recently I've been playing with an actual paint brush, a glass of water, and lots of bloppy flowers.

It has been fun and a great way to get into some different passages of scripture. Hopefully this inspires you to get into God's Word.

Keep painting!

:) Ann


ESV Journaling Bible
Paint: Winsor & Newton travel watercolor set
Brush: cheap craft round brush
Pen: Faber Castell PITT pen - XS

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Bible Journaling Hebrews 4:3 Enter His Rest

Hebrews 4
"for we who have believe enter that rest..."

I've dealt with fear, worry, and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I may not have know what to call it when I was little, but it was there all along and I have slowly let it take over my life. I do fight daily (hourly, minutely...) and confess God's Word, but sometimes I just get worn out from the battle. 

I think it was Monday night that I listened to a Joyce Meyer message and she referenced Hebrews 4:3...

"For we who have believed enter that rest..."

All I have to do is believe and I can enter His precious rest. It may not always be easy, but it will get easier and before I know it, He can transform my mind.

So yesterday I wanted to just let go and do some sloppy painting in my Bible (which is totally not my style... I'll share more of my Bible journaling soon!). I kept remembering a mixed media art journal tutorial by Mary Brack with colorful circles and thought I'd try it in watercolor. Click HERE for her original tutorial. 

What a freeing, fun, restful time I had slopping some paint down. A few minutes here and a few minutes there. Today I finished it with some outlines and a touch of white acrylic paint watered down. 

Maybe today you'll enter His rest too and have a colorful day!

:) Ann

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