Pure Joy

It’s difficult to describe just how good it feels to celebrate God’s faithfulness every.single.day. so I thought I’d just show it instead! God is really moving! Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared a devotional & words of encouragement faith art (below) at a local pregnancy center, I’ve been asked to lead a faith art session at an upcoming women’s retreat, AND I’ve been asked to create faith art coloring pages for a children’s ministry!

Isn’t God grand? Gosh….even the word grand doesn’t begin to describe God! The latter part of 2017 and early part of 2018 were more challenging as the trickle-down effects of cancer and its treatments wreaked havoc on my lungs, but God still has work for me to do! Thankfully, I’m feeling much, much better these days and pleased to report current scans & markers show the cancer remains stable! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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The thing is, God has a plan that far exceeds anything I could dream up for myself…. the desire to create faith are came as a byproduct of cancer, and the  opportunities to share God’s love through art came before I received results of my latest scans… I didn’t hesitate to accept because…

I know God’s got this!

This past year, I’ve learned to live like I am always HIS and not just after He proves I’m His in a particular situation…. does that make any sense? In other words, I don’t wait until I see proof of His faithfulness to step forward….

Today I attended a Bible Journaling Group: H.I.S. (Houston’s Illustrating Sisterhood) and we discussed the perils of spiritual amnesia – God is ALWAYS at work and ALWAYS working for the best in our lives…especially when it may not “feel” that way!

Living in gratitude is a choice and testifying to the daily miracles of faithfulness He is working in our lives is a must!

 

Mother’s Day goodies!

If you’re anything like me, you’d love to share a little something with the precious “moms” in your life…. without breaking the bank!

well…. I looked around my craft closet (hey, some of us have clothes closets, shoe closets, junk closets…and why of course….CRAFT closets!)…. I wanted to use what I had and yet, create something personal – quickly!

This is what I came up with… watercolor faith quotes!  You can create the same or similar look with pretty much what you have on hand (yay!)

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  • 6″x6″ artist watercolor tiles (you can use mixed media paper or even a good heavyweight paper like printer brochure paper)
  • plastic baggie
  • crayola markers (water based)
  • permanent black marker (PrismaColor or Sharpie)
  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • water spritzer bottle
  • heat tool

 

To help you get started, I created two templates (print here -> faith quotablesIMG_6030

To avoid wonky cutting, I added a line border & allowed extra room for the watercolor by making the art 1.5″ smaller than the canvas

The first quote was created in a separate program using my handwriting; the second was created with text boxes in WORD using different fonts…this is where you can really let your creativity shine!

IMG_6031Once I cut out the desired quote, I attached it to the back of my canvas with a small piece of washi tape (painter’s tape works too!), making sure the image was positioned however I wanted the final quote to appear

Since watercolor paper is so thick, I needed light shining from the back to trace.  A window works great for this – in my case I simply used a white background on my iPad – it was just bright enough to be able to see the wordingIMG_6032

Next, I used a permanent marker to outline the larger word.

You may need to exercise your patience muscles a bit – take your time…. and remember…. like all faith art, it’s not about perfection – enjoy the process!

 

IMG_6033I usually freehand the smaller wording, but if you intend on tracing, I recommend that you go ahead and finish the wording before adding color – this way you can be certain it’s visible!  I like to use a finer pen for the smaller words – just be sure you’re using permanent ink so that it doesn’t run when you add water in the next step.

You can see that my outline isn’t “perfect” – not to worry – once the lettering is filled in, it will take on a personal touch

 

Now…. the fun part! COLOR!!!  

You may want to practice this part a few times 

IMG_6034The easiest way I found to transfer color is by spritzing the canvas with water first – just enough to dampen the surface – keep in mind, I used this technique for watercolor paper, but I’ve used on lighter weight paper before – it just takes a lot less water.

Get your baggie and scribble some color on in a pattern similar to what you want the end result to look like

I like to use two shades of the same color family – in this example, I have two shades of blue.  In some of my other examples, I got really wild and chose two separate colors – just be sure they don’t make brown when mixed!

IMG_6035Once you have color on your baggie, flip it over and place on top of your canvas

Run your fingers over the baggie to transfer the color onto the canvas – give it a minute to absorb, and then carefully remove the baggie.

I use the Ranger Distress Sprayer & really like it because you can “dribble” or “mist” water onto the canvas –

You can see where the ink is fairly concentrated in some areas – slowly mist/dribble the area with water until you start getting the watercolor effect.  To keep the water puddles from running, I use my marker to hold the paper down while drying with the heat tool.

Remember, you can always build more color – just start small and repeat the process!

Once the color has dried, fill in your lettering with the permanent marker.  If you want to get really fancy, you can embellish with white ink – I use a UniBall Signo 153

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LordThat’s pretty much it!  I hope you’re inspired and encouraged to give this a try!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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God Speaks

New to journaling? Welcome!!!!
I just love how God speaks to us on such a personal level!! I always try to encourage folks to journal – whether you write a few words, a picture, or any combination…it can inspire and encourage either yourself or others in ways you can’t possibly fathom!
I stumbled across this note from a binder…a BIG. BLANK. BINDER…
“Where to begin??? So much space to be filled!!!

 

Lord,
I want to follow Your lead and not get so focused on the canvas that I lose sight of Your artistry. Amen”

 

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He is Risen!

As we prepare for Resurrection Sunday next month, I thought it might be nice to share (again?) some faith art I did a couple years ago – this piece was inspired by the amazing Stephanie Ackerman of Documented Faith. Like many other incredible artists, Stephanie uses her gifts to share God’s Word in her own unique style! I encourage you to discover all God is doing through this ministry – you can find her online at the link above, and also on FaceBook and instagram – you too will be inspired by her love for the Lord shared through art ☺️

click here for printouts! -> He_is_Risen (colored)   He_is_Risen (uncolored)

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Etsy to the Rescue!

So often I read comments from Bible journalers who haven’t quite discovered their art journaling style – I’m still finding mine, but I vividly remember wanting to create something “worthy” as all the posts I saw on Pinterest or Facebook… the thing is, we all have a unique style – just like our relationship with God! And while I could talk on and on about all the pitfalls of trying to “measure up” – perhaps today is a perfect opportunity to share tools instead.

If you’re like me, you might need a launchpad to that road of discovery…. and what better way than to learn from those that have gone before us!

I’ve shared different artists in the past (Sue Carroll, Stephanie Ackerman, Lynn Shokoples, and  Nicole Plymesser Nelson) and today I stumbled upon a precious Etsy Shop run by Tammy Thompson, called For His Glory Studio

Tammy’s shop provides traceable Bible Margin Art – take a look! It’s a fabulous way to get started with little cost and GREAT potential for the aspiring artist!  Here’s a little info on Tammy:forhisglory

It’s 2016 and I’m faced with a nearly empty nest. I’ve always loved creating and have been crafty since I was a little girl. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the perfect mix of my very favorite things — my Bible and art. I love reading God’s Word. It has helped me through some very rough times in my life. Creating and meditating on God’s promises is very relaxing for me and it helps me to always remember where my strength comes from.

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Stained Art for Everyone

I really enjoy http://www.hometalk.com – they gather some of the neatest DIY ideas!  I ran across this cute tutorial a few days ago…. ways to create faux stained glass – go figure!  I haven’t tried it yet, but wanted to share before I forgot about it – if you decide to give it a go, please let me know how it turned out & be sure to share a photo!

Click on the image below to open the tutorial 🙂

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DIY Faith Planner

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Heather Greenwood – Faith Planner

In my Pinterest explorations on Bible Art Journaling, I stumbled across a post by Heather Greenwood sharing her thoughts on a Faith Planner…. BRILLIANT!!!!!  Click on the photo (right) to link to her website for details.  Heather has an Etsy shop too with all sorts of faith planning goodies!

Off to Amazon I went…searching for planners…then officedepot.com, franklin covey.com, and every other dot com I could think of… personal planners were a bit small for me – hey, I write big….I need room

Here’s what I came up with:

My Custom Faith Planner

My Custom Faith Planner

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Supply List:

  • 5.5×8.5 3-ring binder
  • 5.5×8 notebook filler paper
  • 12×12 sheets scrapbook paper (4 sheets)
  • Post-It Pockets
  • glue
  • stickers, journaling cards, stamps, decorative goodies

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Dividers:

I couldn’t find dividers I liked, so I winged it and made some!

To create the front of the divider, cut a piece of scrapbook paper 6×8.5; if you want pockets, cut another piece 6x~4 (tall enough to catch the middle binder clasp)

To create the divider tabs, I folded a paper scrap eye-balled to the size I like – make sure it’s long enough the secure to the divider.  In retrospect I glued mine out a bit too much and they stick out when the binder is closed.  To avoid this mistake, dry fit the tab with the binder closed and pencil mark for placement.

Once the tabs are glued in place, create the “pocket” by running a small bead of glue along the bottom and outer edge of the pocket and attach to the backside of the divider

Using a sheet of filler paper as a guide, punch holes in dividers.

Pages:

At first I considered stamping the filler paper headings and changed my mind REALLY fast! My quick solution was to create a Word document with text boxes at the top of each page (1 page per section) – the beauty of this approach is that you can easily customize the wording, font and size! When printing, choose custom paper (5×7), load printer with filler paper.  Be sure to print a test page to ensure it has the look you want and paper is loaded correctly. When you’re satisfied, choose number of copies you want and you’re set!

Assembly:

The first binder I made was a birthday gift, so I loaded it up with stickers and journaling cards.  I also included some shipping labels I customized with distress inks.  Click below for the slideshow – enjoy!

If you decide (or already have one) to make a Faith Planner, I’d love to hear about them!

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