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Jun 17, 2016 - Bible Study, Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

Bible – Art Journaling – Adding to the Page

Ephesians 2  4-5When doing art journal in your Bible, sometimes you need to add something to cover a current verse you are studying.

If you click on the picture you will see the top of the page.  I had already added the art journal for God’s Workmanship and now I needed (ok, wanted) to add something for verses 4-5.

Rather than adding a lot I just chose the word from the scripture that spoke to my heart “Grace”.  Used a different handwriting font so it would stand out a bit from God’s Workmanship.

The word compliments the other art design and stays within the same format (the bottles have words on them).  Then as I re-read the scriptures I decided to box out the words that leaped off the page to me.

The picture does not do the colors justice.  They are vibrant and alive, the same way the Word of God lives in us!

The saying less is more, and a simple word was enough to enhance the page.   How do you add more art to a page you have already completed previously?

Chalkboard Art

James - ChalkBoardI have the privilege of doing the Chalkboard Art at our church – Elevate in a small town in Texas.

Usually, Pastor does a sermon series and I take the graphic for that series and translate it onto the huge chalkboard that is displayed behind our coffee bar. This keeps people connect to the series and provides a great backdrop for the coffee bar.

Unfortunately, my skills of taking a picture are a little off, because when you enlarge this picture it is a little fuzzy.  My apologies.  




James GraphicHere is the original graphics, as you can see the chalkboard art is close to the original but not exactly.

I don’t think it will ever be a perfect match, because it is done in chalk and  drawn by hand.

However, I do think it did translate very well.



Luckily for me this chalkboard art is for the entire summer series.  It usually takes me about 12 hours to complete this size chalkboard and I spread it out over two days.

I can’t explain the enjoyment and satisfaction I receive doing the chalkboard(s).  Although the art is temporary it is forever captured in the pictures.  The challenge for me is to get it as close to the graphics as I can.  It is never exact but each time I learn something new about chalkboard art.  Also, while I am doing the chalkboard I have an ever flowing conversation with God about the sermon, series or event that the chalkboard represents.  Quiet time with God and creating art makes this girl very happy!

Acts 1:8 – Bible Journaling

I  Am EmpoweredI’m part of a group over at this year and venturing into Bible journaling.  I will let you know I do not draw (much).  I do come up with the layout and use free clip art to give me the out line and then from there I fill in with the color and shading.

I love doing this, can’t explain why except He (God) has sparked a creative gene in my spirit that enjoys the time I spend with Him through the entire process of a new form of worship for me.

The process is reading and meditating over the scripture(s) that we are digging into and allowing God to reveal the design I feel like expressing for the particular scripture in my spirit.

As I think, meditate and pray about the scripture I start to pull together the design and elements that will bring to life what I am seeing and feeling.  Sometimes it comes easily (especially familiar scriptures) and other times I wait on God to give me a word or a combination of items that speak to me about the scripture.   Not trying to be mystical here, but some scriptures do not lend themselves to clip art.  He forces me to be still and have patience until something is revealed.  Because of the waiting I am not always able to create something for the scripture we are on right away.  That is ok, the meditating on the word and spending time with Him is more important.

Sometimes I create in a special Bible designed for journaling and other times I create something on a tag I can insert into my Bible and I also have an art journal.

This particular creative piece is done using good old Crayola Twistable color pencils.  These colors pencils are real inexpensive (approx. $7 for 30 at Walmart (not getting paid to say that).  So far I like them better than the expensive ones I own (isn’t that just like God!)

I lay down the lighter colors first than go back and layer with darker colors.  I use an artist stump to blend and I do prep my pages with Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Satin) and let dry thoroughly.  The pages in the Bible are thin so you need to be careful with how you handle them and the Acrylic Glazing keeps the journaling from bleeding through the pages.

Hope you enjoy and let me know do you Bible Journal or Faith Art Journal?

Jan 21, 2016 - Bible Study    No Comments

Bible Art Journaling – I am Forgiven

I am forgivenI love being able to do Art Journaling in my Bible.  It is a legacy to leave for our families future generations.

This is Isaiah 1:18 that tells us we are forgiven….completely.

I had a study Bible with large margins and I am using those margins to create some art.  The pages of this Bible are very thin and I use Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Matte) to prep the pages before I start any coloring.  In this art journal piece I am using Copic Markers, washi tape and stickers.  I used some Golden fluid acrylics first but I couldn’t keep them from streaking.  Looks I will have to learn the technique on the use of them.

It is important to me to be able to read the verses after the art is done.  That is why I like Copics right now, but I have seen others using different mediums and I am going to try my hand at venturing out and learning what else work.

As I stated before I am doing His-Kingdom-Come Bible Study – Take Me Deeper/DNA.  So far I am loving it and if you want to come along on this journey click on the hyperlink and sign up.

I would love to see and hear how your journey is progressing.