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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Joy in the Morning {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Ps 30-5b Joy

Yesterday’s art journal post, with a little bird singing in the morning, because she made it through the night, reminded me of this Bible passage (also quoted in yesterday’s blog piece), so I immediately used my colored pencils to do some Bible Marginalia on this passage.

Sometimes I think I need reminders (a calling to memory) of how God has “gotten me through the night” on so many occasions—why do I lack in faith, the next time a “night” comes!! He has proven Himself faithful so many times!

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5b (KJV)

#illustratedfaith #illuminatedjournaling #scriptureart #faithart #bibleartjournaling #biblejournaling #biblemarginalia

Friday, August 28, 2015

{Art Journal} Challenge: Night

Challenge Black as Night

This is Challenge 26/30 in one of my art groups…and I’m determined to do all 30, so 4 to go!

The challenge prompt was “Black as Night,” and I responded with just a very simple art journal spread. This little bird reminds me of a person who may have just been through a season of “night” and has come through it, joyful to see the morning! As I post this, it reminds me of the Bible verse

“Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.”
Psalm 30:5b

So, now I must do Bible Art Journaling on that passage!

#fabulousandfreeartjournalingchallenge #mixedmedia #artjournal

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Truth=Freedom {Bible Art}

Bible Art John 8-32

I have always loved this passage that establishes an equality between God’s Truth and Freedom. It seems like we hear a lot about both those concepts: Truth (is there an absolute truth?—OF COURSE there is….it is the truth found in God’s Word), and don’t even get me started on how our culture has corrupted the word “freedom.”

The words found in John 8:32 are not complicated. They are concise and clear. If you know God’s Truth, you have freedom. If we want real freedom, we should be about the business of KNOWING God’s Truth. That is found in one place: His Word.

#IlluminatedFaith #IllustratedFaith #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #BibleMarginalia #truth #freedom

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Scream for Ice Cream {Art Journal}

Stencils and Ice Cream

I really do. I am the world’s biggest ice cream fan. I love it. I crave it. I eat it. Uh oh.

One of the lessons in my Art Journal Summer School class suggested a page on summer treats. Yum.

This page uses acrylic paint, washi tape, and NeoColor II watercolor crayons. (I realize most everyone can sketch an ice cream cone. But, a couple of years ago, I couldn’t. Progress, step at a time…Just sayin’.)

#artjournal #mixedmedia #icecream #washitape

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Promises, Promises! {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Rom 8

The more I study God’s Word, the more I realize that it is absolutely packed full of promises for His followers. If there are studies out there on “Biblical Promises,” they could not possibly be comprehensive, unless the assignment for the study is “Read the entire Bible.”

Today’s passage that I am journaling actually features two promises. I have Scripture stamps for these two passages, and in my journaling Bible, the verses happen to fall on the same page. So, my Bible Marginalia contains two separate verses, both promises. These passages both speak to how very much God loves those who believe in Him. Even better, it is impossible for us (or anything/anyone else) to separate us from His love.

Bible Art Journaling Rom 8

Bible Art Journaling Rom 8

In addition to the stamp ink (black archival), I used Inktense Watercolor Pencils. I love them because they become permanent when dry (as opposed to standard watercolor paints).

#ScriptureArt #FaithArt #BibleMarginalia #illustratedfaith #promisesintheBible #BibleArtJournaling

Friday, August 21, 2015

Come and Rest {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Matt 11-28

I have told you a thousand times: I love the word “rest.” It is almost onomatopoetic to me. I love the way it sounds, and the feeling it evokes. I love the denotation and the connotation. Thus, this passage in Matthew 11:28 is one of my favorites.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

I think it’s noteworthy that before you get to the “I will give you rest” part, there is the admonition to “COME unto me.” If we are willing to come to Jesus with our weariness, our exhaustion, our feeling of being worn down and used up, HE will give us rest. I love that promise!

On my journaling Bible page, the words are stamped, the flower is hand-drawn and watercolored with Inktense Blocks and a water brush.

#watercolor #BibleArtJournaling #FaithArt #ScriptureArt #illustratedfaith #inktense blocks #promisesintheBible

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Memory Keeping: Creative Memories {Scrapbooking}

CM multipocket page w Strut Your Stuff cards

Creative Memories multipocket page, using Creative memories Strut Your Stuff Slide-in Cards

CM Multipocket page-jeep ride

Creative Memories multipocket page using my own artwork and a card from my stash

CM multipocket w pretty in pastel cards

Creative Memories multipocket page using Creative Memories Pretty in Pastel Slide-in Cards

CM large pocket pages

Creative Memories layout with a multipocket page on the left and a large-pocket page on the right

Well, never one to let myself be bored (what is that, anyway, seriously?), my intense search and re-search for MY scrapbooking system has led me down an interesting path (interesting=not boring). My journey into scrapbooking (which became my lifelong passion) began in 2004, when my sister-in-law introduced me to Creative Memories and I realized that keeping memories in “their” way was a perfect match for “my” way. I had always kept pictures nicely organized in photo albums since 1977, when I gathered all my pictures and purchased albums with money earned from giving piano lessons. And I always wrote on the backs or on labels under them (“journaling”). But I never thought I could keep ALL the many pictures I take, in scrapbooks. I became convinced that I could do it, and my first scrapbook, a Creative Memories 12x12 album, was completed a month or so after my introduction. I was hooked.

Humming along, about 40 albums and a few years later, Creative Memories went out of business. I embarked on an expedition to find a “new” scrapbooking system. I will not even report about all the things I tried (and returned or gave away) during that time. FINALLY, last December, I learned that Creative Memories was back in business. Well, then, so was I. Merry Christmas to me.


Along with the wonderful 12x12 albums (in beautiful color choices), and the resurrection of several well-loved tools, they have added multipocket pages. That is of interest to me, to mix in with the 12x12, as one of the many methods I researched was the Project Life method. Not for me, but I do like interspersing some pocket pages here and there.

So, my current “system” is to use Creative Memories albums with their 12x12 pages and their multipocket pages. The pictures at the top of this post are examples from my most recent album.

To this point, all the hundreds I have spent on Creative Memories products have been as a [happy] customer. Yesterday when I checked out on the web site, a window popped up to ask if I was interested in becoming an advisor. I followed the links for more information and voila! I am now a Creative Memories Independent Advisor, with my own web site for ordering (for myself, or for anyone who wants to order their CM products through my web site). Can’t argue with saving money on products I am going to be using anyway.

So, if you are interested in ordering CM products (or looking around to see if there is anything you need, or to read about becoming an Advisor), just follow this link and you will be on my CM Advisor site.

#CreativeMemories #traditionalscrapbooking #pocketscrapbooking

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Faith Art

Metal Mania Challenge Haggai 2-8

Haggai 2:8

Bible Art Prov 16-24 w stamps

Proverbs 16:24

Spending a lot of days lately with scrapbook projects but took time recently to do a couple of pieces of faith art. The top piece was a response to a challenge called “Metal Mania,” using metal in an art journal page. I used metallic paints and the Scripture reference about silver and gold belonging to God - Haggai 2:8.

The second piece is a page from my journaling Bible. Sometimes SIMPLE just feels good! (Note: the page behind this one has stamped medicine bottles for the "merry heart doeth good like a medicine" passage. I'm okay with that.)
Proverbs 16:24 - "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones." (KJV)

#faithart #illustratedfaith #artjournal #mixedmedia #scriptureart #BibleArtJournaling

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fabulous & Free Challenges {Art Journal}

Fab and Free Challenge 19 Flowers

Challenge: Flower Power

Fab and Free Challenge 20 Childhood TV

Challenge: Favorite Childhood TV Program

Well, yes, and then there’s this, just in: As I mentioned recently, I am re-evaluating my involvement in so many projects/challenges/classes. (By the way, I am ALWAYS in a state of re-evaluation. That’s how I roll.)

When I take on a commitment, even if I’m the only one who knows (cares) about it, I take it pretty seriously. But then sometimes I come to realize that to keep that commitment requires NOT keeping other commitments or priorities. All that to say this: No one cares but me, but I am UN-committing myself to the Documented Life Project. Yes, after 7 1/2 months of WEEKLY assignments done, I find I am not enjoying this project, and in fact it is having a negative impact on me. So, I’m the boss of me. So, done and done, with that. Yay! Burden lifted.

It’s one of those things, I wonder why I didn’t let go a little sooner—well, because that goes back to the whole “commitment” thing, the idea of  “if you start something, you should finish it,” I guess. But when it comes to my art projects, the over-riding (and yet foundational) purpose is to enjoy myself, to grow, to become more creative, to be enriched, to be inspired, and yes, to inspire. Those goals are no longer being met through that particular year-long project (a project a week for every single week of the year—WHAT was I thinking, in the first place????)!

Even though I am the only one (well, and my dear hubby who has to listen to my thought processes on a daily basis, bless his heart) who even is interested in my commitment/un-commitment, it still feels free-ing to SAY it. Done and done with Documented Life Project 2015. Ahhhhhh…..

So, I AM still enjoying the Fabulous and Free Art Journal Challenges (30 challenges in 15 weeks, but no time limit for completion). Through these challenges, I can do mixed media, sketch and paint, or whatever my heart desires. These two projects pictured here are part of that challenge.

Not that I’m left project-less, you understand. I still have my Bible Art Journaling (ongoing for the rest of my life, I hope, certainly not an assignment to be completed, in any sense of the word). And, I am spending more time lately with my first crafting love, scrapbooking. That will continue, of course (that’s what I do for posterity). More on that later. Decisions, decisions.

#RoyRogersandDaleEvans #fabulousandfreeartjournalingchallenge #mixedmedia #artjournal #goodbyedocumentedlifeproject

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Practicing Whimsical Faces {Art Journaling}

My Favorite Girl

Finally, a few moments to do something “artistic” that is just because I want to, and not for a challenge. I sketched her and then used watercolor crayons to paint her.

I am just about over my head in challenges this year, and I’m in the process of pruning them, to be honest. My Bible art journaling I do just because I want to, not usually part of a challenge. Otherwise, most all the art I have done recently has been basically an “assignment.” When it becomes a chore instead of a joy, time to back down on some things!

I had not done anything “artsy” for a while. It was quite therapeutic. I am not good with faces, and would never attempt a real portrait, but it is fun to create a whimsical character. To see her come alive on the paper was pure fun! I will keep practicing.

(Note to my readers: I do not post everything I do, believe it or not. I scrapbook for hours (days!) on end and rarely if ever show those projects. I also have various art projects that I only post in some private groups or not at all.)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Peaceful Dwellings {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Peaceful Dwellings

I like several things about this verse.
"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest."
(Is 32:18, NIV)

Sounds like a promise to me!

Look at all the wonderful words: peaceful
Love it.

Last night we were invited for dinner in our son and daughter-in-law’s “new” home. It’s an older home that they have made their own, and it is a good example of this verse. Their home is a beautiful little cottage, but the “feeling” there is not about the external description.

Sometimes we wrongly think “new” and “fancy” and “the latest” is what defines a home. When you read this promise in Isaiah, it makes no mention of external or physical descriptions. It promises peaceful dwelling places, security, and undisturbed places of rest.

Yep, this verse that I am reading this morning specifically calls to mind their cottage.


It can’t get any better than that!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Memories Lost but Found {Art Journaling}

DLP July 17 Lost Memories

This week’s Documented Life Project:

July Theme -Ephemera
July 18 - Art Challenge: Photographs & Memories
Journal Prompt: "All that I have to remember you"-Jim Croce

None of the elements in this collage are MINE. I have many vintage photos, saved for Heritage Scrapbook Albums I WILL get done someday. I am the photo collector/keeper for my entire family. So, there are any number of photos I could have used for this challenge. But, for some reason, I kept thinking about the trips my husband and I have made, to antique shops, not looking for antique furniture pieces, but for old music, books, and other vintage ephemera. Invariably, there are old photos (snapshots, "studio" portraits), music that has someone's name on it, old postcards, etc. While I love finding such things, to take home and use in my art journaling, I am at the same time SO SAD to think about why those items are in an antique shop....instead of in the hands of loved is just so sad to me. Will that be MY sheet music one day?

So, this piece is" Lost Memories" and is basically nothing more than a collage of an old piece of sheet music (1928), a couple of vintage postcards, and an old photograph. None of these things were mine. But they belonged to someone. Some time long ago. Memories. Lost.

I posted the above paragraphs, along with the photo of my project, on the Documented Life Project Facebook group page, and have gotten some comments that remind me that, now, these things have been “saved” and have been shared with others. That does make me feel some better, but it still does seem that loved ones should have these things in their possession. Or maybe I should say, someone should have been close enough to this family that they would have WANTED to have these things in their possession.

Memories are important to me, and they are almost always happy, for me. But lost memories—that is sad to me.

Monday, July 13, 2015

He Makes it Beautiful {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Ecc 3-11

I love this passage (I say that a lot; I mean it every time). The KJV says “he hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” I love that, because it reminds me that it is all about His timing. What does not seem beautiful at all today may be breathtakingly beautiful at a later time (an image of a caterpillar comes to my mind, because I don’t like the picture of anything that resembles a worm…but we all know what happens to a caterpillar in time).

Most other translations say “in its time.” I don’t think of it any differently than “in His time,” because it’s still God’s timing. The time for something to be beautiful is up to God. He is after all the Creator and Sustainer of Life.

Often, a part of a verse that is memorized and quoted by many will be within a passage whose entirety gives a much broader picture. That is the case with this entire verse:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecc 3:11 (NIV)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Vintage {Art Journal}

DLP July 4 Sisters History

Documented Life Project:

July Theme - Ephemera
July 4 - Art Challenge: Using Old Maps, Letters, Tickets & More
Journal Prompt:  Life...with a history

I used vintage papers, sheet music, a very old book and a post card collected from antique shops, as well as a vintage Simplicity pattern, and a studio photo of myself and my sister from 1951.

I had just turned 4 and she was almost 3. I remember the dresses. Mother made most of our clothes, and she dressed the two of us alike most of the time, except for the colors of our dresses. These dresses were polka-dotted with solid trim. Being a redhead, I did not wear red. My sister’s dress was red, and mine was navy blue.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Circles and Sticks {Art Journaling}

Chalk Challenge-Blackboard Circles and Sticks

One of my challenges this week (I have three per week) is to use CHALK in an art journal spread. Although I recently did another piece on primary school, I reverted to the theme once again, as the challenge prompt just directed me that way!

I have noticed in the last few days, I find myself creating from my inner, private, comfortable, happy place. I think it’s my reaction/rebellion to all the CRAP I’m seeing in social media and in the news. I love the simpler times, and I love the values that were honored—and TAUGHT—in those times. For me, the happy memories of the way-past always include classrooms, teaching, teaching supplies and tools, and primary children.

I used Chalkboard Paint (yes, there is such a thing) to make a blackboard in the middle of the right page. I used a white chalk marker to write on the blackboard, using manuscript letters of circles and sticks (that’s the way we taught manuscript printing back in the day).

I just put down some basic primary colors (acrylic paint), remembering the year I taught kindergarten, and how we would have a day of the week for each primary and secondary color. It was such fun! On RED day, for example, we wore red and everything we talked about and worked on that day was all about RED. See, simple! (When you saw Mrs. Ford’s class in the lunch line, you didn’t have to wonder what we were studying that day!)

Yes, I admit it. I long for the simpler times. I smile, just remembering!

Chalk Challenge-Blackboard Circles and Sticks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Word Fitly Spoken {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Prov 25-11

My mother had several verses that she would quote as her favorite verses. This was one of them, as was the verse about “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, KJV)

Mother was not particularly soft-spoken, and I often thought she liked to quote verses that she wanted herself to hear. I believe that, because the same is true for me—I often preach to myself (if only I would listen more attentively!).

This verse is more often quoted with something like “settings of silver,” but the KJV “pictures of silver” is the way I memorized it, and this sketch I created in my KJV Journaling Bible is a representation of what always came to my mind when I heard or read this verse.

A major frustration for mixed media artists is that when we use anything shiny or glittery or metallic, it is next to impossible to take a photo that shows the shine. I used metallic silver and gold Gelatos for the frame and the apples, but it’s not obvious that they are “silver” and “gold.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

“Taste and See” {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Taste and See Ps 34-8

Following along with one of my art challenge groups, this is a Scripture I know but would not have thought of for Bible art journaling. That’s one thing I like about my Bible art groups—new ideas for illustrating my faith!

I really love this entire passage, a Psalm of David. My art journal Bible is KJV, and here is the passage in ESV:

Psalm 34:1-9 (ESV)

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
 Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

DLP Challenge-Travel Pictures {Art Journal}

DLP June 27 Travel Pictures

Documented Life Project 2015

June Theme -Travel Journaling
June 27 - Art Challenge: Photos and Words
Journal Prompt:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I used a road map of Oregon for part of the background, as I wanted to use some photos I took of beautiful flowers while on a trip to Astoria, Oregon.

Gelatos and stamps make up the rest of the background.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three Nails {Art Journal}

Three Nails

One of my recent art journal challenge prompts was “NAILS.” Clearly, there are numerous directions in which to go with this one. I usually go with what first pops into my head.

Two praise songs came to mind immediately when I read this challenge: the line from "Living He Loved Me (O Glorious Day)" (Casting Crowns) that says, "He took the nails for me," and the line from Leeland's "Yes You Have," that says, "Three nails gave me liberty." Choosing the latter for this layout, I sketched and watercolored three spike-type nails, and the rest of the layout is acrylic paints and stamps.

Three Nails

The lines from the song that I used for the journal are profound. It was because of God’s love for me that my freedom was purchased. The price was the sacrifice of His Only Son, nailed to a cross, because “the wages of sin is death.” He “took the nails for me.”

Hallelujah, He did not stay on the cross, nor did He remain in the grave. His salvation is offered to all who believe.

So, yeah, I SHOULD sing His praise!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

No Place Like HomeS {Art Journal}

No Place Like Homes DLP June 20

Have been traveling of late, making the cross-country trek from our MO home (where part of our family lives) to our WA home (where another part of our family lives). So far I have been able to keep up with the weekly prompts for The Documented Life 2015 Art Journal Project, and the prompt for June 20 seemed relevant for me right now. The theme for June is Travel, and the prompt for this week is “There’s No Place Like Home.”

There are a million ways to go with that prompt, but I opted for what came to mind first: There’s No Place Like HomeS.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the flourished states, and I sewed stitches with black embroidery thread to indicate a path that is SOooooooo much shorter than the real one!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Clocks and Time {Art Journal}

Clock Challenge Art Journal

I have my bags packed for a cross-country trip. “Bags” includes several bags and boxes of studio supplies, as I will be gone for quite some time. After packing, I received an art journal challenge prompt, “The Clock Strikes,” and I realized that I have enough supplies, not packed away, to complete this challenge quickly. So I rushed through it, but at least I will be not be behind on this challenge (two per week) when I leave on the trip.

This is a topic that could go in so many different directions. It’s a topic I have on my mind a lot lately, as time seems to be flying by even faster now than it did when my children were younger.

Clock Challenge Art Journal

(Oh, and what does it say, that I have several bags and boxes packed from my studio, and still have so many supplies on hand that you can’t even tell anything is missing? Don’t answer that question.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Road Less Traveled {Art Journal}

DLP June 13 Road Less Traveled

This week’s Documented Life Project theme is travel (the theme for all of June), and the prompt is “the road less traveled.” Had I known this was coming, I would’ve saved last week’s off-road four-wheeling journal idea for this week! But here we go with another travel theme journal entry.

I’ve spent my share of time on the “roads less traveled” (hubby is famous for “taking the scenic route,”—sometimes intentionally even). I’ve also spent my share of time camping! Love this little vintage camper—reminds me of our first home, an 8x29 trailer!

Nashua Trailer-First Home w border

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Challenge: “Play” {Art Journal}

Play Challenge

The challenge at Fabulous and Free Art Journal Challenges is “PLAY.” This was an easy one for me, as far as knowing immediately what I wanted to use for this theme. I was the oldest of five, and as children, we loved to "play school." (Oh, yes, I was the GOG--Giver of Grades-- even then!) I have often said that I "played school" until I was "in school" (and the play continued in the summers), and I was "in school" until I taught school. Then I taught school until my Superintendent husband retired. So, "play" and "school" are linked in my mind. I learned to read in the Dick and Jane readers, and my husband and I have several of the old ones in a collection.

For the background I used primary colors (in the kindergarten mode), blended them with a baby wipe and then brayered some white paint on top. I cut some images out of one of my Dick and Jane workbooks, adhered them, and then stamped with several Graphic 45 abc primer stamps.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Monochromatic Challenge {Art Journal}

monocromatic challenge

For some reason, I love monochromatic. That probably says something about me (boring? tidy?); I wouldn’t want everything to be monochromatic, obviously, and I wouldn’t want monochromatic all the time. But I was happy when I saw that one of my challenges this week was simply “monochromatic.” Deciding on the “one color” was easy for me, because, as my artwork reveals, I love aqua (teal, turquoise, aquamarine, whatever name).

So I gathered some tissue paper, deli paper gelli prints, scraps of patterned paper, book paper that I had cleaned my brush on, pieces of newsprint that had been under some of my work, stencils, stamps, and several art supplies in that color family.


With “joy” as my focal word (my goal, my desired feeling, as it were), I just layered and layered with paints, papers, stamps, markers and inks.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Travel Journal {Off-Road Trails}

DLP June 6 Travel Journal

blackeyed susan  yucca plantcone flower

flowers on sxs trails

Documented Life Project: June Theme -Travel Journaling
June 6 - Art Challenge: Illustrative Art Journaling
Journal Prompt:  Take Me Away
Coincidentally, this week's challenge came to my email minutes after my husband and I had left the house on a "take me away" weekend, four-wheeling at a state park with my sister and her husband (who happens to be my hubby’s brother--my sister and I married brothers...they have been married 47 years, we have been married 49 years). While on our rides through the off-road trails in a MO state park, I snapped photos of some of the flowers and then illustrated them when I returned. So, it was easy to choose what to do for this challenge.






The four of us have traveled many places, and to several countries, together. Being not the bravest of the group, I was a bit apprehensive that it might seem like some of the trails were risky, but I was fine. My brother-in-law, leader of the pack, told me that he considered which trails to take in light of TOB (thinking of Barbara). I appreciate it!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

With Joy We Draw Water From the Well {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Is 12-3 Joy

(click image to enlarge)

This passage in Isaiah is one I had not noticed before the current challenge over at Bible Art Journaling Challenges. I actually find comfort in the entire passage:

Isaiah 12 (KJV)

“And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord, Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”


Bible Art Journaling Is 12-3 Joy

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Like a Tree {Faith Art}

Challenge Trees

I recently did some art journaling in my Bible on this Scripture verse. But one of my art journal challenges this week was “trees and leaves.” So, once again, this passage came to mind.

I honestly feel like I have over-dosed recently on mixed media--keeping up with Documented Life and other weekly challenges, I'm overwhelmed with the desire to take a break from so MUCH stuff in my art journals, layers and layers of stuff...anyway, I'm sure I'll be right back at it next week...but for now, what appeals to my senses is clean and simple. So my last couple of projects have been basic and simple and pleasing to me for right now.

For those interested in technique and process, for this challenge, I covered the pages with heavy duty gesso, then took a fork-like catalyst and made marks through it while wet. I then used ONE paint--Lumiere Halo Blue Gold, to cover both pages. The characteristic of that paint is that it looks like several colors. I love it. When it was dry, I applied stamp ink through a tree stencil, stamped leaves all over, splattered with black and white inks, put the Scripture verse on. That's all, folks.

Challenge Trees