Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Study in Psalms

I found the 52 Weeks of Psalms, an online study by Merri Dennis. Although the study was posted during 2014, I wanted to challenge myself to complete all 52 weeks.  Well, it won't take me 52 weeks since I am in my second week and already working on Chapter 31 which is the chapter for week 14.   I have been using it as a study guide and working in my new Journaling Bible to illustrate through art what I've read.  I wanted to show you some of the things I've done.

You will notice that some of the Psalms don't have photos with them.  That's because I realized after starting this post that I hadn't taken photos of them.  I will post them later.  This post will be pretty photo heavy even without them.

Psalms 1
Psalms 3
Psalms 5: 11
But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.

Psalms 8
When I behold Thy works on high,
The moon that rules the night,
And stars that well adorn the sky,
Those moving worlds of light;

Psalms 13
Psalms 15:1-2 
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? 
Who shall dwell on your holy hill? 
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart.
Psalms 17:9
Keep me as the apple of your eye,
 hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Psalms 18: 1-2
I love you, O Lord, my strength
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my delivery,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalms 19: 1
The heavens declare the glory of God,
 and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Psalms 22:14
I am poured out like water,
 and all my bones are out of joint,
my heart is like wax:
 it is melted within my breast;

Psalms 23: 1 
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.

Psalms 24:
Who is this King of Glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of Glory!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Journaling Bible

I received my new Journaling Bible from Amazon.  I love the wide margins but wish it was a little larger all over.  The print is a bit small but larger than the Bible I was using previously.  I redid the 3 challenges from Rebekah Jones Bible Art Journaling Challenge.

Challenge 1: Joshua 1:9

Challenge 2: Proverbs 31:25

Challenge 3: Proverbs 28:1

So now I'm caught up with all the challenges in my new Bible.

I also redid and continued with my study of Psalms. I will be posting those photos later this week.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bible Art Journaling Challenge - Week 3

Week 3

The challenge from Rebekah this week at Bible Art Journaling Challenge comes from the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 28:1  The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Rebekah posted a wonderful video of how she created a lion on her page and I wanted to do a lion also.  I didn't use the same method to create mine.  I printed a picture of a lion off of google pictures and used it as a reference.  

I used my Inktense watercolor pencils as well as plain colored pencils.

I had a hard time getting the eyes right and he is sort of wonky eyed and he might need a nose job but I really love how he turned out. 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

DLP Week 3

The January 17th challenge at The Documented Life Project is "The Color Wheel".   The journal prompt is a quote from Georgia O'Keefe- "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way...."

I wanted to start with black and white and somehow bring bold color into the piece.  I prepped the page with white gesso.  Then I put some black gesson on a piece of plastic wrap and spritzed some water on it and brushed it out into a thin layer.  I layed this onto the white page in the center.  I took a piece of shelving mat and used it to texture some of the black gesso around the black area.  Then I let that dry completely.  Next I took some white foam letters that spelled out the word COLOR and tried several different methods to put bright color on them.  Finally used my gellatos to get a nice bold color on them that seemed to stay.  I wrote the quote in white signo pen and also wrote "Live you life in" above the letters that I placed on the page.  I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.  It almost looks like what I envisioned in my head.  That almost never happens.....LOL.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bible Art Journal Challenge

I found a a weekly Bible journaling challenge that is offered by Rebekah Jones called The Bible Art Journal Challenge.  Every Tuesday she posts a new Bible verse with the challenge.  There is also Facebook group to post in.  So far there have been two challenges and I have completed both and am now waiting on the next one.

Week 1

Joshua 1:9 

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD you GOD is with you wherever you go.

Week 2

Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Bible Journaling

I just discovered a whole new world.  Bible Journaling!!! There is even a community of journalers on Facebook.  I found this randomly on Tuesday.  I was so excited I immediately ordered my journaling Bible from Amazon here.  I'm holding out for the NKJV which is my favorite version but it isn't going to be shipped until July 2015.  That's OK because I told my husband that it was going to be my birthday present from him.

But, I can't wait that long to start so I pulled out another of my Bibles that I don't use because the print is way to small for these old eyes.  And started a study of Psalms on Merri Dennis' website.  The study is called 52 Weeks of Psalms.  I don't think it will take me 52 weeks since I've already done 3 weeks in 2 days.  I am journaling directly into this Bible.  This at first seemed very wrong but I really don't use this Bible for study as I said because the print is too small so instead of it just sitting on the bookshelf why not use it for a good purpose.  I am also making something that is uniquely mine and I plan to give it to my granddaughter Lydia when she is old enough.  I am really trying to keep the art light so that the text can still be seen.  You will see in another picture that I had a little mishap and covered some of the text.  Also, I have studied more on my own in the last 3 days than in the last year.  This can only be a good thing and I believe in it.

Here is my first work:

For Psalms 1 I chose the passage Psalms 1:3
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither
I drew a tree and a leaf and colored them with colored pencil.
Psalms 3: 3
But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me,
My glory, and the one who lifts my head.
I drew a shield and wrote "Shield me Oh God."
Psalms 7: 17
I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
I wrote "Sing for Joy" and drew notes to represent singing.  We sing accapela in our Church during services and I love how all the voices blend in harmony.  I love to sing Hymns.  I feel like I am worshiping God this way.
Psalms 8:3
When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained;
This is where the journaling went a little wrong.  I used my Twinkling H2Os to paint a dark sky through a mask.  They weren't quite as see through as I though it would be.  But I love it.  I used some glitter glue to make the stars. 
Even though it is a little dark, you can still read almost the entire text through it. 
Thank you to the Admins of the Journaling Bible Community for adding me.  I am loving all the beautiful artwork and lettering that the others are doing.  To a Christian and artist this is the perfect marriage of the two things I love.
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year, New Journal

The Art to the 5th ladies have started the new year with new challenges and a new journal.

The first two challenges are complete.

January's theme is "The blank page and how to face it".

Week 1:  Book Paper
Journal prompt:  Be your own goal keeper.

I used many different pieces of text pages, book paper, etc as the base of my page.  I then used some watered down gesso over that so that you could still see the text through the layer.  Several different colors of paints and inks and lots random ink marks with a black fine point marker and white gel pen completed the background.
I used black gesso to pull out an area on the side of the spread to write my goals for the year.  I really liked the idea of using goals instead of resolutions.  Resolutions, at least in my life, tend to go by the wayside fairly soon after the new year.  Goals are more fluid. 

I used the word "begin" because this is the beginning of the year, the beginning of the DLP prompts and the beginnin of my new journal.

Week 2: Gesso
Journal prompt:  "The beginning is always today."  ~Mary Shelley

I used Dylusions spray inks for the background after prepping the page with gesso.  I decided to use one page for this prompt.  I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink through two different stencils. Over all this I added clear gesso.  Then I tried to use gesso through a stencil with limited success.  I tried to put the gesso on using a brush and I think I would have been a little more successful had I just used my fingers.  Oh, well live and learn.
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