Living an ART filled life…“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” – Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline
Those of you sweet friends who are following my blog, know that I have been posting about the “classroom happenings” as I teach a Bible Journaling class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP. (As we read through the Bible in 1 year)
This week, I touched upon the idea of using shapes and lines to create lettering structure, and inluded a handout with some very basic (certainly not complete) guidelines for overall page design.
Below are the PDFs. Hope these are a help to you as well!!!
Isaiah is the first book in the section of the Bible called Major Prophets. They are called Major Prophets because of the large amount of material they wrote.
The name Isaiah means “YAHWEH is salvation.” <——-love that! It’s such a foreshadowing of Isaiah’s life and ministry! He was given great purpose in proclaiming truth and hope in our Lord Jesus!
Isaiah differs from Jeremiah and Ezekiel in that his prophetic ministry blends foretelling (the seer seeing far into the future) in a greater measure with forthtelling (preaching the truth to a sinful people).
Isaiah prophesied under the reign of four Judean kings—Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1)—and he likely met his death under the evil King Manasseh. (Hezekiah‘ s son)
It contains foreknowledge, in incredible details, about the Messiah, and the future reign of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the book of Isaiah was to call God’s nation, the nation of Judah, back to faithfulness and to declare the coming Messiah “Immanuel”. God calls and commissions His prophet to declare to Judah and Israel condemnation, conviction, and ultimately great hope.
Isaiah insisted that his prophecies be recorded for future generations: “Go now, write it on a tablet…that it may be an everlasting witness. For these are rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction” (Is. 30:8, 9).
In Chapters 1-39, Isaiah points out the sins of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. He declares severe punishment to them and all the neighboring nations around them, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight Cease to do evil” (1:16). He proclaims great hope of the coming Savior, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel” (7:14), this passage was fulfilled in Matthew 1:22-24, in the New Testament.
Like I’ve mentioned before, if you are reading the Bible in one year, it is VERY challenging to dig in and study the amount of reading required. With that said, as we prayerfully open the Word of God and “eat” the Lord provides what we need. I am encouraging my class to listen to the Holy Spirit as He draws each of us to truth, revealing what we need to know.
By using the 3,2,1 Method of study for at least one passage or verse each week, Will allow you time to do a little deeper digging. I created a journal for taking daily notes, recording the 3,2,1 study guide questions & creating a personal visual recording.
If you’d like a journal like the one above, you can go to my etsy shop by clicking on the ETSY icon in the sidebar. It can be used for any study:)
Below is my “visual” page for the week. I long to have this mantra daily…..intentional to listen to the Lord’s direction, and follow through with obedience! Isaiah knew his limitations and sin, but knew he could rest in God’s provision.
Below is one of our class projects using decorative napkins.
Begin by drawing a “rough oval” for the “wreath” keeping pencil lines light. (I actually go back and erase most of them keeping a faint outline as a guide)
Next, I “fussy cut” the flowers from this napkin. Once cut, separate the napkin layers, using only the top printed layer. You want to work with a single layer for a few reasons…it will better adhere to your paper, looks less like a napkin and more like part of the drawn/painted design, and is somewhat transparent.
Next apply glue to your page in the area you will place the napkin piece. Work slowly and carefully to prevent tearing the napkin. Once it’s down, lightly “pat” the top with more glue. You can use Matte medium or Mod Podge. (I usually thin Mod podge with a little water, it’s too thick for napkin application)
Next, in pencil, I drew rough lines as a guide and wrote the text.
Next, go over the pencil with permanent pen (I use microns) adjusting as you go when needed. I tend to “clean up” my lines with the pen, not always adhering to the original pencil sketch.
I went back over some of the “down strokes” and curves and doubled the lines, then filled in the space created with “hash marks.”
Let the ink dry….then, carefully, keeping a light touch, erase the pencil lines.
I finished this piece by adding watercolor as the background and details using a 005 Micron pen and a white uni-ball signo pen.
Below is another napkin project. In this one, the napkin is less noticeable in the overall design and blends into the background as layers of mixed media are applied.
With my class this week, I touched the subject of page design, using lines and shapes. Below is an example of that using the above scripture from Isaiah.
I will be posting a few more thoughts on page design and color in the days and weeks to follow!
Are you following along? How is your study time and journaling going?
As always, I’m happy to help you in the process, just ask!
-God performs amazing miracles through his prophets as He sends these messengers to proclaim His will.
-The two kingdoms are far from the Lord and immersed in sin and rebellion. God’s prophets bring the only hope to this lost yet, chosen nation. We read of the rulers of the divided kingdoms who lead them to their fate in exile.
The prophet Elijah concludes his ministry and hands over the reins to the next up and coming prophet, Elisha.
God took Elijah in a whirlwind to heaven and Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. God granted this request (2:9).
In Elisha’s ministry, he carries out twice as many miracles, as Elijah, as God does His will through his prophet. We also find in these chapters, details about kings and dynasties, which ultimately disobey and ignore God’s commands and provisions.
Finally, during the reign of the last evil king, Hoshea, the Assyrians take the Northern Kingdom into captivity. They have neglected the warning and coming judgment announced by the prophet Hosea.
The more evil of the two kingdoms (Northern Kingdom) goes into permanent captivity. (By the Assyrians) There is no record or evidence of these 10 tribes of Israel ever returning from exile.
Hezekiah (son of Ahaz) does good. He has a heart for the Lord. He takes down the altars in High places, and tries encourages the people to turn back to God.
Unfortunately, Hezekiah falls to sin and pride after receiving a gift from the Babylonians. He flaunts all his wealth and treasures… Isaiah rebukes him, explaining to Hezekiah that one day all that he boasted about, would be taken to Babylon along with his descendants.
So, we continue to see the sin of man “rear it’s ugly head.” We see repeated rebellion and division. The good new is, our God sees worth in His people as we have been created in His image…and although He instills discipline, He also has great mercy.
I love God’s renewed promise to Hezekiah, in the midst of his sin:
“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
-2 Kings 19:31
This is the scripture I chose for our class project using acrylic paint, micron pen, uni-ball signo pen, a foam brush & Q-tips! The larger flowers are done with a small round brush.
Below is a series of photos to see the step by step process.
1. Grey paint is applied with a foam brush, brushing in a touch of white and black for texture.
2. Green paint is applied with a plastic card. (Old gift card, key card, etc.)
3. Add touches of lighter green
4. Gather 5 Q-tips and dip in light blue paint. Group vines in 3’s
5. Create 3 clustered flower vines in varied lengths.
6. Using one Q-tip, create 3 medium blue “larger flower” vines in varied lengths. Begin to overlap flower vines.
7. Add a tiny bit of white to the medium blue flowers
8. Create a 6th color by mixing blues, light green and white
9. With the new color, create 3 vines of a “bell shaped” flower by brushing one Q-tip down at varying angles from the starting point. Alternating the angle of the flower as you apply them down the page.
10. Add a touch of white to the bottom of the “bell flowers.”
11. Layer 3 larger flowers in between and on top of vines. Start with light blue and add darker layers. Use a round brush.
12. Use the navy blue for the centers. 13. Next add tiny white flowers by applying white paint with a Q-tip using a cross motion followed by and “x” motion. (* <——-like this simple “asterisk”) I used navy for the center.
Keep in mind, this is an impressionistic style…you are giving the “impression” of flowers and vines without true form and precise detail. As you continue to add layers, step back from your piece. You will see it from a better perspective!
14. Add some simple leafy vines starting with dark green and then brushing on the lighter green for highlights.
15. I added “loose” details with a white Uni-ball signo pen, and then a black 005 Micron.
I also did this same process outside my Bible without the white details, see below. (I added a little more navy to the piece below with a single Q-tip, creating single berries)
We open Kings to find that David has successfully reunited the 12 tribes, unifiying the Kingdom of Israel. Although David has a heart for God, like all people, he also has the problem of sin. It doesn’t take long for the rebellious heart of man to crumble and divide the kingdom once again.
David’s son Solomon (after the interference of Adonijah, another son of David) takes the throne upon his Father’s death. Solomon has a good start, with a heart that follows in David’s footsteps…desiring to love and serve God’s people. He asks for wisdom with honorable intentions, and God grants his request, beyond Solomon’s wildest dreams, blessing him with wisdom that exceeds all who are known.
Solomon prospers and makes preparations to build God’s temple, something David had longed to do. The temple is completed and the Ark of the Covenant is brought back and placed in the temple, and the “glory of the Lord” filled His house. Like his father David, Solomon had a weakness for women. God warns him, but Solomon follows his selfish desires accruing 700 wives! These ladies had a strong influence on Solomon, and he built altars “in high places” to their foreign gods. Not good Solomon.
Rebellion continued through the line of David with Rehoboam, Solomon’s son. The divided Kingdom (Judah in the south, Israel in the north) continued to war….enter Elijah (God’s prophet), who confronts the northern King Ahab. Like Solomon, Ahab is influenced by women…namely his wife Jezebel who worships Baal. Jezebel wears the pants in this family, and stirs up the pot of evil in the land. Elijah speaks truth, and Jezebel is out to “get him.” Eventually, in Chapter 19) we see Elijah flee in fear.
As Elijah gives in to doubt and fear, he ends up hiding in a cave. God mercifully speaks to him through the whisper of the wind. God is sovereign. God is powerful. God is righteous. God is merciful. God is love.
So….that’s a VERY brief summary of the week’s study:)
Are you following along? If you are, I’d love to hear from you! What has the Lord revealed to your heart?
I created the page below to put the Kings & Kingdoms in “order.” Hope it’s a help to you!
Click on the image for the pdf.
Below are two class projects. One from the reading/study material this week, and the next a preview into our reading/study for the week to come.
Like Elijah, if we are QUIET and lean in to hear the Lord speak, we will recognize His voice. He is faithful to meet us in our obedience with His presence and provision.
Products used for th project above: watercolor background, micron pen, uniball signo pen, tombow grey for letter shading.
A peek below into next week, as we read about Elijah passing the “baton” to Elisha…the prophet who will ask for a Double portion of Elijah’s Spirit:)
Products used in the project above: watercolor background and images, micron pens, Tombow grey brush pen for shading.
“How much of God am I transferring to the next generation?”
Below is an AWESOME teaching by Dr. Tony Evans (Priscilla Shirer’s Daddy!) on the passage above.
Several weeks ago I menitoned that due to the Lord’s direction to concentrate more on one on one discipling and less on “blogging” I made the decision to limit my time online. I have to admit that even though I LOVE meeting one on one with women of all ages, I do also really like being a hermit. I enjoy being home…cooking, taking care of family, reading, studying, being STILL with the Lord and of course creating! (And sharing with all of you!!!)
It’s a tight rope we walk maintaining good balance in life, and if I’m being honest, I must confess that I’m often an “all or nothing” kind of girl. With that said, I must also confess that I’m in a constant “battle” for that balance. Most of you reading join me in a love for crafts…well, the enemy is the craftiest… with his own version of a glue gun and heat tool! He leans in and manipulates our good work into something that can become an idol. (The very thing we “love”) This leads to pushing our agenda up front and center, without listening to the better plan and purpose our Father has for us.
I mention all this to explain my “seasons” of posting…they are not consistent, or neatly scheduled. One reason for this is that I repel numbers, schedules, and structure. (I can really drive my husband crazy!) I am most comfortable getting up each day to “wing it.” If the Lord whispers for me to change my plans mid stream…I usually welcome the change! It’s my hard wiring.
So, this is my awesome introduction to the next 6 weeks 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂☺😂🤣 a confession.
Many of you know that Jan 1st, I joined my home church’s journey to READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR using the READ SCRIPTURE APP. As I explained above, I’m not a consistent or scheduled blog poster…BUT, because I highly value all you sweet Sisters out there who take the time to read my ramblings and use my doodles, I thought I would try to include you all in a class I’m teaching for the next 6 weeks. I have continued to read and journal through this process of reading the Bible in a year, but I have not kept up here with posting about it.
I will pick up right where we are in our year of reading and share what we are working on in class along with any resources, videos, tutorials, etc. that I use “live.” (Feel free to give me a shout out if you have an questions along the way! )
If you don’t have the APP and want to join us, go to google play or the apple App Store and download it (for FREE) CLICK BELOW
Once on the APP make sure your SETTINGS are set like the example below:
I know it seems like you should be able to put in the START DATE using today’s date. BUT, if you want to have your days and readings follow the place we are CURRENTLY, you must enter the date JAN 1, 2018.
Once all your settings look like the pic above, when you scroll down in the app, the date will be correct for the current daily reading which happens to begin in 1 Kings.
I apologize for starting you a day late! You will have to do the reading from yesterday to catch up to the APRIL 5th reading which is 1 Kings 4-7. There are 3 chapters to read each day + 1 Psalm.
As I have mentioned here previously that this APP is so GREAT! The creative review videos included in the APP are enough of a reason to download! Go ahead….go get it…I’ll wait:)
Below is a sneak peak at the creative style they use if you need another nudge:)
We will be taking notes and journaling what we are reading/studying in a little something I created.
Because it is quite a lot of material to cover, I have included 7 pages (1 for each day of the week) to keep “bullet point” notes for each chapter you read. Within each weekly section I have also included 1-3,2,1 study sheet, a blank visual journaling page, and 1 page to record “Ah-Ha Moments.”
I break each day up by starting with the Wk/ Day / and scripture, then write, circle and highlight each Chapter number with a sentence or two / bullet points.
If you are not familiar with the 3,2,1 method of study (one that my sweet online friend Brecken Berning helped me develop!) I give an explanation of this in the journal I created.
Each week, I am teaching an “in class” project.
Below, is our project this week.
It begins with a lesson in Watercolor…practicing Paint to Water Ratio.
I did a short, very amateurish video to show the watercolor process. I did this one, to help the class get used to working with watercolor and to understand it’s “flow” properties…AND to grasp how to balance water to paint. You will find it below.
The above scripture is from the reading this week, and one that really “spoke” to me. Well, it was the Holy Spirit doing the talking:)
Sometimes, we simply need to change our posture to change our attitude and approach to the Lord. Like Solomon, when we simply take a posture of surrender…on our knees or with our hands lifted high…our mind & heart follow our body in surrender. While we are at it…following Solomon’s example of praise will bring us to a place where we meet with our God and He meets with us.
Sorry for the “side view” below…like I said, amateur! I was trying to fit the process into a narrow portrait frame:)
Once your watercolor dries, you can go in and pencil the simple cap letter words for the verse- 1 Kings 8:23, double the lines, then fill in the space with “hash marks” or any other fill you desire:) Go over pencil with pen….WAIT until the pen is dry…then erase pencil lines:)
Watercolor: Reeves student grade tube watercolor / personally, I most often use Koi, Sennelier, or Gansai Kurtake
Brush: Grumbacher #12 Round
Pens: Micron / #01, #005
If you are interested in purchasing the 3,2,1 Journal you can go to my etsy shop and find it there!