Journaling by the Heart - Lesson 9 and Apologies

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.

Last Lesson of the Summer

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by Erin's blog for Lesson 9 of our free art journaling workshop!

It's our last official lesson of the summer (*sniff*) and Erin is reminding us of His strength in our weakness.  I was so blessed by her honesty and humility (not to mention her beautiful artwork) and I think you will be too.

Even though it's the last lesson, we will be keeping the lessons posted on our FAQ page so you can access them any time. 

Erin and I also plan to continue to hang out with you in our Facebook group, sharing Faith Art Journaling pages and tips when we can.  We have some plans for the future too, so stick with us!

 

Only 1 Week Left and Apologies

Chosen by Grace, Free Faith Inspired Digital Art Kit!  Perfect for digi scrapping and bible journaling.

There is only 1 week left to grab your free digital scrapbooking kit at Scraps & Pieces.  It will be available until September 7th, 2015 and then it will be available in my shop.

I know some of you have had some problems getting in and downloading and I want to apologize for not being more clear with my instructions. 


Here are the detailed steps to getting your free kit:

1) Go to the Scraps and Pieces Gallery and register.

2) When you register you should receive an email, make sure you click the link in the registration email so you go into the "approval queue".

3) The admin there has to manually approve you so it may take a few hours before you have access to the gallery.  Have a cup of tea and think about how much fun you are going to have downloading your free kit! :)

4) Once you are approved go back to the gallery using this link (it will take you directly to my kit so you don't have to search) and be sure and check the "remember me" button (under "user name" and "password") so you don't have to log in every time.

5)Scroll down and and click on the link (see the arrows in the photo below) and then you will be taken directly to the download links.

 

Chosen by Grace, Free Faith Inspired Digital Art Kit!  Perfect for digi scrapping and bible journaling.

6) When you get to the download links follow these instructions:

The downloads are in large files that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download link you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

7) Make something beautiful and show me! :)

 

Are you a Member?

We are having so much fun in our private Facebook group

Be sure and join us, as this is a permanent group! Even after the workshop is over we'll be staying together and sharing pages and encouraging each other in our faith art!

 

See you on Friday for the wrap-up of our summer workshop and  a fun announcement!

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." -1 Thessalonians 5:11


More Digital Bible Journaling Goodies - My first Kit is Live!

I'm so excited to share with you that my first digital scrapbooking/art journaling/bible journaling (I have to figure out a better name to call this) kit is complete!

Not only that, but it's free for the first two weeks! That's right, you can download the complete kit including paper, elements, word art, a quick page and a template all for free until September 7th 2015 (after that you'll be able to purchase it in my new shop)! 

You'll need to register for the gallery if you haven't already and then come back here and click on the link for the kit again and it will take you right to the kit.  The download link is in the description. 

I participated in a Design Mentoring Workshop with Scraps & Pieces digital scrapbooking store and I learned *so* much.  It was really a wonderful experience and I highly recommend their store for beautiful and quality products not only for digital scrapbookers, but anyone creating any kind of art can use the gorgeous kits they have available.

Also be sure to have a look around the gallery while you're there because all of the students who participated in the class have free kits available to download!  It's a smorgasbord (that word is so fun to say) of digital goodness! 

 

Chosen by Grace, Free Faith Inspired Digital Art Kit!  Perfect for digi scrapping and bible journaling.

 

 

This is a sample layout I created with the kit.  It's also a quick page in the kit!

 

Free Faith Inspired Digital Art Kit!  This page was created with parts of this kit for free!

 

And one more thing, there may just be a coupon in one of the kit folders for the add-on below for Free!  (there totally is)

 

Free Faith Inspired Digital Art Kit!

 

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

 

Peace & Grace,


♥ Melissa~

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"Before I was born God chose me and called me by His marvelous Grace."  -Galatians 1:15


Journaling by Heart-Lesson 8 Diagramming and Dingbats

Welcome back to our faith art journaling workshop!  It's hard to believe, but we're nearing the end of the summer and our workshop series.  All the free printables and bible journaling lessons will remain available indefinitely on our FAQ page, though, so don't worry!

If you're just joining us you'll find a list of all the lessons on the FAQ page as well as answers to your questions.  If you haven't already joined our private facebook group, you may want to do that today because in addition to the 3 printables in this lesson, the members of our facebook group will be receiving two exclusive, bonus freebies!

 

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Scripture Diagramming™

Scripture Diagramming is a fun technique I came up with to help me break down verses and get better clarification and understanding of them.

If you remember diagramming sentences in school, it's based on that, but not as confusing, ha!

It's similar to using Blue Letter Bible, but instead of just looking up the original meaning of the key words in the verse, we're going to do what I call "thesaura-size".  We're going to find all the synonyms we can for these words and write them down. 

A great online, resource for this is Thesaurus.com

Here's what the worksheet looks like (you'll find a download below):

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

And a close up:


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

 

 

How It Works

 

So let's look at a sample verse to help you get started.  We're using Psalm 55:22,

 

"Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you."


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

As you can see above (and in a close-up below), the first thing you do is write your verse at the top of the page.

Now you follow the arrow prompts and fill in the circles with the key words in the verse.

Who is the verse about?

What are they doing or do they need to do?

With What?

To Whom?

What is the result?

 


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

You many not have a word for every circle, depending on the verse you're studying and that's ok.  The goal is just to break down the verse and focus on the meaning.

Once you have your key words, go to your thesaurus and look up all the synonyms for that word (or "thesaura-size" it )

Anytime the verse is about me as a believer, I fill in the synonyms with names that God calls me in the Word, which of course you won't find in the the Thesaurus, but you can usually find a good list by searching online for "who we are in Christ".

 

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

When the verse mentions the Lord, I first use Blue Letter Bible to see what original Greek or Hebrew word is used and then I look for other names of God that are similar to that one or that relate to the verse.

Once the worksheet is complete, take some time to meditate on the verse in this way.   If you're like me, you'll be amazed at the clarification it will bring and how the Lord will show you things you'd never seen before about the verse!

Your download is below and includes a full size copy of the sample sheet so  you can have a better idea of how it works.

I hope you have fun with this and if you have any questions let me know in the comments. :)

 

Assignment #1

Print the worksheet and fill it out with one of your favorite scriptures.  Share with the group if you're comfortable, any insights you gained while studying.

 

 

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Download Instructions

The printables are in large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

 

 

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Today we're going to talk about using dingbat fonts in your journal.  If you're not familiar with dingbat fonts they are essentially a set of small pictures in font format.  So instead of letters when you press a key you'll get one of the shapes from the set.

You can find hundred of free dingbat fonts available online at places like Dafont.  I'll link you to some of my favorites below.

The great thing about dingbats is that they can be resized to be much larger without losing quality which means you can create some fun and interesting designs for your art journal with them.

 

 Supplies

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Computer
Word processing program
Printer
Dingbat fonts
Colored Pens & pencils
Watercolors paints & paper (optional)
Scissors
Adhesive

 

Installing and Using Dingbat Fonts

Installing fonts depends a lot on the system you're working on.  Here are the instructions for those on a windows based computer.

Be sure you trust the source before downloading free fonts.  The sources I'm recommending in class today are ones that I've used before and trust.

Once your dingbat font is downloaded, it will appear in the font list of whatever program you're using and it will be usable like any other font.  Just start typing to see what letters correspond to which images.

Some fonts will come with a printable list like below, showing which letters match which images, but if not, you can always make one yourself.

In case all of this is a bit too techy for you, I've created printables for all the projects today that you can use instead. :)

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 The first dingbat we'll be using today is one of my favorites.  Sewing Patterns by Lauren Ashpole.

 

Creating a Shaped Page

 


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

To create a shaped page, I enlarged the letter "S" in the Sewing Patterns font, chose white for the color and added a black 10 pixel stroke around it in photoshop.  Then I layered my quote over this. 

I printed the shape on cardstock and sewed it to my journal page.  Next I cut around it to create the shaped page and finally colored in the spaces of the letters with prismacolor pencils.

I included a large and small shape in the printable below.  The small one will fit in the column of your journaling bible if you'd like to us it there!

 

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Download Instructions

The printables are in large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

 

 

Stained Glass Look

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

This font has lots of pretty stained glass windows.  (click on the image above to download) 

Here I enlarged the letter "F" to get the dove image and then printed it on watercolor paper.

I painted it with with watercolors being careful not to touch the black ink so that it wouldn't run.  If you were concerned about this you could always go over the image with a waterproof pen before painting.

Finally, I sewed it to a transparency in my journal.


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!
This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

I sized these two windows below to fit the page of the journaling bible so if you wanted to you could use them to trace the image on your page and watercolor it or use colored pencils on it.

 

 

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Download Instructions

The printables are in large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

 

Flags and Tabs

 

 

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

I used several of Kimberly Geswein's "Flavor & Frames" fonts for the tabs and flags below.  These are super easy to make! Simply type, choose a size and color, print and cut!

Even easier, head over to our private facebook group and download the exclusive bonus printable there!

If you're not a member yet, just request membership (it's free) and Erin or I will approve you asap.



This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 Bonus Printable (available to Facebook Group Members Only)

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Free Heart

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!
This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

For this page I arranged the butterflies and heart from Miss Tiina's Doodlewhats font on the page and printed it on graph paper.  Then I added the text and color with sharpie pens.  (Be sure to have a piece of cardstock below your paper when coloring with sharpies to protect the surface beneath)

 

This is another bonus printable for facebook group members!  Head over to download yours!

 

 Bonus Printable (available to Facebook Group Members Only)

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Make Your Own Stickers

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Making your own stickers is super simple with dingbat fonts.  Similar to the labels and tabs, just type your shape, print, color and cut!

You can print on sticker paper, and even cut them out with a Silhouette machine if you have them or you can go old school and just use scissors and glue stick!

Either way, you'll have tons of cute personalized stickers for your bible journaling!

 

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

For these stickers I used Miss Tiina's Flower Doodles font.


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

 

 


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

 

  This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Once I had my stickers printed, colored and cut out, I began arranging and layering them on my journaling bible page. 

Next I added my scripture that I had printed on just plain printer paper.


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

I love this scripture.  It reminds of what faith art journaling is all about.  Writing it down so the next generation can praise the Lord. :)

 


This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

  And here is your last download! 

 

This is a Free Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Lesson 8, is about using dingbat fonts in your art journal and a fun bible study worksheet.  Plus 2 free printables perfect for Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Download Instructions

The printables are in large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

Assignment #2

Choose one or more of the above projects and printables and create a page with the scripture you studied in Assignment #1.  Share it with the group if you're comfortable. :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

 

Have a Blessed Week Everyone!

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
    the righteous to be moved."
                                     -Psalm 55:12

 

 


Journaling by Heart-Lesson 7 Paint and Paper Pile Up!

Free summer workshop series on Art Journaling your faith!  Great lesson on using paint and collage in your art journal.  Erin Leigh is so talented!

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by Erin's blog for Lesson 7 of our free art journaling workshop!  Erin is showing us how to paint and collage and as usual she is awesome!

We are having so much fun in our private Facebook group!  Have you joined us yet?

I can't wait to get out my paints and play with this weeks lesson!  See you on Friday for Lesson 8, we're getting near the end!

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"Those who look to God will shine;
    their faces are never ashamed."
                                             -Psalm 34:5


Journaling by Heart-Lesson 6 Magazines and Mystery

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Welcome to the Journaling by Heart Free Faith Art Journaling Workshop

Welcome to Lesson 6 - Magazine pages and the Mysteries of Christ!  (I love alliteration don't you?)

Before we get started, I have to tell you how excited Erin and I have been about all your emails, and comments and Facebook posts.  The Lord is doing awesome things with this workshop, beyond what either of us ever expected! 

At your request we have created a closed Facebook group for more privacy in sharing your art journal pages and thoughts on what you're learning.  You can now share without posting to your wall or your friends' wall, it will just be between us!  (yay!) 

So if you haven't already, be sure to stop by and request membership (it's free of course) so you can see all the gorgeous work that's being done and so you can make new friends with other faith artists.  Erin or I will approve you ASAP. :)

And if you need to catch up on a previous lesson you can find all the workshop details and links to  past lessons on our FAQ page.

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

How Can I  Walk Right if I can't Walk Right?

You might recall in the lesson on Fabric and Sewing in your art journal, I mentioned that God had shown me some really neat things about Ephesians 3 that I wanted to illustrate in a printable for you.  Well that's what we're talking about this week!

I haven't quite finished the printable, but I do have a sketch for you to take a peek at a little later.

The Lord has been speaking to me so clearly about removing myself from the equation.  I often find myself trying do things in my own strength. 

Trying to "be better" and "walk right" and He is showing me over and over in His Word that is not something I will ever be able to do. 

After all, if I could walk in righteousness on my own, why would Jesus have had to come and make the sacrifice that He made for me?

So what am I to do?  How can I walk uprightly if I can't walk uprightly?

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!
Digital Bible Journaling page from my art journal last year -- papers & elements by
One Little Bird and Allison Pennington at The Lilypad


Oh boy, here's where it gets good, I can't wait to show you this.

As I studied Ephesians, the Lord showed me the prayer that Paul prayed in chapter 1 and verses 17-19.  Let's look at it:

"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. 

I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers.  This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength." (CEB)

 

Getting Wisdom and Understanding

Paul prayed for a "spirit of wisdom and revelation", not just here in Ephesians, but throughout the new testament he prayed that we would be filled with all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Why?  He says in Colossians 1:10, "so that we would be able to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord."

So we need wisdom and revelation about the riches of God's glory.  We need to know the Word of God, to know Jesus (and John 1:1 says Jesus *is* the Word).  We need to know the "mystery of Christ".

You know what's awesome?  Col 1:27 says God *wants* us to know the mystery (in the greek, "mysterion", a secret),

"God decided to let His people know this rich and glorious secret which He has for all people. This secret is Christ Himself, Who is in you. He is our only hope for glory."                                                                                                             -Colossians 1:27 (NCV)

 

Those who Hear and Believe

In Mark chapter 4,  Jesus was telling the parable of the seed and the sower and afterwards it says that His followers were asking Him what it meant and you know what He told them?  "You've been given the mystery of the kingdom of God" and then He began to explain what each of the seeds and how they were sown meant. 

 "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit..."
                                                                                                             -Mark 4:20 (NKJ)

So to bear fruit, (to walk right with God, to do good, to make good choices,) Jesus is saying we must hear the Word and accept it, or believe it.

What Word?  Colossians 1:5-6 tells us exactly what Word, (heard and believed) will cause us to bear fruit:

"...the word of truth, the gospel...is constantly bearing fruit and increasing...since the day you heard and understood the grace of God in truth." (NAS)

Since you heard and understood (in the Greek, epiginōskō, "came really to know") the grace of God! 

So we're back to grace, knowing and believing and trusting in God's grace is what causes the Word of God to bear fruit, *not* demanding perfection from ourselves.  Not focusing on what we're doing wrong and how we're not measuring up.

Romans 7:4 says,

"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also died with respect to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you could be united with someone else. You are united with the One Who was raised from the dead so that we can bear fruit for God."

Again Paul is saying, you died to the law so you could be united or "married" to Jesus.  When we are one with Jesus we are able to bear fruit, in Him, the hope of glory, the secret of the kingdom of God!

Choking the Word

So what can stop that from happening?  Jesus tells us back in the parables about the seed and the sower, in Mark 4:18-19:

"The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it." (MSG)

I believe when we worry about what we need, what we should be doing, how we're going to pay for that, all of the "cares of this world" we're focusing not on Jesus and His provision but on ourselves, either what we're doing "right" or what we're doing wrong.  Being self-conscious and sin-conscious all the time instead of focusing on Jesus.

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

What About God's Holiness?

Paul goes on to talk about (in Romans 7:15) how he doesn't do the things he wants to do, but keeps finding himself doing the very thing he hates.  Because he says, "nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh." (v. 18)

Can you relate to that?  I sure can.  But then he tells us the answer to that,

"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"
                                                                                           -Romans 8:1

What?  How can a righteous, holy God not condemn us for doing wrong?  This has always been a place where I've been stuck in the past. 

God is holy, He demands righteousness.  He can't just say, "I love you so I'll ignore your sin." Can He?

No, He can't and He doesn't.  That is the beauty and amazing grace of the new covenant. 

God demands righteousness and justice and then He sends His Son to remit payment on our behalf.

 

*soak that up for a minute.  Isn't God so rich in mercy?!*

 

The Requirement Has Been Fulfilled

Romans 8:3-4 says,

"What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son, Who came with a nature like our sinful nature, to do away with sin. God did this so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied..."

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

The requirement of the law is fulfilled by Jesus, not me.  When I beat myself up and mentally flog myself over and over for making mistakes I am taking what Jesus has already taken for me and I am setting my mind on my flesh.

And when I do  *that* Romans 8:6 tells me that,

"the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit, is life and peace"

I am convinced that the way we walk uprightly is not by trying, but by keeping our eyes on Jesus, and learning and meditating on everything there is to know about Him and His finished work on the cross. 

What He did for us so that we can love Him and bear fruit for Him.

 

It's all about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

 

And that leads me back to where we started, another of Paul's prayers in Ephesians 3:16-19:


"...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (NAS)

 

 

My rough sketch:

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Did you you notice anything in that circle above?  It's all about, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!  All we do in that process is receive!

God gives us power--> through His Holy Spirit--> to receive Christ in our hearts--> so we're rooted and grounded in love -->and we understand His love -->so we are filled with His fullness!

 

*happy dance*

 

Assignment #1

So for your first assignment, I want you to notice what you are focusing on during the week.  When you make mistakes, what do you say to yourself?  Journal about that.  Share with us in our group what you're observing if you're comfortable.

Next I want you to replace any condemning thoughts with one or more of the following scriptures.  We'll also be creating some artwork with these in our journals for the 2nd assignment.

 "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1)

"I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 5:21)

"I am strengthened with might by His Spirit in my inner man. Christ dwells in my heart by faith. I am rooted and grounded in His love for me." (Ephesians 3:16-19)

"In Christ, I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of my sins according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon me..." (Ephesians 1:7-8)

"Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected...and the God who gives peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9)

 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

This week the supply list is pretty simple!   We're going old school cut & paste with magazines!

 

Supplies

Magazines (you don't mind cutting up)

Mosaic Printable (free download below)

Acrylic Paint

Sharpie pens & paint pens

Spray Mists (I use Heidi Swapp's brand, but there are lots of great brands)

Clear Packing tape (or contact paper)

Matt Gel Medium

Scissors <-- these are the best for detail work

Glue Stick

 

 

 

 

Magazine Mosaics

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

The first technique I want to show you is one you probably did in elementary school art class, Mosaics.

Gather up a stack of pretty colorful magazine pages, some scissors, glue and this printable below and you're ready!

 

Download and Print

I printed my tree on a piece of chipboard and then cut it to fit my journal (6" x 12") but you could print it on plain paper, cardstock, transparency, graph paper, any kind of paper you like.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Download Instructions:

The printable is a large pdf that has been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.

 

Cutting The Paper

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

We're going to use little triangles for this mosaic, but you can use any shape you like with this process, you can even just tear the paper into little uneven pieces.

The first thing you'll want to do is cut your pages into about 1/4" to 1/2" strips.  Next take yours scissors and cut at an angle, first to the right, then to the left to quickly create a stack of triangles in each of the colors you've chosen.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

We're going to be overlapping these, (not actually trying to fit them into the printable) so you can cut them in varying sizes.

 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Gluing the Shapes


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Once you have a stack of triangles it's time to start gluing them down.  I just used my finger to smear a little matt gel medium on the printable and then add my triangles.  (the Silhouette Pick Me Up tool would work well for this too--it just may be that my desk was too messy to find mine...maybe)

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Once I got the tree mostly filled in, I wrote my scripture on another piece of chipboard and sewed it to the middle of the tree.

I included the scripture on the printable in case you'd rather use that, but I do encourage you to use your own handwriting in your journal as much as possible.  The more you use it, the more you will improve and get to like it. :)


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

 

Masks & Stencils

Next we're going to make a mask from images we cut from our magazines.   The difference between a mask and a stencil is that with a mask you are using the positive image to cover your paper so that the paint sprays around the image.

With a stencil you're using the negative image and filling it with with paint and covering your paper instead. 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

The best kinds of images for masking are very simple and defined shapes.  If you picture the shape as a silhouette and it would make sense then that's a good shape to use.

I love to use fashion images like those above in my journals, but you could use any shape as long as it is clearly defined as a silhouette.

The images below would not make good masks.  The girl on the left is holding her hand to her side with a bag.  As a silhouette it would look like her arm was cut off and she had some strange growth on her leg!

The two girls on the right wouldn't work because their feet would disappear.
Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Cutting Out Your Masks

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

These are my faith girls (that's what I like to call them) once I've cut them out.  This is a little tedious because you do have to cut very tiny details out if you want them to show up in your mask.

If that's not for you, you can purchase premade masks such as these from Dina Wakley or these wonderful praise and worship ones from His Kingdom Come.

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

If you cut your shapes out carefully you will be left with a stencil like those above and you can use that in your work as well.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

This is the girl I decided to use for my page.  I thought she kind of looked like super girl with her hands and her hair blowing and that's how the Lord makes me feel, so I thought she was perfect! :)

*A weird side note, I pray for the models when I use these stencils.*

If you think you will want to use your stencils again (and you probably will) you can cover them with clear contact paper or packing tape or run them through your home laminator if you have one.

I ran these through the laminator.

 

Painting over Your Masks


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Now we're ready to paint.  Simply lay your mask down over any background, (I'm using a piece of graph paper that I had tested some paints and stencils on) and then spray your ink over her.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

I used a blue, purple and metallic gold ink from Heidi Swapp.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Now carefully lift your mask and you will see your image. 

 

Save that Extra Ink!

Before I do anything else I use a little trick I learned from Dina Wakley, which is to take my mask and make a print with all that leftover ink on top.

After I sprayed the blue ink, I flipped my mask over on a plain piece of watercolor paper and just pressed down gently with my hand.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

Here is the print:


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

 

After I sprayed the gold and purple ink I did the same thing in this journal that I already had some blank pages ready in.


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Filling In The Mask


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Next I filled in the shape left from mask with journaling and outlined her with a black felt tip pen.

You can see on the bottom left that the ink sort of puddled at her feet, this could be looked at as an "oops", but honestly I loved how it looked, and it reminded me of being "rooted" in Christ. 

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!
She's not quite finished yet, but we'll come back to her after our next technique.



Magazine Tape Transfers

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

If you receive any magazines from ministries these are especially fun to look for images in.  They often have wonderful titles and photos not found in a fashion magazine.

Joyce Meyer's magazine is one of my favorites because her graphic artists have such a fun, style.  There are always wonderful images to use. 

I was pretty excited when I was flipping through this issue and found this title!  It couldn't have been more perfect for our lesson today!

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Tape transfers are so fun and easy to do.  You simply cover any image you wish to transfer from the magazine with clear packing tape (you can use clear contact paper, but it's a little cloudy).

If the image is larger than the width of the tape just layer the tape over it as I did above.

Once your image is covered use a bone folder or the back of a spoon it to burnish it by rubbing over the tape so there are no wrinkles or air pockets.

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

When you feel your image is secure on the tape tear the page out and hold it under running water with the paper side up, and begin to rub the paper backing off the tape.


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

As you do you'll be left with your image.

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Hold it up to the light to make sure you have removed all the paper and then gently pat with a paper towel to dry it off.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!
Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

I had some black paint on my hands that got all over the tape when I was burnishing it, but I decided I kind of liked the grungy feel it gave. :)

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Now add your tape to the page.  You shouldn't have to add adhesive because the tape stays sticky after it dries!

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

You can achieve a lot of fun layered looks with this, so be sure to experiment.

 

Titles & Words

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Of course you can always just cut phrases, letters and words from your magazines to create titles.  I found this one in a Rachel Ray magazine and just loved the look of the handwritten letters.

 

Collage

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

On this page I cut out the the girls face and hair and the layered it with flowers that I had cut from other magazines.  I use a wrinkle free glue stick to adhere my images when doing collage.

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Once I had attached all the flowers, I outlined the shape with my white sharpie paint pen.

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

Next I filled in the spaces by journaling Phil 4:8.    And then added some detail to the image with my paint pen.  The Sharpie paint pens work really well on the slick surface of the magazine pages.

 

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 6, Using magazine pages in your art journal and discovering the mysteries of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19  There's also a free prinable perfect for   Bible Journaling and Illustrated Faith!

I feel like she's not quite finished yet, so I may add some more details to her later.

 

Assignment #2

For your second assignment choose one or more of the techniques above (or experiment with your own) using magazines.  Combine assignment #1 with this by journaling your thoughts and the truth of  God's grace in your life.

If you're comfortable be sure to share with us in our new, private, Facebook group.

 

That's it for this week!  I cannot wait to see what you do for this lesson!  Have fun and have a wonderful, blessed weekend.

Peace and Grace,

♥ Melissa~
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"For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves, of your own doing, it came not through your own striving, but it is the gift of God;

Not because of works, not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands, lest any man should boast. It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself."  -Ephesians 2:8-9 (amp)