Journaling by Heart-Lesson 5 Process and Palettes

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Don't miss Lesson 5 at Art by Erin Leigh's blog, Process and Palettes!  Playing with color palettes for your journaling bible and illustrated faith.

Don't miss lesson 5 of our free Faith Art Journaling workshop , Process and Palettes over on Erin's blog

She has a fun exercise on choosing color palettes and shares with us insights on on her quiet time process and how she hears from the Lord, along with some powerful observations about our freedom in Christ!

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  Don't miss Lesson 5 at Art by Erin Leigh's blog, Process and Palettes!  Playing with color palettes for your journaling bible and illustrated faith.

If you're just joining us, check out the workshop FAQ here to see how to participate and be sure to request access to our new private Facebook group so that you can share your pages and meet new faith artist friends!

Have a wonderful blessed week and I'll see you on Friday for Lesson 6!

Grace and Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"In this freedom Christ has made us free and completely liberated us..."  -Galatians 5:1 (amp)


Journaling by Heart-Lesson 4 Getting Personal and Transparent

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

Welcome to the Journaling by Heart Free Workshop

 

Welcome to Lesson 4 of our free Faith Art Journaling workshop!  I'm so glad you could make it today. :) 

Erin and I have just been blown away by the beautiful journaling pages you have been sharing on Facebook and the insights the Lord has been giving you have touched our hearts.  (Please keep sharing!)

In my last lesson we talked about tools to use for Bible Study and today I want to talk to you a little about what to do after you study a particular scripture and give you some tips.

As I mentioned to you in my first lesson, I've been writing down what the Lord says to me in my quiet time, and when I go back and read my notes I am always amazed by two things-  how much I forget (*seriously - thank You for pen and paper Lord!) and how the Lord subtly speaks the same thing to me over and over for weeks at a time.

I love seeing those threads through my entries.  Today's topic is one of those threads.

 

Personalization of and Meditation on the Word of God

Personalization

The Word of God is written to you.  It's a love letter from the Father's heart to your heart. 

A wonderful way to reinforce this in your mind and spirit, is to place your own name within the scripture. 

In a recent study on brain activity, researchers found "evidence that hearing one’s own name has unique brain functioning activation." 

Did you know your brain lights up when it hears your own name? This is from a free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  How to personalize the word of God so it lights up your brain!

In other words your brain lights up when it hears your name!

Try it right now, take one of your favorite scriptures and replace any of the pronouns (you, him, her they) with your own name. 

 

Here's one of mine:

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling   bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

Isn't that powerful?  Romans 10:17 says that "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." 

When you hear your own name in scripture, it not only causes unique brain activity, but it builds your faith!

Scripture Resource

A great resource is this list of scriptures put together by Kristy Aiken at Proverbs 31 Ministries, that have been chosen specifically to add your name to.

The article is all about how to make a little box filled with personalized scriptures and in Step 1 there is a downloadable pdf with a list of nearly 100 verses to choose from!

  Lesson 4 of a free art journaling your faith workshop is all about meditating on the word of God and using transparencies in your journaling bible!

Meditation

After you study a verse and apply personalization to it, it's time to meditate on it. 

Now meditation has received some bad press in Christian circles.  Often times people associate it with some mystic, eastern religion, but actually, meditation is a biblical concept and a key to God's blessing.

"They love the Lord’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night. They are strong, like a tree planted by a river. The tree produces fruit in season, and its leaves don’t die. Everything they do will succeed."
                                                                                       -Psalm 1:2 (NCV)

Those are some powerful promises for people who meditate on God's Word!

So what is meditation, how do we meditate?  Let's look at the word mediation in Psalm 1:2, on Blue Letter Bible:

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling   bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

The Hebrew word for meditate is "hagah" (hä·gä') and it means to ponder, to imagine, to mutter. 

This is something you probably already do all the time without realizing it.  For instance, in the shower in the morning, maybe you think about what you have to do that day, talking to yourself about it, something like this...

"Okay, so I have to drop the kids off at eight, and then stop by the store and pick up the stuff for dinner, then let's see, I guess I'll go to the library right after that since it's across the street, but wait no, post office first 'cause it closes at 12, then library, then pick up the dry cleaning...do I have the receipt?...oh yes, it's tucked in the library book, better get that out and put it in my purse...oh, I need to clean out my purse...okay, then hit the gym, pick up the kids by three and get home and start dinner..."

Your day may be completely different of course, but the point is, you're probably mulling over things, muttering, meditating on your schedule for the day. 

Now this may or may not help you, in fact it might just cause you stress, but meditating on the Word, that's a different story!

Psalm 1:2-3  says that those who meditate on the Word are strong like a tree planted by the water, healthy, bearing fruit and successful! Yes!

(oh I wish I had more time to get into a deep study of this with you...it's so good!  Maybe soon...)

 

But How Do I Meditate on the Word?

  Lesson 4 of a free art journaling your faith workshop is all about meditating on the word of God and using transparencies in your journaling bible!

So you might be thinking, "I get that meditating on the Word will yield amazing results in my life, but how do I meditate on the Word?"

This is something that I struggled with for a long time.  I just couldn't picture what it meant by meditating. 

Do I just sit there without moving and try to clear my mind of everything but the scripture?  Do I have to say it in a certain way or a certain amount of times for it to be considered meditating?

And then the Lord began showing me that meditating was a natural thing that I already knew how to do. 

Like the shower scenario above, it's simply mulling over His Word, thinking about it, moving it around like puzzle pieces in your mind, until it starts to form a spiritual picture, imagining it taking root in your life.

Let's look at an example of meditating on the Word, similar to the to-do list example above. 

Maybe you're cooking dinner, or folding laundry, or waiting in line somewhere and the scripture you were reading that morning was Jeremiah 17:7-8, which is very similar to Psalm 1:2-3,

"Happy are those who trust in the Lord,
    who rely on the Lord.
They will be like trees planted by the streams,
    whose roots reach down to the water.
They won’t fear drought when it comes;
    their leaves will remain green.
They won’t be stressed in the time of drought
    or fail to bear fruit."

  Now here's, what meditating on that could sound like,

"Happy, are those who trust in the Lord....hmmm...happy......what is happy?...joyful, peaceful, blessed.......are those who trust in the Lord......those......that's me......I trust in the Lord......the Word calls me happy, joyful, peaceful, blessed, because I trust in the Lord......those who trust ....what does that mean?......I believe, I put my confidence in, I have full assurance, complete faith, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I can trust Him.......trust who?......the LORD......the Alpha and Omega, El Elyon, my Rock, the Creator of the Universe, I put all my trust in Him, and I'm happy and peaceful and blessed..."

Whew!  I'm getting happy just typing that out!  Is this making sense to you?  You're just rolling the scripture around in your mind. 

Thinking about each word and what it means, pondering it, imagining it in your life. 

You may not even feel like what it says is happening in your life right now, but I guarantee you, if you meditate on it day and night, it *will* begin to happen.

 

Personalization + Meditation + Art= Wow!

Okay, next we're going to put personalization *with* our meditation, and create a little art.

This is where it gets fun in your art journal.  The meditation becomes even more personal and engaging as you insert your own name into the scripture and meditate on it while you're creating!

 

Assignment #1:

So here is part 1 of your assignment for this week:

Take a scripture about which the Lord has been speaking to you and personalize it. Break it down into small chunks and begin meditating on it a little at a time. 

While running errands, doing chores, in between meetings at work, on your lunch hour...whenever you find your mind wandering, pull those thoughts into meditation on your scripture. 

Next, journal about the experience and share with us what you're learning, I can't wait to hear about it!

 

Creating with Inkjet Transparencies in Your Art Journal

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I love using inkjet transparencies in my art journal.  The ability to layer them with colors and texture creates lots of rich, depth and movement on a page.  There are so many fun ways to do this, but today I'm going to share just a few with you.

There aren't many supplies needed (beyond transparencies of course), but here are a few that I've used in the following projects (the links are amazon affiliate links, thank you with all my heart for your support if you choose to purchase through them!).

Inkjet Transparencies
Gold Metallic Sharpie
Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Rubbing Alcohol
Paper Towels
Acrylic Paint
Washi Tape
Sequins
Embellishments
Scissors
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Mat Gel Medium
My free printables (link at the bottom)

 

Printing On and Layering Transparencies

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

One of the quickest and easiest ways to use transparencies in your faith art journal is to print scriptures on them and layer them over photos or other artwork in your journal.

One of your assignments is going to be to create a self-portrait of sorts by layering scripture over a photo of yourself and adding all the blessings the Lord has given you.

Now before you start telling me how you don't like photos of yourself, let me just stop you right there.



*tough talk*

If I can post a big ol' photo of myself here for the world to see (though I did strategically place my hair to cover my double-chin in this photo, ha!)  then you can do this assignment too, k? 

Make it more about what Jesus has done for you than about *you*.

*end of tough talk*

*hug*

 

This kind of activity is so good for your soul and I want you to meditate on everything the Lord has done for you as you create this page.

I've made a printable with the scripture I used (link down below), but you don't have to use mine, you can come up with something on your own if you'd rather. 

Here's what I did:

I printed the photo above just in black and white on plain printer paper.  I actually printed it several times so I could experiment with different pens to see which looked best.  I ended up settling on the Gold Sharpie.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

Then I embellished the photo by sewing on a paper "crown".

(I  typed one of my favorite scriptures on the crown before sewing it to the photo.)

It's a great example of personalizing a scripture, as the actual verse says, "He crowns you with love and mercy."

I also added sequins with mat gel medium using my favorite Silhouette tool, the Pick Me Up,  and gold Sharpie dots.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

The scripture is 1 Corinthians 15:10 from The Message.  "But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am."  *love*

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I wrote all over the photo what Jesus has done for me....I am healed, loved, joyful, peaceful, blessed, delivered, forgiven (and so much more).

Next I sewed the transparency down the side of the page on my sewing machine, and then attached it to another page in book.

 

Here are some other examples of printing on and layering transparencies.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

The photo above is a page from my Christmas art journal.  I printed a photo of a vintage church on the transparency and then layered it over sequins and a doily. (I like sequins)

 

These next photos are from my Disney art journal.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!
Above, I printed a photo of Cinderella's Castle, covered in Christmas lights, on a transparency and then layered it over some Disney mail that we received about our vacation, for the front page of my journal.  You can see I just sewed it down the side.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!
In this photo I printed a vintage photo of the monorail on the transparency and layered it over graph paper.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!
This is one of my favorites.  I enlarged a photo I had taken of all the balloons on Main Street, printed it on a transparency and layered it over graph paper. (I just love those Mickey balloons.)

 

Sewing on Transparencies

I usually sew my transparencies into the pages of my journal, but I also like to sew things on the transparencies themselves.

Here is another page from my Christmas journal:

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I sewed these chipboard letters to the transparency, added snowflake stickers and then placed it in a page protector.

I was inspired by this gorgeous page by one of my favorite artists, Pam Garrison and she was inspired by an instagram photo that Ali Edwards took, and she was inspired by a Starbucks window.  Of course it all leads back to a good cup of coffee, ha!

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

You may have seen this next photo on the blog before. 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

I actually sewed these silk flowers to some clear, sticker packaging.  This is a great alternative if you can't get your hands on actual transparencies.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I attached the page with washi tape, as it's a little tricky trying to sew that close to the binding on those thin journaling bible pages!

 

Transparencies in your Journaling Bible (or any bible)

Transparencies are the perfect embellishment for those who don't wish to cover up the text in their bibles, but still want to add embellishment.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

This is a transparency that I designed for my bible and I've attached it to cardstock with washi tape so that it can be lifted up.  That way I can still make notes and read the text easily.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I made a free printable version of this transparency (plus one more that you'll see in a minute) available at the end of the lesson!

Sticker Tip

Before we move on, I wanted to give you a quick tip for applying sticker letters evenly in your journal. 

Take a piece of waxed paper and line your stickers up on the edge.  Now stick the top part of the stickers down on the page where you want them, and the gently remove the waxed paper and your letters are all lined up and evenly spaced!

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

Alchohol Inks and Transparencies

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

This is a quick and simple technique, and the results are really pretty.

 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

It requires Alcohol inks, rubbing alcohol and transparencies.  It doesn't work with dye inks or spray inks.  I tried those, but they don't really blend well together.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 First just coat your transparency with rubbing alcohol.  I used a paper towel.

 

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

Next begin dripping the inks onto the wet transparency.  You'll see the pretty patterns start to form right away.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

Keep adding inks until you're happy with the pattern.  If they're not blending as well as you like, sprinkle a little more rubbing alcohol over them.

I suggest starting out with one color family first.  All cool colors (blues & greens) or all warm colors (yellows & reds), just until you're more familiar with the technique so you don't get a muddy mess.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

That's it!  Let them dry for 10 or 15 minutes and then you can use them in your journal.

 

Here's what made:

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I layered the alcohol-inked transparency over one of my journaling bible transparencies (included in my free download below) and those are attached to a vintage ledger page.  Don't you just love the depth and interesting layers it creates?

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

I also added some transparency birds that I had painted with acrylic paint and cut with my die cutter.

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

As usual, I sewed the pages together with my sewing machine.

This was a fun technique.  I can see myself using it a lot!  I love the messy, spilled ink look it creates.

I plan to cut the other transparency I made into shapes like tags and labels to use elsewhere in my journal.

 

 

Using Digital Scrapbooking Supplies on Transparencies

This last technique I'm really excited about, because you're going to get a sneak peek at something new that I've been working on!  The first faith art, digital scrapbooking kit I've designed, called Chosen by Grace!

I'll be doing another post to tell you all the details about it, but you'll get to see a few pieces of it here! (and hint: this first kit will be a free download!)

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

If you haven't explored the world of digital scrapbooking supplies yet, you are in for a treat!  There are so many beautiful and relatively inexpensive supplies from which to choose.

While digital supplies are meant for designing digital scrapbook pages, the great thing about them is that most of them can be printed and used for what's called "hybrid" scrapping and art journaling as well.  This simply means it's part digital and part paper. 

That my sound a little complicated and techy to you, but if you've ever printed out a free printable and then did something paper-y with it you've already done some hybrid art!

The page above was made by printing one of my new digital papers (eeeee! <--squeal of happiness) on a transparency.

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

I layered it over another transparency on which I had printed my personalized scripture.  I created kind of a giant "shaker" pocket by sprinkling...you guessed it, sequins on the page and then sewing all the four sides of the top transparency to the bottom page.

The bottom page is actually the back of one of my fabric pages from last lesson.  That's why you see all the strings and sewing.  I *love* the texture created by this.

 

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

The ballerina and roses are elements from my kit.  I chose several elements and printed them all on a transparency (below) and then cut them out and stapled them to my art journal pages.

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

  Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 

So I hope you learned a lot today!  And I hope you'll try some of these techniques. 

If you don't have access to transparencies, then try using clear packaging from stickers, or paper.  Or the windows from from security envelopes or food packaging like pasta.

If you have a laminator you can run a sheet of lamination through with nothing in it and use that as your "transparency". 

Assignment #2:

Create a self-portrait with a transparency (or some other clear substance as noted above) and fill it with words of life from the Word.  You can use the same words I used, or find your own in your favorite verses.  Be sure to share it with us on the Facebook page if you're comfortable.

 

Free Printable Downloads



Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!

 


Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 4, Using inkjet transparencies in your art journal and getting personal with the bible!   There are also some free printables for your journaling bible and illustrated faith stuff!  Woot!
Download Instructions:

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

When you click on the images 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.

 
 
 
 
Wow, I know that was a lot to digest for today's lesson, so take your time this weekend to go over everything and have lots of fun creating!

If you get a chance I would be so blessed if you pinned some images from today's lesson and/or shared on Facebook so we can invite more students to join us this summer!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget none of His benefits,

Who forgives all your iniquity,
    Who heals all your diseases,
 
Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy"
                                                                      -Psalm 103:2-4

 


Journaling by Heart-Lesson 2 Study Tools + Fabric & Sewing

Free Summer Workshop Series on Art Journaling Your Faith.  This is lesson 2, Fabric and Sewing and Bible Journaling Tools!

 

 

Welcome to Lesson 2 of the Journaling by Heart workshop!  I had so much fun working in my journal for this lesson, because it's all about fabric and sewing in your art journal

We're also going to talk about some of my favorite tools to use for art journaling scripture!  So let's get started.

 

Diving Into the Original Meaning of Scripture

To begin I'm going to share with you a couple of my favorite (and free--yay!) online bible study tools and how I use them in my bible journaling.

 

Comparing Translations with Bible Gateway

The first is Bible Gateway.  I absolutely love this tool!  What a blessing it is, not only in my bible study and time with the Lord, but also in my bible journaling and even with my blogging!

The best online study tools for bible journaling and illustrated faith!  Part of the free Journaling by Heart Workshop!  There are some great tips here on finding verses to use in your art journal! via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

The way I use it most frequently is to look up a scripture that I'm studying and compare translations.  Bible Gateway allows you to compare up to five translations at once, side by side!

Just reading the scripture in several translations causes me to meditate on it more so than reading in only one version and I always get a deeper understanding of the verse from this.

In my faith art journaling I often like to use a more poetic version of a verse than what I may have memorized or studied in the past.  The comparison tool in Bible Gateway helps me to find the perfect version for illustrating.

Take the example below from Psalm 86:10:

King James Version

"For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone."

Common English Bible

"...You are awesome and a wonder-worker.  You are God.  Just You."

I really loved the phrase "wonder-worker", so I chose this translation for my page.   This is personal preference of course, you may love the King James English and find it more poetic. 

The point is, with Bible Gateway you can quickly check multiple versions to find the one that speaks to you the most.

Here's how to do that:

First, on the homepage, click on "BIBLE" and in the drop down, choose "Passage Lookup" as illustrated below:

  The best online study tools for bible journaling and illustrated faith!  Part of the free Journaling by Heart Workshop!  There are some great tips here on finding verses to use in your art journal! via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

Now follow these steps (illustrated below):

1) Type in the passage you want to look up

2) Choose "Lookup passage in multiple versions or one version"  (for our example we are using multiple versions).

3) Use the drop down arrow to select the versions you want to compare.

4)Click on "Lookup Passage"

 

The best online study tools for bible journaling and illustrated faith!  Part of the free Journaling by Heart Workshop!  There are some great tips here on finding verses to use in your art journal! via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 Your results page will look like this:

The best online study tools for bible journaling and illustrated faith! Part of the free Journaling by Heart Workshop! There are some great tips here on finding verses to use in your art journal! via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

Doing a Keyword Search

Another fantastic feature of Bible Gateway is the ability to do a keyword search. 

Let's say you want to do a study on "mercy" or "grace" or "kindness" or maybe you want to find every scripture that talks about "heart" or "soul" or "birds" for a drawing you have in mind.  All of this is possible with the keyword search.

The Keyword search works the same way Passage Lookup works.  Click on Bible, then Keyword Search.

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On the Keyword Search page follow the steps as illustrated below:

1) Choose the language.

2) Enter your keyword

3) Choose whether to see one version or multiple versions for that keyword.  We're choosing multiple versions.

4) Use the drop down to select the versions you'd like to see.

5) Choose whether you want to see the verses + references or just the references.  I always choose verses + references

6) Choose how many results to display.  I always choose the maximum amount of 500.

7) Choose to search the whole Bible or limit your search to sections of the bible or even specific books.

8) Click on search for keyword or phrase

 

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Your results page will look like this:

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All of the scriptures will be listed by bible version, in the order you specified and with your search term highlighted.

If you want to know more you can click on "in context" or "full chapter" or "other translations" highlighted at the bottom of each scripture (see arrow in illustration above).

 

Looking at the Original Greek and Hebrew with Blue Letter Bible

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Have you ever heard your pastor or minister say, "The original Greek for this word is..." and then begin to expound on that verse? 

Well, Blue Letter Bible let's you look up those original Greek and Hebrew meanings for yourself!  It is without a doubt one of my favorite and most used tools for studying the Word of God and for faith art journaling. 

 

Here's how I use it:

First enter the scripture you're studying and the translation you're using as shown below.

I would like to study some aspects of Eph 3:18-19.

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Your results page will look like this:

 

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Each scripture of Ephesians 3 (our chosen scripture) is listed.  

 

Now scroll down and find Eph. 3: 18 and click on the reference as shown below.

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 Here's what you will see next:

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Each word of the verse is broken down word by word and listed with the *Strong's Concordance number as well as the root form of the Greek word.

*The Strong's Concordance is essentially an index to the Bible.  It allows you to find a specific word and where it occurs in the Bible among much other useful information.

I want to find out what the Greek root word that is translated "to comprehend" is, and what it means. 

So I click on the Strong's concordance number (illustrated above) and this is the information I get:

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(The highlighting is mine)

 

Above you can see all the interesting information you can find out about the Greek word that is used for "comprehend".  I highlighted part of the definition that really spoke to me.  It doesn't just mean "understand", but "to lay hold of, to make one's own, to seize, to take eagerly".

As I was studying this verse the Lord gave me an illustration that I hope to make in to a printable soon!

I hope that was helpful for you in your Bible study.  I use both those tools almost everyday.

Both Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible have apps for your Apple and Android devices and both have extensive help pages and tutorials to assist you in using their sites.  You can also let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I will be happy to help.

Assignment #1: 

Look up your favorite scripture in both Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible.  Compare several translations and  find the original Greek or Hebrew meaning of the verse's key words.  Journal about what the Lord showed you through this exercise.  If you feel comfortable, share your page with us on the Facebook Page.

Ready to move on to the crafty part of our lesson?

 

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There are so many ways to incorporate fabric into your art journal that I couldn't possibly cover them all here, so we'll be looking at my 3 favorite ways to use fabric to enhance your bible journaling pages.

 

First let's see what supplies we'll be using:


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Supplies:

Fabric
Notions (such as buttons, beads, trim)
Scissors
Needles
Thread
Embroidery Floss
Pins

 

Tips

Before we get started I wanted to give you a few tips that have helped me when using fabric in my art journals.

 

Where to find Fabric

Just in case you're not a hoarder collector of fabric like some of us (or even if you are!), here are some of my favorite places (besides the fabric store) to find interesting fabric and trim to work with.  I especially love vintage fabric of any kind!


     * Old clothes - Raid everyone's closet and pull out stained or ill-fitting clothing.  There are all         kinds of  treasures to be found there!
    
    * Thrift Stores, Estate Sales & Garage Sales - I often will buy a shirt or dress at a thrift store, just         for the fabric, or even the buttons!

    * Tea Towels, Kitchen Linens - The dollar store frequently has cute patterns.  I've also found               pretty tea towels at Ikea if you have one of those near you.


What kind of thread

When it comes to thread for machine sewing my very favorite thread to work with is variegated cotton.  I really love how bright and beautiful it looks when all the threads are sticking out from my books in rainbows of color. 

For sewing on paper you don't have to use any specific thread though.  I normally grab my variegated thread or use whatever is already in the machine, ha!

For hand sewing I normally use DMC embroidery floss because I like the colors and the shine, but you can use whatever you have on hand.


Practice Practice Practice

One thing that I find very helpful before I start sewing on a project is to practice my stitches and test the thread I'm using on a piece of paper or even an old sheet, just so there are no surprises when I begin sewing in my journal. 

Sewing in a Premade  Journal    

It can be tricky to sew in a journal that has already been bound, but I usually just fold the covers back and go for it.

If you don't want the sewing to show on the back side of the page however, you can sew the piece separately and then glue it on to the page.  It will look sewn in without affecting the next page.

 

 

My 3 Favorite Ways to use Fabric in Your Faith Art Journal

Creating Fabric Pages

 

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I love to create pages made entirely out of fabric.  You can do this in a couple of different ways.  The first one I'll show you is to piece together scraps of fabric. I really like the look of this.

 

In the following example I'm using scraps of old, vintage quilts that have already been cut up for other projects. 

 

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I used a piece of chipboard cut to the size of my journal (6x12) as a template and just started laying out the pieces of the different quilts trying to fill in the shape of the page and cutting off pieces here and there as I needed to, to get everything to fit.

 

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Once I was happy with the layout, I pinned two pieces at a time, right sides together and sewed a straight stitch with about a 1/4" seam allowance. 

When you're working with older fabric that has been sewed and washed and loved before, there will be puckering and unevenness.  Just embrace it. :)  I find all the little flaws charming.

 (I somehow managed to not get a shot of this page finished!  It's dark now as I'm writing this, so I will add the finished shot tomorrow.  If it's not here, you know I forgot!  And I will probably remember at some point after this has posted. :/ )

 

Another type of fabric page that I like to do is one with layers.

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Here I gathered up some pretty florals and and some lace.  Cut them to fit the page and layered them, not worrying about straight edges as I plan to sew them a little crooked.

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 I made a tab with one of the scraps of my vintage fabric.  I *love* that little bird.

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And here are the layers sewn together.  I plan to sew this into my book as a "blank" page that I'll add something to later.

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You may notice that I don't clip my threads much.  I really love the look of lots of threads everywhere.  I like the texture and color that it adds, but you can always trim those if they bother you.

 

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Embroidering On Your Pages

I love embroidery.  It's like coloring with thread.  It's really soothing and it's very forgiving as far as sewing goes. 

If you haven't tried it before, don't be intimidated.  Just grab a needle and thread and some practice fabric and try this technique.  I'll think you'll fall in love just like I have. :)

(This video by Lenna Green of Stitching Cow is a helpful tutorial if you've never embroidered before and need to know the basics)

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This is a fun technique to use your stencils as an embroidery pattern.

I'm embroidering on a bible page from a dollar store bible that I purchased to use in my journal.

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Before I get started I'm going to wrap the edges of my page in washi tape.  This will stabilize the page a little bit for me (and also look pretty!).

 

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Next I'm going to trace the design I've chosen on my page.  Since it's a small, simple design, I'll just hold the stencil with my hand, but if it were a larger, more intricate design I would use washi tape to hold it in place as I traced.

 

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Now I place my book page on a mouse pad or piece of cardboard and use a large needle to poke holes evenly through the page and around the design.

 

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Finally, it's time to sew.  I'm using 3 strands of embroidery floss and just doing a simple backstitch.

Once I finish sewing, I begin to embellish, adding text and sewing on ribbon and flowers.

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You can also use rubber stamps as embroidery patterns.  I have a (very old) tutorial for that here as well as lots of free embroidery patterns here.

 

In the photo below, I'm embroidering a phrase on one of my fabric pages.  I just sketched it on with pencil, which is how I usually add embroidery.

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Using Fabric as an Embellishment to Your Art Journal Pages
    

My other favorite way to use fabric on my journaling pages is as an embellishment.  I create tags, pockets, lettering and more with scraps of fabric.  Here are some examples:

 

In the photo below I used one of my free printables.  I printed it on photo paper, cut it to the size of my journal (6x12) and then sewed little scraps of fabric over the page. 

The scraps of fabric are representative of all the different kinds of grace He supplies us with as noted in the scripture verse.

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In this example, I sewed a piece of wonky patchwork to a tag.  Next I sewed a felt heart and a hand-typed scripture to the tag with embroidery floss.

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I added the tag to a paper bag pocket that is sewn into my journal and then hand-lettered another scripture on the bag.

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Below I've used  a journaling card as the tag.  I wrapped a scrap of fabric over the top and sewed it on, before punching a hole in it and adding ribbon and a key tag.  I also sewed a felt heart to the key tag and a bible verse from a calendar to the bottom.

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I tucked the tag into a fabric pocket that I made by sewing a scrap from a vintage pillow case to some vintage ledger paper.

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 Another way I like to use fabric scraps is to sew them to the edges of the pages.

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I just wrap it around the page and press it before I sew.

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When sewing on paper I use paper clips instead of pins to hold my fabric in place so as not to poke holes in my paper.

 

The next two photos are from my Disney art journal.

 

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Above I've sewn a die cut word to the top of the page and vintage scrap of a hexagon quilt to the bottom of the page.  (see all my variegated thread?  Isn't it so pretty??) 

In the middle of the page you can see the stitches coming through where I sewed something on the other side.  This doesn't bother me at all, I like the texture it creates.

 

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 On this page I've sewn silk flowers and ribbon.  (the paper on both pages is October Afternoon)

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The last page I want to show you uses fabric to create lettering.  I love this look! 

I hand cut the letters using this tutorial, slightly modified.  She tells you how to create really giant letters for a bulletin board, and I needed them to be much smaller so I cut the fabric to 1 1/2" x 2" and some of the letters I made even thinner so they would fit.

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I tacked the letters down with a tiny dot of glue stick so they didn't move around and then sewed them down with my sewing machine.  I didn't use the variegated thread this time, because I didn't want it to compete with the fabrics.

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Well that's our lesson on Fabric and Sewing in your art journal!  I hope you enjoyed and it and I hope that it sparked some new ideas for you to try!

Assignment #2:  Create a fabric page this week or a fabric embellishment.  You can use the ideas from this lesson or come up with your own!  If you feel comfortable, share your work with us on the Facebook Page.

 

Next week Erin will be teaching us how to create messy, brush script! Woot! 

In the meantime, I would love to see your beautiful, fabric pages on our Facebook Page.

If you're just joining us, you can check out our FAQ page here for all the info on the workshop and links to all the past lessons.

 

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

 

Grace & Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved" -Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)


Journaling by the Heart - Lesson 1 Drawing Near and Choosing Your Journal

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Welcome

Well Good Morning Class!

I'm so thrilled to be welcoming you to Lesson 1 of our Free Summer Workshop series "Journaling by Heart"!

I'm Melissa and I'll be one of your instructors this summer and Erin of Art by Erin Leigh will be the other.

In case you are a new reader and we haven't met yet, let me introduce myself. 

I'm a full-time, homeschooling mom from Texas and two of my favorite things in the world are my bible and my art supplies.  I'm also kind of a disney nut and I love anything and everything crafty. 

If you must know more (ha!) you can find other details on my about page, like why I was kicked out of my 8th grade home ec class and in what country the course of my life changed.

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Erin and I met online recently and became instant friends.  When we were discussing our mutual love for art journaling the scripture on the phone one day, (and wondering how we could share that love with you) the idea of a workshop was born and we have been having so much fun putting it together.

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How It Will Work

Each Friday you will receive a lesson from either Erin or myself via your email, if you signed up to receive our newsletters.  (If you're not sure, go to our FAQ page and scroll down to "How Do I Sign Up" to learn how to make sure you are on the list for next week).

Read through the lesson, print the downloads if they are available for that lesson and complete your assignment as you have time during the week. (Or during your set time as we discussed in 3 ways to get ready for the workshop)

As the week progresses you can visit our Facebook page to be inspired, share your work and encourage your fellow students.  Erin and I also welcome comments and questions on our blogs. 

At the end of the summer you should have a completed mini-journal filled with inspiration and encouragement to spur you on to more art journaling adventures!

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Where Are We Going?

"Let us then, with confidence, draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."   -Hebrews 4:16 (esv)

 

Our goal this summer is two-fold, to learn to confidently and boldly, "'draw near to the Throne of Grace" and to experiment with new techniques and supplies as we journal that experience. 

As I was praying about this class and what the Lord most wanted to tell you today in our first lesson I felt Him lead me to Colossians 2:10 which says, "...and you are complete in Him..."  The word complete in that verse comes from the greek word "plēroō" which means "to cause to abound, to be liberally supplied, to render perfect".

Can I ask you a question? 

When a special little one, maybe  your child, a niece or nephew or your grandchild comes to you with a picture that they've colored just for you and it says,  "I love you" with a backwards letter or two, how do you feel about that picture? 

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Do you critique the line drawing?  Worry over the grammar?  Or do you just swoon to know that that little person created something special with you in mind?

Our Father God wants you to know,  you are completely perfect to Him, in Christ and because of Christ.  He loves you and He loves your worship and your artwork.  Once you receive Christ as your savior, "you are complete in Him". 

As we go on this journey you will be tempted to criticize your work, to draw comparisons to others, to decide that you aren't "an artist" and maybe even to give up. 

I want to encourage you not to give in to that temptation, but instead to constantly remind yourself, "I am complete in Him". 

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Art Journaling is about experimenting with  different techniques and supplies without the pressure of designing a beautiful, finished piece of artwork. 

Faith art journaling is about combining that experimentation with your meditation on the Word and your adoration of the Lord.

In both instances it is about process and not perfection. 

It will take time to discover your style, and the quickest way to shut that process down is to beat yourself up over mistakes, or be overly critical of every mark you make.

So repeat after me,

"It's fine just like that." 

"Oh well, that's ok."

"It does not have to be perfect."

"I am complete in Him."

Now give yourself a hive five. :)

 

Ok, so we know where we're going, lets look at what we need on the journey.

 

What Will We Need To Get There?

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If I were to try to give you an exhaustive list of art journaling supplies it would take the rest of the summer. 

There are as many supplies available as there are artists and as I mentioned on Wednesday, the only thing you absolutely have to have is paper, pen, adhesive and a little time. :)

Having said that, based on your emails, I know that you are interested in what supplies Erin and I use, so I will give you a run down of some of my favorites.  But remember, you don't have to run out and buy a bunch of stuff.  Just start with what you have and go from there.

Some of the links below are Amazon affiliate links, but you don't need to buy from Amazon unless that's most convenient for you.  If you do order from these links, you won't be charged more, but I will earn a small commission which makes it possible for me to offer more free workshops like this one (and that makes me want to give you hug.)  :)

 

 

Pens & Pencils

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Black Fine Point Sharpie -  This is my favorite black pen. It's a deep, rich black,  it's inexpensive and it works very well when I want to write over paint.  I buy them in 4 packs usually.

Prismacolor Pencils - These are one of the few expensive supplies that I use.  They are fussy and temperamental (if you drop one and break the lead, it will just keep breaking when you try to sharpen it-grrrrr) but they are so rich in color and creamy and smooth when you draw with them.  I just really love them.  Most of my hand drawn printables, like the Bible Journaling stickers are colored with these.

 

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Paints

I don't paint as much as Erin so my list is pretty short here and I usually buy the cheapie student grade paints because they work for me.

Gesso - Gesso (jess-o) is a white paint used as a base for acrylic paint.  It's especially helpful in journaling because you can give your paper a thin coat of it before painting and your paint won't soak into the paper.  I also use it when I want to cover up a color that I don't like and sometimes as a wash over a page to give it a muted look.

There are many different kinds of gesso.  As I said above I usually buy whatever student grade is on sale.  Start with a small container and experiment to see what you like

Acrylic paint - I have a range of acrylic paints from the cheapie .59 cent bottles to some luscious Golden paints.  I usually find myself reaching for the cheap stuff for my journals.

Watercolors - My favorite watercolors right now are the off brand from Michaels, (pictured above), but I also really like watercolor pencils. 

Paintbrushes

As a lot of artists that I know, I'm pretty hard on paint brushes.  I tend to leave them in water overnight a lot and forget to wash them out.  For that reason I don' t buy the super nice ones, but I do spring for the acrylic handle ones because you can leave them in water overnight and they don't swell and split like the wooden ones.

Paper

Some of the papers and adhesives I use most often are below.   We'll discuss these in more detail throughout the lessons.

140lb watercolor paper
Scrapbook Paper
Grocery Bags
Graph Paper
Transparency Paper

Adhesives

Matte Gel Medium
Scotch Wrinkle Free Glue Stick
Tombow Mono
Washi Tape

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Tools

Below are some of my most used tools.  I'll discuss these in more detail throughout the lessons.

Fiskars Micro-tip Scissors
We R Memory Keepers Trim & Score Board
Centering Ruler
Silhouette Pick Me Up
Hole Punch
Old Credit Card
Waxed Paper or Deli Paper
Sandpaper
Sewing Machine
Rubber Stamps 

 

Fun Extras

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Ephemera - Envelopes, tags, receipts, vintage book pages, ledger paper, photos, old maps, postcards,

Embellishments -  sequins, ribbon, yarn, stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, lace, fabric, thread, buttons, silk flowers

Printables from online - I have lots of free printables here, and Erin has lots here and I keep a running list of scripture printables for bible journaling here. 

We'll be talking about ways to use printables in your journal in a future lesson.

Stamping Ink

Spray Inks
Stencils

Whew!  That's a lot of supplies.  Don't get overwhelmed though.  Just start with what you have and as we learn new techniques you can add things here and there.  Are you ready for our first lesson?

 

 

Let the Journey Begin!

"Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace."      -Matthew 6:6 (The Message)

What Does "Drawing Near" Mean?

 
When I talk about God I frequently say things like, "I heard the Lord say...", "I felt He was telling me...", "The Lord told me to..." 
 
Because of that I'm often asked how I know that I'm hearing Him, how I know, I'm "drawing near".  I suppose it can seem like a tricky thing, but here are a couple of tips I've learned.
 

Practice Hearing Him

When I first started learning to cook I followed the recipes exactly because I didn't want to make a mistake.  That didn't always work out because some recipes aren't written well or contain typos that result in disaster.
 
As I learned more about cooking I remember reading recipes and thinking, "Hmm that seems like an awful lot of salt." or "That doesn't seem like enough cinnamon.", but I would use that much anyway because I didn't really trust myself yet, and then guess what?  It would be really salty or really bland! 
 
After this happened a few times, I began to pay attention to that little voice of experience and adjust the recipe without having tried it and I began to have more and more success.  In fact, I became a pretty good cook.
 
How did that happen?  I practiced paying attention.

This is one way you can learn to be certain you're hearing the Lord's voice.  Practice just sitting quietly and listening and then remember what you hear.  Which brings me to the next tip...
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Write Down What He Says

"Well how does practicing paying attention help you *know* you are hearing Him?",  you might be asking.  
 
It helps because you're going to write down everything you hear the Lord saying to you in your journal.  No matter how curious it might sound to you and even if you think to yourself, "Oh that's just me".  You're going to write it down.  And then...
 
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Wait For Confirmation

So here's what will begin to happen, you will write in your journal something like, "I feel like the Lord is speaking to me about Peace."
 
And then you will turn on the radio and the announcer will be telling a story about the peace of God (write it down!) and then you will be cleaning out a closet and a book will fall off the shelf and it will be entitled, "The Peace that Passes All Understanding" (write it down!) and then at church on Sunday, the sermon will be about...guess what?...Peace.
 
I'm sure you've had something similar happen to you, and by Sunday, you just knew that it was the Lord speaking to you,  right?
 
Now if you write all these events down and read over them during your times with God, you will  begin to recognize what it feels like when He speaks to you.  You will be practicing paying attention and you will become a pretty good listener. :)
 
You will recognize His patterns as well, and if you're always comparing what you hear Him saying to the Word you will see that when it's Him it always matches up.
 

Assignment #1

This week practice being still before the Lord, even it's only a few minutes a day and then write down what you hear in your journal.  If you're comfortable, share it with us on the facebook page.
 
 
 

Choosing and Making Your Journal

For our first week's technique lesson Erin and I thought it would be good to show you what journals we'll be using for the class and how to make one for yourselves.
 
Because I'm more papery than painty I'm using a combination junk journal/scrapbook with some watercolor papers thrown in for good measure.
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
I'm also doing an unusual size.  As I was playing with papers trying to decide what to do, I folded a piece of 12x12 chipboard in half and really fell in love with the size.  So 6x12 it is.
 
The cover is your free printable this week!  It has one of my favorite quiet time scriptures on it.  I've made the printable in several sizes in case you're not doing a 6x12 album.  You can download it at the end of the tutorial.
 
So let's get started!
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
 
 
Supplies:
 
Various 12 x12 scrapbook papers
Vintage papers & ephemera
Gold foil poster board
Ribbon
Scotch Wrinkle Glue Stick
Scissors
Hole Punch
Binder Clips
Mat for punching holes (this set comes with a hole punch and mat as well as eyelet setter)
 
 

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Gather, Fold and Glue Papers

The first step is to gather all your papers and ephemera together and fold them in half.  I used my Trim & Score to make this go a little quicker, but you can also use your hands and the back of a spoon.

If you have a lot of single sided papers as I did, you may want to glue them back to back.  I use Scotch Wrinkle free glue stick for this and I really like it because, well, it doesn't wrinkle the paper. :P

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Once you've folded and glued all your papers, it's time to arrange them in the order you like.  I had quite a few papers so I decided to make 2 signatures.  (A signature refers to a section of pages in a book.) 


Cut and Score Cover

To make the cover with a 1" spine you'll need to cut a piece of  chipboard, poster board or even a cereal box to 12" x 14"

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

I used a piece of gold foil poster board from Michael's. *pretty*

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Now you'll need to score a one inch spine down the middle of your paper.  This is again where the Trim & Score is very handy.  You'll want to measure 6.5" inches in from each side and score.  This will create a 1" spine.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

Once you've scored and folded your cover it should look something like this:

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Binding with a 3-hole Pamphlet Stitch

We'll be binding our pages in with the 3-hole pamphlet stitch.  So the first thing we need to do is punch our holes.

I have a hole punch from Making Memories that I use for this, but you could also use a Japanese Screw Punch. 

Whatever you do you want to make sure your table is protected by a piece of board or a craft mat of some kind.  Otherwise you will punch holes in your dad's new table...um something bad could happen.

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

I have 2 signatures so I have three sets of  2 holes each.  One set in the center of the spine and one set 2" in from each end.

 

Next you want to punch holes in your signatures the same way you did with the cover, except that you will only need one set of holes in each signature.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

Use your binder clips to clip the pages together so they don't move around as you're punching.

Because my ribbon was thick and the holes in my page were large I didn't need a tapestry needle, but if you're working with smaller thread or holes you'll want to use one to make this part easier.

Now we'll bind the pages into the spine using ribbon and the pamphlet stitch.  The first step is to line up your page with the holes in the cover and use the binder clips to secure them.  Then thread your ribbon down through the middle hole on the inside...

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.

 

 And back through the top hole on the outside of the spine:

 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
Cross over the middle hole on the inside of the spine and come back out through the bottom hole on the spine.
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 Finally go back in through the middle hole on the outside of the spine and tie the ends together on the inside.
 
This stitch is actually very simple, but trying to demonstrate it through photographs is not easy, so for a little better idea of how this stitch works take a look at this video:
 

 
 
 This is what the book looks like with the first signature sewn in and waiting for the next one:
 
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
 
 
 
 And the completed book.  To close it I just wrapped the ribbon around the book before attaching the printable, but you could also attach the ribbon to the inside covers.
Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer!
 

Be sure to check out Erin's lesson today and see her art journal tutorial.  And for more ideas check our Pinterest board.  We've got six more journal tutorials pinned there for you!
 

Assignment #2  

Choose and make the type of journal you think would work best for you this week.  If you're comfortable, share your journal with the class on our Facebook Page.
 
If you're not up to DIY'ing your journal you can also find some lovely watercolor paper art journals on amazon here  and maybe just decorate the cover for your assignment this week. :)
 
 
And now here are your printables for Lesson One!
 
Free Scripture Art printables as part of  the Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith. Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.
Download Instructions:

The covers are in 2 large pdfs that have been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the 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.

 
 Let me know if you have any questions or comments about today's lesson.
 
 
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Independence Day to our American Students!
 
Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~
 
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 "The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have they who revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning." -Psalm 25:14 (The Amplified)

 

 

 

 

 


3 Ways To Get Ready for Journaling by HeArt - A Workshop Warm Up

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

The Journaling by heArt workshop is almost here (only 2 more days!), but if you're looking for something you can do while you wait, I have some tips to get you warmed up and ready!

I've found over the years, that if I want art time to happen, I have to give myself every advantage by setting things up in advance.  Here are 3 ways I do that.

 

Get your supplies read for our Free Summer Faith Art Journaling Workshop!

Gather Supplies

There are dozens and dozens of supplies you can use in art journaling and Erin and I will be covering many of them this summer, but really there are only a few basics you absolutely have to have.  Pen, paper, adhesive and a little time!

Having said that, you probably have a few other things you like to use.

If you're a painter you'll want your favorite paints and brushes. 

If you're more of a paper person, you'll want to gather up your favorite papers, stickers and embellishments.

If you're a doodler you'll want your pencils and pens.

If you're like me, you'll want a little of *all* of that!

Get your supplies read for our Free Summer Faith Art Journaling Workshop!

Or maybe you're just beginning and you're not sure what your style is yet, in that case, just gather up the basics and move on to Tip #2.  As the summer progresses you'll learn more and begin collecting your favorites.

The point is, to get a little basket, box or *ahem* 3-tier cart, and gather up what you think you might want to use.  You can always add or take away things as we go.  For now we're just setting the scene.

 

Set a Time and Place

 Make-time-for-the-things-that-matter

 I'm sure you've heard the quote that says, "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." 

In other words, your weekly list of mundane to-dos and random errands will take all the time you have available unless you intentionally carve out time for other things.  That's what Tip #2 is all about.  Carving out a time and place.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

You've decided you want to take this "art journaling your faith workshop", you want to spend time with the Lord and your art supplies, so the best way to make sure that happens is to decide when and where you'll do this each week.

Will you work at the kitchen table after the dinner dishes are done, in your bedroom while little ones are napping or outside on the patio in the early morning hours?

Will you take an hour on Friday, a half hour on Saturday morning or 15 minutes each day of the weekend?

Deciding both when and how long you will work on each lesson as well as choosing a cozy corner somewhere in your home to set up your supplies will go a long way in ensuring that you actually get the time to do something you love.

 

Seek Him

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!Digital art journal page, embellishments by Sahlin Studio at The Lilypad

 

My final tip for you before you begin the workshop is to talk to the Lord and ask Him what He would like to show you through this workshop.

We'll be talking more about ways to do this on Friday, but for now just have a heart-to-heart with the One Who loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and listen for that still small voice.

Maybe while you're driving home from work or errands, while you're waiting for an appointment or even in the shower in the morning.

It doesn't have to be formal or elaborate, just a prayer to let Him know that you want to hear His voice and then wait. 

And the Bible says He will answer  you and show you marvelous things!

  Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

 

I hope these tips help you as you're waiting for  the workshop to start.  If you have any questions let me know in the comments!

I'm so looking forward to spending the summer with you hearing from the Lord, learning, teaching and sharing art with each other.

Before I go, can I ask you one question?  What's the one thing you're looking forward to learning in the workshop?  Leave the answer in the comments if you have time.

See you Friday!

Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." -Jeremiah 29:13