February 28, 2015

Art Journal - Week 8

The prompt for the week in the Documented Life Project was to repeat an element in your journal.  I had no idea what to do, so I decided to go simple and repeat brush strokes. I painted the pages with black gesso, then began with dark gray paint and got lighter as I went toward the middle. I added some dark green, then some blue, then gold. I struggled with the way it looked and added more blue  strokes. I had to tone it down and then didn't like it. I kept added more color and then toning it down. I finally decided to stop and add some words. I think it turned out better than I expected.
















Have a great day!


February 19, 2015

Art Journal (DLP) - Week 7

This week was about covering up stuff you have already laid down on the page. I decided to gelli print my pages. I started off with red and orange, then gelli printed a turquoise with a stencil. I then started to lay down different colors for the border, then decided to cover it with black gesso and doodle over that with a silver pen. That was a good choice, because the silver pen picks up the light and really makes the pages "move".

This was my first try at major doodling and I am really happy with the way it turned out. (Inspired by my niece, Courtney, who is a great doodler!) Also, the mandala in the middle was made by Shruti Dev.

Also, the scripture used is our focus at our church as we start the Lenten season. Ezekial 36: 26-27









February 09, 2015

Bible Journaling...Illustrated Faith

I bought a Journaling Bible with some Christmas money after seeing a blog post about Illustrated Faith. Since then, I have been having a blast making my favorite verses pretty. My word for the year is Brave, so I've looked for scripture about being brave...courageous. I love the theme of freedom and have lettered some of my favorite "free" verses. It is amazing how the Word comes alive while dwelling on the verse as I spend time making it pretty. Hopefully, one day I will have the Bible filled with color and can pass it on to my daughter as a keepsake of me and my faith.










Have a great day!


February 05, 2015

Art Journal - Week 5 (Documented Life Project 2015)

Underpaper!!! I love the Documented Life Project challenge this week. Underpaper looks better than than what I try to do on PURPOSE! So to incorporate it into a journal spread just made my day.

I decided to spread around some beige and blue watered down acrylic to give a little background to the underpaper I was using. Then I tore some pieces of the underpaper and glued them down. I used stabilo pencil in places and spread it around with a waterbrush.

I am going to mesh the Documented Life Project with the His Kingdom Come "Take Me Deeper" study. This will keep me sane since I work full time and don't have enough time to do many different projects. So in this spread, I added the scripture from my study...Philippians 2:15.

I like the messy look of these pages, as well as the white space. I thought it was a better balance than what I usually do.


Watered down paint in the background and underpaper glued in. 

This underpaper is so awesome! 


Have a fabulous day!

February 03, 2015

Art Journal - Week 4 (Documented Life Project)

The challenge was to add words to the page and the theme for the week was friends. I wanted to do something completely different than what I normally do, so I decided to go more realistic, rather than messy.

I glued underpaper and bookpages to the page and then journaled across the whole thing. I added a light layer of gesso, and then drew a tree. Not sure why, but I did. In going with the friendship theme, I thought I'd add a couple of birds to the tree, using the paisley shape for their bodies. I used distress blue paint for the sky. I used distress green paint and stain for the leaves. The trunk and flowers were done with a black Pitt pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Not my favorite spread, but at least I was brave and tried something way out of my comfort zone.








Have a great day!

January 26, 2015

Blessed

Photo by  jarmoluk at pixabay.com
The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 are well known in Christian circles.

  • Blessed are the spiritually poor - the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
  • Blessed are those who mourn - they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek and gentle - they will inherit the earth.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness - they will be filled.
  • Blessed are the merciful - they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are those who are pure in heart - they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers - they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness - the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

In today's world, these do not make a whole lot of sense. We strive for success, wealth, strength, and power. Being poor in anything makes us look weak, right?

When is it better to poor than wealthy?
When is it better to mourn than celebrate?
When is it better to be meek and gentle rather that assertive and powerful?
When is it better to hunger than be sated?
When is it better to show mercy than asserting my rights?
When is it better to stand for purity than follow the crowd?
When is it better to be a peacemaker than to take a side?
When is it better to be persecuted than to seek safety?

It is inside the COMMUNITY of the church...other believers...where the beatitudes make sense. 

Jesus is building a new community...a new church. Not a church for the righteous, but for sinners...for the broken. If we, as Christ followers, do not understand our own brokenness, we have a big problem. We tend to want to hide our brokenness, but as a community of believers, we are to share our burdens and find rest in grace that Christ provides. The church is a group of the broken offering grace and hope to the broken in the world.

When left to our own devices, we struggle with anxiety, trying to live a life that doesn't meet up with the vision we have created for the life we want to live. But in community, life is better than the life of the individual. It would be hard for a hand to work on it's own, without the eye seeing the need and telling it how and where to work. They need each other to do what's needed. So it is with the body of Christ. It's in the body of Christ that we find our true purpose and meaning.

Community is better than the individual. It is blessed. 

How are you living in community today?

***Taken from the notes from John Ketchersid's sermon 1/25/2015.


January 21, 2015

Documenting My Faith

So I have joined the Documented Faith group. It is kind of a spin off of the Documented Life Project. Basically, I'm joining the 2 projects. I'm doing one journal...the big one... for the art challenge. Then the smaller journal..the Moleskin journal...is what I'm using to document my life and my faith. I'm adding scripture to go along with the monthly theme in DF, and I'm adding scripture that relates to my One Word that I've chosen for the year. I think this is going to work for me and I am loving it.

I thought I'd share my pages, because I am loving my life and I cherish my faith. Scripture is such an important part of my life and I love how God speaks to me through the words I read in the Bible. There is truth there...truth that sets me free.







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