Posted on

Bird Wreath, New Classes…and my BOOK!

Guess what? It might be Monday, but I’m over on the MFT blog. They’re changing up things so I might be on Mondays from here on instead of Thursdays. Go see how to paint this “tweet” little wreath!

 

Blue Skies

Those on my Art-Classes email list got a heads-up on signing up….but you get to hear about it today! I have TWO classes launched on painting and coloring skies and clouds – one in Copic, one in Watercolor. A discount for everyone on these classes, lasting through April 22nd!

The BOOK!

I am excited to let you know there was a little Easter miracle…my book finally showed up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! I waited all through March, and on the last last last evening…it was there. With the wrong photo and title – ha! It’s partially changed in some places, but…I’m celebrating anyway while they figure it out and get it all fixed! Book website is HERE!

While I know the non-Bible-journalers may be disappointed in the book topic…please know I’m going to be keeping up my regular blogging and cardmaking and art stuff! You’ll have to put up with an occasional “squee” from me about the book, but you’ll get the regular content you come here for. Don’t abandon me, okay? Love you guys!!

 

Posted on

Easter weekend + Winners

Hello friends! It’s Easter weekend and I’m trying to stay off line….but I scheduled my Sunday video for Saturday in hopes you’ll be able to stay off the web, too! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Winners!

Misti bag giveaway….email me with your address and I’ll pack it up to ship next week!

  1. Mary Nieb
  2. Laura King

Bookmark giveaway from a few weeks ago (I put off posting winners til the website stabilized!)…I have addresses for these since they were picked from students of Seeing the Scriptures:

  1. Sibylle Herbe
  2. Debra Holdbrooks
  3. Laura Emmett
  4. Wilma Millecam
  5. Janis Gonzales
  6. Diane Meddaugh
  7. Gail Loyola
  8. Virginia Palmer
  9. Karen Claypool
  10. Theresa Calderini
  11. Donna Sheneberger
  12. Donna LaBree

 

Posted on

New for Bible Journalists (and a Houston pet report!)

Brand new channel!

Last week, I launched a new channel. Some of you found it…my patrons got first peeks! And now the rest of my Bible Journaling friends can go check it out.

The new channel is HERE.

A few things about it…..

  • I won’t be blogging the posts – maybe once in a while just so folks don’t miss it all, but it’ll be You-Tube-only content for now til I figure out what I’ll be doing with it all.
  • That means subscribing and having the videos emailed to you will be the way to get notified, or else check your YT subscriptions on Sunday mornings. Click the little button right next to the “Subscribe” button to have them emailed to ya.
  • I’ll be posting stills on Instagram and Facebook on Sundays with a link, so that’ll be one other way remember to go look, but you know how unreliable those social platforms are at showing you what you actually care about, eh?

The video that went live yesterday is a special one for 9/11…hope you enjoy.

And that pet report!

I told you guys I helped send a team to help rescue pets in Houston – they put together a FABULOUS report full of great pics HERE! I would give without getting pics back – but this was a bonus to see them in action with lots of furry friends!

Posted on

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

Delicata ink pads are certainly beautiful to stamp with – they have lots of shimmer and shine to them. I’ve used the Gold for quite some time – but Imagine Crafts sent me some other colors to try – so I did!

Watercoloring with Delicata Ink – a card and Bible journal page

In the video, the first few minutes show the card…so for those not interested in Bible journaling, just watch that first bit to see the pretty floral card. Bible journalists – you might want to pick up some of these inks because they don’t go through the paper! There’s even a black shimmer that has some good contrast to it – so it might be something you’d want to try if you stamp much in your Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The Bible page came out soft and pretty – that background watercoloring, then stamping and painting with all that shimmer. Yum! And please do consider jumping in for the 30daysofbiblelettering.com challenge – whether you post your creations on Instagram or not. I’ve done just wording in notebooks, so you don’t have to do a fancy project. Just get some practice in! (And keep an eye out…one of the devotions this time is by me!)

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Posted on

Christmas Bible Journaling

 

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to
those on whom his favor rests.
Luke 2:14

Today I have a simple treat for you…a page in my Interleaved Bible. I pray you all have a beautiful celebration with your friends and family!

Christmas Bible Journaling

While it just didn’t seem right to do a voiceover (and a 3 hour video!) for Christmas, below are a few notes regarding the creation of this page. Or…just watch this very short video, and get back to your family celebrations! See it in HD on YouTube HERE.

Process Narrative & supply links

There’s no voiceover, but I’ve included some notes about what I did as I wrote up the supply list.

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  1. No page prep was used here – nor do I ever prep pages. Watercolor pencil doesn’t go through the paper.
  2. This is an Interleaved Journaling Bible  – it has a blank page in between every other page on the same Bible paper. It means this Bible is double the thickness of other Bibles since it has twice the paper.
  3. I used Museum Aquarelle pencils for this page, and sorry – I didn’t write down the colors.
  4. I spread the color only with baby wipes. I had two handy, one wetter and another drier, depending on whether I wanted a watery or chalky look. This keeps moisture to a dull roar on the thin paper.
  5. I ironed the page in between different stages, both to dry it and flatten it.
  6. Layers of color build up to intensify on the page; this works with many brands of watercolor pencils.
  7. The white paint is just acrylic, and the brush is a #6 round. I used a white pencil to sketch in the lettering before starting to paint.
  8. If you want more info on Bible Journaling, there’s an inexpensive class HERE.

Have a merry Christmas!

Posted on

Give the Gift of Bible Journaling

I am hoping this Christmas will see the sharing of Bible Journaling – this year it’s taken off among so many people, and giving others the tools they need to start would be a great gift to give as Christmas morning arrives! Be sure to scroll down to get extra Bible Journaling gift ideas, plus some deals that are available today.

Give the Gift of Bible Journaling

Christmas will be here before we know it….and one of the suggestions I have for giving a journaling Bible is one that could take a little time, so I’m sharing early! If you’re sharing Bible journaling with someone who’s never seen it before, it’s especially important to give them an example too—so order in a Bible early enough to be able to complete a page or two for them as a gift in their new Bible. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube….then scroll down for links and more.

More Gift Pack Suggestions

Providing your gift recipient with a “ready to go” Bible journaling adventure will be much appreciated! Here are ideas to complement the gift – and to add to the experience.

  1. A letter about YOUR journey in Bible journaling. Just one page, don’t overwhelm them. Use pretty paper with a border or something….and give the person an idea how you started, how it’s changed your walk with God, and if there are tips you have for the medium you’ve provided, list a few of those. You can have more discussion on Facebook later, but give them enough to get started that day if they want to.
  2. A medium to color with. It can be a small selection of colors – we who are afflicted with Full Set Syndrome may not think a set of 12 pencils is worth much – but to someone who’s new to Bible journaling, it would be an awesome start! Below I list the Inktense pencils that I love; but if the Bible stole your budget and you can’t afford pricier ones, find a pack of regular pencils (not watercolor) at the dollar store. Just be sure they have something to get them started on Christmas morning! If you choose a watercolor or watercolor pencil set, be sure to TEST it first. (If it’s a dollar store item, you can afford two so theirs can remain packaged!) You don’t want to give them something that’ll bleed through unexpectedly.
  3. A brush and/or a mini pack of baby wipes. If providing wipes, be sure to explain how to use them. (Shown in the video above).
  4. A devotional. One of my favorites is HERE – and use the coupon code below if you have a dew more things to shop for! You can also look in your local Bible bookstore for a small daily devotional book….sometimes they have small ones for just a few dollars.
  5. A mug and/or some favorite tea. Devotional time is a great time to snuggle in with a cup of something tasty.
  6. A handmade bookmark. Create one yourself that they can keep in their Bible!
  7. A promise. Commit to a weekly visit, phone call, or skype chat to talk about Bible journaling and help them get started.

Dayspring Deals

To help you out – I have some deals to share!

  • Dayspring will give my readers $20 off any $60 purchase (plus free shipping!) using coupon code SHINEHISLIGHT at checkout, until December 31. It’s the perfect time to get the beautiful leather Bible that has become my main journaling Bible.
  • Illustrated Faith Ships Free: Use code IFSHIPSFREE to receive free shipping on any Illustrated Faith purchase.
  • Through the end of today Nov 2, they’ve got a sale on Thanksgiving Decor – I just ordered this Wood Caddy for just $10; and you can get this beautiful Give Thanks for $15. 
  • Friends & Family Sale:  25% off store wide Nov. 3-6 with code FAMILY.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Posted on

Fighting fear with faith: 9/11 remembrance

As today’s date has approached, I found myself thinking about this day in 2001. That terrible, awful day.

I will never forget it. As long as I live.

Living on the west coast as I do, I had risen that morning at 5 to the sound of the clock radio. There had been some inane story on the news that irked me that day, I don’t remember what it was except it was a story of injustice that threatened to wreck my day – so I got ready for work in silence instead of listening to the news. A rarity – being a news junkie, it was not at all normal for me.

I had breakfast, got in the car, and left for work, again with no radio on. Uncharacteristic, again. I had arrived at 6am due to deadlines, the only one in my department at that hour, and sat down at my computer to get to work….. I suddenly realized that I was expecting an email response from a friend about lunch, and logged in to my personal email to see if her reply had arrived – and then I saw it. A news ticker email I subscribed to had arrived.

I don’t remember exactly what the subject line said, just something about New York City, and explosions. I ran over to the neighboring video department, since I knew they had a television. My friend who worked on the video team was in early, too, and had just turned on the news. He stood staring at the screen in utter shock.

I joined him. And we wept in silence.

I remember so clearly the heartsick stab in the depth of my chest. I felt physical pain as faces of friends flashed through my mind. Friends from my days in New York City in the early 90s, people who I worked with at One World Trade Center at my first job in the city. The face of a friend who was a firefighter in Queens. Other friends who worked downtown. Friends who I had lost touch with, who I didn’t know how to reach.

My coworker and I watched the news in horror. The shock was overwhelming.

As the rest of the staff began to arrive – people who had already heard what had happened on their way to work – they joined us in front of the television. After we stood together, unable to grasp what we were seeing, someone had the presence of mind to suggest we pray. We joined hands, cried, and prayed. The most fervent prayers went unspoken, I know. It was hard to utter words in the midst of soul-crushing pain, when it looked as though evil was winning.

I remember little of what was spoken in that prayer circle in that first hour of the terror attack. The only thing that penetrated, that resonated, that broke through the fear, was Psalm 91:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

I had to focus on what I knew was true. God was not going to be knocked off His throne by this or anything else. He is still my refuge. Still my fortress. Still worthy of my trust.

The entire company joined together in chapel later in the morning for prayer (it was a Christian nonprofit)…..many of us didn’t last through the day. Parents were anxious to hug children. I went home and hugged my pets, watched the repeated re-runs of the footage for days, imagining the credits would roll at some point and prove this was all a tragic Hollywood film.

To this day, those credits haven’t rolled. The “end” hasn’t been seen; we don’t get to go back to days of innocence.  Ongoing wars across the Middle East, morphing terrorist organizations, our own citizens inspired by evil to perpetrate evil, and new threats from Asia growing.

And yet one thing remains: God is still on His throne. And He always will be.

Although the memory of September 11, 2001 reminds us of that day and tries to freshen our fear – let’s resolve to fight fear with faith. Fear will always try to win. Not only are the terrorists working to keep us scared and shake our faith – our own political leaders are even attempting to do the same, whether they know it or not, to scare us into following whatever plans they have.

But the only thing we need rely on is what is true, no matter what. God is our refuge. Our fortress. And He is on His throne today, He will be there tomorrow, and He’s going to stay there forever. No matter what. 

Never forget. Pray for the families of the victims, and for those first responders who continue to struggle to this day with medical issues and tragic memories of things no one should see.

 

 

 

Posted on

Developing Bible Journaling ideas

 

In July, I participated in the #30daysofbiblelettering challenge on Instagram – and used it as a way to play with ideas that might make it into my Bible!

Developing Bible Journaling ideas

In today’s video, I flip through the sketchbook I used – you can use anything for a project like this, but I used a Mix Media pad since I thought I’d likely be playing with a number of mediums. I chose not to use Copics for a simple reason – I’m about out of a few colors and out of their reinkers! And as I’ve had a heavy load of classes all summer, I’m reserving my markers for small images rather than doing large pages like those in this sketchbook. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Bible journaling class

If you’re interested in getting started in Bible journaling but don’t know where to begin or what mediums to try, I’ve assembled an inexpensive online class with 10 lessons HERE.

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

Posted on

Impressionistic pottery – Bible Journaling, Prima Oil Pastels

 

Hello friends! I’m traveling and teaching this weekend – including a Bible journaling class. Figured it’s as good a time as any to share another technique for my fellow Bible artists!

Impressionistic Pottery

While I created images – though simple ones – this technique can also be used for simple color washes. It’s much faster than many other mediums, and can create a textured look like this, or a softer watercolor look that you can see in the early stages in the video. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

In any case – the Prima oil pastels used here are a good bargain for the color you get – I’m traveling with mine and a pack of baby wipes! The chart below is one I’ve shared before with the colors, in case that’s helpful for you:

primaOils

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project; compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.