Arriving at the inn: Christmas Bible Journaling

Arriving at the inn: Christmas Bible Journaling

Merry Christmas! Today I decided to share a little footage of the painting of a Christmas page…and there are two ways to watch it!

I was re-reading the Christmas story in Luke, and was thinking about how Mary and Joseph would have had a heck of a stressful Christmas Eve. Far more than those of us still shopping like mad! Trying to find a place to sleep, with a pregnant woman – and an uncomfortable donkey for travel! Yeesh! And in that day, Mary would have been side-saddle, which I never was able to do without falling off a horse, so….being pregnant I have no idea how she did it!

Anyway….here’s the first video. Just music, and sped up so it’s a little shorter, and keeping all the footage intact.

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Second way to watch: realtime painting (with some footage cut out), with a reading of Luke 1-2.

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A few tips on Tomoe River paper

This is a Bible-like paper – not exactly the same, but very similar.

  • Plan to trim. It’s of course larger than a Bible page, so note how big to paint so you can trim it down to the size you need. (Not all Bibles are the same size.)
  • Deal with paper warping. Most of the time a second layer of color can recover some of the “stripes” made by paint collecting in the low points in warped paper. Or tap with a baby wipe to sop up excess. Just know there’s going to be some texture from it.
  • No bleeding. Well, as long as you’re using a medium that wouldn’t bleed on Bible paper either!
  • Dry as you work. If keeping it taped onto a board, a heat gun or hair dryer will flatten the warping – no need to iron as I normally do when flattening Bible paintings.
  • Choose a tip-in adhesive. My preference is a very thin strip of doublestick tape; others put a tiny line of elmers glue in the gutter and slip the page in.
  • Round corners. I use the 1/4″ side of my Corner Chomper that makes the corners fit my Bible. A little snip with scissors can round them a bit too.

Last chance: signed books

Ellen Hutson has the last 10 of my books and workbooks that are signed – once they’re gone, they’re gone, unless I ever hear from my new publisher on how to order more! (I had to order 100 of each in bulk myself to supply them to small retailers, which was so weird….and am now out of those. Not having heard from the publisher who bought my contract in the last 2 years, I’m pretty much in the dark about getting more.)

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have a blessed celebration, no matter what it looks like this year. Make room in your heart for Jesus!

Supplies

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New class: Watercolor animals for Bible Journaling

New class: Watercolor animals for Bible Journaling

A week ago I launched this new fun class on my Bible Journaling channel…but I wanted to be sure to get word out to blogland and my main YouTube channel too! See the preview of Watercolor Animals for Bible Journaling here:

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While you might be able to learn to paint animals on watercolor paper from this – the class only teaches on Bible paper. If anyone decides to try these on watercolor paper, please do let me know – so I can tell people if you found it helpful on non-Bible-paper!

Flip-through my Bible journaling art

Flip-through my Bible journaling art

I’ve been asked by a number of people for a flip-through of my Bible journaling and how much art is completed by now. Today’s the day!

I also did a quick pass through of my books at the start, but then I just turn on music and start the page-turning. I hope this gives you a small respite in the craziness of Black Friday and all the holiday shopping to just relax and get inspired, and remember the reason for the season!

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Just a few of my pages….feel free to browse the gallery on the book site.

Scripture Gifts Papercrafting Class

A bonus post today – whee! I was going to launch this tomorrow but….I’ll be in a drawing class all day. Launch days tend to be when stuff “breaks” and I like to be home for at least part of the day to avoid chaos! heehee.

This class is for my Bible journaling friends….using our mad skills as creative folks with lots of crafty supplies, and using them to make gifts. With Christmas on the horizon I wanted to get this one done to help everyone out! Here’s a little preview:

As always, the class is on sale for the launch – I might leave it on sale through the holidays just to make it easier for folks to make Scripture-themed gifts for that person who has everything!

I’ll be back on Sunday with a week of videos in the 24 Tags of Christmas series…stay tuned!

Copic Bible Journaling (and a giveaway)

Copic Bible Journaling (and a giveaway)

I get asked often if there’s a Bible in which one can color with Copics – and sadly, no, there isn’t. Picture 1500 pages of your Bible printed on Neenah cardstock – you wouldn’t be able to lift it! However – a tip-in page is a way you can use your Copics. And Misti. And stamps. And dies. And, and and….

I used the Bible stamp from Colorado Craft Company and added a bumch of my other supplies to it – lots of fun to just get inky and add a ton of color!

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Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

While the page does end up “stiff” in the middle of your Bible, over time it should soften a little bit, though it’ll always want to open up to that page.

Giveaway!

I had bought this Bible stamp before Amy (owner of Colorado Craft Company) sent it to me — she had seen my instagram and figured I’d like it. She was right of course – but now I have two! Leave a comment on this post, and if you just want to comment but do NOT want to win, just say so in the comment, otherwise I’ll assume you’re entering. Good luck!