Saturday, October 13

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 7: Who Can Resist? Using Masking Fluid

Day 7: Who Can Resist?
Using Masking Fluid

This is really fun.
Am I saying that too much?
Too bad. it's true.

Masking fluid is kind of like magic.
You can find it at any craft store.
Use an old brush because it will be destroyed.

Masking fluid is a resist that you paint on and then peel off.
First, paint your designs with the masking fluid.

When it's dry, paint over it with watercolors.

When the watercolor is dry, peel off the masking fluid.

 Add some pen and you are finished.

Now go!

Get ready for fun tomorrow:
Day 8:Creating Your Mixed Media Art Journal
Oh! How I Love Gesso

You will need:
An old hardback book.
Lots of gesso.
Brushes (nothing special).
A few of your favorite acrylic colors.

See Day 8: Inspiration from really great people

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Kids Scripture Art Series: Sunday School Songs

I finally {finally} finished painting a series:
Sunday school songs {you love to hate}
that last part is a joke. please laugh.
This series has been in my head for about a year now
and it feels great to finally get it out.
All 12 are available in the shop right here.





Friday, October 12

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 6: Playing With Paper

Thank you if you're still hanging in there with me!
I hope you are having fun.

Day 6: Playing with Paper

Today we're going to start with watercolors.

And add some little pieces of paper with gel medium.

 And add details & scripture with extra fine pen.

Wednesday, October 10

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 5: Paint First, Doodle Next

Day 5: Paint First, Doodle Next

This is pretty much a no fail technique.
Really, you just paint blobs of watercolor on the paper

and doodle over them.

That's it.
Now go!

See Day 6: Playing with Paper
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31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 4: Doodle First, Paint Next

I'm back! Thank you for checking in.
Ack! I'm so sorry!
Seriously sorry.
I started this project to make myself make time for
art journaling the scripture that I want to keep hidden in my heart and head
all day long
not just for 10 minutes in the morning. You know?
I want to remember what I'm learning, and then have a record of it.
A record of what God is doing and working on in me.
That was my motivation.
I also want to make art journaling accessible and doable for you. for everyone.
Because I believe that there is something inherently spiritual about creating.
not just art, but creating anything.
I am connected to my creator when I create.
When I use the gifts that I've been entrusted with.
I have good reason to be gone. 
Check me out...
a have an agent.
no i'm not making this up.
no, it's not my mom.
I've been dying to someone to "call my agent".
I'm beyond excited.
I'm not sure what it all means quite yet, but I'm excited.
I'll tell you all about it in a post very soon.
I've been staying up and meeting deadlines and chasing kids and teaching first graders.
But I am back to you now.
okay, today's lesson...
Day 4: Doodle First, Paint Next
This is so simple!
And fun. And super easy to travel.
but since I moved my studio into the garage I can't find it for the life of me.
So I found this simple set of Reeves cake watercolors,
which will totally do the trick.
I'm a firm believer in buying cheap supplies at first,
until I know I want to stick with something.
Then I'll invest my life savings into art supplies.
Too many times I have spent tons of money
on supplies for projects, only to never use them again.
Can you relate?
A few tips on watercolors:
Watercolors are like salt. You can always add more, but it's tough to take color away.
Paint from light to dark. Start with your lightest color (such as yellow)
and move to your darker colors(such as blue or black)
Always have paper towels at hand for blotting extra paint away.
Watercolors have a mind of their own. That's why they bug me. A lot.
Be open to whatever they choose to do.
I promise it'll be different than what you wanted them to do,
but different can be good. It's a good reminder that we are not in control. 
Just go with it.
Extra fine point Sharpie
Watercolor paper
1. Start by creating your words & then doodle around them.
Use your lines and shapes to help if you get stuck.
Try to get out of your head and in the zone.
That is the beauty of the art journal: no critics. no expectations.
just fun and play. and it might take you a while to silence the inner critics.
but I urge you to push through until you do.
There is freedom and joy in that place.
And the only way you get passed the critics, is by pushing through them.
And it takes practice. It gets easier and easier with practice.
Here are my line doodles:
2. Paint your doodles.
A word: I don't love it, but I like it.
I'm only finding out what I love by trying lots of different things.
Keep practicing and your own personal style will emerge from a place that you didn't even know existed. I promise. Keep going and trust yourself.
And you will look back and say... I did that.
I know this is the longest post ever, but I had to catch up!
I have 3 more posts for today,
and 4 for tomorrow to be all caught up.
Please link your journaling in the comments below.
I'd LOVE to see what you're doing!
Thank you, thank you, thank you x 100 for hanging in there with me.
Happy journaling.

P.S. I hate the watermarks. HATE them.
I think they ruin the whole thing, but it is a necessary evil.

Wednesday, October 3

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 3: Pattern Play

Day 3: Pattern Play
Just like lines, possibilities for patterns are endless.
Whenever I am stuck, I just continue repeating a pattern or a
 variation on a pattern I've already created.
First, divide your practice paper up into squares by folding it in half 4 times.
Then, using your line practice sheet from yesterday,
combine a few lines in different ways to make up some patterns.
Easy, right?

Now add these patterns to your journal page.

Tuesday, October 2

31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling:: Day 2: Lots of Lines

Day 2: Lovely Lines
I love lines. Lots of them.
The possibilities with lines are endless.
So much of art journaling can be a simple doodle.
If you're not an addicted doodler already, don't worry.
It can be an acquired skill.
I'm using a simple, store-bought mixed media journal
and an extra fine point sharpie. Nothing too fancy.

When I'm teaching my class about line I give this little handout for a little guide.
It's a great jumpstart,  just to get you going.
When you can't think of anything else to doodle,
you can refer to your doodle sheet.

Choose a scripture & start to doodle!