Monday, August 17

Week 7: Journaling by Heart: Paint and Paper Pile -Up!

Welcome back to Week 7 of Journaling by Heart: our free summer workshop for art journaling your faith. Melissa and I have loved seeing all of your creating this summer! It is such an encouragement to us. It doesn’t matter if you are starting week 1, or finishing week 6, we would love to see how you are art journaling your faith in our closed Facebook Group. Everyone is welcome.

This week we’ll focus on Psalm 34 and we’ll be using my favorite go-to process I call paint & paper pile-up. Let’s get started.

Scripture Psalm 34

I just love how one thing always leads to another until you find what you are looking for; something that resonates and speaks straight to your heart. I want to hold on to those nuggets, those treasures. That’s what I love about art journaling. It gives me a way to express and record those gems in a way that I can hold on to them, remember them, and not just move on to the next thing.

I planned on creating Psalm 34. Verse 3:

Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I wanted to create a verse that centered around God’s grace and my response to His grace for me. Then I decided to read the whole Psalm to get a feel for the context of the verse.

Read it here. Slowly.
Now read it again.
And one more time.

What verses stick out to you? What verses are you drawn to? What verses speak to your heart? Why?

Write down the one that you would like to art journal this week. Write a little bit about why it jumps out at you.

There are so many incredible verses to cling to, but the one that stuck out to me was verse 5:
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.

Huh? Wow. It reminded of Moses in Exodus:

29When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them. 32Afterward all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the Lord had given him on Mount Sinai.
33When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.

All we have to do is look to him and HE makes us radiant.
We don’t have to strive or accomplish or do. We just look. We just spend time looking at His glory, and we become radiant, without shame. I love that.

When I leave His grace at the door, it’s all about me. What I’m lacking or missing or the opposite, what I’m achieving or doing. But God calls me to simply forget myself and look to His gloryso He can make me radiant. Like Moses, we can’t be in the presence of the living God without being changed. He calls me to simply come and sit and look. To be blessed by his presence. TO be radiant. Really, what am I waiting for?

As you begin your process of art journaling your faith, I encourage you read and explore until you find a verse that speaks to you right where you are at. 

Supply List
Your Faith Art Journal (See Week 1) 
You can buy one or make one.

Acrylic paint
Patterned/Scrapbook Paper
Mod Podge
White Ink
Black Ink
Really thin Paint brushes

Tutorials: Paint & paper Pile –up

Last week we talked about color and created a color palette before we started painting. Today we’ll follow my typical process I call: Paint and paper pile-up. So get out your paint (acrylic, craft store paint) and any paper (patterned scrap book paper) and get ready to let it fly.

It’s important in this process to work quickly and intuitively, so you don’t overthink it. Try to push all judgement and criticism aside so that you can simply play with paint and paper. This is a good opportunity to practice grace for yourself. 

Step 1: Big Paint

Today we’ll work big to small, rotating back and forth from paint to paper. Let’s start by filling the page with color blocks, like we did in lesson 3.
***Please note: This is just a guide. These are just the colors I chose. I encourage you choose your own colors and go your own way whenever you want to.***

Start with a clean page.

and a medium sized brush.

Create big blocks of color with any color of your choice.

Switch colors and add more blocks.

 Add more blocks of color until the page is completely covered.

Step 2: Paper

Lay out your paper. Start tearing and gluing (using Mod Podge). Tearing and gluing.
There is something so fun and therapeutic about this process. It makes me so happy. I can’t really explain it. I hope you love it too.

Tear. Glue.

                                                                Tear. Glue.

                                                                Tear. Glue.

Step 3: More Paint
No brushes. Fingers only this time! Get your hands dirty and start spreading paint all over the page with your fingers. Color by color. If you get too much paint on the page, just use a paper towel to wipe it away. 

                                                  Paint lines, dots, and doodles.

Step 4: White Ink
Using white ink and teeny, tiniest paint brush, write your verse. Please note, with the white ink, it’s pretty see through the first time you write. I like it because mess-ups don’t show up as well, and you can just paint over it to fix it. Once you get the text the way you like it, paint over it with a second coat of white ink.

First coat.

Second coat. With doodles.

Step 5: Paint on top of ink

Next paint over the words you want to emphasize with paint.

Step 6: Black ink

Last, paint over the white ink with black ink. Include doodles and designs if you’d like.

Step 7: Share
Share your creations with us in our Facebook group. We’d love to see what you’re doing.

Happy making!



  1. Wow, Erin, amazing post again! I absolutely *love* the scripture you chose, I had never read that version before. "They are *never* covered with shame! *love*love*love*

    Thank you so much for this amazing lesson!

    Side note: I hope your first day of school was wonderful! Prayed for you today! (((❤)))


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