Sunday, October 5, 2014

BEFORE You Were Born!

In Jeremiah 1:4 God told Jeremiah that BEFORE He formed him in the womb He knew him,  he consecrated him and had his life all mapped out!  Same for us!

In my Bible today...

And later in Jeremiah that will leads him to jail and in the mud of a cistern ... His will isn't always easy.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

In the Beginning ...

Yesterday I got the new Journalling Bible that I ordered from Marilyn Hickey.  It is the NIV NoteWorthy Bible.  Naturally, just after I placed the order I started reading tons of negative reviews!  They said the the font was very tiny and the paper was really thin .... TRUTH!  But, the positive is that there is a blank page across from every page of scripture!  How awesome is that?!  The text is on the left side with the blank page on the right side.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that!  Now, to the downside to that wonderfullness
Is that any bleed thru will affect the text on the backside (which is not a problem with the EVS Journalling Bible I have been using because the blank Journalling area is back to back in that Bible).  In order to avoid any bleed thru I will need to use colored pencils like I did here...

As you can see on the right picture (or the back side of the drawing) the color does not show through. But.... Any use of a black pen does "emboss" the paper....hummmmm....oh well.... As soon as I saw that I place a something under the page to keep it affecting anymore pages.

Another problem with using the color pencils on these pages is that the pages are smooth and don't have as much "tooth" as regular copier type paper so you can't make the colors as dark as you can with regular paper.... Notice on Day 1.... That is a black pencil, several layers!  I just couldn't get it dark enough for my taste.

Now, let me tell you how cool God is.... Last night as I was writing all of the above on my Facebook posting on my picture the Holy Sprirt gave me an idea ( I just Love that about him...I  will meditate on a problem and almost immediately he will give me a solution!).  One of the things I had noticed about the colored pencils was that they made the area I colored shiny and waxy.....   Hummmmm. I wondered if the waxy would "bleed proof" the page.... So I tested it by coloring over some areas with my Ranger Distress Markers.... Eureka!  Success!

There were only a couple places that show through, and that is where I just lightly applied the on the yellow "light=day" area, I just barely colored that so if I tried to go back over it with a marker the back side would be affected.

So, even with its minor flaws I still LOVE the blank pages and. I will continue illustrating in it .... And my other one too because I love both!

OU! OU! I just had another idea!  One of the things I want most is a map of the area that is being talked about.... I want it right there in front of me, I don't want to have to look for the map....this Bible will be PERFECT for that!  I'm going to draw, or print/cut/paste a map everywhere I want one!  But the happy idea is that I can create a clear accetate overlay showing then and now, or route taken or, whatever!  OK I now know what today's drawing will be!  Whoohoo!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


I don't think I have mentioned that I am part of a Facebook group called Journaling Bible Community.  It is only 2 months old and has almost 3200 members already!  The beauty of the whole idea is that people are getting interested in their Bibles again.  Some are even buying their first Bible because of the group....AWESOME!!!  I love that!


Occasionally folks will question the act of drawing in a Bible, is it disrespectful?  My take on it is, it HELPS me to meditate on the Word and I LOVE flipping through and catching a glimpse of a picture and I know instantly what is on the page and the scripture repeats in my head. I haven't mentioned the group so far because while I am very careful not to cover any text, and I am illustrating what I read, some other folks are just "doodling" for doodling sake....some are completely covering the text!  I cringe every time I see text covered.  The flower doodlers don't bother me so much because they will get the same benefit of flipping through and getting instant recall...BUT, I really do have a problem with folks covering the text so that you can't read it!!!  EVERY WORD MATTERS!!!

Sorry, back to the occasional threads questioning any form of marking up Bibles.  I have been appalled at some of the responses to the question!  A couple have even said... "It is just a book, just like any book."   WHAT?!!!  My first thought was to disassociate myself from the group, but then I decided better to stay and say what I am thinking ... I guess it would call it being passive aggressive...

This is my new title page of my Bible... posted to the group... not very beautiful but I hope it gets the point across ...

  1. - It is actually a collection of 66 books
  2. - Written by 44 different authors
  3. - In 3 different languages
  4. - In 3 continents
  5. - It took over 1600 years to write and it is still being read and changing lives!!!
  6. - It is a love letter from our Father God
  7. - It is THE instruction manual for how to live life (yes, life DOES come with instructions!)
  8. - It is THE HOLY Bible!!! (all three of those words are significant)
  • THE - meaning THE ONLY
  • HOLY - sacred, reverent, deserves respect
  • Bible - the collection of sacred writings of the Christian religion, comprising the Old and New Testaments. authoritative, the most important book in a given field.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The TRUE Vine

I usually like to stay away from the soooo obvious, but, sometimes ya just gotta, ya know?

I used ranger distress markers and a regular black ballpoint pen.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Taking My Drawings to My Bible

Hi All!  Long, long time no talk!  Is this really typing in red and underlined???  Weird not sure why or how to fix...I'm using my iPad and things work differently!  Sorry! I will try to fix it when I get back to my PC.
Anyway, LOTS has been going on here.  I am making lots of things for a party my niece is planning for her wedding in October.  I have built (am building) a website to sell stuff!   YAY!   And I've made lots of stuff for craft sale season.  Oh! And I joined a Facebook group called Journalling Bible Community, created for folks like me that want to do Bible art...but the difference in what I have done in the past is we are dining it directly into a Bible.  
Below are some of the things I have done so far.... I am LOVING my Bible!  It is the EVS single column Journalling Bible so the margins are big enough to play in least 2".

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Black and White "Happy" Box

I cannot tell a lie, one of my least favorite things to do is to go to the post office...hate is a better word for it....So, it is always a happy day when I get something off and on its way.  Last week I sent a package to my niece in California.  

The box included tons of confetti I made for her wedding party invitations .... That's all that had to go, but I added some little extras.  

First, I made a 6x9 three ring binder from scratch .... The ribbon below is just to hold it together for shipping.

I made an envelope, pen holder, pens and booklets to go with the binder ... all black and white so they go together....

All I did for the chevron and polka dot pen/pencil was insert straws in the barrels.

The only thing that was actually "doodled" was the label for the box.  I printed the name and address with an existing font  (Cantoni Basic) onto an 8.5"x11" kraft label, then I added bits and pieces to Mattie's name and doodled the frame ... with a little creature peaking over the corner. 


Played with:

I shifted the uppercase letters down and added swishes...covered up the existing crosses of the t's and connected the the t's at the bottom.  

The black and white check is just duct tape...lots of it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Prima Doll #23 (Zoe)

This is another runway inspired doll.  

The actual drawing it much closer to navy than what this picture shows... in this picture it has suddenly become royal blue instead ?!?

I couldn't get happy with the hair on this one so I just kept adding slivers of cut black paper ... and even with that I'm not happy!  Her head looks all wonkus (sp?)

One thing I did to speed things up was I bought store brand Ivory Cardstock at either Office Max or Office Depot???   I cut the doll from that then just add the shadows with a marker....saves ink. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

...but with God ...

ANYTHING is possible!

I used a black brush pen to write on black then scanned it and inverted the colors.  Done!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Runway Inspired

I wondered how long it would take for me to move on to the "next thing" and tire of the paper dolls... 21 days.  I went three whole weeks doing that one thing!  I knew it wouldn't last. 

Anyway, I decided to go ahead and work with latest "The Runway Inspired Challenge" again:

Then yesterday I did a fast doodle:

And then I decided to put them together just for kicks.


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