Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Heart of Bible Journaling

my design
Prismacolour Premiere Pencils
As you may recall, the last post was the introduction to my new journaling Bible.  I'm delighted to say that my adventures continue and have opened up a world of hearts and souls who are also dedicated to exploring God's Word through our artistic endeavours!

I've been crash coursing what art mediums work best, adding tip-ins through inserted pages and tags, and learning and sharing results among any number of Bible Journaling groups -- grand fun!  I've invested in a few additional supplies to the Prismacolour Premiere pencils, which include chalk stamping pads, Koi Watercolours, Gel pens, a bit of washii tape, and a few sets of assorted stamps that I know will work nicely in my designs.

Since then, I've played both within the images included as well as creating my own designs.  Each one has lifted my heart to God while I've worked my way through the colouring or designing process.  Such a blessing!  As well, I've discovered live Bible Journaling streams on Periscope, Twitter's live feed - so fun! <3

Enjoy this very small sampling of my adventure ...

Book of Ezra
included design of the My Creative Bible
done with Super Doodle Glitter Gel Pens
"My Fill My Cup Lord"
<3 a favourite hymn <3
I so enjoyed creating this "Fill My Cup Lord" tip in as its one of my favourite hymns.  I could hear daddy's voice singing this the whole time I was designing and colouring it. :D   This was sketched in pencil, then gone over with Faber  Castell Black Pitt Pen, coloured with Sai Watercolour Pens,
"... a new song in my heart"
tip-in with pocket, done on mixed media paper,
Chalk Pad Inks, Washii Tape, Stamps, Gel Pens
"Faith & Believe"
done in Koi Watercolours, Micron Black Pen 08 & 01,
 UniBall Signo White Gel Pen, Glitter Gel Pens

"Where He Stands"
part of the Faith Illustrated Bible Journaling
Series.  This main image and circle pieces were
created by Tonya Hamilton (aka MessyBible)
along with her chosen scripture verse and
journaling thoughts about it.  Its a powerful
message, which I've included under the hinged
image.  The rest of this tip-in was done by me
to complement her lovely theme.

"Where He Stands"
showing the hidden journaled verse and
thoughts of
Tonya Hamilton aka Messy Bible

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Combining Faith and Art

My Creative Bible
For Mother's Day this year, I was gifted a beautiful art journaling Bible from my son & daughter-in-law, Todd & Rhonda. Also gifted from my daughter and son-in-law, Cassandra and Mick, was a large set of Prismacolor Premiere Pencils to use within it.

The Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils that I love are oil based and need to be final finished set or they tend to smear, so they are not a viable option for use with my Bible.  The Prisma's are wax based and self-sealing as a result of that binding agent, making them a perfect pencil medium for the Bible art.

I'm delighted to have a new venue to combine my faith and my creativity!
The Bible's pages are made of very light-weight paper so potential bleed through is also a concern.  I was happy to discover several bleed-proof markers and hi-liters made especially for Bibles! Do a search at Amazon on "bible markers" and you'll find a number to choose from. :D Gel pens are also a lovely medium to use within the Bible!  I've several sets of pens and find each offers colourful creative play.

There are almost 400 illustrations within the Bible varying from a fine-art style to doodled scripture text -- all of which allow you to bring your own creative style.  Each page within the Bible has wide lined margins where you can create your own imagery or journal personal thoughts as you delve into The Word.

My Creative Bible
I am so excited to share my first completed pages - the inside front covers.

Surprisingly, I've taken a wee bit of heat over this among my art friends when I shared those first completed pages above.With all of my health issues constantly at my door, my creativity has become limited, narrowed and funneled down to a handful of mediums and methods for which to find an outlet, so I was absolutely delighted to have this Bible gifted to me as yet another venue of creative play.  To have anyone toss in anything negative about it, both shocked and hurt me deeply. It has taken me a few days to wrap my head around that feedback and put those heart thoughts into words.

I heard several artists say they were raised to believe the Bible is a "faith icon" and should not be blemished in any way.  Different churches teach different things based on the religious practices, doctrines, creeds and tenets of their General Synod or affiliation. While the remark(s) were tempered with a "Oh, I'm not judging you!" follow-up, it was clearly a judgement of disdain or of being horrified based on their religious upbringing or they would not have felt it important to comment as such on my post and photo.  Subtle it wasn't.

I heard another artist friend, when asked to show her art journal Bible and colourings within it (during her recorded U-Stream) say several times "... but its not the Bible I read!"  Frankly that shocked me even more than the "faith icon" status -- as if the illustrations meant to be coloured within the Bible somehow made The Lord's Word any less valuable and viable.  Ummmm WOW.  I don't even know what to say about that ridiculousness. 

While I can certainly appreciate my Bible as "The Holy Word of God", it is that very appreciation of His Word that helps make my Bible (any Bible!) truly something personal to me as a valuable tool in my walk of faith.  A tool that I can and should take personally to make my walk of faith stronger.

My son-in-law Mick and I were discussing that attitude of a Bible being solely a "faith icon" in terms of my father.  Daddy walked and talked his faith every day.  He guest pastored wherever requested and served the Lord in ministry through song as well. His Bible was well loved and used during his life time and Mick referenced the ways in which one could follow specific sermons Daddy had spoken through the personal notations and hi-lites within his Bible.  Our family will tell you its one of our most precious keepsakes.  I hope someday my new Bible will also become part of my artistic treasured keepsakes left to my family.

How sad that there has to be any contention at all about something as wonderful as an art journaling Bible.

How wonderful that Christian publishing companies have created a variety of  art journaling Bibles made specifically to draw a soul even more into The Word of God through creativity.

I am happy to say there are other artists who also share this joy. 

There are artists in my circle who have this or similar art journaling Bibles and also love them like me.  

Does this make me or them better than those who've expressed negativity over these Bibles?  


It simply means some of us are enhancing our walk of faith through a creative Bible ... and there's simply NOTHING wrong with that!

Don't let anyone take away your enjoyment of it either ... that's theirs to own, not yours.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Coloured Pencil Testing Atop Underpainting Mediums

As you may recall,  health issues continue to plague me.  One of the latest health issues has impacted my strength which means I'm even more stream-lined in my arting mediums as, right now, my oil pastel box is too heavy and big for me to manage.  This has transitioned me into coloured pencil work more as I can handle my cases quite well.  I could continue the Pastel Pencils, but given that I'm working in my lap [read 'on my tummy!'], its difficult to not smear them in one way or another. (Ask me how I know this?  LOL)

Anyway, I was trying to emulate my friend, Dede Willingham's work with pencils over top of acrylics bases and backgrounds.  As you may also recall, I detest acrylics (for gobs of reasons which I will not go into at the moment! lol) and was trying to find an alternative underpainting to that medium.  So, I did an experiment using plain old copy paper.

My test medium pencils include:
  • FC Polychromos 120 set, 
  • Lyra Rembrandt 36 set, 
  • Prismacolour Premiere 36 set and 
  • Caran D'Ache Luminance assorted pencils (this latest is the brand I use for Caucasian facial tones as they are my preferred choice of colours). 

For underpainting mediums, I used:
  • Sai Watercolour Brushes
  • Koi Watercolour Brushes
  • Caran d'Ache Neocolour II's
  • Derwent Inktense
  • Stabilo Markers
  • Pro-Art Markers

The Pencil test results were actually shocking to me.
  1. Luminance were the most happy and did what one might expect - their ability to add details and shading, highlighting were spot on.
  2. Prismacolour was second in that they offered some struggles but overall, they were quite accommodating.
  3. Rembrandts struggled and really made me work for the results.
  4. Polychromos were not in the slightest bit happy -- and I fought tooth and nail as they are my all time favourite pencils!  :(
 The assorted underpainting results were really interesting!
  1. The cheapie Pro-Art Marker set - 100 colours for under $20 at Amazon (now sold under a different name but the exact same product!) were the happiest to play nicely with any of the pencils! No matter what I wanted to do, they were like "SURE - let's do it!"  lol
  2. The Stabilo were also happy but occasionally gave me the odd stink eye during play.  O.o
  3. The Sai and Koi watercolour brushes were kind of like -- omgosh, really?!?  O.O  -- testy little goobers.
  4. Inktense was a full grudge under the Sai and Koi's attitudes.
  5. Neocolour II's were like -- getouttahere !!! -- Hokey smokes I was shocked at their outright defiant attitude!
So, there you have it.

Dede obviously has the smart approach with the acrylics!  But, since I'm still not remotely fond of that medium, I'll haul out my Pro-Arts and play then!  :p

My next series of tests will be to change up the paper and see how that impacts these very same mediums.

Get Out There & Be Creative For ME Please!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sheer Bliss

After almost a year away from my arting adventures, I went back to my comfort zone of subject matters but chose to notch up the challenge a wee bit with a different medium on my favourite surface, the Ampersand Pastelbord. 

I'd read the Pastelbord's were great for coloured pencils but that the oil based pencils, which I prefer, were not very happy with this surface.  Frankly, that surprised and shocked me and I wanted to see for myself. 

You be the judge.  :)

Sheer Bliss
6 x 8 Ampersand Pastelbord
Faber Castel Polychromos Pencil
Lyra Rembrandt Pencil
Tri-Tone Pencils
It was "sheer bliss" to not only be arting again, but to find another happy combination for my artwork -- I'll be back to this surface and medium again!  :)