Bible Journaling

Have you seen the new journaling bibles in the stores recently?

It seems to be the latest craze…and I AM LOVING IT ūüôā !¬† One of my sweet friends showed me one she had started before Christmas and I was hooked.¬† I love drawing and hadn’t done much of it recently.¬† Bible journaling¬†has been a¬†fun, creative¬†way to get back into¬†drawing and¬†incorporate art into¬†my quiet time!

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This is the bible that I use.

 

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Journaling bibles have extra space on the pages for note-taking, art, etc.

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I tend to choose a verse or passage that stands out to me and focus on that for my project.

For example:

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I have always loved theses verses from Isaiah (“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.”) so I decided to draw an eagle soaring above the mountains.¬† I found a picture of the eagle on Google Images and copied this one.

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I had the idea to draw a lighthouse for this passage and found one online to copy.

 

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Other times, I just picture something in my head and go for it:

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There are also many wonderful websites, blogs, and Facebook pages that offer help.  One of my favorite is Bible Stories From The Heart.  They had a lesson on how to draw this lion with motion:

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If you don’t like to draw, you can also use creative lettering, stickers, washi tape, scrapbooking supplies, or basically anything that you want to!

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If you are unsure about writing/drawing in your bible, you can do your art on a separate piece of paper and then attach into your bible using washi tape.

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Stickers are an easy option Рthese are from  Dollar Tree!

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You can also find and print out coloring pages from the internet.

 

 

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Or you can just trace and color.

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My sweet friend, Lisa¬†who got me started has started her won blog called Draw Out Your Faith.¬† She hosts challenges, shares inspiration and ideas, and encourages us “newbies”!

Lisa is much braver than me and actually PAINTS in her bible!

 

She also has an amazing Pinterest page and Facebook group with LOTS of tips and ideas!

Go check them out!!!

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I hope that this post encourages you to be creative with your quiet times.  There are many things that you can do to enhance your time with God including music, photography, art, poetry, and more.

Get out of your comfort zone and re-energize those quiet moments spent with your Heavenly Father!

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Remember that your journaling experience will not look like mine…or Lisa’s…or anybody else’s for that matter.¬† You do what works for¬†you – what helps you focus on the promises of God -what brings¬†you joy – what you feel led to create or write.

Enjoy ūüôā !!!

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Review: Creating a Masterpiece

I learned about a fabulous art program called Creating a Masterpiece at the HEAV convention last month.  Children were watching the DVDs right there in the vendor hall and their artwork looked amazing РI was intrigued!

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The Creating a Masterpiece¬†vendors were so sweet and helpful and they offered me a free DVD in exchange for a review of their program.¬† I chose the “Tropical Clown Fish” – Lessons with Colored Pencils since we already had the supplies on hand.¬† All that is needed are six different colored pencils (Prismacolor brand is preferred), Bristol (or other high quality¬†art paper)¬†paper, and a pencil.¬† How simple is that?!?

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One of the most amazing things about this program are that it’s like having your own private art teacher in the comfort of your own home.¬† You are able to pause, rewind, or even re-watch the video at your own leisure.¬† I also love that this is a non-consumable product…you can reuse the DVDs for all of your children!

Each art lesson is taught by Sharon Hofer, an internationally known professional artist and teacher.  She has a sweet demeanor and does a wonderful job of creating excitement about the masterpiece that you are creating!  Click here to watch a sample video.

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Ryan and I just watched the DVD in the schoolroom and followed along!

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The first task was outlining the shape of the clownfish…Sharon breaks it down into small steps that are simple to follow.

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Then we got to start adding color!

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Now it’s really looking like a fish – great job Ryan!

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Ryan’s “masterpiece” turned out GREAT!!!

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Definitely a “thumbs-up” for this art curriculum!

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Mom had fun taking art too ūüôā !

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Creating a Masterpiece offers five different levels, each increasing in difficulty.  The levels include various mediums such as colored pencils, pastels, acrylic painting, silk painting, charcoal, copper tooling, sculpture, and more!  The individual DVDs cost $35, but are also available in complete sets for a discounted price.  Some of the more advanced DVDs would be a great way to fulfill a fine arts elective needed at a high school level.  It would only cost about $149 for a full year of art (22-26 lessons) Рnot bad!

I was truly impressed at how well our drawings turned out – Creating a Masterpiece will be a first choice for art curriculum in our homeschool from now on!