Bonus Art Lesson: Create an Abstract Background

Hi!  I wanted to include a very abstract background tutorial.  you can use backgrounds like this for any verse!  The more layers you put in ones like this, the better they turn out.  Be careful mixing colors though, you want to make sure it doesn’t get too busy, or muddy looking.

Step one:  Rip out a crazy strip of paper out of…well, anything!  Old books, reciepts, phone books, junk mail.  The text behind just gives texture.  Glue it down to the left side of the paper.

Step 2:  Add a wash of color with a big juicy brush.  Don’t fill the entire area, and add in a similar color while it is wet.  Tip your paper back in forth if there are puddles to make the colors run and make fun lines.  Let this dry.  You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

While that is drying on a separate piece of paper add just a bunch of color all over the same way we did above.  We are going to cut shapes out of this paper.

Step 3:  Find a piece of bubble wrap or some other textured found object.  Put a similar color, but darker than the background on the bubble wrap, then flip it onto the paper and make a print.  The watercolor will run together a little and make indistinct shapes.  That is good!  You can also use stencils or just add some crazy brushstrokes.

Step 4:  Cut 6 wonky little circles out of the separate piece of paper.  The less perfect the better.  Glue them to the top and bottom of the page.

Step 5:  Use a black marker or pen to draw outlines on the circles and outline the strip of paper.  Add several lines.  Use white paint or a marker, chalk, whatever to  add white circles around a few of the printed texture.

Step 6:  Add your verse!

Bonus Lettering Tutorial

I wanted to add in another tutorial about lettering, just a little more specific.

In this first image you can see are four different ways to write God.  The second one is just simple printed capital letters.  But when you add or stretch those simple shapes, you can get very different results.  And it doesn’t take much.  The first one I drew the letters, then went back and added the curls.  The third one is an example of adding a serif:  a little line at the top and bottom of any straight lines.  Scan-005



The bottom one is an example of what happens when you stretch the letters to long and thin.  You can see it especially below in the word PREVAILED.  Remember those lined papers little kids use?  It is the same concept except the middle line is much closer to the top:












I also wanted to include some step by step diagrams of drawing squared bubble letters.  This isn’t any different than what we used to doodle in notebooks in junior high.  But sometimes a good visual is nice, right?  So above I broke down how to draw an e and below I did the word LIFE.  Mostly these are just rectangles!Scan-004


Tips for good handwriting:

  • keep your paper close
  • don’t hold the writing instrument too tight!
  • try not to press too hard–a lot of times people are just using entirely too much pressure.  If you can feel your writing on the back, you are gripping the instrument and pushing.  Just relax your hand and pull back a little.
  • start at the top!  In calligraphy and penmanship you ALWAYS start drawing a letter at the top and work your way down.  This helps keep letters the same size also!
  • in cursive, lean all the letters the same way.

Hope this helps a little!

Christ’s peace–Nicole




Art Lesson: Exodus Study Lesson 5

There was never a dull moment for the Isrealites was there?  I am sure they were thinking they needed things a little easier, a little more stable.  But, really, they just needed to realize:  Life is never easy or stable.  But GOD IS.  He is the one constant, for eternity.  His love stable.  Accepting His love is easy if we let it be.  When we lift Him up, He leads us to victory.  I love how powerful this is in this week’s story.  And the image of Moses lifting up the rod/God’s power to lead the Isrealites really stuck with me.  And this is what came out:



Now…don’t freak out:  if you don’t think you draw this, do try!!!, but if not…I decided to include a printable version of the outline at the bottom of the post.  🙂  You can print it out and just add color as you see fit.  And as a bonus, I am adding two extra posts this week!  In one, I show a step by step of how I create some of my more abstract backgrounds for verses.  And the other is specifically how to different lettering. I created them separately so you can easily refer to them.  You might decide to use that instead.

If you want to try drawing this here are the steps.  Go slowly and draw VERY lightly in pencil first so you can erase when needed.



  1.  draw the left side of Moses arm.
  2. draw the line on the right side of the arm, make it just a little longer.  Notice how they angle closer together at the top.
  3. draw a short angled line.  It is about a 45 degree angle.  Then draw a short backwards L right near there for the web between thumb and pointer finger.
  4. draw the other side of the hand.  Start at the top of the arm line and angle just a very little up and away.
  5. draw the top of the hand by continuing that line back the other way.  It will create a VERY wide V shape.
  6. draw the rod:  make two parallel lines going on either side of the hand.  The bottom line should touch the end of the short line on the left  to the backwards L and the middle of the angled line on the right side. The top line is also in the middle of the angled in line on the top right side.
  7. add the fingers:  This is not as hard as it looks!  You are going to draw a half oval shape/C line on its’ side.  Just connect lines and kind of stack them up.

TA DAH!  All done with the hardest part!

  1. Now you can add some decoration to the rod…just add some C shapes to make it look rounded.
  2. Add a sleeve at the bottom, I added extra lines to make it look like the fabric flowing.
  3. Draw the mountain/rock shapes in the back.  Big triangles.
  4. Add the rectangle frame.
  5. Draw your letters of the verse.  Write the rest of the verse around the edge of the rectangle.
  6. Paint and add color!
  7. to shade the hand and arm, paint all one color but leave a little white on the edges.  Once it is dry, go back in and add another layer/wash to just the middle of the arm, pointer finger, and knuckles.
  8. to shade the mountains:  paint all a brown, either wet or dry add black along the top in wide stripes.  Mix  a little brown and red to get the brick color or a little green in and add that along the rectangle.
  9. paint the sky.

And here is the hard outlines version that you can download and print.  Scan