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Romans 8:28 Art Tutorial: Plus Tip-ins!

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There is a lot of information in the videos today–and it explains a lot of the symbolism in this piece as well. ¬†Click HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2) to go to the You Tube videos. ¬†And at the bottom of this post you will find a tutorial for creating tip-ins ¬†with coloring pages and more in your Bible.

But for those of  you just reading:

  1. ¬†It started with a drawing of a little kid’s paper weaving. ¬†I often just sketch random ideas from Pinterest and then wait for the right verse to match up. ¬†This verse reminded me of how individual pieces are not nearly as effective as when we work together as a whole.
  2. weaving outline  Start by drawing all of the horizontal lines (about 10).  Connect them on the ends with funny little lines that make arrows or slants that make them look like the strips.
  3. Add 4 rectangles to the top and the bottom of the horizontal rectangles to create the vertical strips.
  4. Now ****start on the strip on the farthest left.  Skip the first horiztontal strip and add vertical lines that line up with the rectangle you drew at the top to make it look like a continuation of that vertical piece.  Skip every other horizontal piece to continue making it look like it is woven.  Continue for each vertical rectangle.
  5. The colors:  The blue is God in the background and the vertical strips holding it all together.  And then there is a blue horizontal strip that represents Jesus coming to Earth as a man.
  6. Here are two photos of the beginning of the process:

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4. After applying all of the blue, I painted in the horizontal strips.  I chose rainbow so the colors could melt into each other and make new colors and to represent the uniqueness of each person and the need for differences.

5.  When the painting was complete and dry, I filled in the outlines, and then wrote the verse.

I also wanted to show how to create a tip-in with coloring pages or whatever paper you like.  This is a super easy process!  And this verse ended up being a perfect example of why tip-ins can be a great addition to your Bible.  (See photos below the instructions.)

  1. Start with a 5×7 print of the coloring page version of the artwork.
  2. Use colored pencils to fill it in.  Always outline the shape and then fill in with strokes going the same direction when coloring in.
  3. Cut the paper down to size and use washi tape (just because it is fun) to tape it to the margin of your Bible where the verse is located.
  4. Turn the paper in so it is face flat on the text and you can see the back.  Add more tape to the other side to the edge of the page.  This will help secure it and creates a strong hinge so you can fold it back and forth.

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On this same page of my Bible is another favorite verse that I illustrated a few weeks ago that I wanted to include here as well.  So I added a second tip-in.

5.  I printed off this illustration and used another color washi tape to attach it to the bottom margin of my Bible page. You could also just create an artwork on a smaller piece of paper.

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Here you can see both tip ins added to my Bible:  picture 1:  each folded out, picture 2 the bottom folded in and side out and photo 3 is how you can see the text still.

I was able to illustrate two different verses on the same page, but still keep them in their context. ¬†This is a great way to add other notes, photos, pictures, doodles, whatever to personalize your Bible, your relationship, and worship time with Christ even more! ¬†This is also a great solution for those of you who can’t afford or find a journaling Bible right now, are concerned about covering text but want your art next to the verses, are concerned about mistakes, or don’t want to mess with a separate book.

I hope you try a tip-in this week! ¬†I can’t wait to see your photos on the Facebook group!

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Art Tutorial: Matthew 19:26 All Things Are Possible for God

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This ¬†verse is so wonderful, so encouraging, just ….so. ¬†I love that we can apply it in many ways, but when we look at it in direct context it has the most power of all–it shows just how connected we are to our God, it shows just how much He loves us.

I use the Oxford Annotated New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.  I got it 20 years ago as the required version for a history of the Bible course and intro to the Bible in college.  And I have used it ever since.  I do reference other versions often, but for me, this version is easily understood.  When I opened it up to this verse to do the devotion, my wording was slightly different.  I loved the way it distinguished us as mortal and God as immortal and all powerful, omnipotent, and I used that version.   This piece has a lot of symbolism that you can read about in the tutorial.

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Matthew 19:26 All Things by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

This lesson I have lots of information for you! ¬†And I made a couple videos as I went–lots of tips on watercolor this week and a peek at my tools, and I will talk you through most of the process.

HERE ARE THE LINKS TO ALL THREE VIDEOS ON YOU TUBE:

Part One                    Part Two              Part Three

Let’s start:

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  1.  Draw the feather/string of hearts down the side.  This doodle reminded me of stretching to heaven, flying up but also a string of just how much God loves us.  Start by drawing the line from the top of the paper down curving it slightly.
  2. Then you can create the hearts two ways:  just draw the hearts (top half of photo), or make the bumps down one side and then go back on the other side and draw the connecting and corresponding side (bottom half of photo).
  3. Add the chain down the right side of the paper.  I also liked this doodle for how it illustrates our connectedness to God.  This is just overlapping circles.
  4. Add the top and bottom lines connecting the feather and chain–draw two parallel lines, but add hash marks going all different angles–these symbolize our brokenness and sin.
  5. Write in the verse. ¬†This lesson’s artwork fonts are just simple printing.
  6. Add the color with your favorite media.  For me the feather went red and then I added blue skies of the heavens and the grass of the world.
  7. Add extra doodle/scribbles for emphasis, shadows, and highlights.

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Art Tutorial: John 16:33

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JOhn 16:33 Take Courage by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

 

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Downloadable PDF coloring sheet:  rebus coloring

This was a wordy verse! ¬†Is that a word? ¬†Wordy? ¬†Well, anyway…I couldn’t break it down, I wanted the entire verse to be in the artwork, and that doesn’t leave a lot of space for a large central drawing. ¬†As I read it over and over, several pictures came to mind–and I realized I was reading it almost like a rebus. Remember those from preschool/kindergarten? ¬†When a word is substituted with a picture. ¬†Maybe back to school time helped form that idea. ¬†But the more I considered the words, I found that they are difficult–yet so simple. ¬†Again I felt the connection to the rebus. ¬†That cemented the decision and I formulated a plan.

These are the substitutions:

  • The cross = Christ
  • stick person = you
  • 2 = to
  • needle = so
  • dove = peace
  • earth = world

Creating the artwork is pretty easy! ¬†Most of the symbols are super basic . ¬†The dove is a little harder–confession: ¬†I searched Pinterest for dove tattoos! I knew it would be a simple line drawing! ¬†I often use this trick to find simple outlines for different drawings.

  1.  Using a ruler draw 8 lines across the page.
  2. On the top line, draw a long arrow.  I actually used the line for the bottom of the arrow.
  3. Write the words and rebus symbols in pencil.  I have the spacing all figured out for you!  When you are done, then go over it in marker (just in case).
  4. The design needed some color; add rectangles of color around each word and color in the symbols.  You can use any medium for this:  crayons, markers, gelatos.  I used watercolor.
  5. Use a different medium or a slightly different shade to outline each rectangle to make them pop.

 

Isaiah 41:10 Art Tutorial

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Isaiah 41:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

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The tutorial for this Bible verse is a bit of a challenge, BUT it will be sooooo worth it.  The art is going to be truly for each of you:  because it WILL BE YOU and a chance to remind you just how much God loves YOU. Here is mine:Scan-001

Notice that I not only collaged myself, but I started the verse with my OWN NAME as a reminder to myself that God means me, and not only that, but I very consciously chose to use my regular handwriting in this very personal letter to myself. ¬†It is not nearly as hard as it looks! ¬†Let’s start:

Step 1: ¬†using scissors and scrap paper (I used an old dictionary) cut out four main pieces for the body: ¬†an oval head, a rectangle body (I rounded the edges and made curved the sides in–make it look like YOUR body shape), a triangle piece for the neck, and then a skirt shape trapezoid. ¬†

Step 2:  Glue down the middle of the body and the the skirt.  Peel back a little of the body and slide the neck piece under and and glue that down.  Add the head to the top overlapping the neck slightly.

Step 3:  Cut out two long skinny rectangles for arms.  I rounded the edges slightly at the ends for shoulders.  Cut out two mitten shapes.  

Step 4:  Glue down the arms.  I decided I wanted mine going to the side, but as if I have my palms up.  Go ahead and paint the clothing your favorite colors.  

Step 5: ¬†We need hair! ¬†Rip out some pieces and add to the head: ¬†mine is cut in a pixie so I just put a little on–use as much as paper as you need!

Step 6:  Add a little brown or whatever color to the skin.  I added a little pinkish (or watered down red) to my cheeks.

Step 7:    Add color to the background:  any color you want, can be light, dark, whatever goes!  I  wear a lot of jewelry, so I needed some accesssories:  bracelet, earrings, and a necklace were put in with ink/marker.

Step 8:  This is my favorite part:  write YOUR NAME, a colon or comma or dash, then write the verse in your own handwriting.  Pray for yourself as you go.  It is good to pray these things!  God will be with you in powerful ways!

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If you don’t feel comfortable I created a black and white version you can color. ¬†Trace it if you like as well to change the body shape, hair, and add your own handwriting–and don’t forget YOUR NAME.

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The Vastness of God’s Love

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Each week there will be a Bible study lesson posted, an art activity to create, a journal prompt given, and discussion questions posted.

Feel free to complete as many of the activities as you have time to do.

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The Vastness of God’s Love ~

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CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~Kept in God's Love - IBible Verse
Lord, how can I explain,
the vastness of Your love
it’d be as hard as counting
all the stars that shine above.

For in my human mind,
I cannot begin to understand
how the greatness of Your love
over the universe can span.

Lord, how can I explain,
all the reasons You love me
it’d be as hard as measuring
all the water in every sea.

For in my human heart,
I cannot begin to comprehend
the magnitude of You love
that has no conclusion or end.

Lord, how can I explain,
what I have never felt before
it’d would as hard as numbering
all the sand upon, every shore!

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Ephesians 3:18-19

“May be able to comprehend with all saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.‚ÄĚ

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

Exodus Art Tutorial Week 6

This is the piece that I created for us all to do

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But I also want to share these two with you:

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I painted God’s Top Ten two years ago,and recently a company purchased rights to the image to print in Asia. ¬†ūüôā ¬†I found the wording on Pinterest I think. ¬†I love how simple it makes it to follow. ¬†I keep a print of this one in my kitchen where my whole family can be reminded of what God expects of us. ¬†You can order prints of it here¬†in my Etsy shop. ¬†If you want to paint one like it, its pretty simple! ¬†Just the writing and then I painted each rule different colors. ¬†ūüôā

Then I found this in a devotion and painted it:

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This one had a huge impact on me. ¬†I never quite fully bought into complete obedience to God–or I should say, I wanted to be obedient but took it for granted that I was forgiven for all that I confessed, but when I saw this, it all fell into place. ¬†I knew that God was not giving me check marks for everything I did or did not do. ¬†I realized that I owed Him my obedience in complete gratitude. ¬†That it is a way of worshiping him. ¬†Of giving Him all of my love. ¬†It is an act of surrender that He is leading me. ¬†This artwork is also available in the shop here¬†if you would like this reminder for you.

Anyway…just wanted to share those with all of you, and they were so applicable to this week’s lesson!

Here is our tutorial for this week with pictures:

Step One

I drew a rectangle. (I like frames, can you tell?) ¬†Then I drew the scalloped pattern at the top–just doodle half circles across the top. ¬†For the next row, start in the center of a half circle and draw one that connects to the middle of the next half circle in the first row. ¬†Continue on.

Next I drew the line down, stopped to add a heart, from its base added another line and heart, and then the curl.

Step 2:

I added the lettering. ¬†Mostly just simple capital letters–I just played more with size to give more emphasis this week. ¬†By changing up the size and stacking some words I was able to fit it all in, and give it some interest.

Step 3:

Add color!  I painted, but you can use colored pencils or whatever.  Add blue to the scallops, green in the main rectangle.

Then I splattered with paint!  Just tap a wet brush against your finger and watch the color fly and dot the page.  Kind of fun!  Watch out, it will go beyond the paper.

And then paint the hearts red when the green is dry. ¬† Otherwise they might run together! ¬†I ended up adding ¬†a red frame around it as well–just thought it needed more red.

Step four:  Outlining and doodle in the scallops:  I drew some circles in the top row of scallops and some lines in the third row.  I added some spirals to the hanging hearts.

These are very basic examples of zentangling: ¬†a new name for doodling that encourages meditation and prayer. ¬†You can search Pinterest or the internet and find lots of tutorials! ¬†Plus there are many books published that you can find at craft stores or on Amazon. ¬†My kids love to zentangle–and it is just called zen, it works with all faiths. ¬†Kids, and really anyone, love the organized doodling aspect and they get great results no matter the talent level.

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May you be blessed as God’s treasured possession and remember to obey His voice in your life!

I want to thank Leslie for inviting me to do these tutorials for you–this was an act of obeying for me–God gave me this talent and the purpose of using it to spread His gospel and love. ¬†I hope it has enriched you!

 

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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