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Using Aquapastels on my Bible: Tips with The Crafter’s Workshop

I guess I want to compensate for the weeks I wasn’t able to share any Art / Bible Journaling and so today, for the second time this week, I have a Bible page to share. I wanted to create a post with tips and tricks using The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte, since it is what I use to prep my pages.

 

Tips & More Bible Journaling Pages
Click here to visit TCW’s blog and read my post for today in which I’m sharing not only tips on how I use my TCW product for Bible Journaling, but also more pages using different media to give you ideas of how well TCW’s Clear Gesso Matte and stencils work!

The main coloring media I used on this page were Jane Davenport Aquapastels -beautiful watercolor crayons that are a must-have-, Sharpie Acrylic Paint Marker in White, A bit of Prismacolor pencils just to add detail here and there, some PanPastel for the background and a bit of Distress Oxide Ink to stencil some distressed patterns. The verse from my kit The Vine was stamped with Archival Ink and the words around the flowers were written with a Micron marker.

I drew this flowers myself, from scratch. I was thinking of weak flowers like those from Peach Trees and that’s essentially how this entire page emerged. I drew them in pencil and watercolored them little by little, layering the colors to give the flowers different shades.

 

The Truth behind this Page
I made this page on a very, very difficult day. There was a lot going on around me and that is why it wasn’t easy for me to share this page publicly. Nevertheless, I feel like sometimes pages like these are the ones that end up blessing someone who needs this very specific Word, on a very specific day. I am happy to let you know that all of those very, very stressful trials are in the past and I have found the peace that I was desperately looking for while I was working on this page. So allow me to be a testimony of how God’s grace can redeem you from even the most devastating situations and, like a Christmas miracle, press the restart button of your life and give you the peace that you long for. I was feeling so weak that day. I wasn’t being able to handle all of the chaos and in consequence it wasn’t allowing me to rest in the Lord. But God once again showed me that He is in control and that His strength is made perfect in weakness, and that strength is what has brought me to a new season of my life together with my family in just a month. So when you aren’t strong enough for all the chaos in your life, the crazy routine, your personal challenges, your family issues and more, He is strong enough to handle it for you! Amen!

I hope you enjoy the technical side of this page back at TCW’s blog and that this brief testimony blesses your life today. That’s all for now. I’ll be back with more creative ideas soon. Until then.

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Bible Journaling with Pan Pastel & Deco Foil

I promised I would be back with a new art journaling inspiration project today… This might as well become a habit! This time I have a page from Psalm 31 that I handdrawn and colored with PanPastel. The softness of the PanPastel goes so well with the bible pages and it so easy to blend and color with.

I knew I wanted a bold floral image on this page. I love floral illustrations and I had to try out this Magnolia here. I handdrawn the flower in pencil first inspired by a photograph online. This time I did not feel the need to prep my page because I was not going to be using any wet media on it. Then I started shading my flower starting with a 430.5 Magenta, adding highlights with 380.8 Red Oxide Tint and 100.5 Titanium White (trying not to touch the rest of the image and only blending it on the lightest spots of the flower). I also added 470.8 Violet Tint to create a little bit of shadows but since my coloring is usually whimsical it is ok if the tones shadows and highlights are so realistic. Finally I used 010 Colorless Blender where I felt it was needed, trying not to overblend because I still wanted those lines or streaks to show on my coloring.

The Sofft applicator with replaceable head (the one the looks like an eyeshadow applicator) is my favorite tool for coloring in detail smaller images. For the center of the Magnolia I used 220.5 Hansa Yellow. The lightest yellow you see is Hansa Yellow on top of water based white marker. (That is a nice trick if you do not have many colors and need to add some highlights.) I outlined the flower and added detail with waterbased paint markers and depending on area I was outlining I tried to use a color that layered subtly with the PanPastel colors… I used pink marker for the petals, yellow for the center of the flower, aqua for the branches.

I applied two light coats of fixative to my page, let it dry over night and came back the next morning to add some soft color around the flower. I used super soft tints 620.8 Phtalo Green Tint, 580.8 Turquoise Tint, and 680.8 Bright Yellow Green Tint with a stencil from TCW called Dramatic Floral and although the effect is very subtle it does add a beautiful blended look around the Magnolia.

 

I thought all of the beautiful PanPastel colors would look even more beautiful with a layered transparency. So I attached a sentiment from my new rubber stamp set called Spark from Unity Stamp Co. on vellum that I also foiled with Gold Sequins Deco Foil. I attached the vellum hiding the adhesive behind the foiled sentiment and trying to be very careful to not add too much either.

This magnolia flower ended up measuring around 9.5 to 10 inches… That is bold for a bible but I have seen bolder illustrations around. Of course, this is only my second bible page so it is always an adventure, no matter what I draw on it.

 

 

As for the verse that inspired me to create this page, it was Psalm 31:24: “Be strong, and He will strenghten your heart”. I believe in this verse so much. To endure and persevere while God is also doing His part, giving us strength, providing opportunity were there is only possibility and lifting us even if everyone around us is against us. This Psalm was a blessing to my life this week. I needed it in my life so much, this page.

And that, my friends, is what Bible Journaling is all about. When you transfer your heart to a page with what you have to give, the page gives back what it has for you and somehow a strong bond is created and the words that you meditate on are implanted in your heart forever. Such a beautiful experience.

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About PanPastel
PanPastel has been generous enough to sponsor me this month as I adventured into the world of Bible Journaling. I encourage you to give them a try! They are so easy to use, to blend and there are just so many ways you can apply it to your projects. It remains as one of my favorite mixed medium and I know that you will love it once you try it. Click here and here to see previous posts using PanPastel.

 

About this rubber stamp kit
I designed the new stamps in the kits Spark and Faith & Hope to fit your bible margin too, so feel free to try them out not only for paper crafts but also for cardmaking. It is my biggest hope that the sentiments and images in this kit can inspire you and your friends and family through difficult times and through everyday trials, big and small.

As always, I hope that my post inspires you to create, to believe, to make art and so much more. Thanks so much for reading. I will be back next Friday with another art journaling project to share. Until then.

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How to start a Journal: Tips for Beginners – Featuring PanPastel and Aquapastels

So you have a new art journal… A few questions come out of no where to haunt you… Where do I start? Will I ruin my journal? Can I fill all these pages? Well, have a little faith! That’s the first ingredient. And then, I’d tell you to relax and have fun, but I know it’s not always easy… Let me tell you what my experience was!

Well, yes, I’ve finally started art journaling… First on my journaling bible (see that post here) and now on a proper art journal… I’d say the process starts even before having the actual journal… Remember that there are many kinds of art journals out there and each of them was made for a different purpose. I’d say you should go for the one that you can afford, a journal that holds the media you plan to use well and of course something you feel comfortable with (meaning size, paper color, paper texture, etc.) I, for instance, enjoy a hard cover, small journal (reminds me of old books). In this case I went for a Strathmore 500 Series Softcover Mixed Media Art Journal, 5.5″x 8″. I chose a mixed media kind because I know I’ll be using it for everything…

I recommend that before starting a journal you try to watch a few videos here and there to see what you like the most, that way you can start gathering supplies and ideas to help you express yourself freely on your new journal. I was ready. I have been flirting with the idea of art journaling for what seems to be too long and I have gathered more than enough supplies to start. It’s been a slow process but a steady one and now I know exactly what I want to draw and write and decoupage, etc. on my pages.

This is my first page. It’s not really a page, it’s actually the inner cover of my journal. One thing I suggest if you plan to do this too is to prep the page with matte clear gesso… I didn’t do that and the page suffered in consequence… But I love it anyways and that’s an important reminder… When you pour your heart into a page, you will always find something to love in it, so be encouraged, you can do this!

The day I started my journal I was feeling a bit tired and I needed to just sit on the couch and relax. So I decided to grab my journal and a pencil to sketch some detailed flowers on my journal. Being relaxed and knowing always that this book is only mine gave me the freedom to play until what I was sketching became something else.

When I was done with these flowers, somehow I could almost see a girl with flowers on her head floating on my page. The process came about so naturally that all I can really tell you is to be yourself, draw and do what you love and you will be filling your pages in no time.

Adding a Shimmery Finish with PanPastel
If you follow me you know that I’ve been into drawing faces this year and I’ve been strongly influenced by my teacher -as I call her- Jane Davenport. I used her new Aquapastels (watercolor crayons) to color my girl and I just love that raw and bold touch they gave her. But I wanted to add some shimmer to the image and I had just the perfect medium for that: White Fine 011 Pearl Medium PanPastel. This PanPastel color is translucent and very, very shimmery… I used my fingers to directly apply and distribute some White Pearl on the pink part of my girl’s hair. I love Pearl PanPastels so much I also ended adding some 953.5 Pearlescent Red to her cheeks too!

I used Micron pens to trace my flower sketch and afterwards for this girl illustration. But I also used an Inkredible pen by Jane Davenport on the face and hair outline to have the ink melt a bit with the watercoloring. I kept the detailed flowers in their original form, with no coloring, to remind myself of how this page actually started… I never thought these simple flowers will bring to life this sweet girl. That comes to show how spontaneous art journaling can be and I totally encourage you to feel free within the pages of your journal to experiment, play, learn and create a beautiful artistic outlet for yourself.

 

Thanks so much for taking a minute to read this post. If you’re new to art journaling I hope everything I shared helps you in one way or another. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss any of my future art journaling posts! I’m sharing them every Friday when I can. So stay tuned! Until next time.

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Bible Journaling with PanPastel – My First Page

This year I started out declaring that all things were possible… I’ve truly seen my limits stretch and expand into new territories and it brings so much joy to my heart knowing that God does listen to His children and that He is faithful always.

For years I’ve been flirting with the idea of Art Journaling, but something about having to start from scratch on a white page felt intimidating. Nevertheless I’ve studied and tried out techniques and somehow today I find myself doing exactly what I was the most intimidated by… Bible Journaling. So please join me as I rediscover myself through this beautiful artistic and spiritual outlet. I’ll be sharing some tips today that you might find useful!

Bible Journaling with PanPastel
I knew that one of the first things I wanted to journal on my bible was the journey of women of God.. Each of their stories encourage me and that is how this illustration started off. I sketched it in pencil and knew right away that I wanted to color it with PanPastel.

PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time. All PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft and super-blendable colors. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Uniquely, for pastel color, they can be mixed together for a complete painting palette. Use them with Sofft Tools to get a smooth application every time.

 

 

Before starting, I prepared my page with two light coats of clear gesso. I used a heat gun to dry the page, being careful not to over heat it. Once dry, I began layering color, adding shading to the face using Red Iron Oxide Tint, Magenta Tint and Violet Tint. I blended all the colors with a Colorless Blender Pan Pastel. I used Pearlescent Red for her cheeks too!

For the hair I used a beautiful Pearlescent Orange and Diarylide Yellow Tint combined with a little brown watercolor crayon that I used to show you how versatile and blendable PanPastel with other media also! To add highlights to the hair I smudged some paint from a Sharpie water based marker and then added some more Pearlescent orange.

I used Permanent Green, Chrom. Oxide Green Tint and Pearlescent Red for the flower and branches. Pearlescent PanPastel Colors have a beautiful subtle shimmer and they give your projects a lovely finish!

For added details I used color pencils, a white gel pen and a white pen marker, that again work perfectly with PanPastel Colors.

 

I sealed the the page with two light coats of Workable Fixatif spray and let it dry. Finally I stamped a sentiment from a set called Sending Kindness with black Archival Ink, that I felt went perfectly with the qualities Ruth had! She was bold in a kind, loyal and sincere way… She was patient, she had faith and she was redeemed in the end! To think that she is part of Jesus’ geneaology! So inspiring!

I truly recommend PanPastel for Bible Journaling. It is a dry, easily blendable media with a large variety of colors and finishes. The color goes on smooth and you can keep layering it to create more depth on your image. Do try it out if you can! That’s all for today. I will be back with more art journaling projects soon! Until next time.