I just finished my third art journaling picture in my Bible. This new
learning experience started when, about a month ago, my daughter joined The Bible Art Journaling Challenge, new on Face Book. She encouraged me to do the same.
I am not an artist, I must have been behind the door when artistic ability was passed out. I did attend a free drawing class last year at the R.V. Park we stay at here in Florida, and came away with the same opinion, I am definitely lacking artistic ability.
Rebekah Jones, an artist, started the class and helps explain techniques
, etc. Since I am trying to catch up, I haven’t taken advantage of her input.
When my daughter suggested that I join the ”Challenge”, I hesitated. However, I do believe everything can be learned if a person puts their mind to it. I am not a quitter, but sometimes too “fast on the draw,” one of those who do not read instructions.
My mother was always one to say, “I can’t sew,” or “I don’t have a green thumb,” and she wouldn’t try anything new.That attitude may have had it’s affect on me, too.
I’m sure that many of you have seen the art journaling done by those with
artistic training. Their pages look very professional.
My daughter was pleased when I called her and said I would take the Bible Art Journaling Challenge. First I purchased a single column Journeying Bible. Then I visited a craft store and bought sets of art supplies which would surely help bring out the artist in me. I now have watercolor pencils and crayons, gel pens, some artist pens, a bottle of gesso, and brushes, all of which I am most inexperienced in their use.
I got started with a favorite Bible verse, loved by all Christians, John 3:16, and some kind friends on Face Book liked what I did. My second one based on PS. 98: 4-6, may be slightly better than the first.
My husband’s remark on my third try made me think I’d better go “back to the drawing board.” He said, “Well it’s there to stay in your Bible. Just don’t let anyone see it.” I wasn’t upset by what he said. I understood what he meant and, in fact, felt the same way. I had jumped into this latest project without first sketching my drawing in pencil, so there was no turning back.
The scripture verse I was expressing in art form was Proverbs 31:28. “Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come.” I started with a laughing face of a woman and didn’t do too badly until I colored in the interior of her mouth with a grayish watercolor pencil. I learned that there is a trick to shading something I had not yet conquered.
I am not discouraged because what was really important was the lesson I had learned from the scripture verse. How can I laugh at the future? The verse itself answers my question. In order to do this, it takes strength and dignity. These character traits come from God. He will enable me to laugh at the future.
This does not mean I am not concerned and sometimes distraught with the happenings throughout the world, but I may rest assured that God has never lost his control in the over-all picture. The enemy may appear to be winning but the tables will turn completely when Christ returns. In the meantime, God is enabling me to be calm and even to laugh, because the “joy of the Lord is my strength.”
We’re all aware of how good we feel after a hard laugh. I’m showing Shirl and You readers the drawing that should be kept hidden. It may give you a good laugh. I’m sure many of you will know what to do to improve it. It may encourage you to take the plunge and become a part of the Bible Art Journaling challenge.
Here’s a clincher: I’ve read that laughing may even help you lose weight! I did not read that in the Bible, so don’t hold me to it. Check out the drawings below and let me hear from you.