There’s always hope for Improvement!!

I just finished my third art journaling picture in my Bible. This new

Maybe the right hat and palette would help.

Maybe the right hat and palette would help.

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

Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones

, 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

Here's an example of nicely done art journaling.

Here’s an example of nicely done art journaling. It’s not mine.

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. Art Challenge 6“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 Art Challenge 9has 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.

My husband took this photo of me while doing some Bible Art Journaling.

My husband took this photo of me while doing some Bible Art Journaling.

 

This is first attempt at art journaling for the verse of great assurance to all believers, John 3:16.

This is my first attempt at art journaling for the verse of great assurance to all believers, John 3:16.

Bring out the instruments, sing and shout to the Lord. This is number 2 of my art jounaling.

Bring out the instruments, sing and shout to the Lord. This is number 2 of my art jounaling.

This one was to be kept under cover, but my Shirl and You readers get to see it. The verse Prov.31: 25 assures us that we can laugh at the future.

This one was to be kept under cover, but my Shirl and You readers get to see it. The verse Prov.31: 25 assures us that we can laugh at the future.

I Cor 13:4-7 is a picture of true love.

I Cor 13:4-7 is a picture of true love- number four in my art journaling.

My latest attempt at art is the cover I did for my gospel music binder.

My latest attempt at art is the cover I did for my gospel music binder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “There’s always hope for Improvement!!

  1. looks like keeping it simple worrks for you much beter than i
    my wife and daughter have all teh artistic talent
    i can do graining some adn stipling and cut in windows but i am not continuing as a third generation house painter
    remembering liz taylors parents to roddy mcdowwell
    what does you father paint houses replied roddy and she exchlaimed
    “A house painter!

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  2. Wow! I think you are doing awesome! Each one is getting more creative and fun. Your one for LOVE is gorgeous and the Gospel Music one is just beautiful. Did they each take more time? And the sketch of the woman is really good. Faces are hard. As far as the shading in her mouth, I wonder if we could use some white gesso on it to lighten it up. Anway, you are such an inspiration to me!

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  3. Practice makes perfect. You definitely show remarkable improvement. “True Love ” is my favorite. As a fellow non-artist, I am inspired by your attempts. Not sure I’ll go out and buy a journaling Bible but I think I may take a stab at small decorations in spaces where available. It’s a fun and creative way to enjoy God’s Word. I enjoy scrapbooking so maybe I can employ some of that art with some hand drawn creations.

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  4. Hi Shirley! You are an encouragement to me because you are willing to try new things. I think you have shown improvement overall. Keep up the good work.

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  5. I ordered a journaling bible and I waiting to receive it. I don’t know how often I will be able to do this, but it looks like a fun way to study the bible. My sister has already done this and it looks like a fun challenge!! I shared the group with my Stepmother (Angie Murray), too. I don’t think that you need to be a good artist to enjoy doing this. Someone that is really challenge might enjoy adding stickers, or cut out quotes or pictures to their bible. I think that the important thing is to honor God and study his word.

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    • You’re right, Colleen. I’m hoping not only to learn from God’s word but to learn, more than I know, about art. I know how artistic you are, so will be looking forward to seeing your contributions to the project. It is truly growing, and makes the Bible personal.

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  6. I’m not an artist in any sense of the word. In high school I drew what I thought was the best cotton gin machine ever…I was definitely getting an A…I got a C. If the enemy can’t reach us through ourselves…he seeks us through others. he never leave alone those who belong to Him…(to God). When I’m able to recognize it…I find ways to occupy my grievance. “Get behind me satan”…I find myself saying this often. I agree with Janine…your attempts are really good…especially the laughing lady. Keep up the good work. True love is my favorite scripture. And Gospel Music must have taken a great deal of time and patience. I believe the artwork helps us to remember our verses better.

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    • Hi Karen: I liked what you had to say about the enemy. I think discouragement and defeat are two of his popular ploys. Both of these work well when we’re trying something new. I hope Bible Art Journaling encourages many to dig further into God’s word. Thanks for writing.

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  7. Shirley, you are such an inspiration to me. Not afraid to tackle anything. You are doing a great job and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish as you go on. I am going to order a journal bible and join you. Keep those pictures before us.

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    • Thank you, Loydene, for such kind words. Good luck with your project. With a little encouragement from you, I have a feeling you will have many others trying it at River of Life Fellowship.

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