I chose a kimono to illustrate what we are to put on as loved ones of God, because of the simple, timeless shape, and the word itself means “thing to wear.” In Japan, kimonos are a symbol of Japanese culture, it reflects who they are. In Colossians 3:12-18, as God’s chosen and beloved people, we are to clothe ourselves with what reflects God and his culture: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, forgiving each other, and above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Honestly, I cannot do that on my own and fall short, but the idea of putting on a beautiful garment that reflects those things helps me. It reminds me how we often reflect what we are wearing and choose what is appropriate for certain occasions. It also reminds me that I can be kind and compassionate and forgiving, because I am God’s beloved child. He is the one who gives me those things to put on and putting those beautiful traits reflects and molds me into who I really am in Christ.

Kimonos never go out of style, and the imagery, patterns and color on the garments are full of meaning. They are worn at important festivals or formal events. Originally, they were “worn by commoners, or as undergarments by the aristocracy. During the 16th century, the kimono became the principal garment for all classes and both sexes.”  “Etiquette plays an important role in choosing a kimono. The wearer must take several aspects into consideration, including age, marital status, season and taste.” (http://blog.peruvianconnection.com/fashion-trends/the-art-history-of-the-kimono/)

And it is not just about what I wear or show on the outside. It is what is on the inside that counts, that will be demonstrated in action. Colossians 3:23 reminds me that whatever I do or say, do it with a whole heart, as if I am doing it for God himself, who I love, and who loves me unconditionally.

Colossians 3:12-17New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[ has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

I used dry media on these pages: Micron or Faber-Castell black pens, Faber-Castell colored brush pens (which do not bleed), and Prismacolor colored pencils. The kimono was done on deli paper/sandwich wrap. The sandwich wrap/deli paper shown below works well except it does not take the pen as well as another brand I bought at Cash and Carry here in the Pacific Northwest. I could not find it online so did not post it here. The name of it is First Street Sandwich Wrap and it comes in a variety of sizes. Another brand that I’ve tried which also works very well is Pac Wrap. It is also found at Cash and Carry. You may want to find out what is locally available to you and experiment. Here are some links to the products below.

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  1. Another incredible page, Valerie! Your artwork inspires me to seek out my own word and passage studies. I have a question: Are you still using the Satin Glazing Medium? Do you automatically use it on every page? Or only when you're working with certain types of media? I didn't see it listed in your Amazon links this time, so I wondered if you didn't need it since you used all dry media here.

  2. I did not put any medium on these pages. If I knew I was going to put wet media on the other side/back of the page, I probably would have gone ahead and put a coat of glazing liquid on these pages, but since I didn't think that far ahead and was only using dry media, I didn't use any this time

  3. Great tips and beautiful art (as always). Am I correct then in thinking you use the deli paper for pages that you have not done the glazing medium on? Will the glazing medium prevent pen from bleeding through too?

  4. I don't automatically use glazing liquid on every page if I am only using dry media. The exception is if I know I am going to put wet media on the back of the page I am working on, I will put the glazing liquid on that back of the page so that it won't react with the colored pencils on the page I'm working on. Most of the time, I don't know, so I use glazing liquid for wet media and don't on the dry media only. It does keep pen and paint from bleeding through.

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