How to Paint Book Cover with Stencils

How to Paint a Book or Bible Cover with Stencils NEW STENCILS LAUNCHED TODAY! The stencils shown above provide the design and structure of painting this Bible cover. I designed them with the size of books and Bibles in mind, but can be used for all sorts of art journaling. These stencils and other NEWLY designed stencils are produced by StencilGirl® Products. This Bible was chosen because of its plain cloth cover, a base for the painting. I purchased ESV Interleaved Bible from Christianbook.com. I used Golden brand paints and cosmetic sponges. See my Tips, Supplies & Resource page for more info.… Read More

Word Studies in My Everyday Journal: Spirit-Glory…

Revisiting these “Spirit” and “Glory” word studies has been helpful to me this week. It reminds me that keeping an everyday journal and recording my journey of life with God is a worthwhile pursuit. I’m curious how looking at the same words three years later will be different and similar. The hope is for deeper understanding and practical life application. These pages provide a jumping off point for further growth and study in the weeks to come. My last word for “F” for the A-Z of Mystery, my word of the year, was freedom. The next one is glory. Glory… Read More

Celebrating Women! 10% off E-Course & Retreat News

Celebrating Women! 10% off E-Course & Retreat News It’s May – my birthday May 10th and Mother’s Day! I’m celebrating with 10% off Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course! Take 10 percent off the price of Bible Journaling with Stencils & More May 1-May 20, 2018! The “More” includes a bonus lesson that includes 2 pages of Bible journal margins on the Woman at the Well (John 4). Both incorporate the Bible Journaling Figures stencil. One uses watercolor and pen. The other, colored pencil and pen. How to cover up dark “show through” on a Bible journal page is… Read More

Bible Journaling Burning Bush & Names of God

Bible Journaling: Burning Bush & Names of God in Exodus 3 The story of the burning bush in Exodus 3 has always been one I could easily imagine and draws me into the scene. Here’s how I imagine it: Moses, minding his own business, working like he did most days, tending sheep. His mind would sometimes wander back to decades ago when he was in Egypt. It seemed like a lifetime ago and a world far away. He didn’t use much of his education out here in the wilderness, but that was okay. He didn’t talk well anyway. He had… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – F – Freedom

The Mystery of Freedom F in the A-Z of Mystery Journal This page has been interesting to work on. Freedom was my word of the year last year, so I had already done a word study etc. But it looks different this year. Last year I focused on the freedom to choose and be my true self. Last year’s journey was one of letting go, trusting God and embracing the mystery of not knowing and understanding. It didn’t feel free. It felt like dying to myself: relinquishing  my desires, agenda, and especially my expectations, blowing away like dandelion seeds in… Read More

Verse Mapping in my Everyday Journal and Bible

Verse-Mapping to Gain Insight After a conversation with friends, I was challenged to study the meaning of an often hard-to-understand verse in the Bible. Verse mapping can be a good way to sort through words and phrases, and keep focused on what the text says, and what they mean. At the same time, Mary Brack, Bernice Hopper and I were talking about the theme for our Everyday Journals facebook group: verse mapping.  Mary even set up a Pinterest board for Verse Mapping, which I think is quite helpful. My verse map in my everyday journal is pretty messy but it really… Read More

He Is Risen! Bible-Hymn Journaling

He is Risen Indeed! Bible-Hymn Journaling the Resurrection The Good News! Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! This week I spent some time reading the Gospel resurrection accounts in the Bible. Matthew and Mark record it the most similarly. I like that each one is different, like different witnesses seeing specific events and people from their own viewpoint. This actually gives more credibility to the Scripture in my view. I chose to Bible journal Mark’s record in Mark 16, mostly because the pages directly followed the crucifixion page I did with the cross on Mark 15. Mark 16:1-8… Read More

Good Friday – Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

The Last Words of Jesus on the Cross Mark 15:34 NIV And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”  (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).   I have often wondered about Jesus questioning God about forsaking him. To be honest, it’s bothered me, so I decided to look it up more in depth. I didn’t realize there is so much controversy about what the last words of Jesus really were and meant. Jesus spoke Aramaic, so the the Greek texts give a transliteration of the Aramaic words and… Read More

Aging and Having Fun with My Color of the Year

Aging Gracefully & Artfully … or at least trying to. I knew it would happen one day, I just didn’t know when. Recently, someone who had met me in person after connected with me online said I didn’t look like my profile picture. Sigh. That photo was taken five years ago. There are things I love about aging. I’m learning a lot all the time: becoming more grace-giving, forgiving myself and others, holding things more loosely, and letting go easier, trusting God – His love for me and others. There is a new sense of freedom, comfort and courage in… Read More

Bonus Lesson Added & New Book Published!

Inspire Your Creative Expression Through Bible Journaling & Visual Prayer Bible Journaling the Cross The more I Bible journal, the more I learn and fall in love with Jesus and want to spend time in the Bible, God’s love letter to us. During this season of Lent, and in the first year of my new e-course, Bible Journaling with Stencils & More, a new BONUS lesson has been added. This one doesn’t use stencils, but instead, shows the step-by-step process of making the cross journal page above and some research into some of the last words of Jesus on the… Read More