I Will Rejoice!
The verse for this week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge is Proverbs 31:25.
"Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come."
Of course this verse comes from that portion of Scripture that refers to the Proverbs 31 woman. You know the one . . . the one we all aspire to be. And if you're like me some days you resemble her and others, not so much!
When I study something in Scripture I like to look at it in context. I don't want to just study the verse but rather the whole chapter or segment that surrounds the verse. I also like to read the study notes in my Study Bible to see what the commentary says. I had to smile when I read that while verses 10-31 are about the perfect living and breathing wife the words could actually be applied to both genders because everyone can learn from the example of this very efficient wife.
After putting it in context I began to dwell on verse twenty-five. Again my Study Bible proved very useful in understanding the meaning fully. This verse talks about the woman being clothed in strength and honor. The commentary says that she has strength like the young and honor like the old. It also says that the verse refers back to Proverbs 20:29, which says:
"The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair."
So with that in mind I had to give my woman gray hair! I love this verse and have delighted in meditating on it this week. As a wife, mother and grandmother I aspire for my family to proclaim like King Lemuel did about his momma . . . strength and honor are her clothing!
After last week's post several of you contacted me and asked a bit about how I put my page together. Here's a little peek into how I do it.
Once I receive the week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge from Rebekah I lay my NKJV Note-Takers Bible open to the particular page that the verse is on. I spend time not only studying the verse but looking at the white space on the page and then I start sketching out what I plan on doing. Once I settle on a design I move on to prepping the page.
If I am going to use either acrylic or watercolor paints on my page I always seal it first. My favorite product is DecoArt Americana Multi Purpose Sealer. As you can see above it makes the page pretty wrinkly. But after I apply a thin coat to the page and blow it dry it begins to straighten out. Once it is dry I use my hand to smooth the page as I continue heating it with the blow dryer. That seems to straighten it out quite a bit. Then I am ready to proceed with my painting.
I sketch or trace with pencil my drawing. Then I add paint. Then I finally ink in the portions I want inked. I personally like to blow dry between coats of paint. I am impatient and don't like to wait for it to air dry. Once the page is finished and completely dry I shut the Bible and put some weight on it. After it has been shut overnight the page straightens right out. I have not had any bleed through on pages that I have used this product.
Just a note . . . if I am going to just use colored pencils on my page I don't bother to seal it. The colored pencils seem to work better on the page without the sealer.
There you have it! That's the basics of the process.
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