The Righteous Are Bold!
The verse for this week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge is Proverbs 28:1.
" The wicked flee when no one pursues. But the righteous are bold as a lion."
When I first began studying this verse the nation of Israel immediately came to mind. I thought of the Six-Day War back in 1967 between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. I won't give you a history lesson, but let's just say that Israel was outnumbered by far but because God's hand was upon them they prevailed and their enemies fled.
I love the thought that the wicked will flee even though they are not being pursued. So even in those tough situations we (the righteous) don't have to retaliate we only have to be bold for Christ. We know that there is power in His name and we are called by His name. Therefore the wicked will flee not because they are being pursued or hunted down, but because darkness cannot exist where Light prevails.
This week's challenge took me so far out of my comfort zone. I love to paint, but I just don't do animals! That fur looks easy but I thought I would pull my hair out.
I wanted to experiment with some different techniques this week. I wasn't comfortable experimenting directly on the Bible page so I decided to put the artwork on a piece of tracing paper and then glue it into my Bible.
I went online and printed out a picture of a lion to use as reference. (No I will not post a picture of the original. Let's just say my renditions aren't even close!) My first lion was done in watercolor pencils. It is a very cool product but not one that I am used to. I wasn't really crazy about the washed out look so I decided to try something else.
My next attempt was with colored pencils. In general I liked this one better but I couldn't get it to blend as well as I liked. I'm not really sure why but I'm wondering if it has to do with the tracing paper. I was actually looking for a result somewhere between the two. So when in doubt revert to what you know.
I went back to my trusty old acrylic paints! I should back up and say that I put a coat of sealer on both the front and back of the tracing paper before I began to paint. I then put a coat of matte varnish on after I finished painting and before I inked in the lettering. After I did the handlettering with Pigma Micron Pens I then used a light spray of Krylon Matte Finish so the ink wouldn't smear by accident.
To insert the page into my Bible I just ran a thin strip of glue down the back of the page and then inserted it into the crevice. It is holding very well and I can still flip the insert and read the text underneath.
Of course as soon as I finished inking and spraying I realized I used the word "Brave" when I meant to use "Bold". I'm just glad that in this instance it works. They say measure twice and cut once. I guess I'd better use a similar thing in the future . . . proofread twice before you ink!
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