The verses for this week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge are Psalm 98:4-6.
When I hear this passage of Scripture I instantly think of my great-grandmother Clara. She was a true Pentecostal. Up until the day she went to live with Jesus she was known to "break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises." It didn't matter where we were at if the mood struck her she began to sing. I'm not sure how old I was before I realized that most people just don't do that. All the women in my family did it.
The best bursting forth episodes happened when we were at her house and she would sit at the piano or the organ. Her playing and singing were so boisterous that it shook the room. You couldn't help but join in. I sure miss her but I know she wouldn't trade where she's at for anything and I look forward to reuniting with her one day.
This week's challenge was so fun for me. I want to take this journey along with Rebekah and do the projects that she's doing with my own spin. This week she used a piano for her focal piece and watercolors as her medium so I decided to do the same. I am primarily an acrylic painter so I wasn't sure how I would do with the looseness of watercolor. I really enjoyed it!
The first thing I did was prep my page with DecoArt Multi Purpose Sealer. Then I lightly sketched on my keyboard design in pencil.
I had a discussion with a new friend this past week about covering the text with art. For me I don't have a problem with doing it. This Note-Takers Bible is the one that I use for my art journaling. I have a completely separate Bible that I like to study out of. (I also have a Bible in my car and one I carry to church and at least one in every room of my house. I like Bibles!) But if I didn't like the idea of putting the art over the text I could have easily turned the design sideways and used the margin only.
The next step was to ink in the design. I used a Pigma Micron Pen with a .005 tip. I did some extra cross hatching where I wanted the shadow to be deepest on the keys. Normally I spritz the ink with Krylon Matte Finish so the ink won't accidentally smudge. I got in a hurry this time and forgot so my ink did smudge a bit but I actually liked the effect. One of those happy accidents!
Next up was the watercolor. I used watercolor pencils but with a different twist. Instead of coloring on the page and then adding water to soften the design I used a separate sheet of cardstock and colored splotches of each color I wanted to use. Then I added water and it made a puddle of watercolor paint for me. I then used that paint to make my design. I'm still working on becoming comfortable with watercolor pencils so I wanted to try this technique. (Found the directions on the package of watercolor pencils.)
Another element that Rebekah used this week was adding a stamped design to her page. I happened to have this musical score stamp (Heidi Swapp) in my stash so I decided to just use the treble clef staff at the top. I first used a couple of Post-It notes to mark off my design. Then I inked the stamp with a sepia toned ink. I chose that because I wanted it to blend rather than stick out. It is rather hard to see in the picture but in person the subtle effect is just what I was looking for.
My last step was to add words from the Scriptures used. I just freehanded them. There you have it friends . . . my finished page! I'm absolutely enjoying this wonderful new way of worshiping my Creator. I'd love to have you come join me.
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