The verse for this week's Bible Art Journaling Challenge is Isaiah 41:10.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed;
for I am your God; I will strengthen you,
I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
The Bible is loaded with 'fear not' verses but this one is a particular favorite of mine. Not only am I reminded that God is my God but He promises to strengthen me and help me. I've learned the hard way that it is impossible to do things and do them well with my own strength. God's help is vital to any success I hope to achieve.
The thing that stands out to me in this verse is the phrase, "I will uphold you with My righteous right hand". Have you ever noticed that when you are scared it is an instinct to reach out and hold onto whoever is close to you. The thought that the Creator of the universe upholds me just gives me an overwhelming sense of peace. So in the midst of the darkest situations all we have to do is reach out to that Righteous Right Hand and draw strength and courage from Him.
For this week's challenge Rebekah used an embossing technique and gelatos to complete the project. As I said before Righteous Right Hand is what kept standing out to me as I meditated on this portion of Scripture. Because of that I decided to deviate and do my own bit of art.
Step One - Tracing
I'm not exactly gifted when it comes to freehand sketching so I decided to take the easy way out. I found a sketch of an extended right hand on the internet and I printed it out. I then used Saral Transfer paper and a stylus to transfer the outline onto my Bible page.
Step Two - Sketch The Image In
After transferring the image I just used my normal pencil and sketched in the details using the original picture as a reference. I also added some light shadowing where indicated.
Step Three - Add Some Words
I've been dabbling in modern calligraphy but as a beginner it was difficult to get it small enough to fit into my margin like I wanted. After several attempts I decided to cheat and do it on the computer and then print it out in the size I needed. I wanted to add a bit of texture so I tore the edges around my words.
Step Four - Add Shadow
I didn't like how stark the white paper was against my Bible pages so I got out my Pebbles Classic Chalks and used the grey to add some shadow texture to the edges. I really liked how the chalk grabbed onto the torn edges.
Step Five - Add Shadow to the Drawing
I liked the outcome of the shadowing on the words so I decided to add some additional shadowing on the drawing. It helped to smooth out some of my sketchy strokes. I like how it softened the whole thing.
Step Six - Glue The Words In
Now it is time to add the words of the Scripture into my margin. I just used regular Elmer's School Glue (it was what was on my desk at the time) and it worked perfectly. I squirted some on and then simply spread it to the edges with my finger. Then I simply placed it in my page margin. Let it dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step Seven - Add a Layer of Fixative
I didn't want to risk my work smearing so after the glue had dried I grabbed my can of Krylon Matte Finish Spray and headed outside. I just gave a quick all over spritz and it was done.
On a funny note several of my neighbors were out doing yard work. The looks they gave me seemed to say, "Is she spray painting her Bible?" Yes, yes I am! Maybe they'll be so curious they'll come over to see what I'm doing and I can share it with them.
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