DIY Watercolor Canvas

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OH MY GOODNESS!!  We finally have our permits back to start building our home!!  I’m beyond thrilled with this new. We purchase a lovely piece of land back in June and we have been working to get the permits approved ever since.  We ran into a snag when originally applying for them, we discovered that the previous owner had put in a driveway and not had it permitted.  Unfortunately, there are just bad people in the world who try and take advantage of others to make a dime (or in his case to make about 100 million dimes!  Seriously, he’s cost us about $10,000 OUT OF POCKET!  No, I’m not bitter at all. Why do you ask?) and he did exactly that with us.  Long story short, he lied on our contract about permit violations and because we are not Mr. & Mrs. Money Bags, we didn’t get very far when speaking with a lawyer about it.  In the end, we found that it was cost more than we have to obtain the lawyer and bring a case against the seller as we will end up out for the the whole ordeal.  And it gave us no guarantee that we’d get everything that was wrongfully taken. Moving on…. now that we’ve done the work to fix everything that was done, we FINALLY got permitted to pour our foundation.

Now that we are finally making progress I am allowing myself to plan the fun stuff, like wall art.  My dear sweet husband has had to adjust over the last 4 years to having a wife that is cheap quite the penny pincher.  I am THAT person who says “Why pay so much for it when I can make my own?”  And sometimes that works and sometimes that doesn’t.  Honestly, I’m still unsure if this DIY worked or not.  I think we’ll have to wait until we’re in the house to decide.  Take a look and tell me what you think…

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Canvas (Walmart $6 for 2)

Thin Washi Tape (I had it on hand but it came in a pack of 4 for $3)

Water Color Palette

Small to Medium Paint Brush

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I began with the blank canvas, decided on a design and taped it off with my Washi Tape.  The reason I chose the Washi Tape had entirely everything to do with the width.  It was the only tape I could find that was as thin as I had wanted it. I tested to see if the Washi Tape would bleed by doing a trial run on water color paper.   On the watercolor paper it did not bleed and worked perfectly.  However…I learned at the end of this project that the water color will bleed through on the canvas.  My cousin used this technique with acrylic and hers bled as well, however not as bad.

I picked a color palette and randomly painted triangles.  I think now, that it may have better to work out a pattern with the colors.  It’s purely a matter of taste though.  I let it dry and peeled back the Washi Tape to reveal A LOT of bleeding. From the little experience I have with water color, my first thought was Alcohol.  It totally worked!  I wish I had taken a before picture to show you but I was too focused on cleaning up the bleeds to stop for a pic!  Using Q-tips dabbed in alcohol, I gently rubbed the areas with bleeds and they began to wipe up quite a bit.  However, the bleed of color into the triangles were pretty much a done deal.  Well, I mean it’s watercolor, so I could’ve gone back and fixed it up but it would’ve taken FOREVER!  So no.

The result was a grungey version of what I had originally imagined.  I kind of like though.  So what do you guys thinks? Will you be trying your own canvas art?  There’s just so much you can do with a little bit of paint and a touch of creativity (or an active Pinterest account!).  I’ve also been working on some hand lettered pieces for our Master Bedroom which I’m kind of excited about.  I’ll be sure to share those with you when I’m all finished with them.  Even my husband is excited about them, so that must mean they’re at least interesting. 🙂 Ha!  Until next time….

 

Happy DIY’ing

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P.S.  For those of you curious about the previous owner and his legal responsibility we are filing a formal complaint with the Attorney General upon completion of the home.  It’s only at that point that we’ll have all the information and the dollar amount he has costs us.  Prayers for resolution/peace is much appreciated!

Beginners Bible Journaling – Part 2

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So last week I introduced you to my favorite way to worship and spend time with God and this week I want to give you a peek into what that looks like.  Now, I am by no means an artist.  I have a teeny tiny bit of expiernce with watercolor but that is proving to mean nothing since I am working with thin bible pages rather than watercolor paper.  So, bible journaling is not just for those artists.  It’s just another means of drawing (pun intended) closer to God in a creative way.  I have found that not only do I retain scripture better, but it am able to grasp a deeper understanding of it.  Journaling pushes me to search for meanings that I may have glossed over previously.   So without further ado…here are the first handful of pages I have journaled.

The Beginning Inspiration Credit:                      Cloud Inspiration Credit:
 Pinterest; Diane Scott?                                         Instagram: Tai Bender @growingmeadows

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There are mix of mediums used from watercolor, markers, stamps, distressed ink, and gelatos.  The pages range from cute and whimsy to down right oogley.  Like I said, bible journaling is not just for artists.  Anyone can do it and yes, sometimes, it can get ugly, but sometimes…a lot of the time, God will make it beautiful.

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These are my front pages (the back of my cover).  I wanted it to be a welcome mat for God.  Every time I open my bible I am instantly reminded to invite the Holy Spirit in.  I’m reminded that I am spending time with my Father and despite my lack of artistic ability, I am his child.  My son is 20 months old.  His artistic talent stops at scribbles (sometimes they make it on paper)!  But I treasure his pictures so and hang them on the fridge with pride.  That’s how I imagine my God.  Hanging my flawed pictures, created for him by his child, on the walls of his home with pride.

Have I convinced you to give this a go yet?  If so, here’s some of the supplies I use.supplies

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Mechanical Pencil

White Eraser

Micron Pen

Distressed Ink

Ink Blender tool

Stencils (lots of stencils)!

Twistable Colored Pencils

Gelatos

Have you tried bible journaling?  I’d love to see what you’ve done!

Happy Journaling!

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A Beginners Bible Journaling – Part 1

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I have been stalking bible journalers for a couple months now and am fascinated with the concept.  I recently got hooked on mixed media, hand lettering, doodling and water coloring.  I love everything about it and have loaded up my Instagram with some amazing artists so inspiring that I was itching to give this new form of bible study and worship a whirl.

Journaling bibles are a new concept to me.  I used to be terrified to mark in my bible let alone write, draw or paint in it! But man, what a beautiful form of worship. I know there are people out there that may not agree or understand it but ask any creative Christ follower and I bet they’ll get it.  We get stuck on those set ideas of what worship is and what our relationship with Christ is supposed to look like.  We’re comfortable with music and prayer but to deviate from this may seem self indulgent or disrespectful.  But, God created us each to be unique from one another.  I do not believe that God created me with the voice of cat in heat and intended to limit my worship to song.  No, he created in me a different form of talent.  One I know he rejoices in when I use it to worship, fellowship or just be with him.  I love that saying…A bible that is falling apart is usually the sign of a person who is not.

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I bought myself my very first journaling bible for my 34th birthday.  This beautiful bible showed up last week and I have had my nose in it all weekend long!  Talk about being inspired to surround yourself with the Word.  We’re currently doing The Bible in a Year as a church and of course, we’re starting with Genesis.  I’ve pushed read through Genesis no less than 20 times.  I struggle to understand the lessons that God has laid out for us in these chapters.  But this weekend I was able to slow my reading waaaaayyyyy down.  Because I wanted to illustrate Gods word, I really had to make sure I understood it.  It forced me to really dig deep and get to know the one who wrote it.  I am thrilled to be starting my Bible Journaling Journey and can not wait to see what God has in store for our time together.

 

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Now, these are merely the supplies I have collected over my history of scrapbooking, adult coloring books, hand lettering, watercoloring etc with a couple of new additions (I just picked up a few Gelatos this weekend).  Yes, I am a professional dabbler!  It’s a problem.  However, it comes in handy when I want to try my hand at something like bible journaling.  I’ll blog later about the individual supplies and why or how I may use them but for now, I would recommend at least a decent set of colored pencils and a micron pen or two.  I have a micron pen in size .05 and .01.  The Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils are a great “affordable” option and I’ve been using them in my adult color books.  I also forgot to add a mechanical pencil and white eraser to my supply list both these items are also great to have for basic supplies.  Below is a picture I did using just micron pens.  The writing itself was inspired by one of the many incredibly talented women on Instagram whom I can not recall the name of at the moment. (If you are her, or recognize the inspiration please let me know so I can rightly credit the inspiration!)  I regularly hop on Instagram to find inspiration or to practice lettering.PicsArt_01-06-09.20.36

Here is a sample of my “adult coloring” (Seriously?  Please tell me I’m not the only thinks that sounds dirty?) that was done with the Twistable Colored Pencils.

 

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You can really approach bible journaling anyway you like.  I’m a prefectionist and so I tend to draw, write or paint things out on a seperate piece of paper first or at least sketch lightly on the bible in pencil.  Even still, there is quite the learning  curve between ARTing all over regular/specialty paper and bible paper.  It’s much thinner though my journaling bible pages are thicker paper than my regular bible. But hey, if your the personality thats to just want to do it, then by all means dive right in and let the Holy Spirit inspire you.  If you mess it, who cares?  This is for you and God and we all know God can make beautiful things out our mistakes!  And if that’s not enough empower you just channel your inner Bob Ross.

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I found a lovely group of bible journalers on FB and a few of the members suggested I start with a Permission Page. This is great for any of my fellow Perfectionists who are intimidated by making that first mark.  What are Permission Pages you ask?  Well, they are actually what the name suggests.  Take a look at mine below.

 

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THIS BIBLE IS FOR:  Write down what your journaling bible is for.  A few examples:  PRAISE, WORSHIP, GETTING MESSY, BEING INSPIRED, GETTING TO KNOW GOD.

THIS BIBLE IS NOT FOR:  Journaling bibles are for growing your relationship with God and HE should be our focus. Write in the section things that may hinder that.  Some examples:  PERFECTION, SHOWING OFF, INTIMIDATION, FEAR.

AND MAY…: This is the section were you put in writing the mistakes that WILL happen.  My 3rd journal entry was awful. It was messy, the colors where off, it got smeared…it was just a hot mess.  That really gets under my skin.   That something ugly will forever be in that bible.  However, I learned a lot from that particular study and while it may not be beautiful as far as art goes, my heart is a little more beautiful for that time spent with God.  Have you ever heard the saying “A bad workout is better than no workout?”  It’s true!

The number one piece of advice, of course, is to offer up the time you spend in your journaling bible to God.  Use this as a tool to draw near to him and be inspired in your relationship, scriptual study and your art.  The best way to woo a creative is to speak creative.  Let God woo you!

 

Happy Journaling!

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