Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 12 – Inktense Pencil Tutorial
Hello Everyone! Welcome to week 12 of my Bible Art Journaling Challenge! This week I wanted to follow on from what I talked about last week. I don’t normally have my themes rely on each other too much so they can be enjoyed on their own. This time, it would at least be helpful if you were aware of what I talked about last week, so you can get more out of this week’s challenge. The creative techniques, however, are different.
In my video today, I am giving a tutorial on a few different art techniques which I seem to get a lot of questions about more recently. People ask me a lot about how to apply Art Basics clear gesso. About how to effectively trace, draw, shade in painting and more. I’ve also included a free download for you! I hope this week will help in beginning to make some sense of questions you may have. If you have further questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll respond. The goal is to be equipped enough in whatever creative skills you hope for, that when you go to Bible art journal, you can focus on being with God and His Word, rather than getting caught up in trying to figure out creative skills. Hopefully I can help this creative journey be smoother for you so your time with God can be sweeter and sweeter. Enjoy my video below and then be sure to read the rest of my post below to get the most out of this week!
Here is this week’s scripture. Luke 6:17-19 says,
“17 Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. 19 And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.”
I explained in my video about how, three years ago, I shared about this very verse we’re talking about this week. My iphone Time Hop app, reminded me and I had no idea until after I’d filmed! Very neat. Here is a screen grab of the reminder I got.
Three years ago I took time to focus on how Jesus healed them ALL. A year later, which is two years ago today, (March 24th)… I woke up dramatically healed! As I mentioned last week, I wrote about my healing testimony a while back in more detail, if you’d like to read about it. And now, here we are, focusing on this scripture in our Bible art journaling challenge this week. I really feel this is a timely word for some of you.
I could write a book on all the Bible has to say about healing. The topic is vast. It boils down to something very simple. God is a giver of good gifts. He is the author of life and more abundantly. He is good all the time. If we have difficult circumstances in our life, that makes Him sad. He is not the author if sickness. You may have grown up believing that our suffering is part of God’s plan or something similar. God cannot get glory out of us suffering and He died on the cross a painful death so we wouldn’t have to.
I am not preaching a gospel where life is perfect for God’s kids. My friends could tell you, I’ve suffered some big things in my young life. But, I know that God intends a good life for us so we can be at our best in service to Him. So we can be an example to the world of His great love. How can we do that with a broken body? Or no finances to bless those in need? We are to be the lender and not the borrower. Because God gave us free will, our world has mystery in it with questions we don’t always have answers for. You might be in a situation that feels hopeless right now. I have been there. I have three simple words for you. Don’t. Give. Up.
When I was healed, I had been increasingly ill for 18 years, with off and on seasons of being bed-ridden and the last two entirely so. Sometimes, God can feel a million miles away from our needs. Let’s be honest. But He is not. Sometimes, all He needs is a little assistance from us, to bring us in to our breakthrough. Such as repenting for sin or for unforgiveness which can block God’s help. We must position ourselves for breakthrough. And then, remain in that place. We have to steward our hope levels and not give up in well doing. God is faithful to support us in our efforts. Having done all, stand.
Everything I just told you, I’ve told myself sometimes hourly in difficult seasons. My dad always told me that it is darkest at midnight. That means if it feels the darkest it has ever been, that is great news! Morning is coming! A huge key for breakthrough is to focus on what God IS doing and not focus on what He is NOT doing. Make a lifestyle of remembering His goodness. And if you can’t seem to think of anything wonderful He has done for you, thank Him for the breakthrough in the lives of others. His testimonies never expire and always breathe hope into our lives. The Bible is filled with wonderful testimonies of His goodness! Be the one who reaches through the crowd to grab hold of God’s garment. Pursue the breakthrough He longs to give you.
I have one last thing to say about all this. When I lost my mom from cancer back in 2005, I was 23 years old. I’d spent nearly 2 years care-taking as I watched my very best friend die. She was a living example of all that is right in the Kingdom of God. Her funeral services were filled with proof of all she had accomplished in her 48 short years of life. Several weeks before she passed away, I had been long scheduled to go to Uganda, on a 2 week missions trip to be part of some amazing healing crusades.
The day before I was to fly out, the doctors informed me that they would bury my mom while I was gone. She had little life left in her earthly body. I spoke with her about the situation. She grabbed my arm from her hospital bed and said, “Rebekah, go. And then come back and pray for me. I will simply just not die while you are gone. Maybe God will do something in your life while out there, that will mean you have the breakthrough I need. Forget what everyone else thinks and do what you know God wants.” So, I got on the plane.
While in Uganda, I experienced some incredible things. I was able to pray for people who were healed of incurable diseases. There were doctors verifying miracles on site and God did some incredible things. I watched two particular women be healed of the exact cancer that was sucking the life out of my mom. They had abdominal areas that looked 8 months pregnant and after prayer, I watched as the cancer literally disappeared in front of us. This all may be hard for you to grasp. I think the reason we don’t often see miracles, is because we don’t position ourselves in a lifestyle of stepping out and and boldly asking for them. It’s time we got Jesus what He paid for on the cross!
I went home and buried my mom 3 weeks after my return. The mystery was not lost on me. I had just watched women healed by the power of God, with the same thing that had taken my mom. People began to ask if I was bitter. NO!! I had the great privilege of witnessing God’s healing power. I was assured in my midnight hour, that God DOES heal what took my mom. I can keep praying for others to get their miracle and I have living testimonies to back up my pursuit. In that midnight hour, God reminded me that I have permission to not understand mystery. Let’s not kid ourselves here. We are not God. We don’t have all the answers. Sometimes life has pain in it! We must always pursue full breakthrough regardless of pain around us. Sometimes we will gain the victory this side of heaven. And what if we had not even tried?!?
As you Bible art journal this week, may you find yourself reaching closer to the throne of heaven. May you reach out and grab Him through the crowd and find the breakthroughs you may need.
As promised in the video, here is the free download for the image I created. If you click on the image below, you’ll be led to a page where you can either click on the image with your mouse and drag it to your computer desktop, or simply right-click over the image and select to save it. Each computer is different but hopefully that is enough instruction for you. It is set to the USA standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper size. I imagine for those of you with children joining in, this download will act as a wonderful coloring page for them to join in and a great opportunity to chat about what God’s word says about healing. I LOVE when children encounter Jesus!
You can find answers to most any question you may have about the challenge over on my Challenge page.
Inktense Pencil Tutorial Supplies
As promised, here are the supplies I featured in this weeks video which you can click on to view or purchase. I hope it helps you find anything you may want to try out.
I receive a small percentage of each purchase when anyone clicks on my art supply links, to go get supplies I use like you see below, or on my YouTube videos. This has no effect on you and makes a real difference for me! I am excited for you to get great deals on supplies anywhere, so you can join in on your budget. When you find deals which I’ve searched for and recommended below, I get supported. Thank you, I so appreciate your support which helps me provide these free tutorials for you!
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Bibles Ideal For Bible Art Journaling
There are several wide-margin Bibles I’ve seen recommended for art journaling, including large print versions. I’ve created a linked collection here to make your choice easier when looking for a Bible to art journal in. If you click on any of the Bibles, you will often be able to look inside to see the pages for yourself before purchasing!
- I really like the ESV Journaling Bible with faint lines in the 2 inch wide margin and cream paper color.
- I love my imitation leather, NASB Note-Taker’s Bible (top left Bible below), which is free of lines in the wide and bottom margin with white paper.
- All give extra room for creativity.
- You can also join in with a Bible you already have, or even an art journal like the art journals I recommend.
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You are loved. x
Update: (March 27th, 2015) It has been brought to my attention that the art piece I created for this challenge, has an uncanny resemblance in some ways, to a painting titled “Hem of His Garment” by the very sweet, Diana Downing of Overcomers Art. You all know I work hard to help protect the art work of those I lead and would never intentionally copy someone else’s work, nor encourage it. This is one of those situations that can happen from time to time in the world of Christian art, as we seek to ask God for what images are on His heart to portray. I encourage you to enjoy Diana’s artwork which she lovingly worked on and has prints available for. I look forward to featuring her art work on my blog soon, which I know you’ll enjoy.