Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
More Creative Play
This was an easy prompt since I use lots of stickers in my illustrated Bible journaling. I used a variety of letters stickers in different sizes to add a reminder of James' admonition to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. I then used my own handwriting to add a prayer asking the Lord to help me remember and follow this advice.
I'm also working my way through the free Inspired Faith class at Scrapbook.com, so I combined this prompt with Lesson 3 on creating tags and inserts. I used distress ink to color a tag, then spritzed it with water to create additional texture.
I used a Clear Scraps cross stencil and distress inks to illustrate the tag and the margin beside Matthew 27, the story of Jesus dying on the cross.
I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to incorporate this prompt until I saw that someone else had used the bottom of a plastic water bottle to stamp onto paper. I used the same idea with a pigment ink pad to add an artistic background to my Bible page.
I combined this prompt with the day one materials in the Illustrated Faith Created to Create devotional, which focuses on how we are all creative. The story of Bezalel in Exodus 35 is one that I'm familiar with. He is the individual that the Lord called and filled with artistic wisdom to build the tabernacle. However, when I read the story this time, I noticed that the Lord also "put in his heart the ability to teach." This idea of having creative gifts and the ability to teach, too, resonated with me as I completed this page.
This was another easy prompt since I enjoy using watercolor paints in the margins of my Bible. (It was also perfect because Robbie had just surprised me with a FUN set of metallic watercolors!)
Still working with the Illustrated Faith Created to Create devotional, I turned to Ephesians 4 and read the section about spiritual gifts. With the watercolors as a background in the margin and highlighting the scriptures, I added stickers and handwritten journaling (words from a song).
I am so thankful for how these prompts, class materials, and devotionals enhance my time in the Word and help me illustrate what the Lord is reminding and teaching me!
How would you have used these Creative Prompts?