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.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Creative Play

This month I'm using the Creative Play challenge prompts (from the Creative Simplicity Facebook group) as INSPIRATION for my illustrated Bible journaling pages. Each prompt is an object and the challenge is to use them to inspire a new creation. My goal is to challenge myself (and my knowledge of scripture) to find a way to relate the prompt to scripture and enjoy time in the Word.

Flower - I have a lovely rose stamp that I don't remember ever using, so I used a concordance to look up where I can find the word "rose" in the Bible. I chose Isaiah 35 for my reading and illustrating. This passage is about the desert blooming, a wilderness turned into a good land, where the desert will "blossom as a rose."


I stamped the image with Powder Puff chalking ink, then colored it in with Crayola colored pencils. For each of my entries in this Bible, I am also adding the date with a date stamp.

Notions - This prompt also brought to mind a stamp I have in my stash - one with a pincushion and thimbles. Once again I used a concordance and looked up several words (sew, stitch, bind, mend) and settled on Psalm 147. This psalm is a praise to the Lord and reminds us that He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Just as a seamstress can mend garments, the Lord can mend our hearts.


This stamp actually has little mice peeping out of the thimbles, so I covered those spaces on the stamp with washi tape before inking. I removed the tape, stamped the image, then drew in the missing areas and colored the image with colored pencils. I used my Glaze pens for the pin heads, which adds a little shine & dimension (that's not easy to see in the photo).

Yarn - I'm not sure if there are any mentions of yarn in the Bible, but I immediately thought of the story of Rahab and the scarlet cord. When Joshua sent spies into Jericho, Rahab the harlot hid them and helped them escape. They promised when the Israelites took Jericho that she and her family would be saved only if she had the scarlet cord in her window.


I searched Pinterest and found a couple of pages for INSPIRATION, unfortunately the pinned images did not link back to the original sources so I'm unable to give credit. I sketched this image in pencil (yes, I actually drew something freehand!), then went back over the lines with pen before adding in some highlighting and color with colored pencils. On all of my pages, I am also underling the relevant scriptures using Micron pens.

Tissue Paper - The most common use for tissue paper around here is gift wrapping, which brought to mind the greatest gift of all (Jesus Christ) and how He was wrapped in swaddling cloths.


This illustration is cut from an old Christmas card and adhered directly to the Bible margin. My journaling reads: The greatest gift of all did not come wrapped in pretty paper and bows, but it held more love and grace than we'd ever known before.

Paper Punch - I like to use arrows in my illustrated journaling, so I used paper pieces from an arrow border punch to highlight part of a quote I heard in a sermon a few weeks ago: The Bible is not a rule book, it's a way of life.


I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge of using these prompts in my Bible journaling. What are you using for creative INSPIRATION this month?

5 comments:

Francine said...

I'm happy to hear that you're find the prompts useful. I'm loving seeing all the different interpretations.

Karen said...

What a fabulous way to use these prompts; so creative!

Sandra said...

What a lovely blog post, I always always love your bible journal posts xxx

Missus Wookie said...

I thought of you and your bible journalling when I drew a picture in my bible study book. I like how you've used the stamps to pull bits out of the stories.

How many bibles are you currently using/illustrating?

Sarah Shotts said...

Thanks for linking up! :)