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, December 18, 2016

5 More Places to Find INSPIRATION for Illustrated Bible Journaling


In addition to the five places I shared in a previous post, I often find INSPIRATION for illustrated Bible journaling in tutorials, classes, quotes, teaching preparation, and books.

1. Tutorials

With the growing popularity of illustrated Bible journaling, there are lots of tutorials online. I especially like video tutorials that share a technique along with a devotional or explanation of the scripture being illustrated. Tracy Pounds, owner of The Little Blue House (not-so) local scrapbook store, often shares this type of tutorial. I completed the page below based on this Facebook Live video and Psalm 90:1-2. Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You Are God - I first drew this illustration with a pencil, then traced over it with a Micron pen. I completed the illustration with watercolors and colored pencils, then added letter stickers and a tab to finish off the page.

2. Classes

I combined techniques from Tonya Hamilton's class at the Little Blue House (using glue and foil) and Jann Gray's Illuminated Journaling workshop (using One & Done Line Art Transfer Sheets) to illustrate Proverbs 31:30. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Beauty is Passing - I traced the roses using the One and Done Botanicals kit, then went over the illustration with a Quickie Glue Pen. Once the glue had dried some, but was still tacky, I covered it with foil. I burnished the foil with  my finger, then peeled it off, leaving a beautiful shiny image on the page!

3. Quotes

I like to collect quotes and have discovered that taking time to illustrate a quote helps me remember it. The quote below is a great reminder of how important faith is, so I recorded it next to Hebrews 12.

Faith is like Wi-Fi - I used a blue Micron pen and Zig marker to add this quote in the margin of my Bible.

4. Teaching Preparation

When I'm preparing to teach, I take time in prayer as I consider the group I'll be instructing. Occasionally a specific topic will be requested, but typically I choose the scripture as I feel led by the Lord. In preparation for a class for teenage girls earlier this year, I prepared a page based on Titus 3:5-7. But according to His mercy, He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

A Princess - I used graphite paper and a pencil to trace the princess image from a coloring page, then went over the graphite with Micron pens before coloring in the image with colored pencils. I added a variety of letter stickers and punched flowers to the page, then adhered a tab and stamped a date. (The purple washi tape was already on this page to reinforce the paper for a tip-in included on the page underneath.)

5. Books

It'll come as no surprise to regular readers here that I find lots of INSPIRATION in books. I'm always reading three or four books. I'm currently reading Entrusted: Anchoring Your Life in the Gospel by Dr. David Shibley. In this book, Dr. Shibley shares a quote from an unknown author, and I was inspired to record it in my journaling Bible.

The Greatest Love - Click HERE to see a step-by-step tutorial on how I created this page.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1495165272/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1495165272&linkCode=as2&tag=dalibipi-20&linkId=6f688c99d143a756d94ed24b1e64554dThere are also books specifically about illustrated Bible journaling. I recently read Jann Gray's book, Illuminated Journaling. This easy-to-read and informative book shares information and ideas for beginning and continuing the practice of illustrating what and how the Word speaks to us individually. Illuminated Journaling is described as a tangible way for us to communicate back to Him that we want to give a gift back that is filled with genuine praise and appreciation for Who He is and what He has done for us.

Are there other places that you find ideas for illustrating in your Bible? Please share them in the comments.

2 comments:

Susanne said...

Great post - good indo. I will definitely check out that Illuminated Journaling book. I've purchased a journal bible and colored pencils to start taking baby steps in 2017.

Sandra said...

I honestly can't thank you enough cor this post. I'll certainly check them all out xx