Psalm 42:1-2

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.

-Psalm 42:1-2, ESV

I knew I wouldn't have time to journal other than our workshop for a while, so I decided to do one more page today. Our workshop next week is going to use Intense Pencils so I decided to give them a try. This Psalm has been only mind for a while so I thought it might be time to dive in to free sketching. Up until this point, I've only done stenciled, stamps, and free hand lettering. This is my first time drawing. I'm not overly happy with the shape of my stream, but overall, I'm happy with it.

Technique Used:

I started with page prep using gesso. Then, I sketched it out with a pencil to get the general shape of what I wanted and started to layer in the tree first using the Intense Pencils. Then I moved to the water, then grass, then sky (although you can't see it in the picture). This page took much longer than all the others I have done, but I really like how the tree came out. These pencils are a lot of fun to use.

Philemon 1:1

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker

-Philemon 1:1, ESV

This was the book I studied this morning in my devotions, so being it was my last day of vacation, I decided to illustrate it. Paul is writing to Philemon reminding him of their partnership in the faith and pleading to him to take mercy on Philemon's runaway slave Onesimus that Paul has met in Ephesus. Paul is asking that Philemon spare Onesiumus the punishment he deserves and welcome him home as a brother in the faith. This passage resonated with me this morning because of all the times God asks us to grant people mercy because they are brothers or sisters in the faith.

Technique Used:

I used Acrylic Paint scraping here with free lettering on top. There was no page prep underneath.

2 John 1:5

I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. - 2 John 1:5

I spent the morning in my devotions working with N. T. Wright's commentary Early Christian Letters for Everyone. He talked about how John is praising this church for their walking in truth, but emphasizes that they must take it a step further and also walk in love. He reminds them that this isn't something that's new, but what Christ called everyone to do.

I decided this was the theme I was going to pull out because truth and love as two things that should never be separated. When we love as God loves and see people with God's truth living inside of us, then we can live life the way God intends us to.

Techniques Used

I used started with gesso for page prep, just to be safe because I knew I wanted to use pens for accent later. Then I used distressed ink and stencils to create the hearts. Once I had those down, I added the black swirls which are sticks I found at Hobby Lobby and the black letters which are also stickers I found at the same time.

3 John 1:3

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. - 3 John 1:3

This is my first morning with N. T. Wright's commentary Early Christian Letters for Everyone. I decided to start with the shortest book in the Bible and work my way backwards. This book, John wrote to one specific person. There seems to be a dispute going on, but he is encouraging Gaius because he is walking in truth. I decided to pull this part out because this is what I hope God says about me one day, that he has witnessed me walking faithful in truth.

Technique Used

I decided to try my hand at watercolor again. I started with page prep with gesso to be sure the page took the watercolor ok. I got a bit too much water on it at first, but then I remembered that I could just dab it off. I put two separate layers of color. For my second time, I'm happy with how it turned out. I love the amount of color but that you can still read the passage. After the color, I tried free hand lettering for the first time with brush pens.

Psalm 119 - Tag

In our Bible Journaling workshop, we learned about tags, so I decided to make one for Psalm 119 because it's the longest Psalm in the Bible. My goal is to go back and Illustrated the entire Psalm. This is a unique Psalm because it's an acrostic meaning each stanza starts with the next letter of the the Hebrew alphabet (i.e. A, B, C...).

Technique Used

I used distressed ink for the first time with leaf stencils. After I was finished, I put stickers on top and traced them with a pen.

Genesis 1:12

The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1:12

When I saw these flowers, I thought of Genesis and how beautiful the first flowers must have been. The page feels a bit empty still, so I may add some words as I get better at my free writings.

Technique Used

This page was done with another one of our workshops. We learned how to use water color pencils with stamps. We used Gesso for page prep first. The flowers and leaves were stamped with Stazon Ink so that the water wouldn't cause the ink to run. Then we used the water color pencils to color everything in. Now I can't wait to try water color under the stamps then the pencils on top.

Exodus 40:34-35

34 Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. 35 Moses could no longer enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled down over it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.. - Exodus 40:34-35

I'm not sure what the cloud filled with the Glory of the Lord looked like, and I'm sure it didn't look like this, but I didn't think I could actually depict it, so I just made vivid color. What a sight it must have been to see the tabernacle filled.

Technique Used

This is actually water color although it doesn't look like it. It was my first time using it in my Bible. I hadn't touched it sense I was a kid. I used a lot more paid and a lot less water. It does have gesso as page prep underneath. Then afterwards I used stamps to put the words on top.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! - Galatians 5:22-23

This page was one of the easiest, yet it took me 6 weeks to finish it. The fruit of the spirit. If you look carefully, you notice I forgot one, the most important, Love.

Technique Used

This is vellum that has been glued into the Bible as a page insert. I actually used my computer to print the words onto it. The subtle design on the vellum is how it was purchased. After I printed it (and I tested a few times on regular paper until I got the sizing right), I trimmed it down to fit the page. I used Zips to attach it, but you could use any time of double sided adhesive for scrapbooking or paper crafts.

Hagar - Genesis 16:13

So she named the Lord who spoke to her, “You are El-roi”; אֵל רֳאִי for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?” -Exodus 16:13

Hagar was a woman that needed to be seen. When she was pregnant, she had an encounter with God. Although Abram and Sarai didn't understand God's plan and didn't make the best of choices, God still showed love toward Hagar.


I used Acrylic Paint scraped along the side, then a white gell pen to draw the writing over the paint. This was my second Acrylic Paint page.

John 3:16

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16, NLT

This is the first page that was done through our Bible Journaling workshops and it was done the most like the instruction video. It was my first time using Acrylic Paint scraping and I was very happy with how it came out. I couldn't believe how simple it was.

Technique Used

Acrylic Paint Scraping with two colors, red and yellow (no  page prep underneath). Stickers on top (the white) outlined with pen.

Psalm 100

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2     Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

--Psalm 100

This is the first page that I did in my Bible. "Enter his gates with Thanksgiving." That has to be one of the most famous phrases from the Psalms. That's why I decided to illustrate it here. When I picture scriptures coming to life, this is the first thing that came to my mind.

My Technique:

I used colored pencils and an image that I traced into the Bible. It took me a little while to get the image the size it needed to be for the page. After I did the gate, I also traced in the words of the verse as well. These pencils aren't anything fancy, but for my first page, I was happy for how it came out.