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.

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.

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.