Welcome to the Journaling by Heart Free Faith Art Journaling Workshop
Welcome to Lesson 6 - Magazine pages and the Mysteries of Christ! (I love alliteration don't you?)
Before we get started, I have to tell you how excited Erin and I have been about all your emails, and comments and Facebook posts. The Lord is doing awesome things with this workshop, beyond what either of us ever expected!
At your request we have created a closed Facebook group for more privacy in sharing your art journal pages and thoughts on what you're learning. You can now share without posting to your wall or your friends' wall, it will just be between us! (yay!)
So if you haven't already, be sure to stop by and request membership (it's free of course) so you can see all the gorgeous work that's being done and so you can make new friends with other faith artists. Erin or I will approve you ASAP. :)
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How Can I Walk Right if I can't Walk Right?
You might recall in the lesson on Fabric and Sewing in your art journal, I mentioned that God had shown me some really neat things about Ephesians 3 that I wanted to illustrate in a printable for you. Well that's what we're talking about this week!
I haven't quite finished the printable, but I do have a sketch for you to take a peek at a little later.
The Lord has been speaking to me so clearly about removing myself from the equation. I often find myself trying do things in my own strength.
Trying to "be better" and "walk right" and He is showing me over and over in His Word that is not something I will ever be able to do.
After all, if I could walk in righteousness on my own, why would Jesus have had to come and make the sacrifice that He made for me?
So what am I to do? How can I walk uprightly if I can't walk uprightly?
Digital Bible Journaling page from my art journal last year -- papers & elements by
One Little Bird and Allison Pennington at The Lilypad
Oh boy, here's where it gets good, I can't wait to show you this.
As I studied Ephesians, the Lord showed me the prayer that Paul prayed in chapter 1 and verses 17-19. Let's look at it:
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you.
I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength." (CEB)
Getting Wisdom and Understanding
Paul prayed for a "spirit of wisdom and revelation", not just here in Ephesians, but throughout the new testament he prayed that we would be filled with all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Why? He says in Colossians 1:10, "so that we would be able to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord."
So we need wisdom and revelation about the riches of God's glory. We need to know the Word of God, to know Jesus (and John 1:1 says Jesus *is* the Word). We need to know the "mystery of Christ".
You know what's awesome? Col 1:27 says God *wants* us to know the mystery (in the greek, "mysterion", a secret),
"God decided to let His people know this rich and glorious secret which He has for all people. This secret is Christ Himself, Who is in you. He is our only hope for glory." -Colossians 1:27 (NCV)
Those who Hear and Believe
In Mark chapter 4, Jesus was telling the parable of the seed and the sower and afterwards it says that His followers were asking Him what it meant and you know what He told them? "You've been given the mystery of the kingdom of God" and then He began to explain what each of the seeds and how they were sown meant.
"But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit..."
-Mark 4:20 (NKJ)
So to bear fruit, (to walk right with God, to do good, to make good choices,) Jesus is saying we must hear the Word and accept it, or believe it.
What Word? Colossians 1:5-6 tells us exactly what Word, (heard and believed) will cause us to bear fruit:
"...the word of truth, the gospel...is constantly bearing fruit and increasing...since the day you heard and understood the grace of God in truth." (NAS)
Since you heard and understood (in the Greek, epiginōskō, "came really to know") the grace of God!
So we're back to grace, knowing and believing and trusting in God's grace is what causes the Word of God to bear fruit, *not* demanding perfection from ourselves. Not focusing on what we're doing wrong and how we're not measuring up.
Romans 7:4 says,
"Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also died with respect to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you could be united with someone else. You are united with the One Who was raised from the dead so that we can bear fruit for God."
Again Paul is saying, you died to the law so you could be united or "married" to Jesus. When we are one with Jesus we are able to bear fruit, in Him, the hope of glory, the secret of the kingdom of God!
Choking the Word
So what can stop that from happening? Jesus tells us back in the parables about the seed and the sower, in Mark 4:18-19:
"The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it." (MSG)
I believe when we worry about what we need, what we should be doing, how we're going to pay for that, all of the "cares of this world" we're focusing not on Jesus and His provision but on ourselves, either what we're doing "right" or what we're doing wrong. Being self-conscious and sin-conscious all the time instead of focusing on Jesus.
What About God's Holiness?
Paul goes on to talk about (in Romans 7:15) how he doesn't do the things he wants to do, but keeps finding himself doing the very thing he hates. Because he says, "nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh." (v. 18)
Can you relate to that? I sure can. But then he tells us the answer to that,
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"
What? How can a righteous, holy God not condemn us for doing wrong? This has always been a place where I've been stuck in the past.
God is holy, He demands righteousness. He can't just say, "I love you so I'll ignore your sin." Can He?
No, He can't and He doesn't. That is the beauty and amazing grace of the new covenant.
God demands righteousness and justice and then He sends His Son to remit payment on our behalf.
*soak that up for a minute. Isn't God so rich in mercy?!*
The Requirement Has Been Fulfilled
Romans 8:3-4 says,
"What the Law could not do, because human nature was weak, God did. He condemned sin in human nature by sending his own Son, Who came with a nature like our sinful nature, to do away with sin. God did this so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fully satisfied..."
The requirement of the law is fulfilled by Jesus, not me. When I beat myself up and mentally flog myself over and over for making mistakes I am taking what Jesus has already taken for me and I am setting my mind on my flesh.
And when I do *that* Romans 8:6 tells me that,
"the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit, is life and peace"
I am convinced that the way we walk uprightly is not by trying, but by keeping our eyes on Jesus, and learning and meditating on everything there is to know about Him and His finished work on the cross.
What He did for us so that we can love Him and bear fruit for Him.
It's all about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit
And that leads me back to where we started, another of Paul's prayers in Ephesians 3:16-19:
"...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." (NAS)
My rough sketch:
Did you you notice anything in that circle above? It's all about, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit! All we do in that process is receive!
God gives us power--> through His Holy Spirit--> to receive Christ in our hearts--> so we're rooted and grounded in love -->and we understand His love -->so we are filled with His fullness!
So for your first assignment, I want you to notice what you are focusing on during the week. When you make mistakes, what do you say to yourself? Journal about that. Share with us in our group what you're observing if you're comfortable.
Next I want you to replace any condemning thoughts with one or more of the following scriptures. We'll also be creating some artwork with these in our journals for the 2nd assignment.
"There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1)
"I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus" (2 Corinthians 5:21)
"I am strengthened with might by His Spirit in my inner man. Christ dwells in my heart by faith. I am rooted and grounded in His love for me." (Ephesians 3:16-19)
"In Christ, I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of my sins according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon me..." (Ephesians 1:7-8)
"Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected...and the God who gives peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9)
This week the supply list is pretty simple! We're going old school cut & paste with magazines!
Magazines (you don't mind cutting up)
Mosaic Printable (free download below)
Sharpie pens & paint pens
Spray Mists (I use Heidi Swapp's brand, but there are lots of great brands)
Clear Packing tape (or contact paper)
Matt Gel Medium
Scissors <-- these are the best for detail work
The first technique I want to show you is one you probably did in elementary school art class, Mosaics.
Gather up a stack of pretty colorful magazine pages, some scissors, glue and this printable below and you're ready!
Download and Print
I printed my tree on a piece of chipboard and then cut it to fit my journal (6" x 12") but you could print it on plain paper, cardstock, transparency, graph paper, any kind of paper you like.
The printable is a large pdf that has been compressed into a zip file.
When you click on the download image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.
If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.
You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.
If you have trouble just let me know and I'll be happy to troubleshoot with you.
Cutting The Paper
We're going to use little triangles for this mosaic, but you can use any shape you like with this process, you can even just tear the paper into little uneven pieces.
The first thing you'll want to do is cut your pages into about 1/4" to 1/2" strips. Next take yours scissors and cut at an angle, first to the right, then to the left to quickly create a stack of triangles in each of the colors you've chosen.
We're going to be overlapping these, (not actually trying to fit them into the printable) so you can cut them in varying sizes.
Gluing the Shapes
Once you have a stack of triangles it's time to start gluing them down. I just used my finger to smear a little matt gel medium on the printable and then add my triangles. (the Silhouette Pick Me Up tool would work well for this too--it just may be that my desk was too messy to find mine...maybe)
Once I got the tree mostly filled in, I wrote my scripture on another piece of chipboard and sewed it to the middle of the tree.
I included the scripture on the printable in case you'd rather use that, but I do encourage you to use your own handwriting in your journal as much as possible. The more you use it, the more you will improve and get to like it. :)
Masks & Stencils
Next we're going to make a mask from images we cut from our magazines. The difference between a mask and a stencil is that with a mask you are using the positive image to cover your paper so that the paint sprays around the image.
With a stencil you're using the negative image and filling it with with paint and covering your paper instead.
The best kinds of images for masking are very simple and defined shapes. If you picture the shape as a silhouette and it would make sense then that's a good shape to use.
I love to use fashion images like those above in my journals, but you could use any shape as long as it is clearly defined as a silhouette.
The images below would not make good masks. The girl on the left is holding her hand to her side with a bag. As a silhouette it would look like her arm was cut off and she had some strange growth on her leg!
The two girls on the right wouldn't work because their feet would disappear.
Cutting Out Your Masks
These are my faith girls (that's what I like to call them) once I've cut them out. This is a little tedious because you do have to cut very tiny details out if you want them to show up in your mask.
If that's not for you, you can purchase premade masks such as these from Dina Wakley or these wonderful praise and worship ones from His Kingdom Come.
If you cut your shapes out carefully you will be left with a stencil like those above and you can use that in your work as well.
This is the girl I decided to use for my page. I thought she kind of looked like super girl with her hands and her hair blowing and that's how the Lord makes me feel, so I thought she was perfect! :)
*A weird side note, I pray for the models when I use these stencils.*
If you think you will want to use your stencils again (and you probably will) you can cover them with clear contact paper or packing tape or run them through your home laminator if you have one.
I ran these through the laminator.
Painting over Your Masks
Now we're ready to paint. Simply lay your mask down over any background, (I'm using a piece of graph paper that I had tested some paints and stencils on) and then spray your ink over her.
I used a blue, purple and metallic gold ink from Heidi Swapp.
Now carefully lift your mask and you will see your image.
Save that Extra Ink!
Before I do anything else I use a little trick I learned from Dina Wakley, which is to take my mask and make a print with all that leftover ink on top.
After I sprayed the blue ink, I flipped my mask over on a plain piece of watercolor paper and just pressed down gently with my hand.
Here is the print:
After I sprayed the gold and purple ink I did the same thing in this journal that I already had some blank pages ready in.
Filling In The Mask
Next I filled in the shape left from mask with journaling and outlined her with a black felt tip pen.
You can see on the bottom left that the ink sort of puddled at her feet, this could be looked at as an "oops", but honestly I loved how it looked, and it reminded me of being "rooted" in Christ.
She's not quite finished yet, but we'll come back to her after our next technique.
Magazine Tape Transfers
If you receive any magazines from ministries these are especially fun to look for images in. They often have wonderful titles and photos not found in a fashion magazine.
Joyce Meyer's magazine is one of my favorites because her graphic artists have such a fun, style. There are always wonderful images to use.
I was pretty excited when I was flipping through this issue and found this title! It couldn't have been more perfect for our lesson today!
Tape transfers are so fun and easy to do. You simply cover any image you wish to transfer from the magazine with clear packing tape (you can use clear contact paper, but it's a little cloudy).
If the image is larger than the width of the tape just layer the tape over it as I did above.
Once your image is covered use a bone folder or the back of a spoon it to burnish it by rubbing over the tape so there are no wrinkles or air pockets.
When you feel your image is secure on the tape tear the page out and hold it under running water with the paper side up, and begin to rub the paper backing off the tape.
As you do you'll be left with your image.
Hold it up to the light to make sure you have removed all the paper and then gently pat with a paper towel to dry it off.
I had some black paint on my hands that got all over the tape when I was burnishing it, but I decided I kind of liked the grungy feel it gave. :)
Now add your tape to the page. You shouldn't have to add adhesive because the tape stays sticky after it dries!
You can achieve a lot of fun layered looks with this, so be sure to experiment.
Titles & Words
Of course you can always just cut phrases, letters and words from your magazines to create titles. I found this one in a Rachel Ray magazine and just loved the look of the handwritten letters.
On this page I cut out the the girls face and hair and the layered it with flowers that I had cut from other magazines. I use a wrinkle free glue stick to adhere my images when doing collage.
Once I had attached all the flowers, I outlined the shape with my white sharpie paint pen.
Next I filled in the spaces by journaling Phil 4:8. And then added some detail to the image with my paint pen. The Sharpie paint pens work really well on the slick surface of the magazine pages.
I feel like she's not quite finished yet, so I may add some more details to her later.
For your second assignment choose one or more of the techniques above (or experiment with your own) using magazines. Combine assignment #1 with this by journaling your thoughts and the truth of God's grace in your life.
If you're comfortable be sure to share with us in our new, private, Facebook group.
That's it for this week! I cannot wait to see what you do for this lesson! Have fun and have a wonderful, blessed weekend.
Peace and Grace,
"For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves, of your own doing, it came not through your own striving, but it is the gift of God;
Not because of works, not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands, lest any man should boast. It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself." -Ephesians 2:8-9 (amp)