It's Faith Art Friday! Yay! Each Friday Erin and I (and the occasional special guest) will take turns posting tips, prompts, ideas and inspiration for your faith art journals!
If you love bible journaling and illustrated faith, you are going to *love*love*love* Faith Art Fridays!!
Well Faith Art Friday has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. Erin and I sure appreciate your patience and grace as we figure out how to be more consistent in our posting and keep our families fed and clothed at the same time (they just weren't willing to give that up for the cause, ha!).
After discussing it a little more we've decided to go with a weekly prompt delivered here at the Pink Paper Peppermints blog and then we'll each share our work with the prompt and any tips we may have, as we are able, on our respective blogs. If you're subscribed to our newsletters you'll receive everything right in your email as usual.
Of course we'll both be participating in our private facebook community as well and hope to see you there posting your art. It's such a sweet, happy atmosphere, and full of encouragement and love!
This week's Faith Art Friday post was inspired by a favorite hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". There are so many wonderful lines in this beautiful, poetic hymn. Click play below to hear the Chris Rice version:
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
by Robert Robinson 1758
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy unchanging love.
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I've come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
What is an Ebenezer
I love so many of the lines, but my favorite, I think is,
"Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here by Thy great help I've come;
This line is referring to 1 Samuel 7:12
"After this happened Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named the stone Ebenezer, saying, “The Lord has helped us to this point.”
The Word "Ebenezer" comes from the Hebrew words "Eben-ha-Ezer" that literally mean, "Stone of Help". Samuel was placing a memorial, a marker to remind him and everyone who would come later that it was the Lord Who had helped them against the Philistines.
So an "Ebenezer" is simply a reminder of God's faithfulness, His ever present help in times of trouble.
I believe our Faith Art journals are Ebenezers in themselves, filled with reminders of God's goodness and faithfulness, but I wanted to create a page specifically that would be my Ebenezer for this past year. My reminder of what God has done for me to this point.
As I mulled it over, the image of a woman praising God and popping right up out of my journal pages kept coming to mind, so I set about figuring out how to create that and this is what I came up with.
Using paper from my "Chosen by Grace" digital art kit, I made a little pop up tab, a silhouette of a woman praising God, and a stone of help. I also found a public domain copy of the sheet music for the hymn that I used to back my pop-up and layered that over a cloud paper from my kit.
Of course I made all of these into a printable for you, if you'd like to create a similar page. The download link is at the end of the post.
Here's how it came together.
I started with a blank spread that I had created previously by using an old credit card to scrape some hot pink paint across the pages.
I like to have blank, painted pages like this already done for when I'm ready to journal so I don't have to wait for the background to dry!
Since I knew I would be using the hot pink page spread, I made the pop up tab with a hot pink digital paper from my "Chosen by Grace" digital art kit.
If you'll be using the tab on your page and want to use a different color (what?? you don't think hot pink is the best color ever??) you can paint over it, use the reverse side which should be white after you print it out or even just use it as a pattern to trace on the paper of your choice.
The tab is simple to use, you just cut it out, fold it in the middle (use a bone folder or the back of a spoon to get strong creases in your paper, as this will make it easier to fold) fold the tabs up and glue them to the page.
Because the girl is so tall you'll probably need to put the tab at the top of your page so she doesn't stick out of the side of your journal when it's closed.
You can see above how the tab folds up when you close the book.
Next I used a white crayon to journal over my page and then started splattering neon paint everywhere (and I do mean *everywhere* - I'm still finding little splatters of neon paint!) with my paint brush.
I attached my girl silhouette and rock to the back of the tab with glue and then folded my sheet music in half (wrong sides together) and creased it and attached it to the back of the silhouettes.
I then decided they needed a little splattered paint too. :)
The number 5 is significant to me this year so I stenciled that on the page as well.
I wanted to include some of the beautiful lyrics but I didn't want to cover up my layers of paint in the background so I printed them on a transparency instead.
I attached it at the top and bottom of the crease with packing tape.
I absolutely love the line,
"Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God,
He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious Blood."
The word interposed means to insert between one thing or another or to intervene between parties. What an amazing way to describe what Jesus did for us.
This Week's Faith Art Journal Prompt:
Create an "Ebenezer" page in your journal, a page that tells about a specific way God has helped you "this far".
You can make the journaling private to you, or obscure it or make it plain for the world to read. Use the printables (download below) or come up with a design of your own or any combination of the two.
And of course we would love to have you share your work in our facebook group if you feel comfortable. If not, just come by and soak up all the inspiration and chat with us!
Click on the image above to download your free printables.
The printables are in large pdfs that have 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.
Did something immediately spring to mind when reading the prompt? I'd love to hear about your Ebenezer in the comments today!
Have a wonderful weekend! I can' wait to see your art!
Grace and Peace,
"God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him. We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom..." -Psalm 46:1 (the message)