Wednesday, December 5, 2018

I am so excited to share this fun Puppet theater that you can use with your kids to teach the story of Jesus! Instead of building a ginger bread house this year, build the stable with your little ones! Let your kids, Sunday school, or children's church use this to visually see the story come to life as you tell it. Let them help act out each scene and be a part of the story! 
Find it in my Etsy shop, there is a link to the store in the column on the right side of the page


This download comes with 5 color printable sheets and  instructions are available below or just email me for a copy. www.fischtale@gmail.com 
What comes in the PDF Set:
*Baby Jesus with manger and straw bundle with cut out stand
*Mary and Joseph
*Angel
*Donkey, lamb and cow
*Star and bird
*3 Wisemen with 3 gifts
*Boy shepherd with instrument and staff
*Front and back for stable with a verse card (print the back page twice to make the side panels. You can cut it down the center, making two halves, one for each side of the stable. Use a ruler to fold in the sides, using the lines of the boards as a guide to line your ruler... use the ruler to help fold a straight line.




The other things that you will need: 
*scissors
*ruler
*mini brads
*glue or double stick tape
*thin wooden dowels
*thumbtack
*large cereal box


You must be able to print all these printables out on your own, nothing will be shipped to you. I highly suggest printing all pieces out on heavy card stock with a color printer. You can also have it printed at a local printer like kinkos. 

The theater and characters come with a scripture card that give you a great place to jump into the story of the birth of Jesus, but a great alternative would be the "Jesus Storybook" by Sally Lloyd-Jones. I can not recommend this children's storybook bible enough!

I hope you enjoy making this Puppet theater, to celebrate the Christmas season, with your kids! Tag me on Instagram so I can see how you are using it!

Use a thumbtack to punch holes in your characters for arms and legs. 

Cut around each character, I suggest working on one character at a time, so there is no confusion.
I also didnt cut around each foot but instead left them together.

Use your mini brads to assemble your characters arms or legs.

Cut around the verse card and save for later, and then cut around the inside of the stable door.
I used a large cereal box for extra support, gluing it onto the back of my front and back panel. I did not use it for my side panels.

Reprint your back panel and use it for your side panels by cutting straight down the center to make two panels of the same size.

Following the line closest to the edge (the painted board) line your ruler along the line and fold a flap that you can use for gluing. Repeat this 3 more times for a total of 4 flaps, 2 on each side panel. 

Glue your side panel onto the back edge of your back panel. Repeat this for your front panel too. 

You should have a free standing box when complete.

Line the edge of your manger with a thin line of glue, you want to be able to slip the baby Jesus down between the two pieces of paper after it dries.

Your kids will be able to pull the baby in and out when it is assembled.



Saturday, November 17, 2018

 
I have been waiting to get to share this BIG announcement with you for sometime!! I have crunched in all my tips and tricks into this new book by www.quartoknows.com and it is up for pre-order now!
INSERT HAPPY DANCE!! This new book comes with pages on how to use wet medium on your bible pages, color pencil ideas, how to fix mistakes... the list goes on. AND, it has 5 step-by-step tutorials where I walk you through creating 5 pages in your own bible. I share this book with Kate Peiffer, www.beautifulbible.me  who also shares all her inside secrets! If you purchase the book during the pre-sale time, keep your proof of purchase for an extra little surprise down the road! Find a direct link on the side of the page that will take you to where you can buy the book now! It will be released in March

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I love ferns! I would love to have them all over my backyard.... if I had a green thumb! But, since I don't, I can still paint them. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to watercolor the fern after you have drawn it, and you can also check out my drawing tutorial, on how to draw them on my Instagram page.

Step#1)
Outline your fern, lightly, with a color pencil. I choose "Kelp Green" which is a Prismacolor pencil.
Step#2)
Cover all leaves and stem with a light wash of light green. I used "Moss" green by Turner Watercolor.
Step#3)
Go back in with your darker green and shade in a few leaves, sporadically, keeping some leaves the lighter green.Add a touch of the darker green to the stem, down the center, and the stems down the branches of the plant. I used "Olive Green" by Winsor and Newton for my darker green.
Step#4)
This is your time to go back and reoutline if you want to make some of your lines darker. Don't go over ever line but just touch it up in spots, this adds variety to the line making it look a little more natural. I used my Dark Sepia Pencil, by Faber Castell, to darken my lines and shade where the branch meets the stem and I reoutlined the stem with the Sepia too.

This piece was a little more pencil than watercolor but you can see how mixing the two mediums can be a great combination. Know you can repeat these ferns in your bible, on a journal page, sketchbook, or in a painting. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Melissa

Friday, October 27, 2017

I have had this print in my mind for awhile now... ever since I got the chance to fly over the ocean this past summer. I can remember flying over the ocean, which I was so nervous about, and just taking in the beauty of it all. And the thought hit me, as flew to a new country, how we are all so connected. That from the beginning of time people have been searching for something greater than themselves. There is something that is planted deep down inside our being that tells us that there is something greater than us. It dosen't matter what continent you land on, they are all searching for the answer to that question. We are all weaved together in that deep desire and scripture tells us that there is a reason for that. Thet he created each nation to search and find him, and that he is never far from us. How beautiful is that! We are one in the care of a great God... and so this print reminds me of that promise. It is available in the shop now, I hope you love it too. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shop Reopened!

After a busy but exciting summer, the shop is back up and running. My kiddos are getting ready to head back to school and I am trying to get back into the swing of work again. To celebrate I have two new prints up in the shop! I am super excited about both of them! ALSO!! Don't forget to check out the Bible Journaling class with Amanda Arneill, it is up and live and there is a link in the side bar. It is a super informative class for anyone who wants to learn or learn more about creating art in your bible.

Monday, April 3, 2017

God's Love Sticks Around Traceables


These fun Traceables are up in my Bible Journaling shop... link at the top of the side column! Send me pictures of how you use them in your bible... I cant wait to see what you create! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Printables in the shop! Just click the link out to the side to jump over to the shop... its super easy! I have listed a traceable and a full color, and you choose which one would work better for you. I so enjoy making these and I hope you enjoy using them. They would even be fun to use to make your own home made valentines this year. Let me know of other things you would love to see made into a printable!