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.

Outline your fern, lightly, with a color pencil. I choose "Kelp Green" which is a Prismacolor pencil.
Cover all leaves and stem with a light wash of light green. I used "Moss" green by Turner Watercolor.
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.
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!

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! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Go To Supplies

I wanted to create a quick post about the supplies that I love to use, but don't get overwhelmed by them because I have been adding to my collection for awhile. I cant afford to run out and buy everything in this picture in one shopping trip! You start small and add to when you feel ready, and keep in mind that what I feel comfortable with may not work best for you. I actually started with a journaling bible, a pencil, and some color pencils and that was it for months. I wanted to get comfortable with just creating in my bible with the basic supplies I was most comfortable with. I actually ended up painting, the first time, in my bible because I needed to cover a mistake I had made! So, that ended up being a happy accident that took me down an exciting path. Lets talk supplies!

Whats in my art bag:

1)Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box 
great for dabbling in watercolors with out investing alot. Its also great for traveling on the go! Also comes with its own brush!
2)Talens Van Gogh Watercolor, 10ml, 10 Tube Set
These are my personal favorite, because the are very affordable but great quality! You can use them on a white plate or buy a air tight watercolor palette for them. You can mix so many colors just from this one set.
3)Kum Magnesium Alloy Metal 1-Hole Steel Blade Rectangular Pencil Sharpeners
Nothing fancy but works GREAT! I don't use an electric sharpener because all it will do is eat up your expensive pencils.
4)Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil Black
I love a good mechanical pencil.
5)Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser 
6)Uni-Ball Gel Impact UM-153 White Broad 1.0mm Rollerball
Great for adding highlights
7)Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush
I don't use this brush all the time because I like a plain watercolor brush but it is good to use on the go or for a quick watercolor. I like to use it with my sketchbook alot. I will tell you it is harder to control your water with this brush because it is always releasing water... so that is why a plain watercolor brush is good to use too.
8)paper towels
Nothing fancy but handy for cleaning up water and cleaning off brushes
9)Faber-Castell Dust-Free Vinyl Erasers
10)Polychromos  Pencils
These are expensive and not a "starting out" color pencil, but they are wonderful if you love color pencils and want to invest in a great quality pencil. They are a dream to work with.
11)Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils
What I started with and still use
12)Faber-Castel  Albrecht Durer Artist Watercolor Pencils
Higher quality watercolor pencil, so if you love watercolor pencils and want to upgrade they are very good.
13)Faber-Castell Art GRIP Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils
These are the watercolors I started with and still use, and can buy a starter kit for very little.
14)Journaling Bible (ESV Double Column Journaling Bible By Crossway pictured here)

**AND the black cases that hold all my pencils are from Michael's Craft Store for only $5 a piece! They are awesome to store pencils and they roll up and close to keep them protected.

You can find all of these products on Amazon for a great deal, and hopefully soon I will have direct links for you so there is no guessing! I hope this helps!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The new message bible

Have you seen this new journaling bible? I am happy to get to pair up with the great people behind The Message bible and share it with you. They also have a few surprises coming in the next couple of months, so stay tuned for those!
The Message is a great bible to have along with your study bible because it reads more like a story than verse by verse, so its a little easier to understand. It makes reading the bible more enjoyable and relatable. This new journaling bible has some pages that are already designed for you that you can color like a coloring page (which may be a nice way to involve my son because he loves to color!) But it also has plenty of blank pages for you to add your own touch to it too. I cant wait to jump in and add some color to this bible and share them with you!