Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 11 – Gelatos on Vellum Page Insert
Welcome to week 11 of my Bible Art Journaling Challenge!
I am excited to share a few techniques with you, which I have not shared with you before. I want to show you how to color vellum using Gelatos and end up with a totally unwrinkled surface doing it! I next want to show you how to insert that vellum into your Bible as an additional creative page! Inserts are super fun and open up so many possibilities for us art journaling in our Bibles! Lastly, I want to show you how to add a beautiful little tab to the insert, using a stunning and very cost effective solution! This is a special post for me today. The techniques are fun to share! But most of all, the topic is incredibly dear to me.
Enjoy my video below and then be sure to read the rest of my post below to get the most out of this week!
Here is this week’s scripture again. Psalm 77:11-14 says,
“11 I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. 12 I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.”
As I mentioned in my video today, two years ago, (March 23rd) I was prayed for and then dramatically healed! I had been bed-ridden for two years after many years of increasing illnesses that left doctors hopeless for my situation. Jesus changed it all. I am living proof that God is alive and He loves to lavish His kids with goodness and abundance. I am proof He loves to give it all, so we can be free. I wrote about my healing testimony a while back in more detail, if you’d like to read about it.
It is important that we find our answers to life in the Word of God, not in our life experiences.
I want to share with you what Isaiah 53:4-5 prophesied about Jesus,
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
He chose to give His very life so that we could be healed and set free. It would be a shame for us to ever think our loving Father would be the cause of sickness or would wish it upon us. He died so we would be free of it! Our only responsibility in all this, is to receive what He paid the ultimate price for, by repositioning our heart. We must repent of sin and invite Him in to our life. And then, we must position our heart to receive from Him. I know of no other god who so freely gives goodness to His followers!
We do have a mysterious world full of things we will never understand. But the Bible is clear that our God wants us fully healthy and He paid a massive price for us to be so. It is our God given right to ask for and expect total health. If you find this hard to believe because of perhaps how you have been taught, I’d encourage you to ask yourself why it would be appropriate to give God the blame for bad things?
I found a secret in pursuing health in my life – in pursuing freedom from afflictions. King David also discovered it. When we choose thankfulness, we open a door. Thankfulness literally invites God to come and do the great works He has done in the past. When we remember God’s deeds, His works, and thank Him for them… again and again… we reposition our heart – ready to receive His goodness. In my long waiting for healing, I could have thanked God and then gotten bitter it wasn’t happening in my timing. I could have repositioned my heart yet again, and closed the door. We must make thankfulness a lifestyle and recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from above.
Revelation 19:10 says that “the testimony is the spirit of prophecy.” By sharing testimonies of God’s goodness, by remembering them, by thanking God for them… we speak life over dry bones. I’ve spent a lot of time studying this topic of scripture. One blog post is hardly able to do it justice. Trust me in this… if you need God to breathe on anything in your life, position your heart with thankfulness. Focus on what God HAS done, not what He HASN’T done. What we focus on, grows in our life. Personally? I want to be a magnet for more of His goodness.
When things are tough, the best way out, is to sit and remember God’s goodness toward us and thank Him out loud. Our remembrance and thankfulness for God’s good works, is an open invitation for Him to do it again. Amazingly, this principle can also work when we are thankful for what God has done in others lives. When I realized this, I took time to find testimonies that matched what I was desperate to see happen in my own life. And then, I was thankful for God moving on their behalf. The more thankful I was, the more His presence was able to draw nearer to me.
As I sit and remember the goodness of God, poured out on my life two years ago, I am so very thankful. I want to ask you to celebrate with me in an unusual way. Will you take time to think back to a time in our own life, when God reached out and poured His goodness on you? Will you thank Him again for it? If you need financial breakthrough at this time, I’d encourage you to remember the times He has provided for you. If you need a miracle in your body and don’t have one to remember, thank Him for mine and gather other testimonies to thank Him for.
If you don’t feel you have anything to be thankful for, you might just be out of practice. That is okay! Start where you are. Start yourself a list and begin with thanking Him that you are breathing. Fill that paper with anything, until you are in a flow of thankfulness once again! Create something this week that helps you remember God’s wondrous works. Meditate and muse on them. Reach out and invite Him to draw near to an area of your life yet again. Let Him breathe on you with His breath of goodness once again.
May you reach out and find His presence extra sweet this week, as you create and enjoy His Word. And may you enjoy my creative process and find some new creative joys to use in your time with God! I feel this week deserved to be my first tab in this Bible, as I focused on the gift of my very life given back to me. I look forward to hearing your own stories, of how God has touched your life! Have a great week remembering His very amazing goodness in your life!
You can find answers to most any question you may have about the challenge over on my Challenge page.
Gelatos on Vellum Tutorial Art Supplies
As promised, here are the supplies I featured in this weeks video which you can click on to view or purchase. I hope it helps you find anything you may want to try out.
I receive a small percentage of each purchase when anyone clicks on my art supply links, to go get supplies I use like you see below, or on my YouTube videos. This has no effect on you and makes a real difference for me! I am excited for you to get great deals on supplies anywhere, so you can join in on your budget. When you find deals which I’ve searched for and recommended below, I get supported. Thank you, I so appreciate your support which helps me provide these free tutorials for you!
In this particular list, the Heidi Swapp Clear Stamps Set, will lead to Hobby Lobby, which will not benefit me. It was the only place I was able to source this beautiful stamp set for you. Enjoy it if you get it! Heidi’s stamps are great!
There are several wide-margin Bibles I’ve seen recommended for art journaling, including large print versions. I’ve created a linked collection here to make your choice easier when looking for a Bible to art journal in. If you click on any of the Bibles, you will often be able to look inside to see the pages for yourself before purchasing!
- I really like the ESV Journaling Bible with faint lines in the 2 inch wide margin and cream paper color.
- I love my imitation leather, NASB Note-Taker’s Bible (top left Bible below), which is free of lines in the wide and bottom margin with white paper.
- All give extra room for creativity.
- You can also join in with a Bible you already have, or even an art journal like the art journals I recommend.
Click images to view Bibles or to purchase.
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You are loved. x