Tombow Markers – Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 16

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Hello Everyone! Welcome to week 16 of my Bible Art Journaling Challenge! Last week I shared a peak of some art supply experimentation, over on my Instagram and Facebook Page. Everyone loved it and while I love doing my own drawing and illustration, I didn’t actually draw that cute bird everyone was loving. I just colored it in, which is something we can all do.

I finally got my hands on a beautiful stamp set from Dina Wakely and some Tombow Markers, (dual brush pens!). I’ve used them both with some acrylic paint to create a piece which anyone can have beautiful results with, regardless of artistic experience. Yay! Enjoy the video and my post below with links to what I used, (like that irresistible stamp set!). 🙂

Here is this week’s scripture. Ephesians 2:8 says,

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

Understanding the verse

You know, when we unpack this verse in the Bible, we find a few things. Let’s do this together here.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

So, we can understand a few things straight away from its clear communication…

  • We’ve been saved by grace.
  • We’ve been saved by grace… through faith.
  • There is nothing we can do to deserve being saved.
  • Being saved is a gift that God offers freely.

The apostle Paul, wrote this book as a letter to the Ephesians who were saints. That means they were already believers of Jesus. They had already accepted that Jesus was the Son of God, admitted they have sinned (haven’t we ALL?!?), and invited Him into their life. His gift of salvation is really that simple.


What this means for us

But what does this mean for us? Well, we can have the same gift Paul was talking about. The thing is, we cannot be good enough for it. We cannot work hard for it. We cannot get it just by knowing about it either. We must recognize our need for somebody Higher than ourselves, to help us make life beautiful. We must ask Him, (none other than Jesus Himself), to be in relationship with us, to guide and lead us.

The truth is, we really cannot earn our Christmas gifts by being super cute or extra hardworking. We cannot earn them by being more educated or impressive. Christmas gifts are given to us from people who want to express to us in some way, that they love us. The same is with God. We cannot earn His free gift of salvation. It is a gift given by His grace, which enables us to have faith.

That word ‘grace’ in that Scripture, can actually mean “divine influence upon the heart”. I love that. God in His great grace, divinely impresses on our heart, to have faith and accept His free gift which causes us to be saved eternally. You can get a free ticket to heaven which is amazing. But really, you can also live a life here on earth, so blessed and embraced with His love that no trial or difficulty will leave you without a Friend to help you find your way through it. You can have an assurance of every promise the Bible offers those in relationship with God.

Responding to what we read

The majority of those who participate in my challenge, do have relationship with Jesus already. And if you do, wonderful! It was the best decision I ever made. Not everyone has made that choice though. If you have not experienced what it is like to invite Jesus to be in relationship with you and have His free gift, I want to invite you to do so right now. Or perhaps you’ve walked away from God and want to have a meaningful relationship with Him. He loves you so much.

I have this question for you. What would stop you from saying yes to Jesus? Is there really anything worthwhile to lose in giving Him a chance? Would you let me lead you into the beginning of a life filled with God’s grace and joy?

It is simple. You can just repeat this prayer to God, after me and believe it in your heart. There is no magic in the words, it is about starting a relationship with your Creator who loves you more than you can ever comprehend.

God, I acknowledge that you are real and sent your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. I admit that I have not always done the right things and have made mistakes. Despite trying to be a good person, I have sinned. So, I need your help. Will you come and wash me clean? Will you come be the Lord of my life and my best friend? I accept you into my heart and welcome you to show me how to live my life in the most beautiful way possible. I give you my life and ask you to make it new. I want to trade my best efforts at this life, for your amazing destiny for my life.

If you just repeated that after me, let me be the first to welcome you into God’s family! The Bible says that when you do what you just did, that all the angels of heaven rejoice. That means heaven is having a party right now to celebrate your decision! What a great start to joining God’s family!

Please let me know in the comments below if you have made a decision to invite Jesus into your life today or renew your relationship with Him. I would love to celebrate with you! I want to also encourage you to please find some local Christians and let them know about your new decision, so they can be a friend to you in this new season of your wonderful life.

And on that note, lets enjoy this amazing Bible art journaling creative fun and talk about art techniques! 🙂

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Bible art journaling techniques with Tombow markers

I’ve been making the rounds on all my favorite art techniques for Bible art journaling. I’ve been trying to focus in all everyone’s favorites and offer as much help as I can. This week, I wanted to start sharing a bit more about acrylic paint in your Bible, while introducing watercolor markers.

For those of you new to watercolor or who like that super neat and tidy feel to your work, watercolor markers are really great. They just feel more controlled to use as there isn’t water running around with its own mind set on something different than you may have intended. I love the unpredictable nature of watercolor but sometimes knowing what to expect can be less daunting.

You may have seen on Instagram, where I showed my art journal I’ve been working on. Several people thought I’d sketched that adorable bird. When, in fact, it is a stamp. It took a while to get it here in England but I’m enjoying it. You may have recognized it which is great too! The beauty is, if you love it. You too can do it! 🙂 I admittedly shared the artwork without telling you it was a stamp, because I wanted to make the point today. You don’t have to have extreme art skills to join me in this Bible Art Journaling Challenge. You can use whatever skills you have and they will produce beautiful results you will love to look back on as a reminder of your time in the Bible. Anyone can tap a stamp on an ink pad and tap it onto their Bible page.

If you decide to do stamping, I’d suggest you decide if you’d like to use 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation stamping. This can be based on how moist your ink pad is that you choose to use and what effect you get with each generation of stamping. The key is deciding if you’d like to see through the stamping to your text, if you decide to stamp over it like myself.

I have heard that Tombow Markers are also brilliant to rub across the surface of your stamp as an ink. I’ve not tried it yet but give it a try! Grab yourself some printer paper and see what you like the look of and then be brave and go for it! Once you’ve colored in with your Tombow markers, remember, they are watercolor. If you don’t like what you’ve done, just wet it with a brush and “lift” it off gently. No scrubbing for our delicate Bible papers, but definitely don’t be afraid to bravely try things out.

Your turn to create

I would love you to try any of the techniques I’ve shared in my process with you today if you’re interested in them. I also want you to feel free to gather inspiration for this scripture in other places and create right on your page if you want. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all Bible art journal for this weeks challenge!

You can find answers to most any question you may have about the Bible Art Journaling Challenge over on my Challenge page found in the top navigation. It also has a full archive! Be sure to head over to our Facebook group and/or  Google+ Community, to chat about this weeks Bible Art Journaling Challenge and get started on your own page!

Bible Art Journaling 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!

Click images to view art supply details or to purchase.

Bibles Ideal For Bible Art Journaling

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

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

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