Inktense Underpainting Lion Cubs – Deeper Still Lesson 11

Lion Cubs Underpainting - Deeper Still Lesson 11
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Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 11 in Deeper Still! In this Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, we’re taking an adventure into the depths of God! In this lesson, I want to teach you not only about Inktense underpainting, but also about rest and balance in our lives.

Unlike any other Bible Art Journaling Challenge I’ve ever done, I’m going to stretch one entry into this lesson and the next. I don’t believe we have to sit down and finish a Bible journaling entry in one sitting. I get questions a lot about making time for Bible journaling and I want to let you in on an entry I’ve been working on for almost a full year. That’s right. But not regularly. The process of revisiting the same place as it speaks to us and to continue revisiting something which God is wanting us to linger in, is a valuable part of our personal growth. And, lingering in one creative project, or revisiting it with detail, can help us notice where to improve and make us better as a creative.

Inktense Underpainting

On the technical side of things, I want to show you about underpainting. In this instance, Inktense underpainting. An underpainting is where you add bottom layers of color to your painting, to establish a foundation for the color you want as your final layers. An underpainting can come in a lot of styles and have a lot of effects. I don’t have time here to explain it all, but you’ll see me show you through one style in this Inktense underpainting lesson video.

You’ll learn about value as we paint the foundation for a painting and come back in our next lesson to finish the piece together. I am thrilled to have the ability to show you such a beautiful little set of lion cubs in this Inktense underpainting, as we set the foundation for a sweet painting, all the while focusing on the topic of rest. Let’s get started!

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Don’t forget to grab the resources below, to join into the challenge and remember to come back for lesson 12 to see how these adorable lion cubs finish up while we rest together!

Bible journaling supplies for this lesson

As promised, here are the supplies for this lesson. I hope they help you find anything you may want to try out. These supplies are purely optional and you are free to participate with whatever you have, using the scripture and devotional for this lesson. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking an affiliate link, this ministry gets a small commission, with no extra cost to you. You may read my full disclosure, for details. Thanks for allowing me to support your journey!

I used the following Inktense Pencil colors for this Inktense underpainting.

Lion Cubs Underpainting, Inktense Pencils - Deeper Still Lesson 11



I used my Double Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this lesson. The scripture for this challenge (and the next!),  is Mark 6:30-33…

30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.

Rest and balance

Have you ever been in that place where you find yourself worn out and wondering how life caught up with you? Have you found yourself in need of some balance, where you’re working so hard, or even serving God so much that you don’t have time for Him to just hang out and be refreshed in His presence? To have something to give the world around you beside an empty tank?

It might be time to consider what you can do to adjust the balance in your life. It might require some honesty with yourself about where you’re putting your time and even some persistence to change how you do things. I can assure you that if Jesus told His disciples to come away by themselves to a desolate place and rest a while, that you and I are not above the need as well.

Please don’t misunderstand me here. I do believe some need to get up and make themselves useful for the call of God on their life, because they are leaning the other direction, where their imbalance is lacking initiative toward productivity. But, in this lesson (and the next), I am wanting to specifically speak into the imbalance which can occur when people get caught up in doing and forget to simply be. To let doing come from a place of rest instead of from a place of being on empty regularly.

Will you talk to me in the comments below? We can all improve in this area of life to some capacity. What would you like to do this week, to make a small change that can have big impact in your life, toward a better balance.

Lion Cubs Underpainting - Deeper Still Lesson 11


I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! If you’re new here, we have lots of helpful people in our community who pop into the comments and share ideas and thoughts you may want to check out. If you’ve not seen lesson one yet, I encourage you to start at the beginning so we can go on a journey together in this free 12-part devotional series. It’s not too late to join in, (it never is!) and I’d rather you start anywhere, than not at all.


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Thanks for joining me. Please take a moment and comment below! I’d love to hear from you! And, don’t forget to come back for lesson 12! I’m excited to continue this journey with you as we bring Deeper Still to a finish together!

You are loved. x

Lion Cubs Underpainting - Deeper Still Lesson 11


*Scripture quoted and artwork completed in the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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