Understand Watercolor Transparency – Prophetic Art Challenge Vol. 1, Lesson 4

Understanding Watercolor Transparency - Prophetic Art Challenge Vol. 1, Lesson 4
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Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 4 of the Prophetic Art Challenge, Vol. 1! In this lesson I’ll be helping you understand watercolor transparency, as we look at the theme of hope. Watercolor transparency is something I get a LOT of questions about in the Bible journaling community.

Let’s understand watercolor transparency

In this lesson, you’ll learn a few things, but I want to highlight watercolor transparency. People often ask me if watercolor is transparent, or if it will cover the layers under it, (such as Bible text).

The reality is, watercolor is transparent. However, if used incorrectly, it can be applied in a more “opaque” fashion, which is not transparent. There is also watercolor designed for things like Japanese art, which is made on the opaque side. Regardless what type of watercolor though, all will be transparent if you water down the pigment.

By swiping a wet brush against the color of choice, you’ll get watercolor ready to apply. Depending how much water your brush is holding and how much (or little) watercolor you have “picked up” with your wet brush, will determine your watercolor transparency level.

As we get into this lesson, I really want to ask you to stretch yourself here. Don’t just copy me, but really ask God to speak to you about this lesson and how you can engage with the theme.

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This is an amazing series engaging with God, growing creatively and hearing God’s voice. I have a lot of expectation! You’re never late. Don’t forget to grab the resources below and any supplies you want to try out! And, be sure to pop into the comments below to chat with our community about the questions I’ve got there!

Let’s get started!


Supplies list for this lesson

As promised, here are the supplies I featured, in 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 devotional for this lesson. 

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Understanding Watercolor Transparency - Prophetic Art Challenge Vol. 1, Lesson 4


Lesson 4 Theme – Hope

I used my Stillman & Birn Sketchbook, for this lesson. The theme for this challenge is… hope. 

I won’t say more about hope than I have in the video for this lesson. Only that I want to ask you to be brave with me and speak life over yourself right now. Breathe hope into your situation – whatever it may be. Tell your soul, (mind, will and emotions), to set your hope on God. To focus on His solutions instead of any problems you may be facing.

Let us know in the comments how we can be partnering with you and find someone to encourage there, while you’re at it.

Finally, spend some time with Jesus, ask Him what you can do to position yourself to grow hope (and thus faith), in your life this week. Then, create an image that speaks to the breakthrough you’re opening your heart to hope for.

Are you afraid to hope?

If you haven’t braved hope in a while, don’t pass it by today. I’ve been through some tough stuff and I know it can feel scary to hope again when you’ve lost a loved one before their time, walked with someone going through intense life events, or experienced the unthinkable tragedies.

Its in that place, we must make a grown up choice to actively trust God with our hope. Even if we are afraid the outcome will be tough. Ultimately, our job is to trust God and partner with what His Word says, instead of partnering with despair, or discouragement.

“Adulting” isn’t for the faint of heart. We must do this “all” and then stand. Just remain steadfast in our hope and let God work out the details.

But, I believe you can do it. You’re not alone. Get in our community and be real with us. We’re friends and we are here for you.

A word of caution here… it is easy to lose hope on a tragedy going/gone wrong and believe that it is God’s will for bad things to happen, as if it might be His unloving backhanded plan to make us grow character, instead of trusting us to yield in our own timing. Please never give blame to God for terrible things. We must remember that God gives good gifts to His children and, “if it ain’t good, it ain’t God”.

We don’t need answers, or someone/thing to blame. Sometimes, we just need to remember that God is still good and not attribute tragedy to Him, over that which He sobs on our behalf for. It is okay to simply not understand all things and just know that God’s heart broke too. He intercedes on our behalf.

The least we can do, is not claim Him to be the maker of our sufferings and trust Him enough to get back up, dust ourselves off and embrace hope – even if tenderly. Remember, you’re not alone.

It’s your turn to create.

You can find answers to most any question you may have about participating in this challenge, on the Prophetic Art Challenge page, which holds the lesson archive, supplies list, how to join in and more!

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Understanding Watercolor Transparency - Prophetic Art Challenge Vol. 1, Lesson 4

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’re discovering this when it’s been a while since I published, that’s okay! It’s not too late to join in, (it never is!) and I’d rather you start anywhere, than not at all.

Join the discussion below!

  1. What does hope mean for you?
  2. What area of life would you like to breathe hope over?
  3. What image (instead of words), can you use to tell the story of what’s on God’s heart for hope in your life?
  4. What are your thoughts on watercolor transparency?

You are loved. x


*Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

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