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The Illuminated Journaling Creative Planner! I am
super excited about getting to share this with you.
I wanted to have a planner from the moment I
started working in my Bible.
My journaling process starts during my study time in the Word. I have tons of pages of scribbled quotes, sermon notes, quick
sketches or just scripture references that I want to follow up on and they are all stuffed into my study journal. On top of that, all the special notes I have made as I have discovered how the paper/pages in my Bible interact with my favorite art products - I have wanted to have those all in one
location. So since I couldn't find something like that already in existence...I just decided to design my own.
I'm sure I will add to it...as it is definitely a "work in progress," but I wanted to share it with you - and for you to have it to work in as you discover things during our sessions. It is designed
to print on a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper -
so you get two pages off of each sheet. The
right side of each page(except the cover) is
printed upside down...so that you can cut it
down the middle and still have the little page
labels right at the edge of the page. With the
current planner craze, I felt like I should keep
it a standard size so that you could just add the
pages you like into whatever system you are
already using. If you don't already have a
planner - I would recommend a three ring binder (I have provided a link
to a couple I would recommend down below in the Workshop Resources.
Right now, here are the pages that are available:
Page Sketch: Pictured above, this page gives you places to note the Scripture passage you are working with, brainstorm your ideas and a sketching area on a scaled down version of a left and right page out of a Journaling Bible.
Margin Sketch: Similar to the Page Sketch pages,
these pages have a rectangle representing the
margin space, and also areas to capture the
Scripture pasage you will be using and your
Line Art Blank: If you are like me, you have
already become a collector of reference
photos, pics from magazines and of your own
sketches. I needed a place where I could collect them all in
one place...and then I had another thought, I could share some of my
line art with you - and save you a step, by providing them to you already on the page designed to collect line art and ready to pop into your planner.
Ink Swatches: In addition to the swatches I do in the back of my Bible, I love having a place to test how the ink pads I have interact with other media (like gamsol or watercolors). Call me a skeptic - but even if a company claims that their ink is waterproof...I want to test it before I put it in my journal. I like having a reference sheet - to
help my memory out when it has been
a while since I have used one of those
"random"inks I have in my stash.
Pen Samples: Of course, I test all my pens in
the of my Bible, but I like having a bit of an
"inventory"of my pens too. I swatch the
various pens from each manufacturer, and
the nib sizes and colors I have in my collection.
It just becomes a quick reference when I am making decisions.
Colored Pencils: My original plan was to just to do a color combo page. After watching a ton of YouTube videos on coloring with colored pencils, I've discovered that there are some colors that blend well together and others that don't. Also, it was a bit of trial and error to find what colors work well for creating skin tones. I have also now ended up using my Colored Pencil pages for two additional purposes...the first is a type of inventory. Because I have purchased individual Prismacolor pencils after trying a small set, I needed a way to keep track of pencils that I have and those that I want to get. For now, I am using these pages to track that...I can pop it out of my planner and take it with me to the store for quick reference. (I have begun thinking about formatting a color chart for a couple of the major brands - that would allow you to color in the squares that you have, and quickly see which ones you don't - but that will come later.) The other thing I have used this page for...a LOT... is to see how colors will blend together with gamsol. I don't have a HUGE collection of colored pencils...so I need to create colors that I don't have by blending pencils that I do together. Gamsol is great...but adding it to some colors intensifies the pigment, and for others they become more muted. I have used this as the place to do some trial and error.
And of course there is a cover. I would recommend printing your pages on some heavy cardstock...so that your pages will stand up to some heavy usage. You can download yours down at the bottom of this page in the Resources section. I will probably eventually do a print version - and will probably offer a PDF version for sale as well - but as a Workshop Student, you get one as part of the class! Please let me know what you think and any additional page ideas that you would find helpful.
And the final Printables of the day are... Daisy Line Art! This is the Daisy I used to
create the journal page I was working on during
the Welcome Video. I wanted you to have it to work with
as well. I drew this daisy based on a picture I took of
some flowers in my garden this past summer. It is
already on the Creative Planner page, so you can add it
into your planner. You will find it in the Resource
Section at the bottom.
Welcome to the Classroom!
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Resources: Printables and Product Links (click to download your printables)
The Pledge Video
Tools and Supplies
Sources of Line Art
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You can watch our session videos right here on this page, you can make the viewer larger by clicking that little four cornered icon on the bottom right of the viewer, or you can watch the video on YouTube by clicking the YouTube icon on the viewer. These videos are "unlisted" so you will need to access them first here, even if you want to watch them on YouTube.
I am so glad that you are here!
I wish I could be sitting across the table from you. I would love to hear your story...how you came to begin journaling in your Bible (or other location). I want to know your faith story. When did you come to know Jesus? I would love to flip through your Bible with you and hear what inspired you to create what we find on each of the pages. I know we would go through several cups of tea (or diet coke)...and share laughter and tears. That is just what happens when people who have the Lord in common get together.
I know you are ready to get started, so I will let you get right to it.
Let me give you the quick tour.
Your session videos are located over on the left hand side of the page. Please start with the Welcome Video - and follow it up with The Pledge Video. I won't spoil it for you...but I have started EVERY art class I have taught for the past 10 years with The Pledge...and I would hate to break that tradition! *smile* You will then find the remainder of your session videos listed below.
I have several printables to share with you today. When you see this icon, you will know to look for a "printable resource."
I Am An Artist lettering pages mentioned in The
Pledge video. Use these to doodle or decorate in
whatever way you like - I want you to be reminded
that You Are An Artist - made in the image of our Creator.
You can find this printable down in the Resource section.
A dear friend of mine, Tracie Claiborne, did the lettering.
She and her best friend, Tiffany, are the hosts of the
popular Scrap Gals podcast.
Hand Lettering Artist
click to visit Tracie's Blog
Simple Line Art Transfer Pt 1
Creative Planner Binder Options
**Note: I have listed some binder options down below. I have ordered all of these and like them each for different reasons. Since you know how you work best, pick the one that fits your style
Working with Line Art Workshop Session 1
This may be my favorite workshop that I have put together so far...because when I began to use these tips and tricks it changed how I felt about what I was putting into my Bible.
You will probably hear me share this many times - but I really was convinced that I couldn't draw. My high school art teacher said as much...and encouraged my mother to keep me enrolled in band because I didn't have a creative bone in my body! *whew* If I were to hear something like that now, I would probably have enough gumption to say, "Well if I knew how to draw, I wouldn't need an ART teacher, now would I?" Yes - you are right...it is a good thing I didn't have gumption back then as I would have had to apologize for being so sassy!
I think we all mistakenly assume that to be artistic means we have to be able to draw. I believe that you become the artist when you make decisions about composition - what to leave in and what to leave out. When you choose the colors and create the tone with your lights and darks, textures and shapes. Using some simple transfer techniques you can get the basic shapes onto your Bible page...and then you have absolute freedom to create what is in your mind.
So in this lesson, we are going to deal with the basics...the tools and supplies you will need, sources of line art and how to do a basic transfer. This lessons big project is a very simple use of line art - but I am going to show you how to achieve dramatic results!
Off you go, you artist you!
Simple Line Art Transfer Pt 2
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Illuminated Journaling ™ book PreOrder
My new book, Illuminated Journaling, will be released in August!
Illuminated Journaling is written to challenge Christ Followers to stretch the boundaries of how they have typically studied God's Word so they might experience a deeper, richer and more personal relationship with God
by lending authentic and creative expression to their faith.
If the Bible is God's introduction of Himself to His children,
a love letter to His followers and an instruction book for
living a life pleasing to Him, Illuminated Journaling
provides a tangible way for us to communicate back to Him
that we have heard His voice, that we are in love with Him too
and perhaps, most importantly, that we want to give a gift back
to Him that is filled with genuine praise and appreciation for Who He is
and what He has done for us.
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