Creative Meditation on the Word of God

  • November 12, 2018

There is a new craze in the world of Bible journaling which has created a back-order of up to six weeks or more for journaling Bibles, from major Christian booksellers. This new trend in studying and meditating on the Bible has a following that is growing by leaps and bounds. Sources such as the Illustrated Faith website or the Bible Art Journaling Community on Facebook, which teach the spiritual element and artistic process of this new art form based on scripture, are increasing in number. What has sparked this revolution in the way people are studying and journaling the Word? Many of the followers of this new movement, as seen on Facebook postings, attribute it to the spiritual connection that comes after reading scripture, meditating upon it, then recreating the verse with creative hand lettering and simple yet colorful art elements.

The tools needed to start are basic. First you can obtain a journaling Bible (preferably one with wide 2″ margins), or if you have objections to marking up a Bible, a simple mixed-media art journal pad, will do just fine. As you progress over time, you will start collecting different artist pens. These pens come in various colors and mediums, such as gel, metallic, fluorescent, watercolor and the all-time favorite -Micron pigma pen. The latter is a color-fast, non-bleed through, archival quality ink that enhances hand lettering efforts because of the quality of the nib and consistent ink flow. For the addition of color to your lettering or artwork, color pencils are the favorite because they don’t bleed through the thin Bible pages. Yet other mediums from watercolor, pastels and even acrylics can be used if the page is properly prepped beforehand with a gel medium like Gesso.

Now, you only have to gather yourself into a quiet place to begin your Bible study in whatever form you prefer; whether it’s a formal study, a reading plan, or a daily devotional – this is where you begin. Prayerfully, as you think about what you have just studied, the Holy Spirit will convince you of a verse, a thought or something you need to do. These words or thoughts are what will become the basis of your artwork – hence “Bible Art Journaling”.

Now is the time to put pencil to paper to create your personal piece of scripture art. Sketch lightly a paraphrase of the verse or your thoughts in a creative, even whimsical lettering style. Examples and tutorials overflow if you search for “creative hand lettering tutorials” on the Internet. These are simple fonts that are easy to construct and any imperfections in your efforts only add to the frank and honest portrayal of that which is flowing from your heart to God. After the written layout is satisfactory, you can make it permanent with your Micron pen or any ink-based pen is satisfactory.

Finally, embellishments with simple artwork, such as banners, scrolls, stylized flowers, etc. give your verse its inspirational style. Adding layers of color with pencil, crayons or watercolor to the letters and art add that final touch of beauty. As you explore this subject you will find beautifully simplistic work by some, right alongside brilliantly detailed artwork by others.

Fun Arts and Crafts Projects

  • November 11, 2018

Rarely does a child exclaim “Mom, I’m bored!” and not suddenly change their mind when mom replies, “OK, then let’s do an arts and crafts project, together.”

Perhaps what the child is actually saying is that they would like mom or dad to spend a little time with them. Now that you have gained their attention, and they yours, here are some ideas and tips for getting started on that arts and crafts project.

Let’s begin with a few ideas for materials that may be used, many of which can be found around the house. Other supplies may be purchased from your local craft store.

Basic Craft Materials

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Paper Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Magic Markers
  • Clay
  • Play Dough
  • Foam Craft Sheets
  • Plaster
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Tape
  • String
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Wooden Clothes Pins
  • Pipe Cleaners

Recycled & Household Items

  • Packing Peanuts
  • Dryer Sheets (unused)
  • Coffee Filters (unused)
  • Hair Ribbons
  • Bottle Caps
  • Fabric Remnants
  • Cardboard Canisters (Oatmeal, Grits etc.)
  • Plastic Soda Bottles
  • Coffee Cans
  • Buttons
  • Wall Paper Scraps

Kitchen Cupboard Items

  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Peas
  • Raw Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, rigatoni, shells etc.)
  • Flour (for home made play dough) Cookie Cutters
  • Food Coloring

Nature’s Items

  • Stones
  • Small Rocks
  • Sea Shells
  • Pine Cones
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Flowers

Decorate with Beads
1. Find objects around the house or from the dollar store, such as a picture frame, beauty hand mirror, vase, or anything that can be fancied up.
2. Spread glue on the surface to be beaded, a white glue works best.
3. Sprinkle or place the beads onto the glued surface and allow to dry.
4. Shake off any loose beads.

String Beads
1. Use colorful plastic string and thread beads to make necklaces, bracelets, and key chains.

Fun with Foam
1. Purchase colorful arts and crafts foam sheets from the craft store.
2. Draw shapes of butterflies, ladybugs, flowers…anything at all on the main sheet.
3. Cut out the shape and choose various color sheets for the different parts to be added to the main piece i.e.: eyes, antennae, designs, etc.
4. Use a hole puncher to punch out black foam for the eyes.
5. After all pieces are cut out, glue each piece on top of the other.
6. Cut pipe cleaners and glue them on for antennas or flower stems.

Foam Refrigerator Magnets

These fun and colorful bugs and flowers make adorable kitchen magnets, simply glue a magnet on to the back. You can find magnetic strips at the craft store.

Foam Greeting Cards

Foam art also makes a very special greeting card. Just fold a sheet of card stock in half, Have the child write inside of the card and use the foam creation as a cute embellishment for the front of the greeting card.

Dryer Sheet Butterflies and Flowers

1. Take a dryer sheet and hold it the long way. Scrunch the middle by pinching with your fingers and clip it together with a clothes pin to form a butterfly.
2. Use pipe cleaner’s for the antennas and glue felt dots on the peg shaped head of the clothes pin for eyes.
3. Use water color paints and make random marks on the wings
4. Repeat for flowers except use the pipe cleaners for stems.
5. Makes a great magnet or are fun to hang using yarn or twine for as a decoration or ornament.

Coffee Filter Butterflies and Flowers
Repeat above steps except substitute unused coffee filters for the dryer paper.

Packing Peanuts
Save a few packing peanuts you get from ordering products.
1. Paint the peanuts with craft paint.
2. Allow your child to glue packing peanuts to construction paper.
3. Use the ones with holes to string a necklace with yarn or twine.

Bottle Cap Magnets
1. Paint bottle caps different colors and allow to dry thoroughly.
2. Lay the caps down on a table painted side up. Use your imagination and form a shape, pattern, flower or car with the caps.
3. Once you have a shape that you like, glue the caps side by side, allow to dry and then use felt as a backing by outlining the bottle caps on to the felt. Glue to the back of the caps and trim.
4. Glue a magnet to the felt for a refrigerator.

Macaroni Picture
1. Glue macaroni or any raw pasta to card stock or construction paper to make unique art designs. The pasta may then be painted different colors.

Macaroni Necklace
1. Paint macaroni different fun colors.
2. Use yarn to string through any pasta that has a hole. Make fun bracelets and necklaces.

Wall Paper Fan
1. Cut a piece of wallpaper into a rectangular strip, or use left over wall paper border.
2. Fold like an accordion and fold in half
3. Glue gun the bottom folds together. Allow to dry.
4. Spread open and you have got a lovely fan.

Rock Painting
Make fun things with rocks or stones Search the back yard or buy smooth stones at the dollar store.
1. You could paint funny faces on them
2. Glue felt legs and a head to make a turtle paper weight.
3. Paint on hearts or flowers for a valentines day gift.
4. Glue on glitter or sequins for a really pretty design.

Baby Doll Cradle
Make a cradle for a small baby doll with an oatmeal canister.
1. Parent simply cuts out about 3/4 of the box into a square with a small paring knife.
2. Have child assist with painting inside and outside of canister.
3. Glue lace around cut edges of box. Use fabric remnants for pillow and baby cover.
4. The child may like to place hearts and flower stickers on the baby cradle.
5. Now place a small doll in the cradle and have child rock the baby doll to sleep.

Toy Soldier Ornament
Use the type of wooden clothes pins that do not have a spring.
1. Cut out strips of black felt and glue to bottom of pin for pants, and a smaller piece for arms and glue.
2. Wrap a piece of red felt to the upper body for the jacket and glue.
3. Glue a black pom-pom on the top of peg for a hat.
4. With a fine tip magic marker make two black dots for the eyes and use a fine tip red marker for the mouth.
5. With string or braided cord glue a line going down the sides of each leg. Use the remainder of the string as a loop to hang on the ornament on the Christmas tree or any place that your child may enjoy.

Fancy Pencil Holder
Put to use those plastic canisters for iced tea and powdered drink mixes. You can also use the plastic soda bottles but an adult will have to cut off the top half.
1. Glue Popsicle sticks all around the entire periphery of the plastic container.
2. Paint the sticks and allow to dry.
3. Add some decorations to them, such as silk flower petals, old buttons, or use dryer sheets and paint with soft pastel water colors. Glue the dryer sheets over the sticks gently to form a decoupage look.
4. You could also embellish with sequins, beads, sea shells or glitter glue.

Just a reminder that some projects are best suited for older children. The idea is that the parent and child spend time and work on a fun arts and crafts project together. Parental supervision was in mind when suggesting these craft projects. Never leave small children unattended with small objects that may be swallowed or with scissors and glue.

Let your child give away some of their creations to grandparents, aunts and uncles as a way of saying I love you. The recipients of your child’s small labor of love will certainly be much appreciated.

Art Logo Design

  • November 10, 2018

Art logo designs are the most amusing kind of logos. They are colorful and have amazing designs pertaining to their industry. This fact cannot be denied that logo designs are a part of the company. So much that they become the recognition of your company. Every industry has certain special attributes which they tend to highlight in their advertising materials. For instance, health club logo designs display dumbbells whereas a fashion logo would display dresses or accessories related to fashion.

Similarly, art logo designs have attributes related to arts and crafts. You are likely to find paint brushes or easels incorporated in art logo designs.

Some attributes of art logo designs are given below:

Colors:
You will find art logo designs very much intense and colorful in nature. The reason is because arts and crafts are deeply related to colors. The whole job of an artist is to play with colors. Art logo designs show this relation with colors. There are not any special colors which relate to arts field in a specific way however most of the art logos have blue, yellow and red colors.

Fonts:
The fonts cannot be formal among so many colors. Therefore, art logo designs do not have decent or formal fonts; instead you will find artistic and inventive fonts in these logos. Again, it relates to the industry.

The overall look:
The over all look of art logo designs can be defined as an artistic and a creative look. Incorporating colors and amusing fonts makes the logo look more fascinating. Sometimes, you will find art logo designs a bit dull compared to the normal art logo designs. But those are then referring to the deeper side of life which can only be understood by an artist.

The New Style of Impressionist Art

  • November 9, 2018

Broken Color – The Concept
In Broken Color Painting, one or more shades of paints are applied in broken layers to impart an interesting look to a surface. Mostly used for interior walls, this technique yields a painted background with different colors applied on it in a variety of ways. The aim is to create a ‘patchwork’ effect instead of a smooth blend. It creates a ‘sensation of light’ by rendering the facets of surface illumination for an appealing visual effect.

The History
French Impressionist Oscar Claude Monet (1840-1926) invented the Broken Color Painting technique. His new mode of painting was called ‘the new painting.’ He used broken color and rapid brushstrokes such that the lower layers of color shined through the upper thin layers. Monet built textures using the tiny dabs of light, adding contours for definition and color harmonies. Led by Monet and his contemporary Impressionists, Broken Color Art was opposed to Ingres’ (French, 1780-1867) carefully labored drawings and the absence of brush-strokes. The ‘insurgents’ made an unabashed use of brush strokes to express a rush of visual sensation personal to the respective artist.

The Methods
o Color washing – Here, a coat of translucent paint is applied over another color background, most often using latex or oil-based paint. Different textures & patterns can be created using brush strokes on the thin outer layer.
o Shading – In this, the different shades of a color are applied to create a transition from light to dark and vice-versa, usually with eggshell or flat oil paint.
o Sponging – Here, a cloudy soft finish is provided with the different shades of the same color, using cellulose or actual sea sponges. The two basic techniques are ‘sponging on’ (applying) & ‘sponging off’ (removing) color.
o Dry Brushing or Dragging – This involves dragging a dry brush through a wet glaze before it dries out. The base color shows through the glaze giving an illusion of wood, fabric, or other woven surface.
o Combing & Stippling – Combing is similar to Dragging done with a comb, instead of a brush. Often oil paint is used for glaze. In stippling, a flat brush called stippler is dabbed into a wet glaze of oil or water paint for a finely textured matt finish.
o Spattering – It involves striking a paintbrush with a piece of wood. An alternate spattering technique is to run a comb over the bristles of a paintbrush held upright.
o Ragging & Rag rolling – Here, a different color glaze is painted over a base color, which is then distressed using a cloth or rag. In rag rolling, the glazed surface is rolled with a rag folded into a cylindrical shape. In ragging, a crumpled piece of cloth is pressed against the glazed surface.

Conclusion
The Impressionists of the 19th century captured a fresh and original vision through their Broken Color Paintings. During the Post-Impressionist period, this genre became a rather empty and routine form where standard techniques were used to create pre-determined effect. Over the years, Broken Color Painting has failed to fascinate contemporary artists due to its limited use of uplifting interior walls.