Friday, January 22, 2016

How I Explore my Word of the Year by Valerie Sjodin

Here is the link to Valerie Sjodin's Blog.


She has some amazing bible art that is sure to inspire you.

How I Explore my Word of the Year

I had someone send me a message this week saying she didn't have a word for the year. The process left her feeling blank, sad. In writing posts like many written at this time of year, I want to say that having a specific word is not the most important thing. I believe with all my heart that God wants a relationship with each one of us and desires to speak, listen, and help us be all we are meant to be. It may or may not be in the form of a specific word for they year.


With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I shared the basic ways I explore a word, whether it is my Word of the Year or any word I want to explore, study etc. I've been using this method since before the internet, with these books: a good dictionary, Strong's Concordance, the Biblical Cyclopedic Index (like a concordance) that is in the KJV Bible I got when I was 12 years old, and various Bible translations. The internet has sped up the process immensely. What I love about this process is that it applies to whatever I am studying, seeking, or thinking about. I approach it like a tool that I can choose to use or not. It frees me up to try new things while providing a structure that is workable and consistently provides insight. I record my findings in my journal so I have a record and reference for my exploration.



Here is my process for exploring a word:

  1. I type the word in the internet search box in a new tab on my computer, and put "definition" after the word. Press return of click on the magnifying glass icon.
  2. I peruse through the definitions and write in my journal (and sometimes in a text document) the definitions, sources, and any thoughts i have about the word.
  3. I go to Bible Gateway https://www.biblegateway.com/ and in the "Enter key word, passage or topic" box, I type my word (or passage of Scripture if that is what I am exploring). I check the translation and if I want a different one, I click on the down arrow and then on any translation I prefer. Then I press enter/return or click on the magnifying glass icon.
  4. A list of verses come up that have the word and I look through them. Sometimes I revise my search if it is too big or if nothing comes up. I might switch translations too. 
  5. When I find a Scripture that resonates, I click on it and then click "Add parallel" which is the far right, brownish red icon that looks like a page of the bible. Another translation of the same text will pop up next to the first one. By reading more than one version, I usually get further insight and it helps me personalize the text. 
  6. I write the Scripture passage in my journal.
  7. If I want to go deeper at this point, I open a new tab and go to Blue Letter Bible https://www.blueletterbible.org/search.cfm and put the Scripture passage in the box at the top near the center which says, "verse or word(s)." Then I click on the version I want by clicking on the down arrow and choosing the version I want. Then I press enter/return on my computer.
  8. The verse will come up and "tools" will appear in a box. I click on "tools" and all the words in that verse will come up with the Strong's Concordance definitions to click on to show the definitions in the original language. 
  9. I write down any new things I learn about the word/s and the context.
  10. I ask God what He has to say to me about it and write anything that comes to mind down. It often takes the form of a prayer.
  11. I write all this down in my calendar journal I use throughout the year, so I can refer to it. From this process, I have other Scripture passages to look up as I feel led throughout the year.
  12. The process usually brings about a visual response, since that is a language I use often. I consider what lines and colors and imagery reflect and represent the word. I search on Pinterest, sometimes Google images to get inspiration. Then I close my computer, turn on inspirational music and bring my word for visual exploration with the Holy Spirit to the drawing board...


written & visual content of this post and blog 
copyright ©Valerie Sjodin 2009-2016

" Holy Spirit, think through me till your ideas are my ideas.

~ Amy Carmichael

Friday, September 4, 2015

Saturday October 17th 2:30-5:30 PM INKA GOLD TECHNIQUES – CARD BONANZA! With Jen Starr

Saturday October 17th 2:30-5:30 PM
INKA GOLD TECHNIQUES – CARD BONANZA!  
With Jen Starr


$45  (3 HOURS)
Inka Gold is one of those unique products that lends itself to ANY style you want it to...all you need to do is learn how to unlock its potential!  This TECHNIQUE BONANZA workshop is heavily focused on over a dozen different ways to use Inka Gold while working on a variety if cards.  Whether your personal tastes are elegant, distressed, artistic or cutesy and bright, we will be covering it during the class while we work with new stamps and stencils as well.  You will have the opportunity to work with ALL of the beautiful colors that Inka Gold has to offer to create cards that compliment your style.  
**Please bring to class:  1" flat paint brush and a smaller detailed brush, container for water, blending tool with foam or make up sponges, adhesive for paper, baby wipes and paper towels


Labor Day Coupon, New Echo Park, More Adult Coloring Books & Stampendous

Hi Everyone,

The official end of summer is here and we have lots of reasons for you to come shop this weekend.   A Great Coupon, New Coloring Books, New Paper lines and Fun Classes.  


New Echo Park Christmas





























New Christmas Bling and Prima Flowers












New Echo Park Fall
























New Echo Park Pirate's Life





































New Echo Park School Line
























New Toy Story and Lego


New Coloring Books, Zentangle books and Lettering books


New Stampendous idea board and stamps
We restocked some of the Stampendous Halloween stamps

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Join Us Friday September 4th for some painty fun!

Our next group meeting is on 
Friday September 4th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM


August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters

August 29
Art Challenge: Self Portrait
Journal Prompt:  Mirror Mirror


August 22
Art Challenge:
Layered (Using Multiple Mediums)
Journal Prompt: Speak to your younger self- what advice would you offer?

August 15
Art Challenge:
Painted
Journal Prompt: How do I face my biggest challenge?
August 8
Art Challenge: Characters
Journal Prompt:  "If you're going to be weird, 
be confident about it!" Author Unknown

August 1
Art Challenge: Expressive Faces
Journal Prompt:  What I see clearly now

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Saturday October 17th 10:30-1:30 PM ARTISTIC LAYERS – ART JOURNALING

Jen Starr is coming to Photo Scraps!

Saturday October 17th 10:30-1:30 PM
ARTISTIC LAYERS – ART JOURNALING  
(3 HOURS    $45)
   

(3 of 4 pages you will create in class)

Using the beautiful and vibrant Dylusions Paints you will create 4 unique pages in your art journal.   We will focus on painting techniques for layering color and images, color theory and blending (without getting mud!), washes and glazes, a variety of ways to use stencils and masks, working with gesso and so much more…
These pages will be a stunning addition to your art journal and you will learn some great techniques that you will be able to translate in to all of your future projects!


**PLEASE BRING TO CLASS**  YOUR ART JOURNAL, a variety of paint brushes including a 1” flat brush.  Container for water, baby wipes and paper towels, some of your favorite stencils (I will have some to share as well), A variety of black and white permanent markers (such as Sharpie, Pitt pens, Uni-Ball, etc)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our next group meeting is on Friday September 4th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

Our next group meeting is on 
Friday September 4th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters

August 22
Art Challenge:
Layered (Using Multiple Mediums)
Journal Prompt: Speak to your younger self- what advice would you offer?

August 15
Art Challenge:
Painted
Journal Prompt: How do I face my biggest challenge?
August 8
Art Challenge: Characters
Journal Prompt:  "If you're going to be weird, 
be confident about it!" Author Unknown

August 1
Art Challenge: Expressive Faces
Journal Prompt:  What I see clearly now

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Inspiration from Terri Markowitz

One of the regular ladies at our crops, Terri Markowitz, created some fun frames for her daughter.


Monday, June 29, 2015

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Our next group meeting is on

Saturday July 4th 12-3 and
Friday July 10th 12-3 PM & 6-9 PM

Please bring some photos to art journal this month.  I will have some paints for us to play with! 

June Theme
Travel Journaling


June 27

Art Challenge: Photos and Words
Journal Prompt:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Here is how Sandi Keene took on the challenge. Link to her blog
Long ago I worked for a company that created Mosaic Moments. When I read this prompt, I immediately thought of a mosaic as it is such an interesting way to present a photo. I contacted the owner, Tami Potter and she sent me out some mosaic paper. (Thanks, Tami!)
I printed a vacation photo (5" x 5" but any size works) I loved of my husband in a swing on the porch reading a book and pausing regularly to look at the stunning mountain views. In delightfully cool temperatures. With hummingbirds buzzing around the feeder on the porch.  Can you say PERFECT?!
I cut the photo into one inch squares using the mat, exacto and ruler. It takes less than a minute. The system is designed for easy success.
Now I transfer the squares onto the gridded paper that lines everything up.
Hello, mosaic!
I had an idea of exactly how this was to look when I was done. Now came the hard part of transferring that idea onto paper. Incorporating the mosaic into art was always my plan. I sketched out a basic plan for where the elements were to be. And then I started painting.
Adding random squares from another photo printed to blend into the background was a touch of whimsy. I decided that it was not enough whimsy so out came my doodle pens in medium and fine. And then white
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Want more info on how to create a mosaic? This short video shows the process step by step.
You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

 When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice. 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Dina Wakley Media Mixing Chart Available!

New Dina Wakley Media Mixing Chart Available!



New colors of Dina Wakley Media paints are as far away as your craft sheet!  Follow this new mixing chart to create new colors of Dina’s signature paints!  By simply mixing two colors of existing colors you can expand your color palette with all new colors!Dina Wakley Media Paint Mixing Chart | www.rangerink.comDina Wakley Media Paint Mixing Chart | www.rangerink.com

Find the full size printable version of this mixing chart on our product organization page-  Dina Wakley Media color and mixing charts.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Paints and your Journaling Bible


WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE WEDNESDAY | PAINTS

Hi there! Thank you so much for all of your kinda comments and excitement over the last resource post; what’s the difference Wednesday | inks. As I stated before one of the questions I get the most on social media about my bible is WHAT am I using and HOW am I doing it. Whenever I post a photo where I have used paint I get a ton of questions, so I knew this had to be one of the topics we covered in this series!
I am showing you how I use my paints, which paints I use in my bible and most importantly the backside of those thin pages after I use it! If you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments!
I will be linking you up to products where possible, and these links will be affiliate links on Amazon. This means I get a small percentage of each sale and we use that money to keep tutorials like this fresh and useful! Thank you so much for your support!!!
I use a lot of different watercolors in my bible but one of my favorites is the peerless watercolor papers. What I love about these is you don’t have to use a ton of water and the color is so pigmented! In the example above I wanted to show you how if you use a lot of water (at the top) there is going to be a lot more bleed through. If you are lighter on the water (middle) and just focus on picking up the pigment off the paper you are going to have much better luck! These colors are BRILLIANT and so much fun to play with!
Studio Calico color theory paints are very fun and come in great colors! What I do like about them is that they are thin enough that you can still see the words if you decide to cover up the text at all. They really don’t bleed at all, the only down side is they are a very “wet” paint so they do wrinkle the page a bit more, but that will flatten out as the book is closed and flattens out that paper.
Craft paints are some of my favorite because of all the brilliant colors they come in! Today I am usingMartha Stewart paints and I got a little carried away but I am okay with that, the neon pink on top of all the pages is just fun! I like to apply these with just an old gift card, dragging it across the page. This will create a nice thin layer perfect for your pages!
As I mentioned before I love watercolors and watercolors in a tube are even MORE fun! For my example I am using the Van Gogh paint which comes in this adorable little tube. You are going to want to think more about the pigment and less about the water here, and for this example I applied the paint directly to the page and then added a tiny bit of water later to just bring the pigment down the page. This one did bleed a tiny bit, but again this is up to your personal style and how much water you use.
Up next is my favorite paint!! I love this liquitex heavy body paint. Since this is a “heavy body” paint it has a lot less water in the paint and all the pigment just sits on top of the page instead of soaking in. For my example here I just applied a bit of the yellow oxide with bits of the light portrait pink mixed in. I love how these colors don’t get muddy when you use them together!! I can’t wait to pick up more of these fun colors!!
Apparently I love anything that comes in fun bright colors because when I passed these in the art supply store they just jumped into my cart! These are called galleria acrylics by Winsor & Newton (Opera Roseand Cadmium Yellow)  They are very smooth paint and the colors just pop off your page! For my example I used with a mask and just had fun bringing that color across the page.
You already know my love of the neocolors but let’s just mention them again! I wanted to show you in my first example what can happen if you add too much color (you can see in the second photo on the left) it just gets crazy! But if you are more reserved with your water you will have much more success! The colors on the off white pages are just amazingly BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love these and can’t wait to use them more!
Last and certainly not least is MIST!!! I am slightly addicted and you would be hard pressed to find a page where I didn’t add a touch of mist to it! For this example I wanted a full page of mist and used anampersand mask with mister huey. You can see that it can get the page a little wet but if you only spray once or twice it won’t soak through. I am so sorry I don’t have a backside photo here, I just got to excited I suppose!!
I hope this answers some of your questions on what types of paints to use! Have fun and get creative!!!
xox -Shanna