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Introduction to Quirky Bible Journaling

teacher avatar Raven Henderson

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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9 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Bible Illustration Class Overview

    • 2. 02 Welcome and Introduction

    • 3. 03 Pick a Verse

    • 4. 04 Context and Commentary

    • 5. 05 Observations and Applications

    • 6. 06 Deciding What To Draw

    • 7. 07 Gather Resources and Go

    • 8. 08 Thank you and My Project Example

    • 9. 09 Walkthrough My Project

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About This Class


Bible Journaling is an art from sweeping Christian Bible Study.  

People are posting pics of their artwork and you want to jump in.

We will create a unique piece of art that encourages you and others.

This class will focus on choosing what to draw that best matches your application of the verse.

Students are welcome to express this with their choice of materials: drawing, painting, collage, digital art forms, etc.


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1. Bible Illustration Class Overview: in this field share class, you're going to create your own quirky Bible illustrations. You may have seen these already on Instagram or Facebook, where people draw unique, interesting and gay teen pictures in the margin of your Bibles. That either tells the story of the passage or the story of their life as they read that passage, how it brings them comfort. So in Rome now and let's get started. 2. 02 Welcome and Introduction: thanks. Car rolling in the class. Let's get to know each other. My name's Raven Henderson. I've been involved in creative ministry for over 10 years now, whether I have been working with music ministry outreach, with bands coming in and playing in all ages venues. For if I've been doing Youth ministry from middle school age and above, it has been fun. Most recently, I did some retail work for a company that 100% of the proceeds went overseas to Haiti. In Africa, my role was on a domestic in, but I still had to do a lot of travel, and I learned a hard truth. Can't take my craft room with me. I had to pack really light to do these, traveling back and forth, up and down the road and on airplanes. That's when I learned about urban sketching through urban sketching. I was able to draw on the plains, in the airports, even in my host homes. I didn't take up a lot of space or make a big mess. Eventually, that gave way to Bible journaling when I learned how people were adding art to the margin of their Bibles, and that's what we're gonna do here. You don't need to have a journaling Bible. Actually, I'm gonna be using a sketch foot. This is my daily sketch book. But for this class, all you need is a piece of paper. I would love to show you more of my images. If you're interested, I post them on my website at artful detail dot com, where also teach more in depth on how to do the studying for the Bible. Journaling. Now it's your turn. Start a class project file for this class in it. Tell me a little bit about cheese. Maybe just 2 to 3 sentences on what led you here, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. 03 Pick a Verse: I hope that you left a little bit in your project description about you because I really do wanna learn about you. Thank you for doing that. Now it's time to pick a verse. I've selected three verses and I want you to choose from one of those Why are we limiting ourselves to three verses? Because it's going to illustrate the many different ways we can each come off a different piece of art for the same scripture. One of the ways said a lot of people get bogged down in the Bible. Journaling is because they expect their work to look like everyone else is that it's not the case. And it is so awesome when your work looks different than someone else is not saying that we can't have similarities. But when a break free of the comparison, what you do, what the Lord is speaking to you is awesome. Alright, it just is. So please pick one of the three verses and I will see you in the next video 4. 04 Context and Commentary: So you already picked out your verse, right? Awesome. Now it's time to move on. The first thing we need to do even before we pick up our markers, pens or whatever medium you want to use is we need to make sure we understand the first. Now you don't have to be a Bible scholar do this, but there are plenty Bible study tools available. One of them is a commentary. If you're unfamiliar for commentary sometimes and the story, they look like the's big honkin books. But you don't need one because commentaries are also available online. Isn't that awesome? They're free online. They provide history and context of the verse as a whole. Plus, you need to read around the worse. So pick whatever verse that you just picked out and check in the finals holder for this course. I have already compiled some information, along with links to the show you how you can find this information on your own in the future. So find your verse, find the file and read a little bit more about the context of your first because after all , we don't want to do all this work and have interpret something completely wrong, right? Right. I will. I will see you in the next lesson 5. 05 Observations and Applications: Now you've got all this information and I hope this is getting interesting to you. I really, really do. I love digging in the word. What you need to do with this information you just have is breaking down into two pieces. Observations and applications. Observations are everything that you've learned from the Scripture. What was going on before hand after hand, how the story of the passage fits into it, and applications are how you can learn from any truth you observed and apply it to your life. It's that simple. So write down a few sentences of what you observed before and after. In the context of that scripture and how you can apply this to your life. That's your next step, and I will see you in the next lesson. 6. 06 Deciding What To Draw: So you got your observation and application written out. Great. Now we need to decide what to draw. You can eat the drawl, your observation, What was happening during that passage or your application? How you're gonna apply what she just read, study and meditated on to your life. Me personally, I like to draw the application because I went the word to change me. I want to be a different person, and that involves applying what I read. So we have to decide what to draw. This is gonna be fun. Don't be overwhelmed. We can do this. I I cool. Take your application. You've got it written out. Circle. Any picture words better in there. If you are talking about this four of the word of God and you see a bible in there are your application is I will read my Bible war. You can circle Bible, cause that's now That's a picture word. That's something that you can use. And now you know that there may be a way that you can incorporate drawing a bible into your image. If your application to something more along the lines of study or make a quiet time, then you can draw for you what your quiet time space would look like for me, that might involve a cup of something warm to drink because I like to have my d. There's Coke in there right now, but I like to have tea and that's a good thing team. But right now we're just focusing on the important words that you want to include in your image. If you have any abstract words like study where you can't immediately think of a way to illustrate study and the next lesson I'm going to show you some tips on Google toe help get those creative juices going. But first circled the important words what you want to include in your image, and then I will see you in the next lesson. I thanks. 7. 07 Gather Resources and Go: So now that you have the words you want to portray, you need to find the images that are gonna help you portray them. You need references, and we could gather our references online or in real life. So if I wanted to draw this coffee cup, I have one right here and I can use that. That's my model. If I was an image that I didn't have laying around the house, I can Google search for one of the awesome things you can do in Google Search if you like the illustrative, more kind of Children's book E type doodles that I like to do that you can find your images inside of Google and then do a search for a Let me see. I'll try to put it up here, but you could do a search for the image type and choose line or clip art and how to give you a more simplified picture. To start with, you can use any medium you like. If you're more of an abstract person, do that some Bible Journal ER's. You ought to use stamps and CA lodging. Whatever you want. You you have your image. It's time to go. So go for it and post your image in the class section. We have one more lesson after this, but I'm excited to see what you posted so far, so show me. 8. 08 Thank you and My Project Example: thank you for being part of this class, and I hope you've enjoyed it. I've enjoying getting to know you. I also have another set of videos that follow this that show myself working through the process. Why weren't these videos and are weaved with the lessons? Because once again, it's all about individuality on originality. Um, I want you to know that what you're doing is awesome, and it doesn't need to look like anyone else's. However, there are times when it is neat to see someone else work through the project completely step by step. Um, So here's another set of videos that's going to show me working through one of the verses and I'm gonna close it in the class project section. Cool. Cool, Thanks. 9. 09 Walkthrough My Project: I am excited to show you what I came up with. I hope you don't write in and had a wonderful time discerning cool illustration that you can tell. Isn't it just for you? I want to show you Marie illustration now. So our first step, Step one was the pick A verse. I chose the Hebrews for 12 1 about the word of God being like a double edged for being alive and active in ableto separate bone from Merrill. That one really stood out to me. So that was the one I used for my steps. After pick a verse, we need to know what context it was setting. I chose Hebrews 4 12 So I read all of Hebrews. And then I even read a little bit more papers. Three, because there were some things in it that I just wasn't that familiar with it. Talked a lot about rest and entering into his rest of which ones could in which ones couldn't. And I thought that was interesting and wanted to know more about it. So that's the fun hide and seek scavenger nature side of digging into the work that I love . This one thing leads to another. But I also wanted to draw the pictures, have something to share with the class. So what really stood out to me about Bruce for 12 was the splitting was the tearing from soul and spirit joints and marrow and our thoughts and intentions and being able to really see into us. And I thought that was exciting. So that was they're section that I looked at and what I felt like would be for me to illustrate. So observations and applications. My observations were going onto Hebrews 4 12 13 where it says that we're all naked before the word and nothing is hitting from the site. So I was reading about how the word of God makes us transparent and show our true cells. And I thought that was very interesting and the application waas allowing myself to be seen to get to the interior, to my motives and everything. And I was really intrigued by that. So that was my observations and applications was that the word of God could make us transparent now consist, stepped on deciding what to draw. So my observations and applications were all about the word of God making us transparent. So I had two big words that I could illustrate the word of God and transparent the word of God. Part was easy survival. All right, I got that addition. Transparent part was the one I got a little bit stumped on. And so I had toe no meditate. Think on that. And like what would work good for transparent and being able to see inside of someone? I ended up with X ray. So my two words that I was looking to illustrate for a Bible and an X ray and how was I going to apply that gathering resource is is the part that really led me to decide what I wanted to draw because I need it images to go on. And then once I had those images, I can figure out how to put them together. So seeing inside somebody and seeing the transparency really made me think of the X rays. So I Googled X ray and looked for images about an X ray. I thought maybe I wanted to tear apart the bone, have something tended trading. But once I saw the X rays of skeletons, that really intrigued me, and I thought, Wow. Wouldn't it be cool if someone was holding a Bible inside of an X ray machine and you could see inside of them? And so that was the image I decided to go with. So for that, I had to Google images of someone holding a book and of an X ray of a profile of someone those two images together is how I came up with my image. I looked for the profile of somebody holding a book, and then skeletons that returned had to kind of piece together a couple of different references to try to figure out the elbows and, um, the bones that are inside of the elbows. So my finished product isn't perfect. It isn't like, don't use it to study for any test. But I think it conveys what I was going for. All right, so now I get to show you the piece of work that I came up with. I really hope you like it. It iss I think I can do it right here. So one of the things I really like about this Saul of doing the artful devotion before looking at what other people have done is Hopefully, it doesn't exactly like someone else's, which engages people and allows for a conversation to begin the studying part of coming up with this of learning the context of learning the observations of picking up the application, I'll make it a very personal process. So by the time someone asked wants to know where I feel like sharing about it, I already have that buried inside of me so I can share quickly and easily. And most of all, personally, I'm not just reciting something someone else has said. I'm talking out of how the word has affected me. So I can't wait to see how the word has affected you what to share in the class projects. And really, I just I'm excited to see that because I think that's one of the coolest things, the different artistic ways. Everyone represents it. If you want to follow more about me than check me out at artful default dot com, that's where I post more of my devotionals. Sometimes I get on a kick, and I could do one every day right now. I've been a more focus on this class and some other things, but yeah, check me out over there. And I'm so glad that you decided to spend this time with me. I just think that well, I hope to see around the skill share cash rooms and just you and social media I I buy.