Des (thagirion) wrote,

Lots of Art and Bible Journaling

So much has been going on the last few days for me. I'm very excited about learning a new art form. So this all started before Peregrine came over to visit me. I don't know the exact date but I knew I wanted to get her a new Bible. I had gotten her one last year but it wasn't the best one. I began to do an Amazon search and discovered there were Bible Journals. When I was growing up Bibles were not every exciting. As far as the looks go. The message is wonderful of course but it doesn't help kids when you have a huge book, with tiny font and bland covers that are black or brown. I had a brown one growing up that I never liked much. But now I find out there are colorful Bibles out there that encourage you to write and color in them about whatever the Lord speaks to you. As an artist I was thrilled about this. I had only seen the floral version of My Creative Bible which is the one I got for my friend since she's an artist too. It comes in a lovely box and has so many cute birds and fancy text to color. I'm not into flowers though. Too girly for me. BUT then I found there were variant covers and there was a turquoise one. Perfect. I ordered one for myself not long after I placed her order. It came in a few days ago. It's a King James Version which is my fave translation.

I ordered some colored pencils because I knew that those are the safest since Bible pages are so thin. I didn't want inks or paint to bleed through. After doing some research I decided to order a box of 48 Prismacolored pencils.

They are supposed to blend well, be soft and are professional artist quality. I also got the Crayola twistables 30 pack because I was impatiently awaiting for the prismacolors to arrive. They are not in the box because I have put them into a cup. It was very hard getting those in and out of the box so into a cup they went. I'm still learning how to use the prismacolors. Another thing I liked about them is that they look like paint and not like pencils. Though I have not mastered how to get that look yet. I have always hated crayons and colored pencils for leaving that white grainy area when you color on paper. That looks so unprofessional to me. I have never liked most traditional art. Digital art is my true calling and was so glad when it became available to the public in the 90s. So I am a bit frustrated that I haven't quite figured this whole traditional art thing out yet. But I know I haven't been at it long. Less than a week. I didn't master digital art right away. I've been doing it for two decades now. But yeah I wish my skills were parallel in both fields. I'm always that frustrated when I start anything new though. I'll keep at it and will improve. So I don't know yet if I want to invest in the full 150 set. They are expensive. I've already run into the problem of no greys. The next set up is the 72 and it has some greys. Using black lightly does not work. I need greys. If I can get to the level I want to be and master blending and shading then I definitely want to get the full set. My aunt is an artist. Perhaps she can help me when I go visit her.

Ok so back to the story. I have been watching lots of tutorials on Bible Journaling and am watching this one lady on youtube that does amazing things. She even water colors her pages and they don't get bleed through. I'm not brave enough for that. I hated water color as a kid too. Traditional art was just never my thing. But anyway, I learned about a thing called Tip In. You get this see through paper called Vellum and draw on it then insert it in as extra pages. It looks very pretty and books still close like they are part of the pages. Here's one I made.

Too big and I'm not a fan of how pale it turned out. I did like adding the glitter pen. I didn't permanently glue it in yet. So then I decided to do what I am good at and color it in photoshop.

Beautiful! And I test printed it on Vellum. It looked good but the paint streaks. That's ok. I found out there's a specific kind I can get for printing. So I will be doing that from now on for these. I can't wait to print my first one. Also perhaps these will turn out better if I use my prismacolors. I did the other one with Crayolas. One thing that's hard for me is I don't have lots of strength and I see people really pressing their pencils in. Sigh, yet another thing I have never liked much.

Here is my pretty new Bible. I LOVE this. I also can't wait to get the other versions out there. Some have even nicer art on the inside. But I think this will be my primary Bible. I Love how the cover feels. It's like this smooth but slightly velvety material that's fun to touch. I'm not sure how to explain it.

I love the lettering and how it is also embossed.

This is one of the things that floored me. I've never seen pages that weren't a solid color. My ugly brown one form school had gold but that rubs off with use until it turns a faded brown. These pages are amazing. I will never put tabs in it though they encourage you to. There are also some pretty tabs out there now but I don't want to mess up the pages and I love looking at these blue and white sides.

This is the inside cover. I can't wait til I feel I'm at a good enough art level to color this. I don't know what kind of birds I want to make these be yet. I need to decide that. I could turn them into anything basically. But I want them to be real birds. I've seen people color the bird on the right as a cardinal, bluejay, bluebird and even a rainbow lorikeet. All have worked. I don't want to mess this up so I have been practicing on other pages and also on test pages in this Bible that I don't mind if I mess up too much. But there are other lovely pages like this too, not just coloring text.

Here's a practice page. The blues mixing on the word ME impressed me. This was the first time I tried these out. I had a cheap set of color pencils lying around that I had tested on this page. They were garbage. They were hard leads and hardly left color. I don't have to fight with these and they go on great.

This was the first page that I seriously colored. Not bad. I think I will get better in time.

Lastly I'm very proud of this page, though it's still not up to the standard I would like. I drew this myself. I was reading the book of Jonah and found out there are gourds in the Bible. Only here and one other place. 2Kings is the other. Don't know the exact verse have to look it up again. The story how it ends tickled me. I had to draw this scene out. The tip in is for this page. And I still have room at the bottom to draw. I will draw a boat and a whale on that page. I know it says fish, but I am drawing a whale since everyone grows up hearing about Jonah and the whale. Whales are big enough to eat people whole. I just have to decide if I'll draw a sperm whale or a blue whale. Leaning towards sperm whale.

So that's what has been keeping me busy. Bullet has also been keeping me busy. I have to deliver some bad news. I took her to the vet the other day. She has been throwing up and I noticed a new growth on her preen gland. I've been hand feeding her antibiotics in baby food. My vet said she doesn't have an infection so didn't prescribe any antibiotics. Everything she has is a complication of the tumors. Dr. B doesn't think Bullet has too long. I asked her about Sept 17 is her 5th birthday. She thinks she will make it to that. It's not that far off. As for Oct for my road trip she wasn't too sure. I don't know if Bullet will be around for Halloween. I'm rather sad about this. The other thing is if she can't keep her food down I have to hand feed her. Soft formula stays down better than seeds. I need to get pellets and see if another budgie in the cage can encourage her to eat them. The good news is Bullet is not contagious since she's not infected so I can put her in with other birds. But all the stuck poops and throwing up is because of the tumor. I think I have to feed her twice a day if I can't get her on 100% pellets. That's bad as it's hard on me. I don't breed anymore full time but this is like having a constant baby. It's rough on me but I'll do my best. It's worse than having a baby bird because she fights me and she gets food literally all over her. I have to wash her and then she gets cold, but no other way to clean her. So yeah we're both having it rough. I think when she passes this will be hard on me because I'm very attached to her and love her a lot and she loves me back. I should have that chat with her about love like I have with my previous pets. The only good thing about this mess is I have time to mentally prepare. The sudden deaths are the most shocking and painful.

Tags: bible, bullet, drawing
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