If you spend much time here, you know that I love Bible Journaling. It’s a relatively new love, but I have begun to explore new techniques and new mediums. I’m calling this my ‘Bloom journaling page’! I’ll explain why in the last part of the post.
I did this page recently, after watching a video which had a great tutorial for drawing flowers. I’ve added a link here to a video by Kristen Fields in which she shows how to draw a very simple flower (at about 23:30 on the video) Her method is the one I used for my page.
First, I had a little doodling practice:
Fun! Then I added my design to the page in pencil (sorry, no pic of that – I didn’t stop to take pictures!). Next, I added layers of paint in swaths across the page – very pastel colors. I drew my design in ink using the micron pens. Lastly, I colored in the flowers with a combination of watercolor and art pencils.
Here’s the finished page:
This page was fun to do! It’s very mixed media – I even used my gellato crayons too for color. I’m still trying to get a feel for what result each color method will produce.
And, if you’re inclined to read on, here are a few of my thoughts on just what it means to ‘Bloom where you’re Planted’:
Bloom. This single word holds a bouquet of meaning, does it not?
As a noun, it generally refers to the fruit of a plant – the bud in its mature state.
As a verb, it means to flower, blossom, open, mature, radiate.
When applied to people, the word ‘bloom’ means very much the same thing as applied to the botanical world.
When applied to Christ-followers, the word explodes with meaning!
The apostle Paul said ‘…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content’ (Phil. 4:11). He truly bloomed where he was planted.
Corrie Ten Boom, the godly woman who fascilitated the escape of many Jews from the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during the Holocaust and survived imprisonment in a concentration camp, said ‘Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.’
And John Wooden, the late UCLA basket ball coach and devout Christian, said ‘Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.’
We’ve all heard variations of this sentiment – and we do well if we heed it, right? Things don’t always go our way. We aren’t always exactly where we want to be (remember Joseph in the Old Testament? In Genesis 37-50). Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
But there is always hope!
We can learn, with God’s help, to thrive no matter our circumstances.
Because He is with us, we can face any adversity with courage and joy that comes from being at peace with God.
This Bible journaling page is meant to bring you encouragement! Be the best that you can be – right where you are. Happiness is most often a choice. We’ve all known people who chose to be happy – even in the middle of dire circumstances.
So… go… be happy! Bloom!!