mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Greetings beloved Illustrated Faith Family!

As I was praying about what God would like me to post, I came across this devotion in one of my all time favorite devotionals – Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

The January 10 entry begins like this,

Every time you affirm your trust in Me, you put a coin in the treasury.

And I thought… that’s what I do every time I write a post for you.  Every time I create.  Every time I write an Instagram Post that reflects my heart.  Every time I prepare for a yoga class or teach.   In all of these things, I give a bit of myself away.   In fact, I am literally putting the most tender parts of my soul in the offering plate.

And I am trusting.

I am trusting God will have use for it.  Maybe even multiply it.  I am trusting that He will guard my heart even if it isn’t received.  And I am trusting that if I give it away, God will come and bring refreshment so I can give again.

What are you extending into the offering plate?

Maybe you sing during worship on Sunday.  Maybe you write.  Maybe you make meals for people.  Maybe you take care of someone who is elderly or sick.  Maybe you are a tired mama who gets up every day and just does the next thing in front of her to serve her family.   I think we all can relate to placing something precious into the offering plate.

And here’s what Jesus says.

Luke 21:3 (The Voice translation)

I’m telling you the truth, this poor widow has made a bigger contribution than all of those rich fellows. They’re just giving from their surplus, but she is giving from her poverty—she’s giving all she has to give.

She is giving ALL she has to give.

AND JESUS SMILES.

Let’s journal truth friends.

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Gathering Supplies –

When I knew what I was going to journal, the Lord gave me this picture of a coin.  Not a money coin but a soul coin.  With beautiful texture and shape.

I decided to use an embossing folder to create the texture.

Supplies:  Plastic circle template, embossing folder (or maybe you can think of something else that you can use to achieve texture), inspirational patterned papers from the You are Loved Illustrated Faith collection, a colored pencil, my Journaling Bible.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Slide the Embossing folder underneath your page.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Arrange the plastic circle template on the top of the page.  And begin to rub your colored pencil across the surface of your page inside the template.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Look at this beautiful texture!

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

I did end up with a stray mark.  No worries!  Simple eraser does the trick!

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

I loved the Illustrated Faith You are Loved Happy Heart inspiration paper and decided to use paints to mimic the feeling of the pattern.  Plus, I finally caved and went to Target and bought some of those cute paints you see everyone using.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

I wanted a more dry brush, wobbly feeling for the pattern.  Symbolizing how my gifts often don’t seem to impressive to the world.

I started my first stripe with the Illustrated Faith orange.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows CoinI used a baby wipe clean my brush in between colors so that my brush would stay dry.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Because I hadn’t used the paints before, I just used the paint inside the caps and my Illustrated Faith Bible Mat to keep the messiness contained on the side.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Continuing with the rainbow pattern.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Pattern complete.  I left the area around the focus scripture free of lines.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Using my craft heat tool to dry the page.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

I wanted to cut out some letters from the Illustrated Faith You are Loved paper.  I used my Sizzix Die Cut machine.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Honestly, this little baby hasn’t been cutting well but I managed to get a few sets of letters.

It takes so much trust to offer our gifts to the Lord, especially when they feel like the last bit we have.  I opted for only using the “t” from the patterned paper and plain black letters for the remainder of the word.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

I decided to add a bit of my own writing and hand wrote “she gave her last coin” — I used my Sharpie paint pen to write over the acrylic lines.  And yes, it bleeds through to the other side if you use the oil based pen.  I don’t worry about that much anymore.  This is a journaling Bible.  It’s specific use is to spend time in God’s Word creatively and document my journey with Him.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows CoinTime for some paper pieces from the Illustrated Faith You are Loved collection.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

The green highlighter washi tape was perfect to highlight the text.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Some more stickers and a tab.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Date stamp.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

A cross from the You are Loved Fundamentals sticker page.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

And…. I thought the entry was finished.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

But the next morning as I was arranging the final feature photo for you guys… I couldn’t help myself.  I picked up a black pen and thickened the downstrokes in the handwriting.  AND I added a few more pieces of the Illustrated Faith highlighter washi tape under my tab and on the bottom of the page.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Not sure if I like it before or after but the message in my heart is the same.  Give.  Just give. And then trust Him.

mixed media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Adding Texture with Pencil Rubbings - Widows Coin

Try the rubbing technique and tag me on Instagram friends @designsbyamybruce!  I can’t wait to see what you come up to use as a texture!

You are so loved.

In His light,

amy bruce

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additional supplies: Artist’s Loft Circle Template, Artists Loft #4 Round Level 3 Brush, Sizzix Hero Arts Stamp Emboss Kit 658280, Target Hand Made Modern Paints – Candy Apple, Coral, Robin’s Egg, Deep Sea, Emerald, Carrot

4 Comments
  1. emilya 1 year ago

    Lovely art, but unfortunately, you missed the entire point of the Bible story. I am amazed at how many times people overlook the history of this story. The widow was taken advantage of by the Pharisees, who taught the people that they could buy forgiveness from God: they had said, with alms you purchase your salvation. She was so desperate to be forgiven that she gave all of her money away. And it doesn’t say anything about Jesus smiling. Jesus saw this corrupt system taking the last two pennies out of a widow’s pocket. Basically, it is abuse of the poor. He is demonstrating the apostate Judaism that was present in that day. Hope this gives you a new insight into that passage. Thanks for sharing your art with us!!

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      Amy Bruce 1 year ago

      Interesting. I will go look at your link. John MacArthur is a good teacher. This view has been presented to me several times in various times throughout my walk with Jesus and has encouraged me when I felt I had little to give. Always learning sister. I think when we arrive in heaven, we will realize we missed the mark many times. Grace. Be blessed.

  2. emilya 1 year ago

    You can read more about the widow’s story here in this sermon by John MacArthur: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/42-251/abusing-the-poor

  3. emilya 1 year ago

    “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. Yet they shamelessly CHEAT WIDOWS out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished.”

    Luke 20:46-47

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