Can I get real for a second? Every single month I start off with the intention of completing the entire Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit, but some months I fall short. I mean, I always finish reading it and meditating on it, but often I lack the time to really get stuck in and journal out and illustrate my response to every entry. I think I just need to be more realistic about the amount of time I have available to come back and create with it at a later date (because that’s what I’m always telling myself I’m going to do!) I need a system of illustrating as I go or else it’s just not going to happen!
So this past month with the Blessings or Lessons Devotional Kit I’ve taken a different approach. I decided to use those delightful doodled flowers on the front cover as my inspiration and paint my own version of them on every page as I go. It’s simple, it’s fast, I don’t have to think about it too much. It allows me more time to concentrate on journaling out a meaningful response. Plus …. it’s super super cute! And guess what? I’ve actually finished the entire devotional!
What surprised me the most though was that I’ve also learned a lot artistically by using this approach. I’ve found that because I want every page to look uniform but don’t want it to be repetitive I’ve had to ‘invent’ new colour schemes and slightly different versions of the flowers each time. I’ve used different techniques and different mediums and tried to paint the flowers in different placements and arrangements each time. It pushes me just enough to make me feel creative and to try new things, without the need to reinvent the wheel every session.
In my video today I’m going to share a walk-through of all the pages of my Blessings or Lessons devotional and explain my approach, and to finish off I’m going to create the very last page right in front of you so I can show you my techniques in action. I’ll teach you how to make watercolours out of markers and/or ink and how you can embrace the imperfect nature of this medium. I’m hoping it will inspire you to start digging into your devotionals even when you don’t think you have much time, or even if you don’t consider yourself artistic.
Have a blessed day!
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