Growing in Grace: Watercolor Technique with CT Member Cristin Howell

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

Hi everyone! I wanted to jump in & show you a new printable set that was just released this week to the Print & Pray Shop! Where I live, beautiful spring flowers are popping up all over. The trees are blooming, the birds are chirping – it’s a time for new growth.

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

The new set in the Print & Pray Shop is called Raining Blessings, by artist Brandi Kincaid. What a fun set that coincides with not only the spring growth outside, but also our spiritual growth and what is happening in our faith. I’m reminded of this verse in 2 Peter 3:18:

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Peter was reminding his beloved readers to be careful to not follow false teachings, but to grow in their Christian faith – growing in Christ’s grace. Sticking to the real teachings of Christ, & becoming steadfast in their faith!

I wanted to illustrate this verse with the printable set, but first I wanted to create a background “blooming” with color, as if the girl with the flowers is standing in a field of flowers. To do this, I used a watercolor technique to create blooms that float across the page. I’ll show you how I did it!

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

First, you’ll want to completely saturate your page with water, so it is wet, but there are no puddles. You might need to do a few passes with your brush to make sure the paper stays wet. We need that wet surface so the color floats on the page. It’s also a good idea to protect the pages beneath the page with a plastic mat.

I added a bit of yellow color to the wash because I wanted the main color of my page to be yellow.

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

The next steps are easy! Using a brush, dot water color onto the background, touching the tip of your brush to the page. You don’t need to blend it, as the color should float and spread out as you touch the wet paper. If your paper is too dry, the color will not move and “bloom” across the page.

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

Keep going until you have covered your background as you desire.

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

While we wait for the watercolor to dry, those wonderful printed strips that come in the kit can be punched out for a fun page tab!

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

Once the background is dry, all the fun elements can be added to the page. I wrote a little prayer in the side margin. I also popped in a few scalloped digital elements from Mandy Ford’s set, Things Unseen.

Growing in Grace: Bible Journaling Watercolor Technique Tutorial with Cristin Howell

-Cristin

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water brush | arrow paper clip | white gel pen

3 Comments
  1. Profile photo of Andrea Walford
    Andrea Walford 4 days ago

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process and that wonderful verse of scripture with us. Your artwork spoke to my heart.

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      Cristin Howell 4 days ago

      Hi Andrea! That means so much to me. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read my post! <3

  2. Profile photo of Leona Woolfolk
    Leona Woolfolk 2 days ago

    I didn’t think that I was going to like water coloring in my Bible journal but I’ve found that it’s one of my favorite techniques.

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