Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Spring Greetings Dear Illustrated Faith Family!

I am loving the new collections Illustrated Faith released!  Today I decided to play with the new Fruits of the Spirit Collection.  Sooooo good.

How often I have wished that the fruits of the Spirit flowed through me freely.   After 20 plus years walking with Jesus, my flesh still sneaks out, especially when I am squeezed by circumstances, I am tired, hungry, or not feeling well – anybody?????

What’s the deal?   What’s the key to living a life full of fruit?

The Passion translation of Galatians 5:22-23 describes His fruit like this –

But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:

 

joy that overflows,
peace that subdues,
patience that endures,
kindness in action,
a life full of virtue,
faith that prevails,
gentleness of heart,
and strength of spirit.

 

Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.

Divine Love expressed.  His love expressed.  Limitless…. Yes, sign me up.  I want His fruit to be limitless.  I agree His love is WAY better than any I can offer.

But here’s the deal.  I don’t think any of that can happen without yielding.

Allowing space for Him to come and fill ALL the places.  So although it would be nice to maybe pick one of the fruits and “work on it” I don’t think that is the key.  I don’t think admiring the fruit or reading about it is the solution.    I think the key is totally yielding to His Spirit.  Basically, admitting, I don’t have it.  I can’t do it.  Whispering — Jesus come — Jesus take control.  Come let YOUR LOVE be my source for all things.

Let’s journal truth my friends.

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Let’s start with some inspiration.  Just look at all this goodness in Illustrated Faith’s new Fruits of the Spirit Set.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

So I wanted to have a kind of crayon looking background for some of these yummy pieces.  I decided to grab my Neocolor II crayons.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

I really want to use the branch so I decided instead of fruit, I am going to scribble down some abstract flowers.  I started with NeoColor II rose. and began working loosley.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Beginning at the center of the “flower” and working around in a circle pattern.  Once I have all of the pink down, I added Neocolor II orange.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Bringing back in a different pink with Neocolor II Saumon.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Next the dark contrast color Neocolor II Carmin with a lot more “scribble” action.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Adding water with a watercolor brush.  You can completely blend the Neocolors but I prefer to just “touch” them with water because I like the crayon look.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Yep.  I like it.

I know I am going to put a paper piece in the lower corner so I just started adding more flowers around that area.  I brought in some simple bullet flowers (just a swirl) with Neocolor II Scarlet.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

More bullet flowers – you can see the apple on the right which was my inspiration for adding the scarlet color.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Hmm…. needs some more flowers and maybe some shapes.  Adding Triangles with Neocolor II Flame Red (aka darker orange).  And some leaves with Neocolor II Olive Clair.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

More flowers.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

A bit of water.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

I love how the triangles and bullet flowers pop when washed with water.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Close up.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Yes, love.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Time to add some kit embellishments.  I love the washi tape.  I ran it along the top of the page to bring color up.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Paper pieces.  I added a tab from the kit on the top and I am gluing down my favorite branch and setting a few other options to the right side.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

But wait.  Look what I found, another OPTION!  Yikes!

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Yep.  JESUS take control wins.  I can’t exhibit any of the fruits of the Spirit without Him.  I cut out a heart out of the 12 x 12 Borders Page because I still wanted a solid pink piece in the corner.  So fitting because, where I need Him to take control is in my heart.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Gluing down more pieces.  Don’t you just love these little crosses?

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

And an orange cross sticker.  Layers, yummy layers!

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

In order for Him to take control, you have to trust Him!

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Love my tab areas.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Date stamp.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

I hand wrote “#trust” because it’s worth repeating!

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Underlining scripture.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

Oh, yes, Jesus take control.  Bless me with the fruits of the Spirit.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

What a pretty, colorful mess of His goodness.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | Fruit of the Spirit - Neocolor II Crayons

I love being His.

What can you scribble with Neocolor II crayons?  Tag me!  I LOVE to see what you create!   Instagram @designsbyamybruce.

Let’s live yielded and let the fruit of the Spirit grow all around us.

In His Light,

amy bruce

 

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additional supplies: Neocolors II – Olive Clair, Rose, Carmin

1 Comment
  1. Emma Batten 1 year ago

    Beautiful flowers! I can’t have to have a go…thanks for inspiring me!

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