Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

Hello Illustrated Faith Tribe!

I have had this giraffe on my heart for a long time.  The Lord used the tall, graceful animal as a picture to remind me to keep my head and heart above the circumstances around me.  To focus on Him.  To keep my heart, eyes, and mind from wandering away from His truth.

At first I was a bit intimidated to draw a giraffe.  I had never drawn one before so I spent time looking at giraffes and doodling full body giraffes.  I finally settled on just drawing the from the neck up.  I thought this was a better representation of seeking what is above.  I sketched out the giraffe in my doodle book and outlined the sketch in black.  I made her a girl with beautiful eyelashes, well, because.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

There is an illustration on the other side of the page so I lightly covered the margin area with white gesso because I didn’t want anything to distract from the giraffe.  Once that was complete, I used carbon paper to transfer my image to the page.  Normally I would trace the image from behind but the gesso and the flowers on the next page would have made that difficult.

Once the light sketch was on the page, I penciled in the other areas.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

Then I got stuck.  I was already left with the navy washi tape so I needed to include blue.  I knew I wanted a wonky, imaginative giraffe but I just could not settle on a color scheme.  So I Googled “navy color scheme.”  Voila.  Ideas galore.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

Next I used my Illustrated Faith .65 and .35 pens to go over my pencil marks and then I erased any stray marks.  I was inspired by the lines in my leaves to make lines and marks inside the giraffe.  Like a funky quilt.  Oh my… so me.  There may be some more animals coming like this.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

Happy with the initial design, I pulled out the watercolors and began layering color.  

A tip I love is to mix colors on a clear sheet of plexiglass (you can get these in various sizes at Lowes).  I put the plexiglass on top of whatever color paper I am painting on so I can get a true idea of the color.  Watercolors look different on a cream background than on white; and the plexiglass gives a delightfully smooth, flat surface to play with colors.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

After she was complete, I dug through my Illustrated Faith die cuts for a fun tab and added it to the top, added my favorite white details with my Signo gel pen, and one of the adorable navy cute clips from Bella Blvd.   And there she is.  The first patchwork animal in my Journaling bible.  I’m in love and won’t soon forget the passage I highlighted –

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things that are above not things that are on earth.

Amy Bruce shows how to add this adorable giraffe illustration to her Journaling Bible and shares the need to focus on things above

Hugs my friends!  You are Loved!

Amy

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8 Comments
  1. Tara 4 years ago

    This is absolutely wonderful Amy!

  2. Lesa Brassette 4 years ago

    Great post and a totally presh giraffe!!

  3. Lisa Malac 4 years ago

    Adorable! I had to “borrow” your idea and created my own version! Thank you for the cute inspo!

  4. Tonya Hamilton 4 years ago

    Wow, Amy! Thank you sharing your process! So adorable!

  5. Lindsay 4 years ago

    ohhh that’s is awesome. (I would like this website could have something to save the favorites articles) so we can file them and Liked them, and to keep it in the history links from Illustrated faith. Someone knows if there is already a way to do that?

    • Heather Greenwood 4 years ago

      the only thing I can think of is to pin it to Pinterest, that’s how I keep all my favorite articles together to return to later.

  6. Monika Alston-Miller 4 years ago

    Plexiglass. The things I learn from you! I just love the picture in my mind of you doodling and giggling to Jesus about a girl giraffe! Thank you for sharing. You encourage me so much to try new things and to keep my focus on Him.

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