Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Greetings Beloved Illustrated Faith Family!

It seems I have been on a path of facing down fear lately.  Deep rooted fears  from my childhood that I did not know existed.  God is cleaning the house of my heart and it is good.

Recognizing that my responses to situations are rooted in fear is the first step to letting the Lord heal places of fear and teach me to move forward with His courage and in His strength.

The Lord doesn’t scold us for being afraid. His grace is abundant!  He knows we are human and He knows every ingredient of our past and the wounds of our heart.  I think where I get into the most trouble is trying to ignore my fears and push through with my own strength.  When I power through on my own, the fear just sits there and festers, waiting to pounce again.   I may have finished the task; but did the fear lose power over me?  Not really.  The root of fear is still there.

What I am discovering is that when I am afraid and run to Him first,  He opens His arms and draws us me.  He helps me define the fear and put it in the perspective of being His child.   He teaches me to stop, breathe, trust.    He gives me truth to replace and heal the root of the fear.    So when I move forward,  I am moving in Him and not alone.  The fear root loses its grip.

When I saw the new Faith > Fear Bible Journaling Kit from Illustrated Faith, my heart did a little skip.  What a kind and loving Father to give me a creative way to document my current journey with Him!   And it’s an awesome kit to boot!

I decided to do my first journaling in 1 Chronicles 28:20 because it not only addresses Solomon’s fear, but the task He was being called to.  God is there from beginning to end.

20 Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

Let’s journal truth friends!

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I gathered my beginning supplies: Illustrated Faith Bella Blvd Faith > Fear Bible Journaling Kit, Watercolors (I premixed a blue using the Illustrated Faith Bella Blvd watercolors and a bit of Antwrep Blue), Paper towels, water, 3/4″ Princeton Select Flat Wash Brush, Journaling Bible

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Since the kit is black and white, I decided I wanted a layered background.  I loaded my brush with the premixed blue (making sure my brush wasn’t too wet) and painted simple downstrokes.  After applying the first layer, I dried my page with a craft heat tool.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I am using a technique called glazing to add additional depth to the pages.  You can find more about this technique here https://www.illustratedfaith.com/watercolor-tutorial-leaning-lifter-heads/

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > FearAdd layers until you are satisfied with the result.  The key, especially in your Journaling Bible, is to dry completely between layers and to keep your brush from getting too wet to avoid reactivating the layers underneath the layer you are working on.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I wanted an additional layer of texture so I decided to add “V” shapes to symbolize wings.  When we fly under His strength, it is a beautiful thing.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I made the “V” shape by simply angling my brush straight down and taping each side of the “V” into place.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Continuing in the theme of flying, I grabbed my Seeds of Faith clear stamp set and some acrylic paint to add feathers.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I used a Golden fluid acrylic because I wanted it to be somewhat transparent over the watercolors.  I used my finger to tap the paint onto the stamp.  The effect is a subtle texture.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Now comes the fun — playing with kit pieces.  I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I just moved pieces I liked around to find what resonated with my heart.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

One of my favorite ways to end any prayer is “eyes on You Lord” — this simple phrase helps me remember to keep my focus off myself and on His love and sufficiency in every circumstance.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I loved using the circle texture sticker and the heart texture sticker from the kit as the letter “o” in a few spots.   Mixing up alphas is my thing for sure!  It’s kind of like wearing multiple patterns in the same colors LOL.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I kept working with the pieces for the right side of my journal entry and tried out several of the tip ins.  I decided I wanted more room for stickers so I trimmed down “Be Still and Know”

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

More stickers and die cut pieces!

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Washi time!

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

And a clear sticker on the bottom over my arrow “walk humbly”

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I used my watercolors to highlight the verse.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

I love to place stickers so they run off the pages.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

One of the coolest things about this kit is you can watercolor the pieces!!!!  I added a bit of color to the die cut “Your Grace is Sufficient” on the top of the right page.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

Perfect!

And this journal entry is a wrap.

Watercolor Bible Journaling Tutorial | Faith over Fear - Layers and Stamping by Amy Bruce | Illustrated Faith Faith > Fear

May God bring healing to all places of fear in your life friends!

As always, tag me on Instagram (@designsbyamybruce) if you play with this kit or any of the techniques I showed you.  I LOVE to see your pages!

Brave in Christ,

amy

 

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4 Comments
  1. Lesa Brassette 2 years ago

    Love your spread Amy! Thanks for sharing your heart!

  2. Jacqueline Giesbrecht 2 years ago

    Thank-you for sharing your journey. Blessed by your honesty and vulnerability. Cool technique too.

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      Amy Bruce 2 years ago

      Jacqui –

      Thank you for leaving some love in the comments. Means the world!

      Blessings my friend!

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