Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In – The Armor of God

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I was so excited to play with the Illustrated Faith Bella Blvd Bright and Brave kit for this post.

Who doesn’t want to be Bright and Brave in Christ?

Problem is… in our own strength, we have so little to offer.    I am so grateful that in Him and in His grace, the potential to be Bright and Brave is limitless!

I prayed and sorted through all the lovely pieces in the kit and the tip in “Stop Worrying and Pray” stood out to me.   I love tip ins because you can really complete a journal page by adding a bit of washi tape to the top and adhering it in the margin.   But for this post, I wanted to bring you some watercolor fun.

When I think about worry, I think about spiraling in my thoughts getting caught up in the messiness of whatever battle is before me.  I worry when I don’t go to the Lord for truth, for my direction, for my covering, and for my power to navigate whatever circumstance is upon me.  In short,  when a battle is before me I don’t take time to put on His armor and I don’t always pray!  I just jump in with my own emotions and equipment and try to do it on my own.  Translation: Why go into battle without Him?  Yep, not too smart.  It’s like heading out of the locker room without your uniform (yikes!) or trying to write on paper without a pen.

Ephesians 6:10-18 English Standard Version

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Yep, I found my journaling entry!

Let’s journal truth friends.

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I started with my supplies.  Journaling Bible, a jar with clear water, #8 round watercolor brush, #6 flat watercolor brush (which I did not end up using), Illustrated Faith Watercolors, white board (for mixing colors), and one of my favorite purples, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Violet.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I painted a spiral shape with clear water to make a “path” for the watercolors to travel on.  More on that technique here https://www.illustratedfaith.com/watercolor-tutorial-leaning-teach-fly/

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I dropped in teal and let it travel along the water path.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Then I dropped in green.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I dropped a bit of yellow in the green areas.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I picked orange with my brush and stroked down a few clear spiral waves inside the watercolor track.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I continued on adding colors to make a huge spiral.  Here is the Quinacridone Violet.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

More green and blues.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Last touches of green.  You can see the orange flowing into the green in toward the center where a wet area met another wet area of paint — I LOVE this, it’s just what I wanted, a bit messy!  Watercolors can have a mind of their own.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

The spiral completed.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

A splatter of colors on top — yep, messy.  This technique is so easy!  Load your brush with lots of wet color goodness and tap the body of the brush releasing drops over your page.  Warning: you cannot really control the drops!!!!    You can see I added clear packaging over the opposite page to protect it.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

A quick dry with the Ranger Heat Tool so the colors don’t continue to travel.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Isn’t this awesome?  Messy goodness.  This page would be beautiful just on it’s own.  Watercolors are so amazing.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Time to add my Bright and Brave pieces.  I started with sorting through a few favorite tip ins.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I used Bright and Brave letter stickers for “Put” and a combination of Homespun alpha and Big and Bold Black Eyed Pea alphas for “on”.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I used my Silhoutte Cameo to make the word “His” out of Bright and Brave 12 x 12 Thank You Jesus paper from the kit and black Homespun Alpha letter stickers for “armor”.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

I ended up cutting apart the tip in so I could fit all of the words and added some adorable transparent heart stickers from the Bright and Brave washi pad.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Time for a tab!  Pink tab from the Bright and Brave collection.  “Do not Fear” from the Illustrated Faith Basics Collection.  “Be Still” from the Illustrated Faith Basics Mini Hexies Collection.

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

After getting everything arranged the way I liked.  I adhered it all down with the Illustrated Faith tape runner and added an arrow sticker from the Bright and Brave Collection.  And the journal entry is complete!

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

What a powerful truth friends!

watercolor Bible journaling tutorial by Amy Bruce | Watercolor Tutorial | Leaning In - The Armor of God | Ephesians 6 | Illustrated Faith Bright & Brave

Let’s remember in times of struggle, instead of heading to the spiral of worry, put on His armor, take up the shield of faith, and pray friends!  Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@designsbyamybruce) if you create a spiral of your own.  I love to see your pages!

So many hugs,

amy bruce

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Other Supplies
Princeton Neptune #8 Brush, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Violet Tube Watercolor, Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, Silhoutte Cameo Cutting Machine, White Board

2 Comments
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    Monika 1 week ago

    I never get enough of watching you paint and be “messy!” Lovely page for a big truth. I’m digging this spiral.

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    Amy Bruce 6 days ago

    Love you Monika!

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