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TruthScrap - Celebrating the Intersection of Faith and Art

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Yay, I'm really excited to share with your that I'm going to be teaching at TruthScrap in January! I really hope you will be able to join us for this event!  TruthScrap is the ONLY online, live virtual art and crafting event focused on celebrating the intersection of faith and art. With inspiration brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!

If you want to learn more about the HOW and WHY of infusing your creativity with your faith, Truth Scrap is the event for you. Learn new skills while getting a new take on old favorites! And with seven energizing, talented instructors, you’re sure to be inspired.


The class I'm teaching is on Faithbooking...which is a way to scrapbook your faith. I will be sharing ideas on how you can do that and why you should! I can’t wait for you to join us! Click here for more info!

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Using Stickers for Art Journaling in Your Bible

One of the things I wanted to do while art journaling in my Illustrated Faith Bible is to try different techniques than what I normally do. Now as a former scrapbooker I have a ton of letter stickers and other scrapbook embellishments so I thought, gee, I should really use some of those instead of always doing mixed media.  So here's my first, albeit rusty, attempt.  

Lately the theme of God's steadfast love keeps poping up all over the place for me, so while I love the theme of this one, the outcome is shall I say it...boring?!

God's love endures forever 4 - Erin Bassett

 These stickers I picked up at the craft store and I just cut them up to fit my needs. 

God's love endures forever 2 - Erin Bassett
God's love endures forever 2 - Erin Bassett

 Once I had the word stickers in place I added some other leftover stickers.

God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And a touch of lace transparency.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And here's the finished result.  I'm not in love with the look of it, since it doesn't really feel like "me," but I will admit that it was MUCH faster!!
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

Here's another page I did recently.  I doodled the sheep in the margin and found another one of those word stickers to use.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

I ended up painting a bit before I actually stuck it down.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett

And here's the finished page.  I'm liking this one a bit more even if it's not my usual abstract look.
God's love endures forever 3 - Erin Bassett
So, what techniques are you trying that are stretching your creative side?  


Illustrated Faith: Art Journaling in a Bible

So the other night I posted on social media that I finally joined in on the #IllustratedFaith #ScriptureDoodling bandwagon and there was quite a reaction.  Thank you everyone for your love!!! It was very encouraging!  Hopefully this blog post will answer all the questions that I've gotten. 

Bible Journaling Psalm

Truth be told, I had resisted this whole "art journaling in your Bible" movement at first since I already do a lot of Bible studying and I didn't want to take time away from that in order to "play". BUT, the seed was planted. Just about every time I cracked open my Bible I could see how I could incorporate this into my life by keeping it simple and recording what I was already learning.


Buying a new Bible

So first things first, I knew that for me, I needed another Bible to work in.  After much, much searching I finally narrowed it down to the Hardcover ESV Single column Journaling Bible...if you're a KJV or NIV reader there are Journaling Bibles and Notetaker's Bibles for you too. And of course they come with a variety of covers, I went with the black hardcover so I can do something "arty" to it in the future.

After my new Bible arrived it just sat on my desk. I didn't know where to start or what art journaling method to try first...especially since the pages are thin (not as thin as in my regular Bible, but still pretty thin). I was really, really worried that the bleeding through would bother me & considered using clear gesso on my pages first...the only draw back to that would be that the pages might crinkle and would be heavier then the non-illustrated pages, both of which might make me nuts.  Then I read Stephanie's hash tag she posted on one of her photos: #itdoesbleedbutsodidHE. So true! So with that I decided to just go for it! Like my other art journals I plan to just go with the flow, incorporating spilled paint, crinkled pages, and whatever else may happen into my new pages.  My regular artwork has plenty of "mistakes", why should this be any different?

Bible Journaling Supplies

Products used

For this first page I used the following supplies:


My process

I plan on using a lot of different techniques on my pages, but since I got soooooo many questions on my first page I thought I'd break down what I did.

  • Prayed about where to start and started reading over my more recent notes until something jumped back out at me as something I'd want to record in this Bible.
  • Next I read over the verses and noticed the word "heart" being used & marked those with a pink heart.
  • I knew I wanted to mask off one of the words I would use so I broke out some Thickers that were loosing their stickiness (all of my Thickers fall into this category, they just won't stay sticky!) and figured out what word I'd use and where to place it. 
  • I then did a sketch of my words in pencil onto the page.
  • I considered using water colors, but decided on spray inks. I started with the Perfect Pearls Mist because it's a light color that really just adds some shimmer and light color to the page.  I used my heat gun to dry the page, and yes it did curl and crinkle some.
  • Next I took my Mini Mister and added 4 drops of Adirondack Color Wash & filled the rest up with water.  Then I spritzed the lower half of the page with the diluted wash, blotted, and dried with my heat gun.
  • I then went over my sketched words with my Micron pen.
  • And lastly I added some shading to all of the letters with my PITT Pen and a bit of charcoal pencil on the masked off letters.

Bible Journaling Psalm - CloseUp


And to answer all of you who are dying to know if it bled through to the other side....yes it did, and I am ok with it!

Bible Journaling Psalm - Bleed throughPlease let me know if you have any other questions!




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Art Journaling: Together In Life

I'm waaaaaayyyy behind on posting my art journal pages here on my blog, so instead of going back to the older ones, here's one I did the other day...

Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett

Sometimes life is life with people gets complicated! Boy, I could totally relate the other night to the "spinster" in the book I had been reading who lives a simple life way out in the boondocks since at that moment in time I thought about how nice it would be to be her and not have to compromise on decisions with my Husband or have to deal with all the stuff I have on my plate right now. But that's not real life for me. In real life I choose to deal with it and live in a family in good times and bad.

After dealing with all that STUFF and getting a chance to talk with my Husband, I decided to clear a path on my workbench so I could art a little bit. Art is therapy! And this is the page I came up with.

Here's some close-ups...
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin Bassett
Art Journal - Together1 - Erin BassettI used Stencil Girl stencils from May's kit on it along with my favorite DecoArts Americana paint colors (Desert Turquoise, Ice Blue, Hauser Dark Green, Houser Medium Green, Houser Light Green, Golden Straw, Pumpkin, Melon, Black), a bunch of scrap papers and even map pages from an old Thomas Guide map book. All the black outlines were done with a charcoal pencil and smudged out with water.


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Documented Life Project Guest Artist

Friends are special, and I'm super happy to have met a few of the ladies of Art To The 5th earlier this year and felt an instant connection. It felt like we've known each other for years! 

Well, as you could imagine I was super happy when they asked me to be a guest artist for one of The Documented Life prompts. {Check out my "spotlight" on their site HERE.} I love my documented life art journal (aka: my soul journal) and I'm blessed to be able to share more of it with you today...and yes, I do promise to post more of the completed pages I've done in it soon.  Things have been really crazy here with us moving TWICE so I appreciate your patience.  :)

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Now for those of you who are new visitors to my blog here's a bit about me...

I'm married to my best friend...we've been together for about 23 years and married for almost 14 years. We currently have one dog, a very energetic puppy. Our older dog, our old faithful friend who was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago just past away last week...we all miss her incredibly!  

Oh, and I'm thankful to be able to work from home as and artist and blogger!

Ok, so moving right along, the prompt for the week is: cut up something from a magazine and add to your page. I love this prompt, it's been awhile since I've collaged magazine bits! 

Here's how my page turned out...

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Erin Bassett

Often when I start an art journal page I have no idea where it's going to go and this was no exception.  I literally just picked up a magazine, flipped through it and ripped out some pics I liked and then went with my gut...I always figure that if I absolutely hate it I can paint over it and start fresh. Speaking of paint, the interesting thing for me with this prompt is that since I was focused on magazines I ended up never picking up my paint brush to paint...a rarity for me!

I started off this page by chopping up some random magazine advertisements and glued them to my page with Americana Decou-Page...oh wait, I forgot, I cut a funky scalloped border along one edge of my paper first and THEN I added the ad strips.

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step1 - Erin Bassett


Next I added some other photos from magazines....

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett


I took a baby wipe to the flower to distress it a bit...
Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett


And then added some charcoal to the flower and doodles to the rest of my page...
Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett
I really enjoyed mixing things up for me and stepping outside of my box (or is it my rut? LOL!).

Check out the previous art journaling prompts from Art To the 5th HERE.  And join the Facebook Group for The Documented Life Project if you haven't yet, it's so inspiring and chocked full of terrific people.



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