img_9657It’s officially the end of January, and I am so thankful for the reminders that came with Day 14 of “20/20 Vision” from By the Well 4 God.  Written by the lovely Laura, this devotional has us focusing on the Doxology that is shared in Jude 1:24-25…

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time now and forever.” -Jude 1:24-25

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This month began with a devotional that I wrote, all about setting goals and striving to deepen our faith by experiencing the struggle of working toward hard goals. But, Laura reminds us in Day 14 that stumbles are inevitable.  We are imperfect people living in a fallen world.  As hard as we try to achieve every goal set in front of us, there will be times we fail and fall short.  Sometimes we will fail spectacularly!  However, there is this simple statement…”But, GOD”.  God will always be there to pick us up and dust us off.  He will always be there to shine the lens of Jesus on us and see us as our most perfect selves.  I am forever grateful for the love and grace that God offers!

img_9655I am a stencil lover and have frequently used stencils in my work.  But, as much I use them, I have still hit a bit of a rut technique wise.  I have been solely focused on inking and spraying mediums through them.  Whenever you limit your techniques, you are also limiting your supplies!  So, I changed it up this week and used my “Flurries” stencil from TCW as a stencil for tracing.  And, instead of using a pencil or pen, I grabbed a light gray watercolor pencil.

Once I traced my desired snowflakes on my page with the watercolor pencil, I came back to paint using the bold Daniel Smith watercolors that are included in the kit.  These are such a high quality watercolor, and it is a treat to use such nice watercolors for such an affordable price.  As I began filling in the snowflakes, the lines of the snowflakes blended away because I had used a watercolor pencil.  So, in the end, it looks as if I did freehand watercolor across my entire page.  What a cool shortcut!

img_9654There was also something fun and freeing about using such bold, bright colors on a subject that is not typically colored in that fashion…snowflakes!  Although snowflakes do not have much to do with the doxology discussed in the devotional, I have no problem with that.  The time spent watercoloring allowed me to relax, pray, and listen to God.  Time spent in the Bible is never wasted if your heart is open to receive!

Once the watercolor was finished, I decided to “messy-up” the page a bit with a few paint splatters.  I just can’t get enough of the messy paint splatter feel!  It is so fun!  I also tried my hand at a bit of hand-lettering for my title “But God”.  After that, a but of journaling, the 20/20 Vision Stamp, and a tab and this page was done!

Thanks for taking the time to read!  I always appreciate comments, so feel free to leave them below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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