Journaling by Heart: A free summer workshop for art journaling your faith.

Welcome to Journaling by Heart:

 a free summer workshop for art journaling your faith. 

We are thrilled that you are here. Melissa from Pink Paper Peppermints and I, Erin Leigh, have teamed up to provide you with tips and tricks for your faith art journal, encouragement and inspiration for the content of your journal, and a community (join here) to cheer each other on. Learn more about Melissa here and Erin here.

What to Expect From the Workshop

First and foremost, we want you to have fun, to set aside some you time, time to explore and play. 

Each week we’ll be reading and exploring scriptures centered on God’s grace. What it is, what it means, and what it means to us today in our real life. I have been so encouraged going through these verses. I keep thinking I need to remember this, to hold on to this. That is the essence of faith art journaling, getting those whisperings of God, the truth, in your head and in your heart; working it out in real life, so that the Word of God can become living and active in our lives, not words on a page. 

Our anchor scripture for the workshop is Hebrews 4:16  

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,
 that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

What to Expect Each Week

Each week Melissa and I will trade off hosting the workshop on our blogs. Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter so we can send let you know where we’ll be each week.

Sign-up for Melissa’s Newsletter here, on the left margin of her blog.

There 2 basic parts to faith art journaling: the content and the technique.
The content is the words, the heart of what you are journaling: scripture, prayers, thoughts, quotes, anything that you want to hold on to, to document and remember.
The technique is the supplies you use and how you use them: watercolor, acrylics, etc.

Each week we will give you both content (a verse centered around grace and some thoughts on that verse) and an art journaling technique to try. At the end of each week we’ll give you an assignment.

Our blogs are where you come to learn. Our Facebook page is where you can share your work and encourage others.

Week 1: Creating Your Journal

Okay, let’s get started! This week we’ll be creating a special journal just for this workshop. So that at the end we can have a whole completed journal (what is that?). Ha!

There are so many fun journals that you can make with simple supplies OR you always have the option of buying one, too. Melissa made an adorable junk journal and included a tutorial here. I created a recycled journal which I’ll walk you through today.


Our anchor verse for the workshop is Hebrews 4:16
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that

we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

So, first of all, What is grace?
Unmerited favor. A gift. Someone deposits $1,000 in my bank account. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t work for it. I’m not entitled to it. It’s a gift.

The Bible refers to Jesus as the throne of grace. He is this big fountain of grace. And we are told to approach, not as beggars or with timidity or shame or an apology, but with confidence. I love that. 
I think of my boys, ages 4 and 6, as they listen for the garage door to open at the end of the day. They yell “Daddy!” as they run out to greet him as he pulls into the driveway. 

And you know what they say? Every. Single. Day. “Daddy, do you have a treat for me?” Because every once in while he brings home something special just for them; a handful of Skittles, a tiny little ninja guy, a cake pop.

They don’t say, “I’m sorry for hitting my brother and being selfish today.” They don’t say, “I know that I don’t really deserve a treat today, but do you think you could manage to eek out a little something for me?”

They don’t hesitate to ask.

With that said, I can't talk about God's grace without talking about his holiness at the same time. All of our sin and mess ups separate us from a holy God. There is so much power in coming to him first confessing our sin that we are aware of , and asking God to reveal the sin that we can't even see. 

That's the whole point of grace: we need Him every single moment of every day. We walk around this broken world pretending like we have our act together and we don't. I don't. No one does. We need His grace to see what is real, to hear what is eternal, and to love people with His perfect love.

I am called to come to the feet of Jesus as a child, and confess, "I can't do this without you. I need you." I need His help to even come to Him, to empty myself of so. much. self., to lay down my own agenda so that I can ask with open hands," What do YOU have for,me today, Lord?"

The Bible says "Let's draw near to His throne of grace {without hesitation} so that He can give us the mercy and grace that we {so desperately} need." He is waiting to give it to us. All we need to do is come to Him and ask. 

What if I approached each day like that? How different would my whole day be? 
I am called to come to the feet of Jesus as a child, with full confidence.

Every single day only He has the mercy and the grace that I need to be filled up, so that I can spend the whole day pouring it out.

When I run right past the throne of God, the throne of grace, into the busyness of life, I miss out on the gifts that He has planned specifically for me. I am filled up with SELF and, honestly, that's not pretty. or fun. or the way I want to live.

Lord help us approach your throne of grace each morning with open hands and eager expectation. Give us eyes to see YOUR grace all around us. Don’t let us miss it. Hit us over the head with it. Give us ears to hear, minds to understand, and hearts pour out your grace into a broken and hurting world. We thank you for pouring out your grace, your holy spirit, into our lives, for what you are doing and going to do today. We love you. Amen.

Challenge: Make written list of the "treats" that God has for you today. A fresh cup of coffee, a morning snuggle with a little, just enough strength to make it through your work out. Ask God to open your eyes to His hands at work today and write it down. 

Tutorials & Tips

Today we’re going to make an art journal from a cereal box, some water color paper, and a few extra supplies. 
I included some links for easy ordering. They are affiliate links on products that I would recommend to either way.

Supply List

A quick word on supplies: You don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy supplies. 
Buy inexpensive supplies and use what you have.

A cereal box about 9” x 12”. 
(Any food box, or thin piece of cardboard will do.)

Paint brushes of various sizes

Super thin paint brushes 

Masking Tape

Washi Tape


Wax paper

Acrylic paints 
(Basic acrylic craft paints in your favorite colors.
Above is just an example. You don't need all of those colors.
Get colors you love. )

White ink

Black ink

Paper towels

Step 1: Make your cover.

Cut the front and back rectangles out of the cereal box. 

Tape the two pieces together with masking tape on both sides.

Step 2: Add pages to your journal.

Fold 5 sheets of 11 x 15 watercolor paper in half, so that they are "inside" each other. 
Trim the watercolor paper to be about a half inch smaller than the cover.

Attach the watercolor paper into the cereal box with masking tape.

Turn the page and attach each page of watercolor paper with masking tape. 
Turn the page and do the same for each page, so that each page is secure.
Trim the tops and/or side of various pages for some variation.
I know it looks ugly now, but we will paint right over the ugly.

Step 3: Paint a base coat of gesso on the cover of your journal.

Cover the outside of the cereal box with gesso.

Pick 3-5 colors that you like together.

Paint different sized rectangles of each color, covering the whole cover. Paint big blocks first.

Step 4: Paint more smaller color blocks on the cover.

Add circles and doodles.

Step 5: Paint details.

Paint different colored lines and dots and words.

I didn't like the orange, so I made more blogks of color until I liked it.

Paint big circle flowers and leaves.

Step 6: Paint more details.

Continue to paint smaller and smaller details.

Step 7: Paint more the last details with white and black ink and the 

thinnest brush you can find.

Step 8: Add washi tape to finish the sides of your cover.

Assignment: Make your own art journal.

Be sure to check out Melissa’s blog & tutorial.

Share your journal with us on Facebook & have fun!



3 Ways To Get Ready for Journaling by HeArt - A Workshop Warm Up

The Journaling by Heart workshop is only 2 days away! I can't wait to get started with you.

If you are as eager as I am to get started, Melissa has some great tips on her blog today. 

There is no formal registration. 

Just sign up for our newsletters on our blogs, 
 join us on our blogs each Friday, 
and share your work in the Facebook community!
That's it! 



A Free Summer Art Journaling Workshop!

While searching for camps for my kids this summer, 
I was thinking, I wanna go to camp. I need a camp for me.

So, my super creative friend, Melissa, from Pink Paper Peppermints, and I
have been dreaming up a fun summer workshop for us {you and me}
We want to get together to share our faith & creativity,
to encourage each other, and rally around one another,
to share techniques and learn from each other.

It’s pretty much what we would want to be a part of, if we could find it.
Wanna see what we’ve been working on?

Journaling by Heart
A Free Summer Art Journaling Workshop

Just for us! To meet and create together.

This is for everyone. Beginners, experts, artists, nonartists.
It doesn’t matter how much experience you have,
if you are interested in art journaling your faith, this is for you.

Join us in our Facebook Community: Faith Art Journaling Community

We’ll get started creating this Friday, July 3.
I would love to see you there.


Sunday Scripture Printable: Isaiah 41:10

I love this verse.
I made it as a printable to encourage us (me & you).

We were never meant to do this life alone.
He is always with us,
to be our strength, our help, our joy.


Scripture Sunday Printable: Proverbs 31. Her children arise and call her blessed.

Hi friends, with Mother's Day just one week away,
 I thought I would make us some printables for the women in our lives: 
the mommas, the grandmas, the aunties, the sisters.
The ones who make our lives a little sunshinier;
who make us feel a little more known, a little less alone. 
These are for them. 

Click here for a printable 5 x 7
Click here for a printable little 4.25 x 5.5
Click here for a printable notecard.



Mother's Day Prints & Free Shipping

Mother's Day is only a week away.
Let your momma know how much she is loved.

 Free shipping on all prints 
through Sunday, May 3!

Happy Friday, friends! 



Free Sunday Printable: The Lord is with you Mighty Warrior, Judges 6:12

I have been wanting to make this for us {you & me} 
ever since I listened to this sermon last November.
Blew. My. Mind. 

This verse was a tiny blip in the story of Gideon and it was almost a side note, a comment.
It wasn't even the point of the whole sermon. But it blew my mind.
I've read this story before, and I've never noticed this verse.

"The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior."

What is so amazing to me about this verse, is that
God declares the truth of who Gideon is, 
even though Gideon doesn't see himself that way. 
Whoah. I know.

Gideon is not this faithful, fearless, "Pick me, Lord" kinda guy.
He is unsure and afraid. He doesn't believe what the Lord tells Him and he tests God.
The whole story is right here.

In spite of how Gideon see himself, 
God sees him as a mighty warrior. 
In spite of how I see myself God sees me as a mighty warrior.
His mighty warrior. And you too. 

We can't see ourselves.
We see ourselves through a distorted circus mirror,
and we believe the lies we are told:
from our past, from the world, from people who don't know us,
from people who love us deeply.
They are lies. Lies from the pit.

And our maker, our creator, the lover of our souls,
hides us up in the shadow of his wings
and whispers, "No, no, no. Don't believe the lies."

This is the truth of who you really are in Jesus:

You are my mighty warrior.
You are my masterpiece, my spoken poem.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are loved with an everlasting love.
You are set free from sin and death.
You are my child: chosen, holy, and dearly loved.
You have been redeemed from the pit and 
crowned with love and compassion.
You are my beloved daughter. 
With you I am well pleased.

So, the more I know the truth of who God says I am in Jesus, the more I know me.
The more I know his voice, the better I can discern the truth from the lies.
The more time I spend with him, the quieter the lies become,
 the more real the truth becomes.
Tangible. I can see it and feel it.
It's kind of blowing my mind.

I made a  5 x 7 printable for us to remember who God says we are.
Click here to print it out for you and your neighbor and your mailman.

Put it in you car or window sill, or on the back of your 3 year old's door when
 he won't stay in bed and you want to pull your hair out.

Life is hard, friends. It just is. Even when it isn't, it still is.
He has gone before us and He promises to give us the strength to endure,
 to fight every battle, to accomplish what He has called you to do today.

My prayer for us today is that we would hunger and thirst
to know the truth about who God says we are, and then we would believe it and walk in it.
I pray that His truth would become REAL, not just words, but REAL in our lives.
I pray that we would have the courage and faith to believe who He says we are.
And watch

We believe, Lord, help our unbelief.
Let your holy spirit open up our eyes and hearts and minds to
who you have already made us in Christ.
It is already done. We don't need to do or earn or strive.
It is finished.
I pray that your holy spirit would fill us up with your truth
and give us the mind of Christ to discern the truth from the lies.
Lead us and guide us in your truth and your love.

In Jesus Name,
Amen, sisters.