Exodus Week One Art Tutorial!

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This is the very first tutorial for creating an art piece to go along with our Exodus study!

Here is what I chose to highlight:

from GatewayBible.com:

NIV Exodus 3:14-15

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”  15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[b] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

Here is my finished piece of work:

This first time (of course) I forgot to take a photo of just my sketch of the words.  UGH!  So I will break down what you see above--I used a pencil to sketch these first steps:

1.  Traced out a quick rectangle in the middle of my page.

2.  Wrote the words I (cursive), am (started as simple printing and then drew on curlies), who in all caps, I as a bubble letter, and am in all caps (then drew on the lines at edges/serifs).

 Just mixing up the different kinds of letters makes a big difference!

3.  Wrote the rest of the words around the edge of the box.  Name of Bible verse at the bottom.

You can see below the pencil through my first watercolor washes.  I used purple for the majesty of God, and then the blue to represent His infinity.

4.  Washes:  get a medium brush really wet and get lots of color on the brush--I like to say it looks juicy.  A wash is just applying the color in thin layers to the paper.  It is good to see a little of the paper through.  I mixed a little red with the purple and a little purple and blue to get different colors/shades and just applied it in rectangles.  Let it dry completely.  You can use a hair dryer if you need to speed up the process.

5.  Next I used the black Sakura glaze pen to outline everything.  Any black pen will work great!  For the big letters I just double outline until the lines are thicker.

6.  Really we can stop here!  It looks great!  But...if you want you can add a little more dimension.  I used a plastic stencil (from any crafts store in the scrapbooking and stampling sections).  I just used a really wet watercolor brush to add a little to the side, and then swept a quick brushstroke around the edges with the same brighter blue.

You can get a similar look by just painting fun shapes or circles.

Try making a stencil even!  Have a green mesh strawberry carton?  Paint over that.  Or even the plastic holding bottles together, bubble wrap is fun to stamp, anything.

All done!  See that was easy!  And that whole time you were focusing on the word of God.  Praying and meditating on HIM.  Doesn't it feel awesome!

I am so proud of you!  I can't wait to do the next one with you!

If:  you decided to paint something different, or maybe you just want a print of my artwork to share with a friend, you can find prints for purchase at my Etsy site here.

Here is the coloring page: