Forgive me, Lord, for I am a sloppy painter.
But seriously though, I really am a sloppy painter.
I blame part of it on the fact that I didn't start painting until my mid-40s. When you combine middle aged eyes with a natural talent for clumsiness, sloppy painting is one of the glorious outcomes.
I began scripture and Bible journaling right about the time I began painting. (Which, um, wasn’t very long ago… just so you know.) I have kept a prayer journal and made notes upon notes in my Bible for years, so when I began painting it only seemed natural to incorporate watercolor with what I was already doing.
I really have tried to want every single journaling Bible that is on the market. And believe me, I have researched them all. For a brief period, I even owned Crossway’s ESV Journaling Bible. For a very brief period.
(I know some folks look at the thin paper and minuscule font size as a challenge. To me, it simply felt like a battle— a losing battle.)
So after much research and a white flag waving ceremony, I decided to DIY my own journaling Bible. I am in the beginning stages of it, but I love it already.
However, I can already predict that it is going to be a hot mess.
As much as I’d love to, I can’t afford to print the entire Bible on watercolor paper. However, knowing that I can’t do without watercolor and watercolor needs paper with some heft to it, I bought some über-cheap cardstock at Target. (No judging. I'm already repenting.)
Fortunately, it prints and takes ink like a dream. Unfortunately, it soaks up watercolor like toilet paper and absolutely won’t take a scrubbing to remove mistakes. Not even a little bit.
Last night as I worked on this messy little portion in Psalm 2, it occurred to me that this Bible will test the limits of my perfectionist ideals. As I moaned and groaned over the bleed, the paper fragments peeling away, and the lack of blending, I saw the verse I had been agonizing over:
The Lord laughs.
And I burst out with Him.
Honestly though, He doesn’t care if my Bible is hot mess. He chose to come down and dwell in the midst of a whole hoard of hot messes, and He is still doing so today.
He sees me struggling and worrying over paint bleed, for goodness sake, and well… He laughs.
And so do I.
Thank you, Lord, for I am a sloppy painter.
For a free printable of the Psalm 2:4 doodle that I sketched for this post, follow the directions below. Have fun coloring it yourself, and may God bless you with neater skills than me! ;)
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