Comparing Water Soluble Crayons to Colored Pencils

 

Comparing Colored Pencils to Water Soluble Crayons

Psalm 144;145;146;147 :Bible journaling – Bible page 346

This was a test of colored pencils with water soluble crayon high lights.

The basic sketches were penciled in, and I wondered if the crayons would bleed through.

The page was sealed after the pencil sketching was done.  I used a little post it notes here, to keep track of which pages are sealed.

Colored pencils were used first to get all the little spaces filled.   It looked fine,the color is not very bright, and I know that the color will more fade over time.

This is the difference with crayon high-light added.  It brightened up the page and really made the color pop. It gave me some added range of colors for high lighting & definition too.

 

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The colored pencils that I used to color my early drawings have begun to fade & press on to the other pages. It is nice to go back over them and touch up some of the color, with the water soluble crayons.

How I use the crayons

Using crayons seems pretty easy.  You draw, color, blend & add water, that is one way of using them.   I have found that drawing directly on the paper is a lot of color.   I want them to be more like watercolor paints, it is easier for me to mix and lift the color off a palette or directly of the crayon.  See Here.

 

The Bible that I am using here is:

NIV Gift and Award Bible, Revised 2001 by The Zondervan Corpartion

ISBN: 0310926181

Job 31 Briers

Job 31:38-40 (NIV)

38 “if my land cries out against me
    and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 if I have devoured its yield without payment
    or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 then let briers come up instead of wheat
    and weeds instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.

  • NKJV used the word thistle in places of briers:

40 Then let thistles grow instead of wheat,
And weeds instead of barley.” (NKJV)

Bible Study

There are lots of wonderful moments that I have while reading the Bible. One of those times is when I can hear words used that indicate the person is quoting another part of the bible.  It feels important or special to me, to make that connection.  Just like I am studying scripture now, they also studied, memorized, & read the words of God.

Thorns, Thistles, Briers

I saw a hint of that here in Job, you can tell that Job was  familiar  with the book of Genesis.  The reference to producing thorns & thistle, reminds me of:

Genesis 3:18(NIV)

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.

And “land cries out against me”, in verse 38, sounds like the story of Cain.

 

Genesis 4:10(NIV)

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.

The other neat point about these verses is that Job has just said “Let the Lord Almighty answer me (v35), and then he uses language & terms that reference points of history in Genesis when God was speaking to Adam & Cain. They were guilty of sins, & God spoke to them. Job was asking for honesty, come tell what I have done wrong, if there is anything.  Job is not hiding from God as Adam & Cain tried to do.

Praying His word

This is also a wonderful example of what we often say & hear in Christian circles: “Pray the word of God”.  Job has done just that, he has made that connection.  He prayed, ‘Let the Almighty answer me” and then he quotes samples of times that God has spoken to guilty men on earth.

  • Note also that this is the last statement of Job. Elihu continue speaking for 6 chapters. Then chapter 38 The Lord speaks. Job gets his prayers answered.

How beautiful inspired is the word of God.

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Bible Journaling Job 31 Study Crown

 

 Job 31:35-37

35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!

I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;

let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,

I would put it on like a crown.

37 I would give him an account of my every step;

I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

                   Job 31:35-37 New International Version (NIV)

35 Oh, that I had one to hear me!

Here is my mark.

Oh, that the Almighty would answer me,

That my Prosecutor had written a book!

36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,

And bind it on me like a crown;

37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps;

Like a prince I would approach Him.

                                                Job 31:35-37 New King James Version (NKJV)

Study Notes

In my clothing topic study, I came across this verse in Job.  It surprised me & created a picture in my mind. Wearing indictments on the shoulder & as a crown, how would that look?

“let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,”

It made me think of a long written scroll of indictments, maybe flowing like a cape, charges & accusations brought against Job.  Then he said,

“ I would put it on like a crown.”

Wow, not only was he going to wear them on his shoulder, but now he said he would

“put it on like a crown.”

Job is braver then me, I would not be confident to wear all of my accusation proudly and walk towards him.  Mostly cause Job, was more righteous that me.  I fear most of the accusation against me would be true & I would not want them publicly displayed on my shoulder or as a crown.

But then I think of approaching Him, boldly walking towards the throne of grace.

Hebrews 4:16:  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

I can have confidence, I am forgiven.  I have received mercy and found grace in Him.

Those charges & accusation often sneak in and start to play that same old accusing record in my mind.  Like waves that push me, into old memories of sin & regret. I beg God’s forgiveness.   Then I stop, I remind my self, I am forgiven.  I don’t have to keep begging the Lord to do something he has already done. I have repented & turned towards him.  My mind set needs to be changed to praise.

Praise

“Thank you Lord, that you have forgiven me.  Thank you Lord, that you care for me. Thank you Lord that you have blotted out my transgressions.”   (Ps 51:1)  Thank you that you are creating in me a pure heart, (Ps 51:1;10). Thank you Lord, that I am the woman of Luke 7, the one who had the bigger debit. (v 43)

Luke 7:47-48 (NIV)

47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Responsible fix-it nature

I want to say that again, another way because as women we tend to take things on as ours. We are the mothers, caregivers, the responsible party trying fix things, the peace keepers of the family. Sometimes that responsible fix-it nature turns inward on us, and we forget to turn to God. We need to be careful that the weight on our shoulder is not a heavy baggage of guilt that we write for ourselves & willing carry it because we feel unforgivable.

At bible study a few months ago this same topic came up:  our mind flipping that switch that lists our transgression and it beats at us.  The group was reminded,  “we need to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor.10:5) For me that personal means when those thoughts start to play in my mind & I hear my self saying “ God forgive me.”  I need to change that to thankfulness.

Thankfulness & Praise

I have to change it to praise, say “Thank you God! That you have forgiven me.”  He has forgiven me already.  I was glad that other women in the room agreed and she needed to hear that reminder too.  We all do at times ladies.

2 Corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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Small Supply Case

This was the perfect size for my small colored pencils, eraser, Pen, mechanical pencil, and Post-it Notes.

At first I used this hinged clear toothbrush case for just for pens, pencils & high lighters that were standard size.  

On one of my trips, the eraser on the mechanical pencil wore down to nothing. On that same trip I also was tearing off pieces of scrap paper to make notes of the bible study ideas that I wanted to remember.  That is when I decided, that I needed to fit in post-it notes, & an eraser into my small case.

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The eraser fits perfectly right where the toothbrush head would be, pencils and post-it’s fits snuggly in line.   

Mini Post-it Notes are a great solution.

A hard sunglass case might work too, if you can’t find this size toothbrush case. This was a bit larger than the other thin cases I normal find.too

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Classroom Guacamole

Quick Guacamole

My classroom recipe is different from my home recipe, cause it is quick & easy with just a little prep work.

Choose a good size bowl that has a lid. Keep in mind that it has to be large enough for the kiddos to stir & crush the avocado with out it falling out.

Put all the seasonings into the bowl & keep it ready to add the avocado later in front of the class.  Bring a bag of chips for dipping.

I like having 2 avocados, one to cut & one to pass around at circle time.

It is nice to have an apple there too.  If your doing this activity as a letter A lesson, it is prefect time to compare two.  Apples have smaller seeds & you can eat the skins.  Avocados have huge seed & we don’t eat the skins & these 2 things are about the same size.

Need tools at circle time:

spoon for scooping

Fork for mashing – Metal not plastic

Knife for teacher to use only * keep safely away for students – always use caution around young children. Try DIY case

Bowl of prepared stuff

Small Cutting board

paper towels ( just in case)

 

 

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  1. Add all the seasonings into the bowl, place lid on & seal. ( Take to shcool)
  2. Prep: Cut the avocado a short time before presenting it to the class.  Let them see the surprising size of the seed compared to other seeds. Having an extra avocado that is not cut to pass around is fun too.
  3. Scoop out the avocado with spoon & put into the waiting bowl.
  4. Mash it up a little bit with the fork, showing the kids how to mash & stir.
  5. Pass the bowl around let every one have a turn to mash & stir.
  6. Taste :  pass around chips & let every one have a taste or just a chip if they want.

Some kids were surprise and they liked it.  When snack time came the teachers had to share with kids.  Some moms were surprise that their kids even tasted it.  Every class is different.  If someone does not want to try - thats ok, no pressure.

This a great recipe for fast guacamole at home too.  I like added all the fresh veggies when I can for my regular recipe, but this one works great when your in a hurry and don't have time to cut up onions.

Be sure to save the seed and try letting it grow in the classroom window.  I finally got one to sprout a little tree, that grow into a big 3 feet tall tree in a years time. Check it out!

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Knife Hack Safe Cover

Knife Safety

There are many times we need a knife outside of the kitchen.  It can be dangerous to travel with a unprotected knife. They are sharp and have a pointy edge. If someone unexpectedly reaches into a bag or box, they could be cut on the knife.  There are lots of reasons to put it in a case.

Cleanliness

I like the idea of having a clean knife on hand, in place of a pocket knife.  Pocket knifes are univerisal useful & rarely cleaned.   

Prefect Case
  • This tooth brush case is prefect.
  •  It fits my small pairing knife just right.
  • It is bright yellow that stands out, easy to find.
  • Divided in middle – which is safer than long lid styles that open from the top cause the knife can fall unexpectedly.

I keep this case in my kitchen utensil drawer, so I can grab it quickly if we need take a knife outside the house. It is a good design.

This clear top loading case, I don’t use.  It does fit the knife, but it is harder to safely open it without the knife falling.

knife cover

Make sure to put the shape edge in first. It is safer this way.

I have taken this case into the school to use for special recipes. Always making sure to keep it far away from the students. It is used by my adult volunteers & myself only.   I should mark the outside with the word “KNIFE”.  I know what it is, but one of my parent volunteers did not  hear me correctly and they were trying to cut apples with a plastic knife.  Bless her heart, she did very well with the plastic knife.

Check out my Guacamole Recipe

toothbrush case

  • Be safe with knifes in the home and outsidee of the home.
  • Know the laws for your area, there are some places that your are not allowed to carry a knife – even if it is safe in a case.
  • It could considered as weapon.
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Avocado Seed Growing from Seed

Avocado seed finally

Finally got one avocado seed to grow. We now have a tree that is over 3 feet high.  This is a huge success after years of trying and only getting mold.

As a teacher,  growing things in the classroom is super fun.  The kids love it.  They measure & image fast results.  We grow beans, flower bulbs & try avocado seeds every year.  Most years the avocado seed is forgotten about cause is does not grow.

During circle time, I present the large fruit and ask them if they can guess with their hands: How big is the seed inside? Some kids know it is huge. It is fun to have an apple there too & cutting both open to compare the size of the seed inside is a fun lesson.

open avocado

Toothpick method

Every year, we clean the seed off, stick 4 toothpicks in, balance it over a cup of water & set it in the sunny window.  We usually grow only mold.

Outer layer of skin

This year we peeled of the outer layer of the skin on the avocado. The Seedcoat.

avocado design

The Seed coat should peel off easily, if you let it dry out for a few hours.

Put the toothpicks in and balance over cup of water with rounded bottom down & pointed end up.

The water was also changed for clean water every few days.  The only other  difference was possible a warmer room & more sunny maybe.  I really think that peeling the skin off helped the most.

Grow avocado seed root

Root growth

Root growth felt like a huge success, the tap-root grew a few inches before it branched out and looked more root like.   It took months before the top finally spilt open and this tender little branch popped out.

seed with tree on top

Tree growth

We waited for this large amount of growth, before we planted it in dirt.  Four leaves and a health steam to support the tree.  It worked, the tree looks health after almost a year.

Avocado tree

  • We did plant one in dirt to soon.  The root had branched a little but the top branch never popped out.

Try this easy Guacamole recipe!

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Watercolor Decorative Book Edge Test Tape Masking

Decorative Book Edge Test

I have a few ideas to create a beautiful edge on my bible.  Testing  the idea on a sample book that I got for free seemed like a good idea.

Stickers

I have lots of letter stickers.   I thought that using letters stickers would create a well spaced image.  Easier than trying to free hand the text on the edge. Before I use up my letters, I wanted to test the idea.

stickers on book edge

The sample stickers were old, and they did not stick very well to the book edge.  Which worried me, so I changed plans to try tape instead.   This would be a good comparison.

Packing tape

The clear packing tape, I tried to cut it into a shape before placing it on the book.  Cutting tape with scissors does not work well, but we can still use the odd shape for the test.   It stuck to the book better than the stickers.

Duck Tape

I placed a rectangle piece of duck tape on the book edge, then used an xacto knife to cut it into shape of the letter T, and left one extra square on for good measure.  Cutting the tape while on the book worked much better. It also created a good seal too.  This is just a test, so I didn’t get fancy.

watercolor paint over stickers & tape

Watercolor

Carefully I painted from the center of the stickers toward the edge.  I did not want the brush to lift the sticker and let paint go under it.

On the tape I was less careful with my brush cause the seal was good.

watercolor edge of book

Looks, good.  I think it worked. The little yellow spots are not paint, they were on the book before.

  • Note:  3 Rubber bands were used to hold the book edge stiff

 

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Cake Stand DIY Kitchen stand

Create Counter Space

A thrift store find helped create more counter space in my kitchen.

After  moving  into a new place, & we needed stuff.   I went to the thrift store looking for candle sticks or something that I could balance together to make a larger pedestal for 3 inch candles.  There were no candle sticks.

Fortunately, the thrift shop was having a huge 10 cent sale.  It was very picked over & only a few odd pieces were left.  Surprisingly those odd things fit together perfectly. New project: Cake stand or Kitchen stand.

wide base glass

This wide stemmed plastic wine glass is the best part of the whole design.

A normal thin stemmed wine glass might be to fragle to hold up a full size dinner plate.  This one looked super think  at the base, solid and a great shape!

Next treasures I found were plates:

The top is two plates glued on to the wine glass.  A full size dinner plate on top, under that is small plastic plate that fit perfectly in the groves & created a nice shape.

*  Note: I did paint the inside of the plastic wine glass & the outside as well, before it was glued together.

Bottom base

 

The bottom saucer of a terra-cotta pot & flipped up side down.

After everything was glued together with strong glue, from the dollar store.  The whole thing was painted with acrylic paint & sealed.

Normally, I would have used spray paint but today I used a brush. Turned out great after a few coats.

Perfect! Lifts my stuff up higher & I see more counter space.

Prefect for the corner of the kitchen, keeps the onions away from the potatoes & a nice fake plant for the POP! of color.

 

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