Easy Pen, Ink and Wash Painting with Caran D’ache Gouache | Revelation 21:5 Bible Journaling


Welcome to Art That Plays and Prays. If you’re new here, let me introduce myself. I’m Ginger. I love God and I love art, so I built this
channel to get my hands dirty with paint while my mouth talks about God. We’ll do just that today. This video is the first of my urban sketching series. Urban sketching is just like journaling, but
instead of jotting down words, you’re drawing cityscapes and memorable scenes you discover
as you travel. You can sketch outdoors, like on location,
or you can take a photo and draw from the comforts of your home, which is what I did
with this one here. You start with a rough pencil drawing. Draw the scene as you perceive it. Choose only the parts you want to focus on. There’s no need to over-analyze the details. In my sketch here, I just drew basic geometric
shapes and lines. Even my perspectives are out of whack and
look amateurish, but that’s okay. Urban sketching is not about perfection anyway. It’s an art form that looks beautiful even
when it looks unrealistic and messed up. After drawing, I applied a wash of gouache. That’s so rhyming! Wash of gouache. You can use watercolor if you want. Gouache is more opaque, so it actually presents
more complications if you apply it on top of ink. The ink lines get covered up. And that’s the reason why I started this process
with paint instead of starting it off with ink, which is the more common practice among
sketchers, urban sketchers. Anyway, if you notice, I’m applying gouache randomly. I’m creating blocks of color to define elements
of the scene, like gray for the road, red for the roof, yellowish beige for the walls
of the buildings. I’m not getting into too much details. I’m just playing around, very roughly. Sometimes, I don’t have pigments loaded
on my brush. I just swipe plain water on the paper and
just let the water work its magic and move across boundaries for that watercolor effect. If you’re going to do this, feel free to
follow the original color values of the cityscape or change the tones using your own color palette. It’s up to you. If the roof shingles, for example, are clay
orange, but you want to paint it cadmium red, go ahead. It’s your art. You call the shots. When the paint washes are done, pick a fine
liner pen that dries permanent, one that won’t bleed when you pass a wet brush over it. Use that ink pen to draw the details of your painting. You can trace over your initial sketch and
keep it simple. Or you can add more intricate line values. Play around with thick lines and thin lines. Add squiggly lines, or cross-hatches. Do whatever. The more line variations you put, the more
interesting the sketch looks. It’s all up to you. Now, as you watch me work here, I want to
talk about the verse in Revelation 21 which says, “Behold, I make all things new.” That verse came to my head immediately after
I saw a picture of this town in Germany, which is what I’m sketching here. It’s a place in Germany. That verse just popped in my head, maybe because
Germany has a different kind of architecture. The scene I saw is something new and unique
compared to the buildings and houses I see in Canada where I live. Going to a new place and experiencing a new
type of adventure in a different country, leaves you with a feeling of hope and wonder. If you read your bible and follow the context
of this verse – “Behold, I make all things new” – you’ll know that it’s talking
about the end of the age, when God will wipe away our tears, when there’ll be no more
pain, and all former things will be gone. God will make things new. But what about the here and now? Does this verse only give us hope for the
future, like at the end of our life? What about our circumstances now? Can’t we have the hope of newness now? Can we dare to tell God, “Lord, I want change
to happen in my life now. I want suffering to be gone now. Do I have to wait until your second coming
for such hope to come?” While I was reflecting on this verse, I looked
back at my life and realized how this line kept showing up during critical times, whenever
I was in deep trouble. Each time I suffered, in my prayer time, the
Lord would point me to this verse, either directly from the bible or through some of
my devotional readings. It felt like God was talking to me and saying,
“Ginger, this problem you’re facing now is temporary. So hang tight. Soon, I will make all things new.” God gives us doses of hope by promising that
change will happen soon. It may be a physical change, or a spiritual
restoration, or some other form of renewal. I don’t always know. But hearing God say, “I will make all things new. I will be your God. You will be my people. I will wipe your tears away,” Now hearing
all of that, isn’t it enough to replenish our lost energies? It gives you enough hope to move forward again,
despite the crosses that still weigh oppressively on your shoulders. Friends, I want to share with you a short analogy. When you’re travelling to a new country,
before you reach your destination, isn’t it that you go through so much hassle first? First you have to pack your luggage. Then you go through the hassles of immigration
and customs. Sometimes you’re harassed by questions. Then you squish your body in that narrow economy
seat that has a legroom meant for kids. Your ears pop with the air pressure. Turbulence hits the plane and you wonder if
you’ll ever make it out alive. Before you step out of the plane into the
newness of your paradise destination, you had to go through all of that trouble. But you didn’t mind the inconvenience because
you knew that what awaits you on the other side is immensely beautiful. Well that’s the same thing with our life. If you’re going through a difficult time
now, I hope you realize that it’s God working to bring that sense of newness in you. Before it gets better, you have to travel
through turbulence first. Before you see the beauty on the other side,
you need to carry some burdensome luggage first. Your suffering has a reason and purpose for
your future. Every heartbreaking day in your life was meant
to create something new in you. Maybe God wants you to have a new heart. Maybe God is trying to remove your resentments
and give you a new spirit by allowing you to go through pain first. Whatever it is, just remember … God cannot
create something new in you, unless He breaks down what’s old. That process of breaking … we call that
suffering … but God calls that renewal. He is restoring you by breaking you first. Just like a new building cannot rise unless
the rundown structures are torn down first. God has to throw away the decayed wood and
rusted steel and replace them with a fresh foundation. So friends, the next time you’re about to
open your mouth to curse your sufferings, bite your tongue and put a hold on that complaint. Read back this verse to yourself as a reminder
of the purpose of your pain. Read it back, again and again … “Behold,
I am making all things new.” God is making all things new. Because there, my friend, is where your hope lies. Thank you for joining me in this creative worship. This is again Ginger of Art That Plays and Prays. See you next time. Until then, I encourage you to be a blessing to others.

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