He is Risen!
During Holy week my devotion time transported me to Jerusalem. I stood and watched as Roman soldiers nailed my Savior to a cross. The scene is so sad. After Jesus takes his last breath He is taken down from the cross and put in a tomb with a large stone rolled in front of it. Soldiers stood watch at the entrance to guard anyone from taking the body. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James sat by the tomb weeping quietly.
Now some had heard that Jesus prophesied that He would raise from the dead in 3 days, but I don’t think many believed HIm. Then on the 3rd morning as the women walked toward the tomb, they saw an angel sitting inside (the stone had been rolled away!) They watch in awe and disbelief at first as the angel told them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen as He said”
Oh, to see the great joy on their faces as they realized it was true and ran to tell the others! Friends, Jesus died on that cross for you and me. He conquered death so we could live! Oh the joy in my heart as I watch this story unfold and know that HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! Happy Easter!
After reliving the story, I really enjoyed doing this page. Here are the steps and supplies I used:
- Prep the page with clear gesso.
- I used Jim Holtz brand Distress Ink to color the background. Using the color antique linen and a foam stamper, I dabbed it on and blended until I had covered the page. This did bleed through the page even though I used gesso to prep. Bummer, but it is so pretty I guess I don’t mind this time. Let dry thoroughly.
- Next I used a Jim Holtz sunray template. This is my favorite template and I use it a lot. You can use them over again in other designs. I place it on the page where I want it and secure it with a little washi tape. Then with a clean foam dabber and fossilized amber Distress Ink, dab it in all areas of the stencil, being careful not to move the stencil. Let it dry before you remove the stencil so it doesn’t smear.
- Next, I used white opalescent watercolor to enhance the rays. I also used a white gelato to enhance as well. To be honest…I was just playing with the colors to make it look like the sun rising! Have fun with your art and be creative!
- I set up my words in photoshop to fit the margin of the page. You can use any font you wish for the words “He Is Risen” You can also use your own hand writing. Print the words, “He is Risen,” out if you are going to trace. I cut the page to fit the margin and tape it to the back with washi tape. Place your light underneath and trace. Fill in the lettering with color. I used a purple brush marker for this.
- Sign and date your page.
*Just a note about the supplies I use…I am not selling any products! These are some of my favorite art supplies that I suggest you use. I shop with coupons at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnns.