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Genealogy, a True Grinch, and Snow

 It is Christmas.  Such a strange Christmas with all that is going on in the world. 

My daughters plan to come over later.  We are doing a bit different menu:  Italian salad, Zuppa Toscano soup, giant baked meatballs, potato lasagna, regular lasagna, and a New York style chocolate chip cheesecake.  I am going off my diet yesterday and today, then back on it Saturday.  

We have some sad things going on in our family, but we are holding each other tight and trying to think positively.  Focusing on "the real meaning of" Christmas helps.

Speaking of "The Meaning Of',"  I did several BAJ pages Tracey's **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* theme. I focused on the meaning of Christmas - the gift of Jesus, and how God aligned many stars in His plan for our salvation through His Son.  From the prophesies, the genealogy of Christ, the escape from Herod's decree, and all the other amazing miracles from that day to today, His love for us is clear and true.   

Matthew 1 - Genealogy of Christ

This was a fun page to do.  The base page was done by laying down a hymnal page with clear gesso, then doing another layer of gesso, then a wash of blue, then some pouncing with some white gesso on a paper towel. I did the berries by dipping my finger in red paint and touching the page.  I added some low and highlights to the berries with a brush, painted on some branches, then added in some snow.  After it all dried, I wrote in the genealogy but didn't try to get them all one branch or anything.  Looking back, that is how I should have done it, but I like it anyway.  I finished it all off with some flecks of SnowTex.  Love that His name means God is with us.  

Matthew 2:  The Wisemen and Herod

Next I did a pretty unusual page featuring Herod as a true Grinch - luckily the wise men were very wise and they saw through his mask.

Also a few snowy cards.  Yesterday was icy cold in Central Alabama and the wind was terrible.  We are not use to that kind of weather so it was tough when we went out.  These cards fit it perfectly.  

The sentients on this one are from DRS and the snow scene was done using gouache colors.


On this next one, I painted the trees first not realizing they were a a bit large for the cabin.  The cabin and sentiment are from DRS Designs.  After I got it all put down, I flecked on some SnowTex and packed some around the cabin.

Have a lovely day and thanks for visiting.  Hugz


Comments

  1. !it's of wonderful and meaningful art. Love that you turned Herod into the Grinch! Have a happy celebration with your family, take care and stay safe! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Merry Christmas Nancy, and keep crafting. I love seeing your wonderful creations XX

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  3. Beautiful cards and wonderful bible art Nancy! I hope your Christmas has been truly blessed.
    It's getting very cold here now, and we're expecting strong winds over the weekend. Battening down the hatches!
    Have a great weekend,
    Alison xox

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  4. As always, wonderful bible journaling pages and Beautiful cards!

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  5. What a clever way with words, yes i'm glad those wise men saw through his mask too.. great bible journaling and your cards are so superior, stunning snow effect. Thank you for sharing.
    Sending creative wishes your way Tracey x

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  6. Love both the pages your have done, very apt at this time of year. I love those berries, they are perfect used in that way and all from a dab of the finger. Clever. Then the way you have portrayed Herod as The Grinch - very clever indeed!
    You cards are lovely too and I have that "Baby it's cold" stamp and not known how to use it, now I have ideas - thanks to you. Also the card with the trees - they do not look out of place with the cabins - and the Snow just makes it so real - fabulous cards.
    Think I would have preferred your Christmas food to our roast.
    Hugs,, Neet xx

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  7. I'm sorry to hear you have some sad news in your life right now Nancy. I hope Christmas still made your heart happy. It has been a strange holiday all around, hasn't it? Your art is so lovely. I love the journal pages. Clever idea to think of Herod as the original Grinch. So true. Your cards are beautiful too. I hope your year at least ends a bit better. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey. Hugs-Erikaa

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  8. Beautiful creations Nancy! I love the gorgeous berries on your first page and the snow effect on your card is stunning! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas.
    Hugs, Tammy

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