Category Archives: Lenten Journal 2010

Finished Lenten Journal

My Lenten Journal is finally finished.  After 40+ days of drawing and posting, it felt weird to have the night off yesterday.  I took the time to add some finishing touches to the Lenten Journal’s  cover.  I made this and some journals for the kiddos using the 7 Gypsies Binderie Punch and rings.  I wanted something I could add pages to as I went so I could work on whatever paper struck my fancy on a particular day. It worked well for that but if I was making a sketchbook I would definitely not use this system.  The punch was supposed to be able to drill through bookboard, it was barely able to go through my naked Davey’s board.  Once I had added paper to both sides and ModgePodged it, the thing was too thick to fit into the Binderie punch.  I had to hand punch the covers for all the journals.  The Binderie punch was great at punching the interior pages without having to plan or measure where the holes would be- very fast.  Unfortunately for a sketchbook, the ring system allows the pages to move about and slide against each other too much for my taste.  If I were to make drawings in pastel or soft pencil they would end up all smudgy before I could get home and spray them with fixative.  This is why I would never make a sketchbook with the Binderie system.  Luckily, all the Lenten drawings were done at home and I could put several coats of fixative on them before adding them into the journal.  I also added ribbons to the rings when I was finished with the book. Not only did this cover up the bare, ugly, utilitarian rings- but it also stopped the pages from shifting so much.


I really enjoyed doing this series and it has definitely been a blessing to me.  I had my doubts about whether I could draw and post for daily for this long.  I surprised myself by not missing any days.  It wasn’t easy and some posts were made at 3 AM but with a good dose of help from above, I made it.  YIPEEEE!!!!

Lent March 31

 Daniel 6:16-23

   16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”    17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.    19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”    21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”    23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.


Lent March 27

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  Proverbs 31:19

I love this verse because I am a hand spinner.  Even though I have spinning wheels and charkhas for ‘production’ spinning, I love my hand spindles.  They are like little works of art; all sorts of shapes, styles, woods, made of everything from pottery to fossil mammoth tusks.  Hopefully this spindle is recognizable as a Cascabeles spindle by Gabe Jaramillo.  I asked him for one with character and he made this one he called a rustbucket, :)!!  It is full of patterns in the wood with little knots and streaks- love it!

Lent039 ETA–When I drew this spindle, I hung it by the hook on a wire of my desk lamp and drew what I saw.  I realize now that this doesn’t show how it looks in use.  If I was spinning on it the little thread (single) of twisted fiber would spiral up to the hook and the spindle would be suspended from it- not coming off of the side as I drew it, that’s just how it looks between spinning sessions.