Monday, January 17, 2011

Proverbs 31 Mixed Media Art

Psalm 31:10-31
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I love incorporating scripture into my own art, so I thought a mixed media lesson on the Proverbs 31 woman and fashion in art would be a fun project for girls. I did this in my older and more advanced home school class.

First I had students paint a hard board canvas with a base color and let it dry in front of the fan. While the painting was drying, we talked about the Proverbs 31 Woman and art and fashion. When the boards were dry I had the girls cover it with modeling paste that they had tinted with a contrasting color of acrylic paint. Then they wrote their favorite part of this scripture, or another one of their favorite sayings into the paste. The contrasting paint below will make the words show up. Then they added in accents of scrap paper into the paste.

Our next class session, after the paste was dry, they painted their designs.

I had camera issues this day so unfortunately I didn't get many pictures of the finished projects, but they turned out really cute and the girls loved designing their outfits.


  1. I love your site! Especially this project! I've been searching for ways to instill Biblical principals into my art students! Great project!

  2. Love all the textures in the artwork. That's a neat way of incorporating a quote or part of scripture into the piece.

  3. Beautiful works. My daughter is only 3 now, but I hope you don't mind that I've printed this page to save for when she is a teen. I think this would be a wonderful lesson for young girls.


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