Ink then watercolor

Sketchote Summer Camp: A Day at the Beach

In this post we will complete Ps 139:18 and draw some wave doodles and seashells as part of our Sketchnote Summer Camp.

No part of Summer camp would be complete with a trip to the beach whether the beach is on the lake or the ocean. In any event, most likely there is sand involved. That got me to thinking about sand and I remembered a verse in Psalms about sand –

Psalm 139:17-18 says, How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand– when I awake, I am still with you.

This verse just overwhelms me with how much God loves us.  That got me to thinking about sand and how much there is in the world. There’s sand on the beaches and sand in the oceans and sand in the deserts. SO just how many grains of sand did God put on this earth? 

When I searched, I was surprised that there was actually an answer out there.  It seems that the University of Hawaii did a little calculating and came up with a theoretical number of the amount of sand on the beaches. . Are you ready? It’s a big number. There are seven-quintillion-five hundred quadrillion grains of sand on the beaches of the world. (7,500,000,000,000,000,000). And that’s just counting the sand on the beaches. That doesn’t count all the grains in the desert or on the floor of oceans and lakes. 

Psalms 139 says God’s thoughts about us outnumber the grains of sand  – it’s doesn’t say on the beaches so the estimate that God thinks about you 7,500,000,000,000,000,000 times is probably a really low estimate and He probably thinks about your 10 times more than that  – at least!

So its time to think about how to do our challenge.  Above is a quick video on how I doodled this verse. I  actually doodled the verse twice.  I did it in blank ink and then added watercolor and then I reversed the process and used some water color paper and loosely added blue at the top for water and beigey-sand color at the bottom. I let it dry completely and then when back in with markers and wrote the verse and doodled some shells and waves.  

Ink then watercolor


Shoo Raynor does a lot of quick videos on drawing simple things. He’s done a quick video on how to draw a nautilus shell. 


Summer Camp July Printable*

Black Pen

Watercolor or markers for color

If you’re using watercolor you will want to tape down your paper to a hard surface using blue painters tape, frog tape, or washi tape.

watercolor then ink


When you are using watercolors the water can make the paper buckle so I tape down the paper with blue painters tape. The green or yellow frog tape and washi tape also work well. Masking tape will tend to rip the paper when you remove the tape. Also the longer you leave the tape it will tend to rip the paper as well – but we’re talking days not overnight for the paper to dry thoroughly.

Faster Drying: If you want your work to dry faster you can use a hairdryer on a low setting or you can use a heat gun.

I can’t wait to see your Psalms 139:18. Post in the Sermon Sketchnote Boss Facebook Group. *You can get the Sketchnote Summer Camp printable by signing up for the newsletter.


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