I’ve wanted to do a follow up to Creative Bible Journaling for months. I finally tried out using paints in my Bible for the first time. There are definitely some adjustments I will make on my next attempt, but I want to share what I’ve learned so far with you.
My hand writing is not even slightly pretty, so I printed out the verse and traced it through the page with a waterproof pen (all supplies, including links, are listed below). This verse in Psalm 118 is perfect for me. If you’ve read any of my story, you know I’ve fallen many times and God always helps me get back up. A colored pencil highlights the verse in the Bible’s text.
I used tube watercolors and small brushes to give myself more control with the paint. Next time, I will go with a bigger brush. Painting in our Bibles is the perfect time to let go of control and just go for it. I used a plastic notebook tab divider to protect the next page from the paint and water.
If you’ve never worked with watercolors in a tube, you squeeze a drop out as I did above onto a plate. Then dip a brush in water and drop some water from the brush right in front of the paint. Pull a little of the paint into the water as seen in the picture below.
I used very little water, fearful of saturating the paper, so it ended up like this when I was finished:
A few stamps were added and I retraced the words. In order to blend the paint, I dipped a much larger brush in water and brushed it across the entire page. It ended up crinkling some, but I’m sure it will flatten out over time. Deciding how much water to use will be a work in progress.
Here is the back of the painted page:
The paint surprisingly didn’t show through. Those stamps always bleed, but I just cover them with some sort of sticker or scrapbook supply. The main damage is from possibly using a bit too much water.
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible
- Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils
- Reeves Watercolor Set
- Avery Insertable Plastic Dividers
- American Crafts Precision Pens, Black
- American Crafts Precision Pens, Multi Color Set
- Heidi Swapp Roller Date Stamp
Visit my Bible Journaling Pinterest board if you’re interested in learning more about this breathtaking form of worship with me.
Have you tried painting in your Bible yet? Please share any tips, questions, or comments below!
*Thanks to Ms Gail from the comments below for this awesome tip:
Before any paints are used on a Bible page, it is best to prepare the page with a thin coat of clear gesso or matte gel. Both dry clear. Put some papers under the page being prepared so it won’t stick to the other pages. Let the gesso/matte gel dry for a few hours. I like to then close the Bible and put a heavy book on top to help smooth out the paper for a few hours. This technique is timely so I try to prepare the page the day before I do any artwork.