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Bible Journaling with Large Stencils – Process Video with The Crafter’s Workshop

Bible Journaling is one of the many way I enjoy using TCW stencils. I usually like to add subtle patterns to create a background with different layers of stenciling. Nevertheless, the beautiful designs The Crafter’s Workshop offers include patterns and textures that could stand on their own as the main focal point of a page. Today I’ll show you how I created this Bible Journaling page in the book of Proverbs, featuring bold stenciled flowers painted with a large 12″x 12″ stencil.

Although many of the products used to create this project were sent by The Crafter’s Workshop, all the opinions stated in this post are my own.

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SuppliesTCW9007 Clear Gesso, TCW750 Dahlia Blooms, TCW9016 Spun Sugar Heavy Body Paint 4 0z. TCW9020 Raspberry Sorbet Heavy Body Paint 4 0z., Journaling Bible, Distress Ink Refill, Distress Oxide Inks, Water mister, Brush, Heat tool, Cloth, Black Archival Ink, Stamp, Acrylic Paint Markers, Sparkle clear glitter marker.

First of all, I think it is important to let you know that the only way a Bible page can hold all these media is if you apply first one or two light layers of Clear Gesso Matte. The gesso will protect the delicate fibers of the page and will allow you to add several layers of paints and other media. Nevertheless, always be careful to layer your media little by little to avoid over saturating your page.

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Video Tutorial

This is a very layered page, but I always try to not cover the words so they can still be read afterwards. What I do to avoid covering the words is use the heavy body acrylic paints only on the margin of the Bible and then use water reactive inks for the rest of the page. So far this technique works great for me. On the other hand, I love how TCW’s heavy body inks have a matte finish and also resist any watercolors or water based inks you layer on top of them. That property is what gave this page all those colorful undertones. I thought I’d prepare a video to quickly show you the process behind this page. Click below to watch.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you’ve never tried TCW stencils on your Bible, I encourage you to go for it. It is an easy and striking way to add color and texture to your page. From repetitive patterns to beautiful themes, I know you will love all the options The Crafter’s Workshop has to offer. That’s all for now. Until next time.

 

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Interactive Butterfly Bible Journaling Page with Digi Stamps & Journaling Cards

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I’m so happy to have the chance to share my first Bible Journaling page of the year with you. I’m thankful to finally had had the chance to sit -or stand up actually- and journal this beautiful verse and chapter.

Creating a Large Interactive Butterfly

I love adding transparencies to all my projects and I had been planning on adding a bold element to my Bible for the longest time. This page is actually interactive. The butterfly actually flips open and the journaling card is adhered to the bible spine and moves together with the pages. I think this is a great idea for those who want to add large art to your page but don’t want to cover the words. This butterfly also works great for covering any personal meditation you want to handwrite on your bible margin.

I printed this butterfly on medium weight vellum using a regular inkjet printer. Using this kind of printer will allow you to heat emboss the image. The ink usually takes a few seconds to dry completely so there is a little bit of open time to add some embossing powder on top of the butterfly to then set it with a heat tool. To add color to the butterfly I used alcohol markers creating a gradient effect and since markers usually leave a streak on vellum, I used a little alcohol to blend and smooth out the colors.

Once I fussy cut the butterfly I cut a piece of vellum that I folded in half to create a hinge, which allows the image to open / fly on the page back and forth. Really cute. I added a strip of washi along the edge of the page to conceal and strengthen the spot to which I adhered the butterfly. I ended up adding the same washi on the journaling page which tied it all together.

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My Technique for Backgrounds that don’t cover the Words

For the background I used 2 stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, a bit of their heavy body paints and lots of Distress Oxide inks. But of course, for a page to be able to hold all these media it needs to be prepped first. I used a coat of Clear Gesso Matte, also from TCW, lightly heat set it and started working on my background from there. I am very careful when I’m using acrylic paints and I try to use it mostly on the margin to avoid covering any words. For the rest of the page I try to use transparent media like watercolor or water reactive inks. So far this is my go-to technique and I’m always able to read my Bible no matter how much I add to the page.

Although I had an entire blank page on the other side of this spread I thought a journaling card with the verse I was journaling would be more than enough (at least for now) to finish off this spread. This journaling card ended up being the base of the entire page, from colors to textures and much more.

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Supplies: Butterfly digital stamp / Medium Weight (printable) vellum / Brother InkJet Printer / Ranger Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder / Heat Tool / Westcott Detail Scissors /  Spectrum Noir alcohol markers / Gold stripes washi tape / Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling card / Therm O Web Mixed Media adhesive / The Crafter’s Workshop – Clear Gesso Matte, Heavy Body Paint in Spun Sugar, Kale SmoothieTCW739 Trendy Images 12″x 12″ stencil, TCW754 Distressed Details 12″X 12″ stencil / Ranger Ink Blending Tool / Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron / Prima Marketing Journaling Card – Creating in Faith Collection by Jaime Daughtery.

The Inspiration behind this Page

Sometimes the hardest part of Bible Journaling and journaling in general is knowing where to start. I had so many verses written down from our church’s sermons but this journaling card from Prima Marketing was what gave me the inspiration for this page. Psalm 91 is so meaningful to all of us who believe without a shadow of doubt in God’s protection and care for His children. Having had a very difficult series of experiences in a very violent city with high rates of criminality, this chapter has always meant a lot to us as a family. My mom always prays and meditates on this chapter and I am happy that I was able to stop my hectic routine to meditate in the truth of this verse.

So, the reality is that when you are planning or trying to journal on your Bible, every element around you can be an inspiration and can spark something in your heart. That’s why I feel Bible Journaling kits are important for the process especially if just like me you are discovering this new and beautiful journey. This journaling card was sent to me by my IG best friend Laurie from @scrapwithlaurie and it came together with all sorts of beautiful goodies. She was the one who gave me the final push to start Bible Journaling and I’m so thankful that she did!

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That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I also hope it gave you some ideas on how to create unique page spreads on your Bible. I’ll be sharing another Bible Journaling page next week so make sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any posts! Also, I want to invite you to follow me on Facebook where we are sharing a new digi stamp GIVEAWAY. Click here to join the fun. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time.

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Using Aquapastels on my Bible: Tips with The Crafter’s Workshop

I guess I want to compensate for the weeks I wasn’t able to share any Art / Bible Journaling and so today, for the second time this week, I have a Bible page to share. I wanted to create a post with tips and tricks using The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Gesso Matte, since it is what I use to prep my pages.

 

Tips & More Bible Journaling Pages
Click here to visit TCW’s blog and read my post for today in which I’m sharing not only tips on how I use my TCW product for Bible Journaling, but also more pages using different media to give you ideas of how well TCW’s Clear Gesso Matte and stencils work!

The main coloring media I used on this page were Jane Davenport Aquapastels -beautiful watercolor crayons that are a must-have-, Sharpie Acrylic Paint Marker in White, A bit of Prismacolor pencils just to add detail here and there, some PanPastel for the background and a bit of Distress Oxide Ink to stencil some distressed patterns. The verse from my kit The Vine was stamped with Archival Ink and the words around the flowers were written with a Micron marker.

I drew this flowers myself, from scratch. I was thinking of weak flowers like those from Peach Trees and that’s essentially how this entire page emerged. I drew them in pencil and watercolored them little by little, layering the colors to give the flowers different shades.

 

The Truth behind this Page
I made this page on a very, very difficult day. There was a lot going on around me and that is why it wasn’t easy for me to share this page publicly. Nevertheless, I feel like sometimes pages like these are the ones that end up blessing someone who needs this very specific Word, on a very specific day. I am happy to let you know that all of those very, very stressful trials are in the past and I have found the peace that I was desperately looking for while I was working on this page. So allow me to be a testimony of how God’s grace can redeem you from even the most devastating situations and, like a Christmas miracle, press the restart button of your life and give you the peace that you long for. I was feeling so weak that day. I wasn’t being able to handle all of the chaos and in consequence it wasn’t allowing me to rest in the Lord. But God once again showed me that He is in control and that His strength is made perfect in weakness, and that strength is what has brought me to a new season of my life together with my family in just a month. So when you aren’t strong enough for all the chaos in your life, the crazy routine, your personal challenges, your family issues and more, He is strong enough to handle it for you! Amen!

I hope you enjoy the technical side of this page back at TCW’s blog and that this brief testimony blesses your life today. That’s all for now. I’ll be back with more creative ideas soon. Until then.

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Living Hope: Bible Journaling Page with Unity Stamps Co. & Distress Oxide Inks

Today I wanted to stop by and share a new Bible Journaling page I worked on this morning. I know I had promised you to come back every weekend with a new art journaling inspiration project and that has not happened in the last couple of weeks. That is why I decided to come today, just because, to share a page inspired on a verse that blessed my life yesterday during a new church we visited, called Living Hope. This is the church’s verse and of course I had to journal it.

Hope is such a powerful word. We literally hold on to our hope during these trying times the world is going through. It seems like chaos, confusion and tragedy are everywhere we look at. But when that hope is a hope that relies on our Lord, we remain strong and positive. I know it is hard to realize when we are surrounded by personal challenges, bad health, family conflicts, social crisis, a suffering economy and more, but this verse is a reminder that we have a living hope in Jesus for a bright, good and blessed future. 

My precious Instagram friend Laurie from @ScrapwithLaurie sent me a package full of beautiful Bible Journaling stamps and other goodies! She is the one who influenced me to finally jump into Bible Journaling and she was absolutely right, I am in love with it. Well, I wanted to use something from her package and she just happened to include a stamp set with a sentiment about hope, that went so well with this verse. I combined it with one of my rubber stamps from Blossoms & Blessings by Unity Stamp Co. I just love this blossom branch stamp… It’s perfect for your Bible margin too!

I prepped my page with TCW Clear Gesso Matte as always. (I will be sharing lots of tips on how this gesso works for my Bible Journaling on my next post!) I stamped the images and the sentiment with Archival ink and the started adding Distress Oxide Inks with a sponge applicator. I splattered some water to create that distressed effect and the drew gold splatters with an oil based marker.

I hope I’ve inspired you today. This page is really easy to create and I knew that I didn’t want to spend hours drawing and painting and that is when floral stamps come in handy! I invite you to take a look at all my new stamp releases at Unity Stamp Co. I have put together some very special kits that work great for bible journaling!

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.

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Bible Journaling with Pan Pastel & Deco Foil

I promised I would be back with a new art journaling inspiration project today… This might as well become a habit! This time I have a page from Psalm 31 that I handdrawn and colored with PanPastel. The softness of the PanPastel goes so well with the bible pages and it so easy to blend and color with.

I knew I wanted a bold floral image on this page. I love floral illustrations and I had to try out this Magnolia here. I handdrawn the flower in pencil first inspired by a photograph online. This time I did not feel the need to prep my page because I was not going to be using any wet media on it. Then I started shading my flower starting with a 430.5 Magenta, adding highlights with 380.8 Red Oxide Tint and 100.5 Titanium White (trying not to touch the rest of the image and only blending it on the lightest spots of the flower). I also added 470.8 Violet Tint to create a little bit of shadows but since my coloring is usually whimsical it is ok if the tones shadows and highlights are so realistic. Finally I used 010 Colorless Blender where I felt it was needed, trying not to overblend because I still wanted those lines or streaks to show on my coloring.

The Sofft applicator with replaceable head (the one the looks like an eyeshadow applicator) is my favorite tool for coloring in detail smaller images. For the center of the Magnolia I used 220.5 Hansa Yellow. The lightest yellow you see is Hansa Yellow on top of water based white marker. (That is a nice trick if you do not have many colors and need to add some highlights.) I outlined the flower and added detail with waterbased paint markers and depending on area I was outlining I tried to use a color that layered subtly with the PanPastel colors… I used pink marker for the petals, yellow for the center of the flower, aqua for the branches.

I applied two light coats of fixative to my page, let it dry over night and came back the next morning to add some soft color around the flower. I used super soft tints 620.8 Phtalo Green Tint, 580.8 Turquoise Tint, and 680.8 Bright Yellow Green Tint with a stencil from TCW called Dramatic Floral and although the effect is very subtle it does add a beautiful blended look around the Magnolia.

 

I thought all of the beautiful PanPastel colors would look even more beautiful with a layered transparency. So I attached a sentiment from my new rubber stamp set called Spark from Unity Stamp Co. on vellum that I also foiled with Gold Sequins Deco Foil. I attached the vellum hiding the adhesive behind the foiled sentiment and trying to be very careful to not add too much either.

This magnolia flower ended up measuring around 9.5 to 10 inches… That is bold for a bible but I have seen bolder illustrations around. Of course, this is only my second bible page so it is always an adventure, no matter what I draw on it.

 

 

As for the verse that inspired me to create this page, it was Psalm 31:24: “Be strong, and He will strenghten your heart”. I believe in this verse so much. To endure and persevere while God is also doing His part, giving us strength, providing opportunity were there is only possibility and lifting us even if everyone around us is against us. This Psalm was a blessing to my life this week. I needed it in my life so much, this page.

And that, my friends, is what Bible Journaling is all about. When you transfer your heart to a page with what you have to give, the page gives back what it has for you and somehow a strong bond is created and the words that you meditate on are implanted in your heart forever. Such a beautiful experience.

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About PanPastel
PanPastel has been generous enough to sponsor me this month as I adventured into the world of Bible Journaling. I encourage you to give them a try! They are so easy to use, to blend and there are just so many ways you can apply it to your projects. It remains as one of my favorite mixed medium and I know that you will love it once you try it. Click here and here to see previous posts using PanPastel.

 

About this rubber stamp kit
I designed the new stamps in the kits Spark and Faith & Hope to fit your bible margin too, so feel free to try them out not only for paper crafts but also for cardmaking. It is my biggest hope that the sentiments and images in this kit can inspire you and your friends and family through difficult times and through everyday trials, big and small.

As always, I hope that my post inspires you to create, to believe, to make art and so much more. Thanks so much for reading. I will be back next Friday with another art journaling project to share. Until then.

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Bible Journaling with PanPastel – My First Page

This year I started out declaring that all things were possible… I’ve truly seen my limits stretch and expand into new territories and it brings so much joy to my heart knowing that God does listen to His children and that He is faithful always.

For years I’ve been flirting with the idea of Art Journaling, but something about having to start from scratch on a white page felt intimidating. Nevertheless I’ve studied and tried out techniques and somehow today I find myself doing exactly what I was the most intimidated by… Bible Journaling. So please join me as I rediscover myself through this beautiful artistic and spiritual outlet. I’ll be sharing some tips today that you might find useful!

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I knew that one of the first things I wanted to journal on my bible was the journey of women of God.. Each of their stories encourage me and that is how this illustration started off. I sketched it in pencil and knew right away that I wanted to color it with PanPastel.

PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time. All PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft and super-blendable colors. Each color is loaded with the finest quality artists’ pigments for the most concentrated colors possible. The colors have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. Uniquely, for pastel color, they can be mixed together for a complete painting palette. Use them with Sofft Tools to get a smooth application every time.

 

 

Before starting, I prepared my page with two light coats of clear gesso. I used a heat gun to dry the page, being careful not to over heat it. Once dry, I began layering color, adding shading to the face using Red Iron Oxide Tint, Magenta Tint and Violet Tint. I blended all the colors with a Colorless Blender Pan Pastel. I used Pearlescent Red for her cheeks too!

For the hair I used a beautiful Pearlescent Orange and Diarylide Yellow Tint combined with a little brown watercolor crayon that I used to show you how versatile and blendable PanPastel with other media also! To add highlights to the hair I smudged some paint from a Sharpie water based marker and then added some more Pearlescent orange.

I used Permanent Green, Chrom. Oxide Green Tint and Pearlescent Red for the flower and branches. Pearlescent PanPastel Colors have a beautiful subtle shimmer and they give your projects a lovely finish!

For added details I used color pencils, a white gel pen and a white pen marker, that again work perfectly with PanPastel Colors.

 

I sealed the the page with two light coats of Workable Fixatif spray and let it dry. Finally I stamped a sentiment from a set called Sending Kindness with black Archival Ink, that I felt went perfectly with the qualities Ruth had! She was bold in a kind, loyal and sincere way… She was patient, she had faith and she was redeemed in the end! To think that she is part of Jesus’ geneaology! So inspiring!

I truly recommend PanPastel for Bible Journaling. It is a dry, easily blendable media with a large variety of colors and finishes. The color goes on smooth and you can keep layering it to create more depth on your image. Do try it out if you can! That’s all for today. I will be back with more art journaling projects soon! Until next time.