My newest addiction...er...um...hobby is Bible Journaling! I love that this provides a creative outlet that connects me with the Word. This is a quick look at my illustration that accompanies Psalms 119:130.
Step 1: Page Prep
I placed a thin piece of flexible plastic (a piece of a cutting mat from Dollar Tree) behind my page to give a sturdy background as well as protect my other pages. I secured the page to the plastic temporarily with Washi tape, which is easy to remove when the project is done.
I applied a thin layer of clear gesso with a plastic card (any old credit card or gift card works fine!) and allowed it to dry completely. The gesso prevents bleed through of ink and paint.
Step 2: Background Paint
I then used my handy dandy card to apply some paint for my background.
I allowed this to dry completely as well (it only takes a few minutes).
Step 3: Stamping!
One of my favorite things that I'm doing with Bible journaling is stamping. I love that in a few easy steps I can have beautiful lettering or images to color.
The best stamps I've used are designed by Tifany Degough at http://inkblotshop.com. The material these stamps are made of is more sturdy than others I've used, so they are more durable, which leads to a prettier stamped image. Also, I just love her designs!
Step 4: Choose Your Stamp
The sun stamp is from the "This and That" collection.
Step 5: Place Stamp on Stamp Block
I'm using an acrylic stamp block with grid lines.
Step 6: Apply Ink
This ink is from Ranger and is waterproof.
Step 7: Stamp
Be careful to press straight down and then lift up, without wiggling the stamp (to prevent smudging).
I usually let out a little giggle at this point, because I "magically" have something cute to color.
Step 8: Color
I then used colored pencils to add some color to the sun and the banner that "words" is on.
I also like to highlight the verse I'm focusing on.
Step 9: Finished Product