I wanted to share a little of the Bible journaling I’ve been doing lately. I mentioned washi tape a few days ago and I had comments asking for other ways to use washi in a Bible. One way is included in this post.
I used a strip of washi tape to mark the first page of every one of the sixty-six books of the Bible. And I have enough washi that I never had to repeat one. It looks pretty with all those colors on the edges. In my opinion at least. Hahaha! Maybe not for everyone but I love it!
And sometimes I was able to find a tape that went with the book. Sort of. Genesis talks about the beginning of time. The happenings for each of the first days when God was busy creating and setting our world in motion. The timeliness of it all reminded me of clocks. And this steampunk washi tape fit the bill. Who knew God was into steampunk? Hahaha! There are a lot of things about God that I don’t know.
This Philippians page is one I did some time ago. I am not sure if those words are washi tape or a sticker. Either way they worked very well with this page. The cute little girl is part of a packaging wrapper some deli type paper came in. And I wrapped some airways around a circular word sticker to pull the page together.
I watercolored this page last year at Easter time. I clear gessoed the page first. It is important to me that all the words still be legible. God’s word is infallible and needs to be seen and read. And those are stick on letters. (I guess they do cover up partial words, but you can still read the verses.) The page is a little ripply in this photo. It looks better now that this particular Bible has been closed with the band on.
I did this one more recently using Faber-Castell Gelatos. I did not gesso this page first. Just straight up gelatoed it. The crosses are black watercolor. And though it is hard to tell in this photo – every word is legible.
Nothing fancy here. Just straight up reading the word and making some art. Yes, it is kind of scary putting wet media into your precious Bible. But totally doable with clear gesso. I’ve tried several. The best for me so far has been Dina Wakley’s Clear Gesso. If you are still nervous, try it on one of those blank pages in the very back. Pray over the scripture and ask God to show you what message He has for you. And go where your heart leads. It is pretty amazing!
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