More Color Explosion


Several months ago I showed you some cards I was making as part of a class called 52 You. So much color! So much pretty all in one post! Today I want to show you how I am using some of these cards. And some steps I added since the post back in January.

Here is a refresher shot to remind you where I started with these cards. Just simple card stock, nothing fancy for the base. Some acrylic paints, a paintbrush and sometimes I used my fingers. And I used a couple posca paint pens. About this point in time the lessons stopped showing up in my inbox. The year long class just stopped arriving. And no new lessons have been posted online. So I just went with what I thought would work and started using my cards in other projects.

Specifically in my journal Bible. These cards are 2.5″ x 3.5″, the same size as ATCs. I purchased a Christian devotion type book at a used bookstore and used an exacto knife to cut out these words. Then I adhered them to the card using Dina Wakley’s clear gesso and my flat rubber knife called a paint shaper. Gesso on the card first, then place the words the way you want them, then more gesso over the top to seal the words in place.

Here is a second one I worked on. Using this technique I didn’t think the whole verse would fit so I went with key words.

Currently I am working in this journaling Bible. The pages are a little over 9″ square and there is plenty of room to work. The margins are 3.75″ wide and the pages are heavier than other journaling Bibles. The spiral allows the book to lie flat when open.

I used some scor tape to adhere the card in place on this page in my Bible. This mildliner from Zebra Pen works great for highlighting – no bleed thru to the back.

For the second verse I got a little more creative. I hadn’t tried decoupaging in a Bible yet and wanted to see if it would work. I guess this technique of glueing is basically decoupage. Anyway, I chose this sheet of rice paper from Joggles for my background.

After tearing a strip the size I wanted, I used that same clear gesso – I use it for everything! – and added the rice paper to my page. Clear gesso on the page, place the rice paper, then more gesso over the top to seal. These pages in this particular book are heavier, but I still had some issue with wonky ruffling of the page, so I used my awesome little Hahnemühle binder clips to hold down the edges while I dried this with my heat gun.

Once everything was good and dry I added the card with some scor tape.

Fun and easy addition to my Bible. I have tangled and written and painted in my Bible before.

I wanted to do more with my cards! When this COVID stuff showed up I lost most of my desire to draw and tangle, and I resorted to making color. Hahaha! It is my go-to when I’m stuck. So I made more cards. This time I brought out my neon craft paints – from Walmart – probably around a dollar a bottle. And you can see from these why I don’t try to paint pictures. Hahahahaha! I have no control at all. But I had a lot of fun!

I added those cards into my stack of other cards and started working on mark making. There are so many ways to add details. I mentioned Posca Paint Pens before, here I went with this ATC stencil from Joggles.

I used a sponge dabber to dab and stab some black Archival ink through that stencil. So much fun!

You can get the idea from this photo. Anything is fair game. Gel pens, highlighters, sponges and stencils, tangling, any medium you are comfortable with. Grab it and add some details. And they don’t have to be wonderful to look great. Mine are the perfect example of that. I just had fun and you can tell that by looking. No, they are not perfect. No, my lines are not straight. No, my circles are not round. Hahahahaha! Not even close! But I had a great time!

Remember I said these are ATC size? Well that gave me another idea. An idea that required black paint.

And my trash plate. Hahahahaha! I squirted some black acrylic paint onto the plate and sprayed in some water. Then mixed it together with my fan brush.

And made splatters all over my cards. And my desk top. Which is why you cover your work space. I have these large pieces of craft mat that I keep on my desk when I work. All those splats of ink just wipe off the mat.

I love the way it looks with the splatters!

This is a favorite. I am going to use it for John 3:16. Yep. Actually I may make some more of these today. They don’t take long at all. And I have three ATCs I need bases for – for a swap – and these might be perfect! You should give it a try!

18 thoughts on “More Color Explosion

  1. These are fantastic!!! Curious where did you get journal bible from I would love one! And I am not the only one who has been busy!
    Be Blessed!

  2. Beautiful, Alice!
    I love the colors and especially like the bible journaling.
    I like the idea of a used devotional for the words!
    This may have to be my new project!!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration as always!

  3. These are really ‘you’ – & I can see that you had fun, lovely & bold with freedom written into the mark making.

  4. These are so cool! Thank you for sharing! I have not responded for a while and just caught up on all your lovely work! So beautiful! Love to see your work and Maine! Blessings to you and your family!

  5. Beautiful, I love all the color. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing. Stay well.

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