Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Some Examples of How To Cover Over Your Bible Journaling Mistakes

I can't believe it's been over a month since I've shared any Bible Journaling pages.   I do read my bible almost every day, but I have had so many other crafts to share on Tuesday, there hasn't been much room for Bible Journaling pages.  Here's some of what I've been learning from God's word the past few months.

This is a page I created myself, and I actually made a huge mistake on this page.  So many people are afraid of Bible Journaling because they are afraid of messing up their pages.  I can guarantee you WILL mess up your pages, and many times it won't even be your fault.  Stuff just happens.  Just work with your mistake!  On this page I stamped the bird in black ink and then I must have hit it with my hand before it was dry and the ink smeared everywhere.  So, I just went with it and smeared the black ink some more, creating a shadow of sorts.  Then I stamped the bird again, over the smear, in a different ink color.

When reading this chapter in Deuteronomy I was drawn to the imagery of God flying across the skies like a majestic bird to rescue and protect His people.  So I created a dreamy background with gelatos and used a variety of stickers, pens, and stamps to pull out my main thoughts of this verse.  Then I stamped a couple of bird images onto the page.

My next page is just a pre-printed image I colored in myself with colored pencils.    As I went through the text of this page, I noticed how many times the words "Love" and "Obey" were used in this chapter, so I drew a heart around the word "Love" and a square around the word "Obey".  Love and obedience go hand in hand in the Bible.

I started reading my Bible from beginning to end in September.  I usually only read a chapter a day, so I can really dig deep into what I read instead of reading for quantity.  Although I have enjoyed reading the books of the law, and got so much out of them, I was excited to finally get to the book of Joshua.  It was perfect timing too, because our church just started a series on the book of Joshua.

This is a pre-printed image that I colored in with a mix of pencils and gel pens.

A simple pre-printed image colored in with gel pens.  These type of images may seem simple to color, and they are, but they are still nice to have in the Inspire Bible because I can take time to memorize and mediate on the verse as I color.

Another pre-printed page I colored with gel pens and pencils.  The shine in the picture is where I used glitter gel pens.  In addition to just mediating and memorizing the Bible verse as I colored, I also high-lighted and hand wrote a few notes to myself of what stuck out to me in this chapter.  I used stickers to accentuate the word "IF" and wrote notes on the blessings and curses of obedience and disobedience.

Another pre-printed image I colored with gel pens and gelatos.  Here I also played with a white gel pen to outline some of the letters.  I also used different colors on the words "Just" and "Fair" to highlight them.

I colored this pre-printed image with pencils, and here I also made another mistake so I covered over it by adding a flower leaf and stem.

Here's an example where a mistake can sometimes be an advantage.  I forgot to prep my page with Gesso to prevent leaking through.  When I turned over the page, to the book of Joshua, the large bird I stamped on the previous page showed through.  But, I actually thought it looked pretty cool!

There was another bird that leaked through by the title "Joshua" so I just left that one too, and because I now had a purple and pink colors of the birds already on my page I used those colors to color in the rest of the pre-printed image.

I then used those same colors to color the pre-printed page on the opposite side.

I hope I've inspired you to not be afraid of making mistakes in your Bible Journaling, and to turn those mistakes into advantages!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. As in Journaling, so in Life!
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  2. The black fine tip I use to outline bleeds through. But I hate the grittiness of Gessoed pages. Is there an alternative? What do you outline with?

    Your journaling, even your mistake, is lovely. I actually tried my hand at lettering the other day. Thought of you as I did it. You inspire me.

    Glitter gel pens!!??? Do tell! I need to investigate. Off to Amazon.

    1. I think all black markers, pens, etc. will bleed through a thin bible page. I don't think Gessoed pages are gritty. I wonder if you're putting it on too thick? Are you drying it with a heat tool and then ironing after? As for an alternative, I have found that prepping the page with white craft paint works awesome. It's a technique I've seen no one else use, so I will feature it on my blog first. You simply paint a thin layer of white craft paint in the area you want to journal/color. Let it air dry or dry with a heating tool. You can then do anything you want without worrying about it bleeding through the other side. The only thing you can't do with craft paint is cover the words of your bible with it or it will cover up the words. The glitter gel pens I use are by Kaiser Craft. They are the best! Glad I could inspire you.

  3. I love how you have really personalized your Bible and taken the time to make it special as you study it! :)

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 40!

  5. Nice journal pages! I want a journaling bible but I love my bible. I have done some free lance stuff in the margins. Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 40

    1. Thank you! A lot of people have two bibles...one to journal in and one just for reading.

  6. Thanks for all the great ideas and tips for Bible Journaling! I do it too, but my "art" is very simple. I love using gel pens...always!!! I found you on God's Growing Garden: You're the Star blog hop! I hope you check out my entry and my blog at https://craftingalsalpapercrafts.com!

    1. Thank you. I actually think my "art" is very simple too in comparison to some of the pages I've seen! That's so exciting about the feature! I'll be over there soon to check it out!


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