Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 6th 2017

Bible journaling may be a new concept to some, so today I am going to share a few tips and tricks I've learned.  This is a creative way to engage with scripture, while expressing your talents.  I love painting in my Bible because it is fun and imperfect just like me.  I recently used the new American Premium Acrylics on a scripture from Psalms and I really enjoyed the process.

Items Needed:

  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Sap Green
  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Titan Buff
  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Titanium White
  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Vermillion Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Phthalo Turquoise
  • Americana Premium Acrylics 2.5oz - Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • Journaling Bible
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Plastic Mat
  • Graphite Paper


I started by choosing a scripture that has been on my heart and mind lately.  The verse I picked comes from Psalms 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God".  Once I have chosen a verse, I imagine an image that I would like to use to depict it.  In this case I am reminded of nature and flowers specifically being motionless and silent.

*I did not prep my page before painting.  I found that the Americana Premium Acrylics did not bleed through and no prep was necessary.

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Place a plastic mat under the page in your Bible that you are painting.  This will project the other pages.  Next, I start by applying a layer of Premium Acrylic in Titan Buff using an old gift card.  The card lets me get a thin, smooth layer of paint over the entire page.  I did this step to mute out the words so I can paint a botanical image.

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I am not a free-hand artist, so I traced a botanical print I had hanging on my wall.  Then I traced the image onto my Bible page using a piece of graphite paper.  You can draw or trace any image you like.  Now, comes the fun part...painting!

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You can mix the paint colors together to customize the colors to your liking.  This is a trial and error process but it is fun to play around.  The best brushes for a small image are small round and pointed round tips.  They are good for fine detailed lines, delicate areas, spotting and shading.

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I added splatters by mixing the paint with water and tapping on the tip of the paint brush bristles.  Then I added brush strokes to create patterns and texture.  Finally, you can add stickers, washi tape, and embellishments to complete your page.

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Let dry completely.

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How would your design a Bible Journaling page?

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