You don’t have to be an artist to create beautiful pages in your journaling Bible. And I am here to share with you how you can achieve prettiness by using Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling. This is a super easy technique and you won’t need a lot of supplies either! If you would like to see some of my Bible journaling pages visit here.
Again, you don’t need a lot of supplies to create beautiful pages using Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling. There are only 4 supplies needed to get started. They are listed below.
Bible – Regular or Journaling Bible
Paint Brush or anything to spread the Gesso
Napkins you’d like to use for the verse you’re journaling on.
If you shop around you can get everything you need to get you started for a decent price. I spent less than $30 for my startup supplies.
Getting started and using Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling
I normally try to journal on verses I’ve studied. It just helps me learn the verse, and memorize it easier. I think having a good understanding
Again, most of the time I know the verse I am journaling on, so picking a napkin is also a bit easier. But if you pick your napkin before knowing the verse, that works too. After you’ve decided the napkin and verse the rest is pretty easy. I created a step by step video
Steps to applying Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling
This is really easy and not many steps to applying a napkin to your journaling Bible.
1 – Decide if you’ll be using the full panel of the napkin or cutout pieces.
2 – Remove the plies from the back of the napkin, then remove the panel, or cutout pieces. See tips below for removing the panel and pieces.
3 – Apply Gesso to the page of your Journaling Bible where you want the napkin.
4 – Place the napkin over the gesso, and slowing use your fingertip to remove the creases.
5 – Add another layer of Gesso over the napkin going from the middle toward the edges, and smooth out creases.
6 – Let dry.
Seems easy enough right? It really is an easy technique. There are a few tips I’d like to share though.
Tips for Using Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling
Tip # 1 – Always remove the plies from the napkin first. If you don’t the bottom layer of the plies will stick to the journaling page and the upper plies will flake off.
Tip # 2 – Removing Pieces and Panels from Napkin. Most napkins have 4 panels of the same design. You’ll only need one panel for your page, so you’ve got to remove it from the napkin. The easiest way to do this is by using your paintbrush dipped into water, and going along the outer edge of the design/panel you want to use. Once you’ve traced the outer edge, you’re going to pull gently with your fingertips which will separate it from the napkin. This method gives the edges a scalloped edge. If you would like a straight edge then you can use scissors to cut off the panel/pieces.
Tip # 3 – When applying the layer of Gesso over the napkin, always go from Middle toward the outside edges, and apply pressure. This will help remove the creases, and your napkin will lay smoother to the page.
Tip # 4 – Use a Heat Tool or Hair Dryer to dry your pages. That’s about all like I said it’s really easy to use napkins as art for bible journaling. The first time I used a napkin in my bible journal it wasn’t perfect. But each time I’ve I got creative it turned out better than the previous one. Your’s will too!
Using Napkins as Art for Bible Journaling closing thoughts.
God doesn’t care if our pages are perfect, He doesn’t care if we use food coloring and q-tips, nor does He care if we scribble with a pencil. He only wants us to spend time with Him, in His Word. So no matter how you’re being creative in your journaling bible, the important thing is that you’re spending time with God.
Don’t let all of the hoopla around bible journaling deter you from being creative. Those of us that share our pages, techniques, and how-tos do it as a means of “ideas” don’t let us distract you from doing it, “your way” take the ideas we give you and make them work your way.
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