While on vacation I’ve been spending time going through the Worship Culture devotional by my friend Tai. I’ve had the joy of meeting her in person at a Illustrated Faith workshop in Indianapolis. She’s so good at challenging people and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
From day one, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I couldn’t wait to get home to do it. It was an experiment that didn’t work out as I had envisioned but I LOVE the results anyways. It was just a reminder to me that the art isn’t what really matters, it’s the documentation of what God wanted me to record that does.
I’m going to walk you through what I did to create the “bubble” background. It was super fun and I hope you give this technique a try.
STEP ONE: Using a credit card or wedge, spread a thin layer of acrylic paint. (I used a baby wipe to wipe away where it had gotten a little heavy over the scripture)
STEP TWO: Find round objects to stamp circles all over your page. Have fun adding layers of stamped paint all over the page. Let dry between layers.
First, I used a paint dauber to make circles all around.
Second, I used the cap from the paint dauber to make more circles.
Third, I used those little foam sticker shapes. I just stuck them on a stamp acrylic block and dipped them in paint to add different sized circles all over the page.
STEP THREE: Create paint bubbles.
This is where the experimenting came in. I mixed in acrylic paint with dish-washing soap. My first try was too watery, and the bubble wand was just dripping painty water all over my page. I tried again with just soap and paint. That was better, but the bubble wand just wasn’t the right tool.
Lastly, I decided to use a straw and blow bubbles into the mixture, then scoop them out and lay them on the page. That worked better. The only problem was out of nowhere, it started downpouring rain on me. I grabbed my Bible and my camera and ran inside. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to let the bubbles dry to see if it worked. I still love how it turned out though despite the rain.
STEP FOUR: finish with what God has put on your heart to document or remember.
I used a heat tool to dry it all off and reminded myself to let my worship bubble over. I added the message to myself using stamps and stickers. Then my favorite part comes with doodling. I even doodled lines over the stamped word “bubble” using a light blue gel pen. For worship, I had fun doing my favorite stamping technique using the Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers in two colors to create an ombre effect. I’ve shared this tutorial previously, HERE.
Lastly, I added some enamel dots to make more bubbles. This was such a fun technique. The only thing to note is that the soap makes it hard to use pens for doodling, even the gel pens struggled. Otherwise, it really is a fun technique and I hope you’ll give it a try. Hopefully, you won’t get rained on.
I’m excited about my reminder to focus more on God and less on myself and to let my worship bubble over.
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SUPPLIES: ESV Single Column Journaling Bible | Illustrated Faith Worship Culture Devotional Kit | Illustrated Faith Alphabet Stickers, pen, tabs, and washi tape by Bella Blvd | Enamel Dots by Bella Blvd | Signo Angelic Gel Pen | Faber Castell Big Brush Markers | assorted acrylic paints | circle foam stickers | acrylic stamp block