Hey friends, I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve done a mixed media Bible journaling tutorial. I’ve had resources on my mind for so long and I’m excited to get back to teaching mixed media techniques again. In the past I’ve shared how to use household items to create fun backgrounds and Shanna recently used the pencil eraser to create confetti which is all over the new devotional kit and so much fun. It made me realize that I haven’t shown that you can create shapes with many of these household items. You can easily make a heart shape with the cardboard tube technique with a little bending and manipulating. You can also carve out fun little icons on those pencil erasers. That’s what I wanted to show you today.
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my Mom and my heritage and how Mom’s Celebration of Life ceremony was during Tulip Fest. My mom was Dutch and I was her little dutch girl. I have fond memories of Tulip Fest with my Mom and one of my favorite pictures is a three generation picture with my Grandma when I was little.
The most important thing is that I come from a very strong Christian heritage, one that I hope to pass on to my kids, who pass it on to their kids and grandkids, who keep passing it down until Christ returns. My church has been teaching on parenting the last two weeks. I was really struck by the passage in Proverbs 3 on wisdom. It’s something I think my Mom really tried to teach us as kids and something I hope to pass down for many generations.
Have you ever seen the patterned tiles traditional of the Dutch heritage. They are so intricate and beautiful. I knew I wanted to incorporate something like it in my Bible to honor my Mom this week before Mother’s Day. Traditionally, they are all blue or if they have other colors, they will add in yellow and green… but since this is to honor my Mom, I chose to go against tradition and do a purple tulip.
Grab your supplies: new pencil with rubber eraser, carving tool, stamp ink, and pens
draw your design on your eraser… it’s very small, so I wouldn’t try anything too intricate. Simple icons are the easiest to do.
carve out your design edges… watch your fingers, I don’t want you to get cut because they are super sharp.
test out your stamp and make any adjustments you need to make to carving your design… remember, imperfection is the beauty of this project so don’t stress out about it.
After I was done creating my stamp and happy with the design, I wanted to try out some pattern making before transferring the design to my Bible as a design element. Have fun with this and google or pinterest search for small tile patterns. There is so much inspiration out there.
For my Bible Journaling entry I used the baby wipe technique to paint the background, then used a fun wordart sticker. I add in some tile patterning and finished up with some enamel hearts, highlight washi, and date stamp.