Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Greetings Beloved Illustrated Faith Family!

I just LOVE the new Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit, This is Love.  I love the colors, I love the Bible Verses, I love the message.

All week before Valentine’s Day, I kept thinking how we get love wrong so many times and I started wondering why.  Why is it so hard to receive love?  Why is it so hard to give real, unconditional love?  I don’t have the answers.   But I know who does — Jesus.    So maybe our best hope is to continue to draw near to Him.  To daily read His love letter to us.  To pray and to learn to receive the love He extends to us and to do our best to let the love we receive flow out of us into others.

I love the devotional card that highlights John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life

I decided to start there.

Let’s journal truth.

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Inspirational Supplies

  • ESV Journaling Bible
  • This is Love Illustrated Faith Journaling Kit
  • Assorted Paints and Stencils

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I started by adding paint to my acrylic palette.  I am choosing colors that are close on the color wheel and match the devotional kit.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I pulled a few stencils from my box and selected one to use.  I have tons and tons of stencils because I use them all the time in my mixed media art.  I wanted to show you a variety because I can’t give you a link to any of them really.  I know — so sad.  My stencils are all very old.  There is a link to similar stencil below.

It is a good idea to secure the stencil to your page.  You don’t want it to shift while you are working.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I love this brush.  It’s coarse and stiff.  Perfect for stenciling.  Some people use “pounce brushes” or even sponges and wipes (maybe a future post!).   You just want a tool that will allow you to put your medium down with a dry, stiff texture.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I pick up onto my brush the most transparent paint, Golden’s Fluid Green Gold, and start to apply it in different areas of the stencil.  I don’t have a particular pattern in mind but I am distributing color in a balanced manner.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Moving on to additional colors.  I like to often have two colors on my brush.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Once the colors get to mixed or my brush gets to saturated with pigment, I just use a wipe to clean the brush.  I don’t use water because it will take away the “dry” aspect of the technique.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Keep working until you have covered all of the spaces of the stencil and apply your paint so it is somewhat transparent.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Oh my, LOVE.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Carefully, remove the washi tape.  The tape in this kit is perfect because it doesn’t have a lot of adhesive power.  If your tape resists coming off your page, heat it up first with your craft heat tool, then try again.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Let the paint dry completely or use a craft tool to speed up the process.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Isn’t it beautiful?

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Ok.  Time for paper pieces!  I start by dumping out the pieces from the kit and the die cuts from the Illustrated Faith You are Loved Collection and playing with the layout.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

So many choices!  Adding “are” with alphas.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Which one to choose – loved script or loved block print?

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Using a paint card to underline John 3:16

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Washi taping the inspiration journaling card onto the opposite page.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Needing a tab.  The flower die cut is perfect with a little washi underneath.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I think some enamel hearts are in order.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

More hearts.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Date stamp.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Numbers.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

And a puffy cross because it is ultimate symbol of Jesus’ love for us.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

What a beautiful mess.  Thank you Jesus.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

Oh my friends!  YOU are LOVED.

Mixed Media Bible Journaling Tutorial by Amy Bruce | John 3:16 - Stencils

I want to see your stencil pages friends!  Tag me on Instagram @designsbyamybruce.

In His Light and with LOTS of hugs,

amy bruce

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additional supplies: Martha Stewart Satin – Seaweed, Target Hand Made Modern – Shimmer Aqua, Artists Loft #10 Bright Firenze Brush, similar stencil – Artist Cellar Garden Gate Stencil

2 Comments
  1. Monika Alston-Miller 2 years ago

    Love the layering of paint in a stencil! Completely inspired! You are loved!

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    Amy Bruce 1 year ago

    You are a blessing my dear sister :) ALWAYS. Love you, amy

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