mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

Hi friends, today I wanted to add on to my previous tutorial, the favorite washi tape textured background tutorial. Many of you loved this tutorial and then I posted a photo on Instagram last week and you wanted to learn how to do that too. The best part is that you already know how to create the background so it’s just a matter of painting flowers on top of it. Here’s the photo I posted last week of a traveler’s notebook I decorated while enjoying the company of some friends who also decorated notebooks.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

I am loving the new Persevere devotional kit. I couldn’t wait to dive in even though I know you haven’t received them yet. Week One’s devotional really hit me hard right where my story is right now of grieving my mom’s homegoing. Last week would have been my parents’ 47th wedding anniversary, so I was really needing to give it to God and rest in His arms and let Him give me a giant God squeeze. I really like to spend time in nature talking to God, rather than the prayer closet Robin suggested. Since I love spending time with Him in nature, I couldn’t think of a better way to “stop and smell the roses” and find rest in His arms and to illustrate that in my Bible.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

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STEP ONE:

collage washi tape together… don’t worry about if they match or not because you’re only going to see bits of it after the next step.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

STEP TWO:

scrape on paint over  the washi tape… since the flowers are going to be pink, I wanted the background to be a contrasting blue.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

STEP THREE:

using the darker acrylic paint flower color add blobs for the base of the flowers

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28 mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

STEP FOUR:

while the paint is still wet from the blobs, add curved strokes in lighter colors… I did a lighter pink and then finished with a white. Since the paint below is still wet it gives a nice blended effect and not as harsh of strokes.

NOTE: don’t be afraid to go thick with your strokes

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28 mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28 mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

STEP FIVE:

mix a yellow green using the yellow and turquoise paints and create leaves

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

STEP SIX:

while the yellowish green paint is still wet, use the turquoise to darken one side of the leaves… make sure you choose the same side of the leaf for all of the leaves so that it looks like a shadowed edge.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

After it all dried to the touch, I was able to add the stickers and enamel hearts and tab to finish it up and remind me to give my junk to God and REST in Him.

mixed media Bible journaling tutorial by Heather Greenwood | creating painterly flowers over a washi tape collage background | Illustrated Faith Persevere Devotional Kit | Matthew 11:28

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2 Comments
  1. Amy Doggett 3 years ago

    Love your tutorials so much, Heather! I must try this one! Hugs to you as you go through this devotional. :))
    ~ kittywittycreates from IG

  2. Jacqueline Giesbrecht 3 years ago

    Wow! Love this technique! I’m looking forward to trying it this weekend! Thank you!

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