It was about 3 years ago my worship pastor would look at my sermon art journal and tell me that I really need to share it on social media. It was the beginning of my love for teaching and writing tutorials. Then when Shanna shared her first Bible journaling on Instagram, I couldn’t believe I could actually do it IN my Bible and not just my sermon notes and art journals. Nothing brings me so much joy than spending time doing a little mixed media art journaling and time with God. Giving myself permission to let go of what I’d been told was “wrong” for 30+ years and really spend time with God was life changing. Getting to share the gifts God gave me with you brings me so much joy. My heart is that these tutorials will give you permission to spend time with God, enjoy the process, and worship Him with all your heart soul and mind.
My heart language is mixed media… some people it’s scrapbooking, some people it’s just highlighting, some people it’s just reading out in nature or a quiet room, some people it’s drawing amazing illustrations, some people it’s just journaling in the margins. On Wednesdays we will be sharing tutorials with you and I will specifically be sharing mixed media tips, techniques and tutorials. What is mixed media? It’s as simple as just using two or more different types of media. What do I mean by media? Media includes paint, watercolor, ink, collage, paper, etc… There are so many types of media, I can’t name them all.
Today, I want to share with you how I colored the cover of the Gratitude Documented devotional. I used two different medias on this project, acrylic paint and india ink.
First, I put a little dab of each color acrylic paint as well as a dab of glazing fluid on my Bible mat. I’m using the glazing fluid to make the paint more transparent since I don’t want to hide the lovely pattern on the cover.
I started painting the background with the blue and turquoise colors.
Then I mixed several of the warm colors together to make new additional colors to use to fill in the leaves.
This is what it looks like before I added the india ink marker. I also grabbed several warm fallish marker colors.
You can see the difference when I color in some of the leaves to make them a little bit more bold. I just colored a little bit and then dabbed with my finger to blend it in. I also used a grey marker to add a shadow to the lettering and make it pop out a bit more. It was also easy to scratch off the blue heart and then color in the heart with a red marker and smudge it to look like it was painted.
Once dry, I added it into my traveler’s journal and now I’m ready to fill my days and add these techniques to the inside.
Illustrated Faith Gratitude Devotional Kit | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Shanna’s Favorite Paint Set | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Be Bold Bible Mat | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Precision Pen | Illustrated Faith Leather Refillable Traveler’s Journal | Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium | Faber Castell Big Brush Markers – Cold Grey III 232, Deep Scarlet Red 219, Magenta Bright 228, Orange Glaze 113, Cinnamon 189, terracotta 186, dark chrome yellow 109 | Dina Wakely Brushes