mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

Have you been joining us for the Illustrated Faith Craving Connection devotional with the (in)courage ladies? The first day reminded me of the quote I’ve seen before, ” What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?” It was just speaking to me and I thought of the fun Illustrated Faith butterfly stamps and knew exactly what I wanted to share with you guys.

One of my favorite techniques is to create “filler” foam stamps for outline stamps. It’s a fun mixed media technique and you can use the stamps with acrylic paint, watercolors, spray mists, gelatos, etc. I’m going to show you how I use them with acrylic paints. For watercolors and spray mists, you can dip the foam stamp into puddles and then stamp them that way. For gelatos you can color the stamp and then spray with some water to wet it down a little and then stamp it down.

SUPPLIES: you’ll need some thick foam. I found 8.5×11 sheets at Michaels in the kids’ craft section. You’ll need some heavier duty scissors to cut them out. You’ll also need your acrylic stamp block and permanent stamp ink.

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

STEP 1 :

Ink up your stamp

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

 

STEP 2:

stamp image on to your foam

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

STEP 3:

cut out the main body of the image (I cut off the antenna and body because I only need the wings filled in)

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

Now you’ve created your new stamp and you have the image on the outside so it’s easy to find the correct stamp to stamp over the paint. Now I’m going to share with you stamping with acrylic paint on the foam stamps.

STEP 1:

I just dab out some paint on my Bible mat and mix some colors if needed. I wanted a darker teal so I mixed several of the colors to create that for my final Bible entry. Then using my fingers I dab and spread out some paint on the foam stamp.

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

STEP 2:

stamp it onto your Bible or journal (or if you want to create paper pieces you can stamp onto paper… or create stickers by stamping on sticker paper)

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

Note:

don’t worry about perfection… that’s the fun of mixed media techniques… we get to be messy while worshiping. YAY!!!

STEP 3:

after the paint has dried, ink up your stamp again and stamp over the foam image.

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

I like to fill in the some of the spots with a white gel pen to finish decorating.

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

 

To finish up my page I used Faber Castell markers to mark the empty area I had left for my journaling and title. I then added the stickers, journaled and outlined the stickers, and stamped the word “Fly” several times as well as the date. I had accidently ripped the top corner of my page so I punched out some circles and a hexagon from the kit to cover up the corner as well as make a tab for the entry. Finally, I highlighted the verse.

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

mixed media bible journaling tutorial: filler foam stamps | Isaiah 43:19 | What if I fail? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? | Heather Greenwood for Illustrated Faith

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