I don’t know about you, but I have several pages in my journaling bible that have bled through due to some of the different products I have used. When this happens, never fear! The page that has bled through can still be usable! :)

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

 

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

One of the ways that I like to fix a bled through page is by using gesso. It is pretty simple and does a great job at covering up the imperfections and creating a blank canvas to work from. You can also use this method as a primer for a page when you know in advance that you’re going to use products that will bleed through to the other side.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

First of all, just squirt some white gesso onto a palette (or plate, or tupperware container cover, or whatever else you have on hand!), grab a paint brush and apply a thin layer to your page.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

Depending on what you’re wanting to do with the page, you may want to apply a second or third layer to make it more opaque.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

Next, leave your bible open and let it dry! This only took about 30 minutes to completely dry. Not bad at all! The instructions say to allow 24 hours before doing anything over it…but I usually don’t wait that long, and it’s been completely fine.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

As your page is drying, it will most likely curl up around the edges. But don’t worry! It will flatten out later when your bible is closed and laying flat. You can also set an extra heavy book on top to help in the flattening and smoothing out process.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

Once everything has dried, you now have a nice white page to work from! Now you are free to use paint or markers or whatever other medium you would like to create a design on your page. I’ve found markers and acrylic paint to be the best to use over gesso, but feel free to experiment!

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

For this design, I used my BIC Mark-It Markers and my Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pen. It only took a couple of minutes to draw this out. Short and sweet! I love that not every page you create has to be super detailed or time consuming.

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

And now, you can’t really tell that there was ever any bleed through to begin with. Yay! I hope this simple method helps you when you’re looking for a way to rescue a “damaged” page!

Fixing Bled Through Bible Art Journaling Pages

spacer

ILLUSTRATED FAITH IS A PARTICIPANT IN THE AMAZON SERVICES LLC ASSOCIATES PROGRAM, AN AFFILIATE ADVERTISING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A MEANS FOR SITES TO EARN ADVERTISING FEES BY ADVERTISING AND LINKING TO AMAZON.COM.

SUPPLIES: ESV Journaling Bible, Single Column | Liquitex White Gesso | Faber-Castell Black Pitt Artist Big Brush Marker | Bic Mark-It Markers

5 Comments
  1. Ryann 4 years ago

    Does the white gesso show up white? May be a dumb question, but with the creamish colored bible pages, does the gesso really stand out or do you just make sure to cover all of it with your art for that page??

  2. Lisa 4 years ago

    Hi. About the gesso. I bought the clear and it now feels like I have a Sandy feel. Is that normal. I love the art you do and hope to be able to c one even close to what you and some other ladies pages I’ve seen.
    Thanks for the help.. lisa

  3. Joan B 4 years ago

    Great info! I’m interested in the answer to Ryann’s question as well!

  4. Lynda Neal 3 years ago

    I really appreciate this tip. I needed it! And I’m curious about Ryann’s question too! Thank you ❤️

  5. Helen Gullett 3 years ago

    That is a great tip! Thanks!!

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copyright ©  Illustrated Faith. All rights reserved. | Website designed and developed by Morningtide Design Studio.

CONTACT US

Send us a message.

Sending
or

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

or

Create Account