mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith

We are SO tickled to have THE Tonya Hamilton guest posting on the blog today sharing a project she created with her most recent devotional in the Print & Pray Shop: Waiting for the Lord! She has the most wonderful way with words & you will absolutely leave this post feeling inspired to snap up her devo kit & record this part of your own faith walk! 

In the Waiting for the Lord devotional, I share the significance of “lingering” based on Psalm 130:5. Over the last year & a half, I’ve created pages in two Bibles for this verse, both with a purple color theme. (That will make more sense after you read the devotional.) This time, I took a different approach.

Join me as I share my process from inspiration to completed page.

Where do you find inspiration for your entries? I find it everywhere. Colors on pillows at Lowe’s, words from songs, shapes & hues in nature help me see beauty in new ways. This devotional kit with Valorie’s artwork in shades of blue motivated me to move from my usual purple for this verse.

mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith

Even though I gathered stickers, markers, washi, & the cut-out elements from the kit, I didn’t use every element. And some pieces were changed entirely. The turquoise flag was repurposed into grass blades, & the 3×4 card was punched into tabs. I have learned from ladies I’ve met through Periscope & Instagram the value of taking ready-made pieces & customizing them for my own use. And with digital products, I can reprint & once again have them intact!

mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith

I attempted to recreate the beautiful blue & white background using the Illustrated Faith acrylic paints. My favorite tube is white because I can blend it with any of the colors in the set to create lighter shades. I also use white to swipe over blue to form cloud-like shapes.

When I scraped the paint over the page using my paint card, I was careful to leave the verse untouched to create reverse highlighting. I don’t always remember to mark my verse before starting, but I’m trying to be better about it.

mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith

Layering, layering, layering! I enjoy combining different colors, widths, & patterns of washi. Clustering word stickers, tabs, & those adorable enamel hearts gets me every time. Visual texture is important to me. I place different shapes & elements together until my “eyes are happy.” I wait to press down stickers or glue anything until I’m satisfied with the arrangement. When I glue elements to the page, I will adhere one end of a flag or the center of a flower and let the rest lift up. This brings another layer of visual texture with the shadow created!

mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith

Finishing touches include the date stamp, which conveniently added an “Amen” to my prayer, & the most important part—journaling. I included the definition of linger from Dictionary.com & where I found this nugget, “reluctance to leave.” Yes! That’s my desire– to be reluctant to leave my time with Him!

mixed media Bible art journaling entry by Tonya Hamilton for Illustrated Faith


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1 Comment
  1. Jennifer Munday 5 years ago

    I adore this!! The colors and washi tape (I want the wood looking washi tape oh my) are just wonderful with this verse. I love hearing about the process of other people’s Bible journaling entries and their inspiration. This is just beautiful. I usually like to put the definition of a word (even if I know it) on my page as part of my entry. I think it adds more character. So neat!! P.S. I also enjoy seeing your new Instagram post all the time. I’m glad I know you, well, I know of you mostly. God bless you! :)

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