Using acrylic paint on Bible pages gives you rich, bright colors, but it can also cover up the printed words if you’re not careful. I feel like Bible journaling should only enhance and help you connect more deeply to the words on the page, not obscure them. Because of this, I chose a page from Song of Solomon with a nice, wide margin to work within. The end of a chapter that has a blank section at the bottom of the page would also be a great option. Today, I’m leading you through a step by step tutorial on Bible journaling with acrylic paint that results in an adorable abstract background that it totally customizable to your colors and style.
Interested in what other tools and materials I use for Bible Journaling? Check out the full post here!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Clear matte medium
- Acrylic paint in 3 or 4 colors
You will need a light and dark version of each color that can come straight out of the bottle or be mixed using black and white.
- Metallic paint
- Brushes in varied sizes
Prep the page by painting a layer of clear matte medium. The page will ripple while the matte medium is still wet, but it will flatten back out once it dries. I placed a Ziplock bag underneath the page just to make sure it didn’t stick to the next page.
Pour the four light colors onto your pallet. Using a squared off brush, start to make random strokes on the page, grouping some together. Don’t over analyze this step too much. Just spread out the groups and make sure they aren’t all the same shape.
Continue to do this with each of your three remaining light colors. Group brush strokes together, and create different shapes.
After your first round of brush strokes with each color, go back and fill in any big gaps.
Pour or mix the darker versions of your four colors. Using a small, tapered detail brush, add dots or short strokes in each of the shapes on the page. Dark pink dots go in the light pink shapes, dark blue in the light blue shapes, and so on.
Add in a few metallic brush strokes. Fill in some of the gaps that are left as well as overlap some of the existing shapes.
Add skinny crosses using black paint or a black Sharpie. Vary the size and number of crosses in each group. Add groups of white dots using white acrylic paint as well.
And that’s it! If you would rather add a quote on top of the abstract background, skip step six and use the black paint for lettering instead of crosses.
Make sure to share your results from bible journaling with acrylic paint on Instagram using the hashtag #CMarieCollective!