Last year after discovering the beautiful and inspirational Bible art of Illustrated Faith, Rebekah R. Jones and Valerie Sjodin of Visual Blessings, I was completely dazzled and motivated to try it! It's been about a year since I've been creating art in a Bible of my own. Every now and again I share a peek of a page or spread, but this has come to be something I do weekly, and has become very much a part of my days.
These are some recent pages created in my Bible. I've been praying with and working with the Psalms for a few months now. My art play is simple, and I like it that way. I appreciate the wide margin of the single-column pages of this Bible I'm using. And I don't paint or cover up too much of the text, as I want to be able to read/see as much of it as possible.
Um... yes, aqua blue... again... There seems to be a LOT of aqua blue in my Bible art too, as you've seen in my other creative endeavors... What can I say? Along with pink, it's my color. ;)
Each page begins with a coat of clear gesso, which seals the page--so paint, ink or other does not bleed through. I often then just apply a quick color wash with thinned acrylic paint. I don't have a lot of supplies, actually. What I use is mostly acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, inks, stencils for letting, artist pens with variety of tips for different effects. For texture, embellishments & marking it's fun try different things--wine bottle corks, foam/brush stencilers, cookie/biscuit cutters, old tooth brushes for splattering paint, the eraser end of a pencil makes great dots. Pretty rubber stamps and stickers add more color and pattern. Oh, and wet wipes must be close to hand for blending techniques, wiping away a "mistake", or just cleaning up a mess! I learned early on, unfortunately, that the pages of my particular Bible for creating art are too thin to support a lot of mixed media--so paint + collage has been a no go. Bibles can be expensive. So this is the one I have to create in, and trying to make the most of it. Every week I'm learning what works, and what doesn't. It always feels fresh and fun!
This form of creativity is the most meaningful for me above any other I do these days, as I see it as extended prayer time. Time to be with God in a happy, playful way... I think He likes that! ;)