Bible Journaling: Colored Pencil on Vellum with Sandy Allnock

Hello there, coloristas! It’s Sandy Allnock with our monthly bit of coloring fun. This time it’s just a bit different — not a card!

I’m a Bible journaler as well as a crafter — if you haven’t heard of it, it’s when people create art around the Scriptures, sometimes in a Bible, and others in a journal or other ways (a quick search on Pinterest will blow your mind, so be forewarned!) Anyhow…I had this idea to use the swans and vellum and as I was reading the Bible passage that says “Be still and know I am God,” it was pretty obvious that elegant, peaceful swans would be perfect for it.

Bible Journaling page from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

The technique can also be used for cards, of course — and with any color background underneath!

Tips for setting up the process:

  1. Cut the vellum to fit the exact size of the page, and note where the highlighted passage would be. I measured mine with a ruler – how many inches from the left/top/right/bottom.
  2. In my computer set the page size to match the Bible page size, then make a box where the highlighted passage will be.
  3. Then set the text — bigger, simpler words in easy fonts are best, since they’re easiest to trace.
  4. If possible print one copy in the right direction and another flipped.
  5. Use the flipped one to stamp in a light ink.
  6. Color the “back” side (the stamped side), then add color and text to the front.
  7. Choose a color for behind the vellum if desired. Mask out the verse.
  8. Place a strip of adhesive tape along the inside edge, and secure in the Bible.

Bible Journaling page from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Isn’t the transparency just lovely? And the idea that you can still easily read the scriptures AND use stamps without worrying about bleed through, all that makes me so happy. I don’t use page preps (gessos, etc.) so I really love ways to create without having to deal with mediums that’ll make a mess in the pages. If you’d like to see more, visit my Bible Journaling channel.

Bible Journaling page from Sandy Allnock featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I hope this is a technique you might try with cards if you aren’t a Bible journaler. It’s a lot of fun, even if it requires a little thinking to stamp everything “backward”! See you all next month!

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Comments (31)

  • Sandy Allnock

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    Be sure to let me know if you try it – I know it’ll be beautiful!

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  • Leslie

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    This is beautiful Sandy, thank you for showing us!

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  • Karen Z.

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    What an unusual idea! Leave it to you, Sandy! I can definitely see using this idea on a card as well – stamping a sentiment and that stamping around it. You always stretch my imagination! Thanks!

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  • Sandy3179

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    Sandy – this is beautiful – I really like this technique idea for putting in my Bible. Thanks!

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  • Mary K

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    The vellum overlay is so soft and lovely with your beautiful illustration.

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  • Lisa

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    This process came out beautiful.
    I love your bible journaling YouTube channel.

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  • Rosy Newlunn

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    What a light and airy page of artwork to highlight a Bible verse! I love your ideas!

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  • Jan D., FL

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    This is really beautiful and a technique that’s new to me. Love it. Yellow is my fav color, too.

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    • Sandy Allnock

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      The *best* color! lol….

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  • Beverly

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    Wow, Sandy!! I LOVE your journaling on vellum! The page is marvelous, and I am so impressed with you! You are a wonderful and very creative artist, and I watch all of your videos! Outstanding work, Sandy!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  • Linda A. Davis

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    What a great idea!!! You are sooo creative!!! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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  • Fran Smith

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    Sandy, this is just so lovely.

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  • Sharon Roselli

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    Love this page! Never ever thought to do something like this. Sandy you got my mind going. Thank you

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    • Sandy Allnock

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      Yay!! That’s why we do this – to get that creativity rolling. Enjoy! 🙂

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  • Susan

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    This is lovely! I really like the swans, so versatile. You are amazing,Sandy!

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  • Cindy Aguirre

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    Beautiful, Sandy! Thank you for sharing this technique!

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  • Debbie B

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    You are an amazing artist and have God given talents. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  • Lagene

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    Gorgeous and calming!

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  • Maureen Hayes

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    Stunning as always Sandy! These swans are so elegant and the perfect choice for your verse and for the vellum. It was interesting to watch you color on both sides and build up the intensity. Thank you for sharing another way to use our beloved MFT stamps, not just on our cards, but in our bible journaling as well.

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    • Sandy

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      Thanks so much❤️

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  • Leanne S

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    This is gorgeous! Loved the way you did it. I must give it a try. …when Idk.

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    • Sandy

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      Do it quick before you forget! ❤️

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  • Anna Craig

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    This was breathtakingly beautiful and TRUE!

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  • Gloria J Westerman

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    I absolutely love this..going to give this a try…thank you so much for sharing…

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  • creatingincolors

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    This is so soft and beautiful, and a great message

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  • Sue

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    Lovely page, technique and sentiment!

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  • Bev Page

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    Hi Sandy. I can pick your work out immediately. No-one has your touch with colouring mediums!!!! This looks absolutely stunning and so beautiful around the verse you wanted highlighted. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas and talent with us.

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    • Sandy

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      Aw thanks!

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  • Billie A

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    Beautiful page and I will be trying the pencil on vellum technique and love the white pen.

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