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.
The technique can also be used for cards, of course — and with any color background underneath!
Tips for setting up the process:
- 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.
- In my computer set the page size to match the Bible page size, then make a box where the highlighted passage will be.
- Then set the text — bigger, simpler words in easy fonts are best, since they’re easiest to trace.
- If possible print one copy in the right direction and another flipped.
- Use the flipped one to stamp in a light ink.
- Color the “back” side (the stamped side), then add color and text to the front.
- Choose a color for behind the vellum if desired. Mask out the verse.
- Place a strip of adhesive tape along the inside edge, and secure in the Bible.
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.
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!