It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Bible journaling….well, honestly, a while since I’d done much of it. But I’ve been getting back into it, have been trying some new techniques, and wanted to share this super easy decoupage idea I came across using paper napkins. Perfect for those of us who can’t draw a pretty picture to save our lives.
All you need is some napkins, your Bible, a foam or paint brush, and some clear gesso.
First, choose your verse and your napkin! Check to see how many plies your napkin is; most I’ve seen are 2 or 3 ply. After you cut out the piece you want to use you’ll need to pull off all of the backing layers, leaving only the top coloured layer of your napkin.
Put a layer of clear gesso (or whatever other page prep you use) over the page. I do the whole page to keep it looking more uniform, but that’s up to you. Carefully place your napkin where you want it, gently in case you need to reposition it. When you’re happy with it, you can press it down a bit more firmly with your fingers to get any air bubbles out.
V-e-r-y carefully put another layer of gesso over top. Don’t go from bible page onto the napkin because you’ll crumple the edges of the napkin. Instead, make sure to start on the napkin then smooth it onto the Bible page. This is really the only finicky bit and you can’t really rush this step.
All that’s left is to let it dry or use a heat tool to dry it! Trim any overhanging napkin from the edge of the page and that’s it!
I know that a lot of people don’t mind covering the text of the Bible but as I use this as my regular reading Bible I prefer to keep the text legible. Lighter colours of napkins will allow the words to show through. If you’re not sure, you can try a piece of the napkin on one of the back pages of the Bible. You can’t really tell for sure how it will look until it’s covered with gesso and has dried. With the napkins I used, I wasn’t sure if the darker pinks would show the text so I made sure to only have the lighter colours over the words.
Do you Bible journal? What techniques do you like to use? I’d love to see pictures if you have any online!