Using Napkins in Bible Journaling is an Easy Way for Beginners and Seasoned Journalers to Add Beauty to your Bible Journalings!

How to Use Napkins in Bible Journaling with Great Results!

Using Napkins in Bible Journaling is an Easy Way for Beginners and Seasoned Journalers to Add Beauty to your Bible Journalings!

How to Use Napkins in Bible Journaling

You open your bible wanting to create something beautiful… but you’re not an artist.

What if I told you, that as a non artist,  you could make beautiful bible journalings in your journaling bible?

Would you believe me?  I understand the doubt~ I truly do!  But I’m here to tell you that it’s very doable.

I’ve been using napkins in bible journaling with wonderful results and today I want to share a tutorial with you!

Supplies for the Bible Journaling Napking Technique

I know it sounds crazy- but napkins have been used in mixed media for years.  It’s a natural transition to use those same techniques in our bible journaling.  And anyone can do it!

There are a few supplies that you will need to make these gorgeous works of art in your very own journaling bible.

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Here are the supplies neccesary for the Bible journaling napkin technique

Journaling bible

Clear Gesso or matte gel medium 
(I recommend the Gesso)

Paint Brushes

Decorative napkins– These are usually called cocktail napkins.  It’s important to purchase napkins that are the types with decorative designs that are 3 ply where the layers can be seperated.  Paper towels are not your best option.  My ultimate favorites are these hummingbird in hibiscus flowers, the robins nest amidst the flowers and these hot air balloons.

Parchment Paper Open up your napkin and peel the layers apart.  You will only be using the top most layer.  Discard the under layers- or use them for cleaning up.  Cut or tear around the object you want to use in your journaling.  I prefer tearing since it gives a softer, less harsh edge.

Find a pleasing placement for your element on your bible page.  Line Underneath your bible pages so no paint or water seeps through to the page below it.

Shake your Gesso and prime that area with a coating of gesso by brushing the gesso on your bible page.  You don’t want to saturate the page but you don’t want to use too little.  Apply a thin coat. .  Lay your torn napkin on top of the gesso, and starting at the center,  paint with outward strokes towards the edges, smoothing the napkin as you paint and glue with your paintbrush.

A word about Gesso: I  prefer the Dina Wakely brand of clear gesso. It gives great results and is not grainy like a Matte Gel Medium.  It looks very natural on the page. If the only thing you have is Matte Gel Medium then I would use that.  Experiment and use what you love.

Allow your napkin bible journaling to dry fully before closing the page.  The edges of your page might curl up after applying the napkin but will flatten out with the pressure of the Bible pages while closed.

I added some watercolor painting to my journaling and will cover that in a future post!

Bible Journaling with Napkins Bring You Beautiful Results!

Using Napkins in Bible Journaling is an Easy Way for Beginners and Seasoned Journalers to Add Beauty to your Bible Journalings!

Here’s a video I put together sharing how I did the above journaling.

How to use napkins in bible journaling is a perfect way to learn how to start bible journaling for beginners. If you try this tecnique, I would love to see (and hear!) about it!  Please tag me on social media using the hashtag #embracingthelovely.

Process Video Using Decorative Napkins in Bible Journaling

Using napkins in bible journaling for beautiful results!

Posted by Hey Creative Sister on Sunday, April 29, 2018

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