I was so excited about the Illustrated Faith event before I went that I made myself write down a list of what I hoped to accomplish, just so I would have some way of knowing whether the trip led up to all my feelings of anticipation. And as I looked over my list, everything I hoped happened, but there was one small thing I did not check off my list: I wanted to try scraping acrylic paint in my Bible with a gift card. (I totally chickened out and resorted to colored pencils!)
I did pick up a little “Wow God” journal that was included with a “Wow God” stamp set that helped me gain the confidence to do this. At first I was excited about the stamps and unsure what to do with the little journal. I came home from the day inspired to keep reducing the clutter in my home. I am embarrassed to say that this nice little book for a short while found its way to the recycling bin. I thought, “I probably won’t use this, and I’m not sure who to give it to.”
As I started to see how people used their journals in the Journaling Bible Community, I felt inspired. The little journal would be the perfect thing to practice what I felt too scared to do in my Bible and it would be fun to fill in the journal along with others doing the gratitude challenge. So I got some acrylic paints and started credit card painting. I found the care-free splash of color look a bit hard to achieve. My first attempts resulted in a paint mess all over the page. But then I saw a page that I liked on the Facebook group and shamelessly copied it. Once I did that, I could see how little paint is really needed and how the paint really just needs to be background color for the stamps. Then I easily came up with my own creation below.
Here’s the steps I would take to do this in my Bible now:
- Write down the Bible verse and/or any thoughts you want to write down in the margins to know how much writing space you will need.
- Imagine where you might use the stamps.
- Think about what background colors would work well with the stamps.
- Place the paint on a paper plate or palate and dip just the corner of the credit card into the paint. Apply the paint to the page sparingly in a thin coat. (For the rainbow stripe, I used a q-tip to put six dots of paint on the card before I dragged it across the page.)
- If desired, use a paint brush to fill in the stamps with more paint and re-stamp over top of the paint to get a crisp outline as I did with the little bird.
- Add stickers or any other elements the page needs to achieve a carefree look.