I’ve made it to the last prompt in Writing in the Margins. What a journey it’s been!
The margins are certainly a sacred “ring of light,” a circle of blessing around the biblical text. Consider that space a halo of sorts. Turn to any of these psalms, which are reflections on that light, and write a prayer of thanks for the radiance and sacred presence you have found in the margins.
Then Lisa Nichols Hickman lists four verses, the first of which is Psalm 97:11: “Light is sown for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart.”
As I pictured light being sown, the image of a sparkler came to mind. Fireworks bring me joy, too. Once I had the idea, the only trick was to make it happen. I did a few trails on photo copy paper before beginning in my Bible.
I started by masking off part of the page and applying two coats of gesso:
Then I stamped my sparkler image onto masking tape on waxed paper, which I cut it out….(The stamp set is from Winnie & Walter.)
I put the masking tape images on my paper before covering the area with “Chipped Sapphire” Distress ink. I used a slightly damp foam applicator to spread the ink. (Now that I have gesso, I am a bit obsessed with Distress inks.) And my kids demanded to know: WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOUR BIBLE?!?:
I stamped my sparkler image and the word “sparkle” with chalk edgers. Then I added a little glitter, wrote the Bible verse along the edge, and added a sticker at top. Honestly, I added the sticker to help fix a little tear in the page, but I think it works!
My prayer: Lord, thank you for the ways that making art in the margins of my Bible has brought light and joy into my life! AMEN