Grab a Napkin…and try this! With thanks to Becky Davis Shelton

Guest Post by Lisa Nichols Hickman author of Writing in the Margins.

The margins of Becky Davis Shelton caught my eye this week when I learned she is Bible journaling with napkins!


Check out her work and a bit about her below.  Anyone else out there journaling with napkins?  If so, we would love to see your work.

How did you get started Bible journaling?

I have actually journaled in my Bible since I was ten or twelve years old. Until recent months, “journaling” for me was note taking in the margins of my Bible and underlining and/or highlighting scriptures that had special meaning to me. Around a year ago, during my daily perusal of Pinterest, I started noticing Bible art journaling pins on my feed. The more I saw, the more intrigued I became with this beautiful and meaningful artwork. In March of 2017, I began researching online the different journaling Bibles on the market and ended up ordering my Inspire large print and a large set of artist quality colored pencils. Thus it began.


What difference does it make in your life?

Art journaling has kept my mind literally in the Word on a daily basis. I never journal a verse without studying at least a chapter. I believe God put me on this path to keep me centered on His Word.


Do you have a favorite scripture verse for yourself? Do you have a favorite scripture you have journaled? Why are these your favorites?

I have many favorite scriptures. Probably foremost is Galations 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This verse describes my life on this earth. Jesus gave himself for me. That is powerful.

Other favorites are:

John 14:6 – I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

I John 1:9 – But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

I love Ephesians 4:32 and have journaled this particular verse. It’s been a favorite scripture since I was very young. It has special meaning because in just a few words is explained how we are to treat others, exactly what type of forgiveness we are expected to extend to others and why.

What are your favorite tools to use? And do you have a technique you would like to share?

I think my very favorite tool is my light pad. I am no artist! I do lots of tracing of pictures I run across. I love glitter and metallic gel pens. I have a number of different brands and use them all! I use tons of washi tape, pre-printed die cuts and borders as well as cuts I make myself on my Silhouette Cameo.

As for a technique, lately I have learned the napkin technique, which produces such vibrant and colorful images on the page. My preference is to be able to read all scripture printed on the page so it is a challenge to find the right napkin that allows legibility and lends itself to the scripture.


To accomplish this, I used Dina Wakely clear gesso for the process.  I put one coat, then the napkin, dry it, another gesso coat and dry it. Then I add my lettering and other decorations.   You might check Dollar Tree for lots of napkin choices.  And you might also consider a napkin swap with friends in your Bible journaling community locally – or even across the states if you are in a virtual group.



You may see more of Becky’s work on Pinterest!  Enjoy taking a look at her work!

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