Bible Journaling for the Fine Artist, coming out next month, is going to be a great resource for those of us who are into Bible Journaling. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy in return for my honest review. I picked up a lot of tips and inspiration from this book. The section on how to fix mistakes was pretty useful because — oops!– we all make mistakes at some point in our Journaling Bibles. One tip that I picked up was to go back over watercolor with a colored pencil to add shading and dimension; I had never even thought about doing that, but I can see how having that extra control over the color would make the art pop. There’s even a section of tips for people who want to paint the cover of their Bibles. I have seen some beautiful painted Bibles on Etsy, but you could paint your own cover if you have some artistic skill. My favorite part of the book was a tutorial section. I immediately wanted to do several of the pages, especially the cactus-themed one because I like cacti, and the one that says “Risen” with a painted rose theme. I decided to dig right in, and I want to show you how the Risen page turned out. The one in the book is even more beautiful, but I thought this came out pretty nice. It makes me think of Easter coming in April, which is an encouragement in all the rain, snow, and windy cold we’ve been having where I live. Here’s what I did based on the Risen tutorial (the left hand side is completely mine, and the right hand side is inspired by the tutorial).
If you see this book at your local bookstore or library, I encourage you to flip through it for your own inspiration! If you have any questions about how to do the Risen page, feel free to send me a message. I used a brush pen to do the lettering, and I used regular acrylic paint for the roses. Start with a darker red color for a dot in the middle, and then make outward circles in a lighter pink and then white for highlight. I did not have white acrylic paint like the tutorial suggested, so I went in with a white highlighting pen to add the white on mine. Let me know if you end up trying the Risen page!