Psalms 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.What a comfort this verse is. I wanted to make some large majestic golden wings over these pages.
I knew I was going to be using some watercolor pencils so I started with some Medium Matte Gel. I love this stuff cause it dries clear! Of course you can also use Gesso! (Gesso is available in White, Black and Clear). I put a piece of paper below each of my pages to protect the pages below.
You have a few choices for what kind of texture you want.
You can use a credit card or membership card to spread the Gel over your pages. This will give you a more bumpy texture with ridges here and there.
You can also use a make up sponge for a smoother texture. Or, you can use one of the craft sponge paintbrushes. It won't be perfectly smooth, but pretty close. If I were using the Gel or Gesso on a more durable surface and wanted it super smooth I would sand it with super fine grit sandpaper or sanding block. But that is not recommended for your bible pages at this point (until I try it and see how my pages hold up)!! =)
After your Gel or Gesso has dried, put your printed image below the page and you can still see clearly enough to trace your image.
Next, use your favorite waterproof pen and trace your images!
I started coloring in my feathers with Distress Ink Wild Honey. I left the tips empty to fill them in with Mustard Seed.
Coloring on top of Gel is a bit different if you haven't done this before. Your color kind of "floats" on the surface. It doesn't exactly blend like you might be used to.
I used Distress Ink Rusty Hinge to fill in some of the shadows. Then used a paper tortillon to kind of smear it in together. A paper tortillon is just paper that is rolled up really tightly into a point, great for smooshing and blending! =) You can find them in the art section at Hobby Lobby, I've seen them in Walmart's art section too.
Here are my finished feathers!
Then finally, I wanted to give them a hazy pink aura, so I colored around it with my pink watercolor pencil and blended it in with my damp brush. I really like how these wings turned out!
Here is the link to the free PDF I've made for you. It's in my Doodles store where I have my other stamps, so you'll have to create an account. If you don't want to, just email me (tiff . web at gmail . com) and I'll email it over to you!! There are simple instructions on the PDF for transferring the images to your bible.
If you are new to Digital Stamping or Tiffany Doodles, I invite you to check out my hand drawn digital stamps. Any of them can be used for Bible Journaling. They are all PNG image files (delivered in a .zip file) that can be resized to whatever size you like! Here is a basic tutorial for for using Digital Stamps and printing them from Word. They can be used in the same way as the PDF I am offering you here! As always, if you have any questions or need help, don't hesitate to ask me! =)
Oh, and if you enjoy using Distress Ink in a more traditional style of watercoloring, then you've got to come over to my Facebook Group Distress Ink for Watercolor! We'd love to have you join us!
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