So You Want To Color In Your Bible?

I have to tell you, this was one of the more SCARY things I have tried. I just knew that I was going to ruin everything and the bible would spontaneously catch on fire, and I would be struck by lightning. I had convinced myself that all of the people I would see who had painted in their bible were using some kind of voodoo magic and special expensive paints. They probably had page protectors and all kinds of gadgets I didn’t have.

As I have mentioned before, I am not an artist. I am not a crafter. I am not really much of a drawer-er (is that a word?) I can, however, color a mean picture. Anyway, our art supplies are limited to Crayola and dollar general brand. Sometimes my mom takes pity and sends us something nicer from amazon (thanks mom). I don’t have the gelatos and I have 9$ watercolor paints that were on sale for 1/2 off at hobby lobby because 9$ is still a bit much for me to justify for something I can get for 4$ in the kids section. I will say, however, the few times I have used the fancy pants art supplies they have made BEAUTIFUL creations with very little of my help. (Like in those Disney movies when all of the household items come alive and do the work). So if you can afford the pricey materials, by all means, go for it. If you are stuck in homeschool land wearing 3-year-old jeans and a t-shirt then you are in good company. I do all of this for you. I want you to see that someone who can’t draw a thing, doesn’t know what the different shaped paint brushes are for (or that you have to use certain ones on certain types on paint! I learn so much at hobby lobby. The sales lady knows my name…), can still create something that expresses their connection to God and to his Word. It’s all about finding a starting place and getting comfortable there… Here’s your starting place…

“A Tutorial for Painting in Your Bible, For the Artistically Slow.”


Water color Paints (Any kind, we will talk about the differences in the finished product later)

Paint Brushes

Laminated Protector page (This is the page you put behind the one you are working on to protect the pages underneath. You can buy fancy ones for a lot of $$ or you can laminate something and then cut it in half.           Homeschool moms have a lot of laminated things, so I had a plethora to choose from. You need one let me know and I’ll send you one.)

Pencil                           Micron Pens (no-bleeding pens)           Modge Podge                                                             Your Bible                  Water Cup                                                       Paper towels

OK So I am not big on the Gesso page protector. I used it once and wasn’t happy with it and I have honestly found it unnecessary so I don’t use anything to “prime” the pages. Kick your kids and/or animals and/or husbands out of your space and get focused. Here we go…

Step 1:     Grab your pencil and start writing/tracing the words/image.  Please be ok with tracing. I traced so many things for so long I think it helped my brain be able to move on to doing it by copying the picture from sight and then doing it myself without a picture (I say that loosely, I can letter, I still can’t draw..). I am including a free traceable and I want you to use it!!! 🙂

*Free Hint – Whenever I trace something I tape it to the page behind with Mavalous Tape. I love this stuff it’s a bit better than washi tape but it still doesn’t rip the pages and is easy to pull off! They have it at teacher stores and             on amazon. It’s not that cheap but it lasts forever and I use it for a ton of  things.

Step 2:  Look over the image/words and make changes. Erasers are my favorite. The white ones that are in the architectural drawing section at Hobby Lobby. After you are happy with the tracing/drawing take you Micron Pen and trace over it all (ps – look for a post about using the right size points on Monday!). Once it’s all traced give it a few mins to settle because with certain pens it will spread if you don’t

Step 3: Insert the laminated page behind and get ready to make a mess. 🙂 The keys to getting the right amount of color on the paper is how much water is on the brush.smear 1 If you don’t have a lot of water it won’t make much of a color at all. If you have too much water then it will smear the letters and dilute the color. Look toward the top of mine where it says “Stand before God”It smeared a bit but I will be able to fix it a little later. So all I did was go across the page with different colors and I left the verse that I was referring to open. I usually wet the brush, get the paint palate wet and do one layer like that. It will be pretty light so I usually go back and get some more paint on the brush and do it again, but not more water. THIS IS WHAT YOUR PAPER TOWEL IS FOR (aside from cleaning up spills of course). Blot on your paper towel and see how the color is. It’s all trial and error.

*** Free Hint: I’ve said this before, but use the back pages of your bible to test things. There are usually some blank pages and I have gone over some of the extra info pages too.

Step 4: Let it Dry.   Most times I can just walk away from it and do one of the many things I have been ignoring (like hungry children looking at me through the front windows). About 20 mins later it’s usually good. You can also use a drying tool or a hair dryer on low (bc I don’t understand what the difference is between the 2 and I haven’t melted my bible yet).

** The page will look and feel chalky. It’s ok. I have found that some of the  cheaper paints do this and it won’t matter later anyway.

Step 5:  Go over the lettering and images with the micron pen again. This will make them pop, especially if they are chalky looking. Let it dry again so you don’t smear the ink with the next step.
Step 6: After at least 20 more mins or so (or use the dryer for just a few quick mins), go ahead and use the Modge podge to cover the page. Make sure you keep the laminating sheet behind it and hold on to the page as you pull it across. The texture is like a thin glue so you want to make sure you stretch it to keep it flat. You can see how wrinkly it looks in the picture above before we put the modge podge on, but that will flatten up. I use the matte and the satin modge podge. I don’t like shimmer but there is a few more shiny options also. I believe that this is similar to the “Gesso” that people use to prep their page and finish their page. It’s just cheaper and something I actually had around. (I don’t know why, I never crafted but it was there!).


Step 7: Now, move the laminated page around underneath so it doesn’t stick to where it is. Make sure you do leave it under there though once you move it around. (Since I cut the

laminated paper in half when I made them, I usually swap out the 2 now. That way the messy one can be cleaned and the new one doesn’t have any extra junk on it) put the other half that is clean use the dryer to dry the page or just leave it open. If you are going to leave it open (which is what I usually do) make sure you move the laminated sheet under it a few times while it is drying. You don’t want it to get stuck. It will dry pretty quickly.

You should see the page start to flatten out (as long as you made sure it was as flat as it could be when you left it to dry). Once it is completely dry I wipe off the laminated page and put it back in there on the other side (covering your new work) and shut the bible. It helps it to flatten out even more and it is perfect after that!

Here are some FREEBIES to trace! – All pages – Coloring Book

I hope this encourages you to try! If you do use hashtag #embracedgracecreations or post it on the Faith In HeArts Facebook group or on your own Facebook/instagram page and tag me!!! (Becky Faulkner). Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

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