I am a regular contributor to Craft Stamper magazine but when the editor asked me to write an article for March I really wanted to ask if I could do a bible art journaling page. That was very scary as this is a mainstream mag so I asked some close friends for prayer and they were all very encouraging.
And so was the editor! As long as the technique could be used out of a bible she was happy for me to do the article.
When the article came out last Friday it made me cry as they didn't just feature my step by step but included other pages from my bible. My go to when I'm journaling is just my fine, black bic pen and occasionally some watercolour but that's not something you can write about in a stamping magazine!! I also love to use deli paper, something I've written about on the blog before.
I love to stamp in my art journals and am thrilled about the recent availability of British bible art journaling stamps, thanks to the wonderful Hannah at Creative Bea. It is brilliant to be stamping more in my bible!
Firstly I thought I'd share again the benefits of deli paper. It is very light and brilliant for covering up bleed through or mistakes. The page on the left has bled through and I used deli paper on the other side. The bleedthrough happily co-ordinates with the deli paper!
Painted deli paper also looks pretty as decoration for the edge of a page...
... and inspired by a page by Christy Fae I've cut it into mountain shapes.
Hannah has recently brought out a new set of stamps and I was privileged to get to play with them early. I was keen to use the 'Calvary' set as much of my reading lately has been about our inheritance through the death of Christ.
If you're familiar with my bible journaling you'll know I enjoy reading a variety of translations and paraphrases.
All translations are influenced by the theology of the translator so reading a variety gives a better understanding of the meaning of the passage. To me it's a bit like when you hear a preacher explain a verse or passage, but in a book!! The Passion Translation's aim is to reveal the heart of God and His passion for us.
Another favourite paraphrase of mine is Francois du Toit's Mirror which is translated "with the person of Jesus Christ Himself and His finished work as the proper interpretative lens".
My journaling bible is an NIV, my 'go to' read but I love to add a different version in the margins in order to amplify the meaning. My reading this morning was from James 4:8 which reads
"Come near to God and He will come near to you"
but it was the Mirror's interpretation that particularly spoke to me today so I added it to the margin.
"Snuggle up to the warm embrace of God,
experience His closeness to you"
In Christ, there is no separation between God and us (Romans 8), absolutely none..... so He is as close as close can be. I needed to remember that!