Collage Bible Journaling

The word collage simply means layers. This may include magazine cut outs, vellum, paper doilies, stickers, tags, and paper napkins. Acrylic paint, watercolors and gelatoes may be a part of a page composition.   


FEATURED ARTIST  SALLY SULCOVE 

Since I started Bible journaling, I’ve been hoping that one day my style would emerge as an artist.  I love to try new things and to incorporate the art of others into my Bible journaling.  When Connie Denninger reached out to me about providing some examples, she asked for examples of collages.  The focused request helped me to see what I like to do best:  Collage!

Making a simple collage of stickers and paper pieces in the margins is a quick and easy way to do Bible journaling.  I often find that as I play with the various elements of the collage that the verse speaks to me in new and unexpected ways, which is fun.

The trick to making a collage work is to use a simple color palate.  Once you find some paper pieces or sticker that you like, look to your art supplies to find colors that either match well or contrast nicely with the colors in the materials you want to use.  When using colors that contrast, you’ll know you have a good match when the piece you want to use pops against the color.  I am always surprised about how few colors I need:  usually no more than five.  I like to use acrylic paint, water colors, and colored pencils with other elements.

Before bed, I usually read the passage that I will journal in the morning.  I gather some materials and set them out on my kitchen table.  In the morning, before I start my day, I take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee and put a page together in my Bible.  This always puts me in a good mood for whatever the day holds!

Sally Sulcove I find that a collage style works well with coloring Bibles like The Inspire Praise Bible.  In this page, I started with the Seek Inspiration printable from Illustrated Faith Pray Shop.  I found colored pencils that matched the colors in the printable and then colored the line art already in my Bible.  Then I added stickers, paper pieces, washi tape and word strips.

Sally Sulcove

I find that a collage style works well with coloring Bibles like The Inspire Praise Bible.  In this page, I started with the Seek Inspiration printable from Illustrated Faith Pray Shop.  I found colored pencils that matched the colors in the printable and then colored the line art already in my Bible.  Then I added stickers, paper pieces, washi tape and word strips.

Sally Sulcove    I decided to complement the line art in my Bible on the right with a great big picture of a cluster of grapes.  I searched online for a simple image to trace into my Bible and then painted it with water colors.  I added paper pieces, washi tape, stickers, and stamps.  I added some journaling in my normal every-day handwriting.  I’ve heard many people say:  “Use your handwriting; it may not be perfect, but it is a connection to you.”

Sally Sulcove  

 I decided to complement the line art in my Bible on the right with a great big picture of a cluster of grapes.  I searched online for a simple image to trace into my Bible and then painted it with water colors.  I added paper pieces, washi tape, stickers, and stamps.  I added some journaling in my normal every-day handwriting.  I’ve heard many people say:  “Use your handwriting; it may not be perfect, but it is a connection to you.”

 
Sally Sulcove I had a lot of fun with color in this page.   I put down a wash of water color paint, then added stickers, a tab, and some stamps.

Sally Sulcove

I had a lot of fun with color in this page.   I put down a wash of water color paint, then added stickers, a tab, and some stamps.

Sally Sulcove At first, I found that the little giraffe from the “Be Thou My Vision” printable from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray shop looked flat against the white paper, so I added some contrasting blue and purple to the background.  I used a credit card to scraped acrylic paint in a thin coat against the page, making the giraffe stand out. 

Sally Sulcove

At first, I found that the little giraffe from the “Be Thou My Vision” printable from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray shop looked flat against the white paper, so I added some contrasting blue and purple to the background.  I used a credit card to scraped acrylic paint in a thin coat against the page, making the giraffe stand out. 

Sally Sulcove I’ve been working through the prompts for Gratitude Documented.  This next page focuses on my children.  The page came together super quickly using the “Room at His Table” printable from the Illustrated Faith Print and Pray Shop.  I just cut and paste.

Sally Sulcove

I’ve been working through the prompts for Gratitude Documented.  This next page focuses on my children.  The page came together super quickly using the “Room at His Table” printable from the Illustrated Faith Print and Pray Shop.  I just cut and paste.


Sierra Burden 1 John 2:15-17 I loved how the paint and stickers worked well on the inside pages of this insert. The idea for me was to take the focus away from the worldly things and focus on the heavenly realm with clouds and a breath-taking sky/heaven.  The verses talk about how the earthly desires are not what God wants us to focus on, but that He wants us to look heavenward for all things. 

Sierra Burden

1 John 2:15-17 I loved how the paint and stickers worked well on the inside pages of this insert. The idea for me was to take the focus away from the worldly things and focus on the heavenly realm with clouds and a breath-taking sky/heaven.  The verses talk about how the earthly desires are not what God wants us to focus on, but that He wants us to look heavenward for all things. 

Sierra Burden 1 Peter 1:18-19 I was surprised at how emotional I got while painting my hand to do this page.  It took more red acrylic paint than I imagined, which reminded me how much Christ really sacrificed in His own blood to redeem us all.

Sierra Burden

1 Peter 1:18-19 I was surprised at how emotional I got while painting my hand to do this page.  It took more red acrylic paint than I imagined, which reminded me how much Christ really sacrificed in His own blood to redeem us all.

Sierra Burden Book of Jonah--This was a fun page for me.  (The two pictures are of the same page).  I used transparency film to trace from a coloring book all the fishy designs I liked. Then I used stickers, acrylics, and pen to add the background.  In a several week Bible study about Jonah, there was a lesson on how God uses our plain moments, even our mistakes, to make a masterpiece.  The author of the study equates God with a master chef.  He can use leftover vegetables and leftover meat to make a marvelous savory pie.  That takes skill. God took Jonah's mistake of taking a ship to "avoid God" and converted a ship full of pagans into believers.  God can work wonders out of every season of life we are in. 

Sierra Burden

Book of Jonah--This was a fun page for me.  (The two pictures are of the same page).  I used transparency film to trace from a coloring book all the fishy designs I liked. Then I used stickers, acrylics, and pen to add the background.  In a several week Bible study about Jonah, there was a lesson on how God uses our plain moments, even our mistakes, to make a masterpiece.  The author of the study equates God with a master chef.  He can use leftover vegetables and leftover meat to make a marvelous savory pie.  That takes skill. God took Jonah's mistake of taking a ship to "avoid God" and converted a ship full of pagans into believers.  God can work wonders out of every season of life we are in. 

Sierra Burden Book of Jonah

Sierra Burden

Book of Jonah

 Sierra Burden Micah 7:7 says, "But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." When I saw that this verse was about hope, I immediately thought of butterflies.  I once trained for a 5K, and near the end of my practice runs, I would see little butterflies on the hillside. The butterflies were my hope that I could finish strong.  I like translating that to my life in Bible Journaling. Waiting in hope for the Lord.

 Sierra Burden

Micah 7:7 says, "But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." When I saw that this verse was about hope, I immediately thought of butterflies.  I once trained for a 5K, and near the end of my practice runs, I would see little butterflies on the hillside. The butterflies were my hope that I could finish strong.  I like translating that to my life in Bible Journaling. Waiting in hope for the Lord.

Sierra Burden 1 John 3:1-3 This was one of my first entries that got me interested in Bible journaling.  The idea and materials came from a card I received one Easter. Combined with acrylic paint, the words from the card and the flowers from the card showed me how loved, valued, and enjoyed I am by the Lord on High. 

Sierra Burden

1 John 3:1-3 This was one of my first entries that got me interested in Bible journaling.  The idea and materials came from a card I received one Easter. Combined with acrylic paint, the words from the card and the flowers from the card showed me how loved, valued, and enjoyed I am by the Lord on High. 

 Sierra Burden "Rooted in Christ" Colossians 2:7  The entire time I was working with this theme, I had an old school-time song running through my head.  So I had to add it to my page.  This Bible verse came to me at a time in my life when I very much needed to see it.  My physical health suffered from an injury and my home life was suffering as well.  It helped to remember that being rooted of Christ can help me overcome my daily troubles. 

 Sierra Burden

"Rooted in Christ" Colossians 2:7  The entire time I was working with this theme, I had an old school-time song running through my head.  So I had to add it to my page.  This Bible verse came to me at a time in my life when I very much needed to see it.  My physical health suffered from an injury and my home life was suffering as well.  It helped to remember that being rooted of Christ can help me overcome my daily troubles.