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.
March FEATURED ARTIST
“Denim & Lace” by Michele Bowden
Heart-work: “As I consider my relationship with Jesus, His steadfast love always remains. In growth and maturity, I am clothing myself in His love like my favorite denim jacket. It is timeless, gentle, and has become a daily practice. When I dig deeper into God’s love, each new layer comforts me more than the last. His covenant stands firm!”
Process info: “I layered a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White onto a piece of paper and covered it with plastic wrap until it was almost dry. After removing the plastic wrap and drying the page, I went back over and layered the individual colors as highlights and shadows. I cut the page into strips and layered with other lace and ribbons I had on hand. Final step was adding a few floral pieces to finish and attaching with hot glue gun until the layers were full. There is a bit of hidden journaling in the attached card so I could preserve the Bible text in Psalm 89.”
"Junk Journal" by Michele Bowden
Impact lesson: God has been impressing on my heart that I need to rely on Him for everything. I know that He is sovereign. But, when daily life gets hard, it’s easy to forget that He is still on His throne. These truths stood out in Psalm 41 made me reflect and remember the following:
- My strength comes from Him. (Vs 1)
- He gives victory over my circumstances. (Vs. 2)
- He is the Lord, the first, and with the last. He is the “I AM.” (Vs. 4)
- I can be strong like nails and with the shed blood of Christ, I have eternity to live. (Vs. 6-7)
- I don’t need to fear, for He is with me! (Vs. 10)
Process: This page is literally made with a “to-go bag” from a restaurant. It is in the junk Journaling style but I just wanted to show that you can use anything from around the house to collage.
I made a simple layered background with paper, scissors, and glue. I added some hand lettering with a Tombow brush pen. I highlighted the area around the verse with hand-drawn flowers using brush markers and a bit of watercolor. I also applied the tip-ins with Washi tape. There is a hidden journaling on this page to allow me to preserve the wording. As the final step, I flipped to the second page to write all of my notes to remember about the chapter. Made in the Interleaved ESV Bible by Crossway.
February FEATURED ARTIST Jessica Meier
January 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!