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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bible Journaling: Gelato Galaxy

how to create galaxy art in your bible

Bible Journaling: Gelato Galaxy
Hey Bible J-ers! Today, my daily Bible reading took me to Romans. I just love Romans, don't you? It's chock-full of truth! There were so many good little tidbits in that first chapter! But one verse stuck out to me:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

I thought about how creation speaks of a creator. Anyone can see it! I thought this would make a great verse for Bible journaling, and since I've been thinking about trying to make a galaxy-style picture of some sort, I decided this was the verse to try it on!

sunflower and leaves

Sunflower & Leaves
Okay, first I used my Micron pen (no bleed-thru! yay!) to sketch a sunflower in the corner and a couple of big, simple leaves. You might be wondering what on earth sunflowers have to do with galaxies. Well, not much. But I have also been wanting to draw a big sunflower in my Bible-J. And this whole creation thing includes sunflowers, too, so yep. That's my thought process. Ha ha! But seriously, I like the contrast of the bright flower and the galaxy. It's almost like it is the sun, shining out there from the corner of the page.

Creation speaks of God Bible Journaling Romans 1:20

Next, I used my Faber-Castell Artist Pens to draw my words. I am the world's worst hand letter-er. But I've learned a few tricks to take icky handwriting and make it a bit fancier. You can read about how to make your handwriting fancier here.

Prepping The Galaxy Page
I colored in my sunflower and leaves with gelatos, then I got to work prepping for my galaxy. I started by using white crayon to draw some dots and circles on the page, hoping they would show up through my gelatos like stars. I outlined my verse and colored over it with white crayon to keep the gelatos from covering it.

white crayon stars

Creating My Galaxy

If you're not familiar with gelatos, read about them here.

Beginning in the corner, I used boysenberry (dark blue), snow cone (light blue) and passion fruit (purply-pink) gelatos from the Faber Castell Bright Gelatos set. I smudged them with the hard sponge and used circular motions to blend them together. Be careful doing this. Make sure you're holding your Bible page firmly so as not to tear it. I continued adding small patches of color and blending them together. Other gelatos I used included elderberry, acqua dolce and bubble gum as well as shades of greens, yellows, etc., all from the Brights and Pastels gelato collections.. I had a little trouble blending in the dark blue (boysenberry) gelato. I don't know if it was just that one, or if all the boysenberry gelatos are difficult to blend.

Use gelatos to create galaxy colors

Blend gelato colors for galaxy

Adding Stars
After blending, I used white acryllic craft paint to make stars. I dipped a stiff bristled brush into some water and then into the paint, then running my finger over the bristles, I splattered white "stars" into my galaxy. I also used a small pointed brush to create larger stars.

Using white paint to make stars

Using white paint to create stars

Use white paint to make stars

Moving over to my sunflower page, I also used white paint to add highlights to my sunflower, leaves and words.

Gelatos sunflower

Highlight text with white paint

Sunflower and Galaxy for Romans 1:20

All-in-all, I'm very pleased with my first gelato galaxy! Are you going to try it? Share your photos with me on Facebook!