“Unhacking Marriage” Bible Journal Process

img_4992In the midst of working through Bible journaling kits and devotionals, it is nice to stop and journal something that touches your heart, no theme required.  I have really been enjoying our most recent sermon series at church, and spending time journaling on Monday mornings has been the most pleasant way I can think of to start off a busy week.  Check out my process for “Unhacking Marriage” on my YouTube channel:

It has been a while since I used acrylic paint as the basis of a Bible journal entry, and I was quickly reminded how much I love working with this particular medium.  While you get a vivid, opaque color, the paint does not bleed through!  Also, I love the texture it creates when you can see the brush strokes.  Now I am sure that a trained artist would scoff at the fact that I prefer to leave my brush strokes seen, but I don’t mind.  We all have our preferences, and it is important to embrace what brings you joy, not only what is the “correct” way to do things.

A few tips when working with acrylic paint:

  1. Work quickly, because acrylic paint tend to dry quickly!
  2. If the paint has a satin or gloss finish, it will be sticky when dry.  Be careful what is on the opposite page, or else when the Bible is closed, pages may stick together.
  3. Blending is certainly possible with acrylic paint, but does take more effort than blending with watercolors.
  4. Acrylic paint can be layered up and used to create interesting texture and depth…don’t be afraid to experiment.

img_4987This page was actually pretty straightforward.  After I sketched the image I had in my head out with a pencil, I filled it in with acrylic paint.  The goal was to have the two figures, pink and blue, melding together to represent “one flesh” created in marriage.  The love from a Christ-focused marriage radiate out to the world, represented by the edges of the heart radiating outward from the two figures.  I am not often so literal in my imagery, but this image was calling my name!

After I finished the acrylic paint and let it dry completely, I added the title “One Flesh”.  I layered a black Tombow lettering pen over the top of pencil for the title.  Then, I added the 5 tenants for “unhacking” marriage.  More specifically, these are instructions laid out in the Bible for reinforcing your marriage for the long game:

  1. Embrace the mystery of sacred oneness – Gen. 2:20-25, Deut. 6:4-5
  2. Love your unique equal in order to discover your compliment – Eph. 5:21-33
  3. Use the superglue of marriage – 1 Cor. 7:1-7
  4. Welcome creative conflict, but send bitterness packing – Eph. 4:23-27, Her. 12:14-15a
  5. Commit to a lifelong covenant & fight for it – 1 Cor. 7:12-16, Matt. 19:3-11, Malachi 2:13-16

A few paint splatters gave the “messy” look that I simply love on my Bible pages, and I also found an opportunity to use a few paper tabs that I have been holding on to for years.  Seriously, am I the only one that has a million paper tabs from back when Illustrated Faith was with Dayspring.  I feel like I have hundreds from previous sales, and I tend to opt for ribbon tabs these days.  Needless to say, I was glad to use a few on this page!

This was a refreshing page for me.  First of all, I loved the time reflecting on my own marriage and what we could be doing to really invest in our relationship.  And, secondly, I always enjoy reconnecting with a supply or medium that I haven’t used in a while.  For me, it was a great reminder of just how much I love using acrylic paint in my Bible!  What’s your favorite supply these days?

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

“Unhacking Marriage” Sermon from Columbia Baptist Church

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