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Hello! I listened to another great message (part 1 of 2) this morning from Dr. Tony Evans. Here is a link. He preached from this passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11New King James Version (NKJV) Greeting the Faithful 1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus […]

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How many of you have been BLESSED by Priscilla Shirer’s ministry? I sure have! She is an incredible teacher, adorable Mom and humble servant. Before I ever had the opportunity to hear her teach, I listened to her Dad, Dr. Tony Evans. The Lord spoke […]

Mixed Media Journaling Page Tutorial using decorative napkins

Mixed Media Journaling Page Tutorial using decorative napkins

Hi Sisters!

I have mentioned that I am teaching a Bible Journaling class at my home church and I thought I’d share a tutorial on a project we did in class using decorative napkins.

You can use napkins in a variety of ways, and if you adhere them with matte medium, or clear gesso, they will be semi-transparent…allowing you to see text underneath.

This is especially fun if you use them in your Bible! (A little more on that later)

Our class project was to use them as a background with mixed media layers on top.

Start with one piece of deli paper. (I buy deli paper at GFS / 500 sheets for about $5)

Read through the step by step process below before you start:)

1. Apply 1 coat of white gesso to your deli sheet with a foam brush.


2. After drying the gessoed page, separate the layers of your napkin by pulling off the backing. If you have a hard time finding a place to separate the napkin layers, tear a little off the corner to grab a starting point. Then, tear the top napkin layer into pieces. To apply them to the deli paper, brush the area  with matte medium or clear gesso, place the napkin piece on top, then carefully brush the top with more matte medium or gesso.

*Be careful brushing the top of the napkin, it can bunch or tear. If you have trouble with this, “pat” the matte medium on rather than “brush.”

3. With this “design” it is important to plan for the areas you will write a sentiment or verse. (Writing on top of the napkin can be a problem, due to the texture and random small “folds”) If you look in the photo above, I have planned for 2 spaces to be open for wording. (The middle left and bottom right)

4. After applying napkin pieces, then drying the page, apply a thin coat of white gesso or paint over the whole page, using a foam brush. Immediately wipe off some of the paint with a baby wipe, being careful not to rub to hard.

5. Wiping off some of the paint/gesso, will allow the flowers/color to come through, while providing a more muted background…allowing  the next layers to stand out.

6. Using a pencil, draw your flowers. I chose to draw some of them using the napkin flower centers as a starting point. I didn’t use the napkin flower centers for every one. You can erase pencil lines during this step, but be careful not to erase “back and forth.” I find that erasing in “one direction” (while keeping a “light hand”) helps prevent tears in the napkin. Once you are happy with flower placement, go over your pencil lines with a thin tipped micron pen.  Finish this step by erasing the remaining pencil lines.

7. Notice in the pic above that while the flower centers are the “same” the “doodle” flower I drew on top, is much different than the “natural” flower beneath.

8. In the pic above, I wanted you to see (for lack of a better way to say it) my “sloppy” lines. The first “penned” lines will disappear as I go over them later with a black watercolor pencil. Using a black pen for this step, helps me to see the flower lines a little easier. (You could skip this step, and go straight from pencil to watercolor pencil, but you won’t be able to erase your original graphite pencil lines without smearing your watercolor pencil) -make sense?

9. In the pic above, I wanted you to see a close-up of the watercolor pencil over the pen lines. Because you have added dimension and “body” to your deli sheet (with napkins and paint) in order for images to stand out, they must be a bit “weighty” to balance the page. Thin pen lines simply won’t show up very well on their own. The watercolor pencil lines can be left alone, or you can use a water brush to “activate” the color. Sometimes, I like to smear the watercolor pencil lines with my dry finger:)

10. Above is another pic to “confess” my sloppy sketching. I want you to feel FREE to be IMPERFECT through the process! It is the same for our lives…God continues to refine our “messy lines.” ❤️

11. Boy, I’m IMPERFECT & messy!!!

12. I’m showing a couple of things in the pic above. I “activated” all my black watercolor lines with water to give them a bit more depth. I “smeared” some of the center circle  lines into the bottom of each petal to add a bit of shading to the flower. You’ll notice that I also added some detail with a fine tip micron.  Acrylic paint was added  to my “open spaces” (Red and fuchsia) which will later have white lettering on top. (See below)

Finally, I “sketched” my wording in pencil, then went over the pencil with white paint using a round brush. I added scripture around the flowers using a 005 micron pen, and stenciled a few images. You could add more penned doodles, stamps or stickers:)

14. A few more tweaks and I stepped away:)

I add deli paper journaling pages to my bible using a product called zips. Adding washi tape to the outside edge gives the page a more finished look, and protects it from tearing.

You can find ZIPS here.

I need to hear this phrase daily…especially after I’ve decide to order my own day with me, me , me as the center of my focus…BUT REALLY SUE, WHAT DO I HAVE THAT IS NOT YOURS LORD????!!!!

Soooooo thankful the Lord is patient and kind…generous and faithful….slow to anger and constant in going after His LOST sheep.

Below is another example of napkin journaling. This time, using them in full color, as a focus rather than a background.

A few tips I’d like to share on using napkins in your Bible.

1. In a single layer, napkins are transparent once they are dry, if you apply them with clear gesso or matte medium.

2. If you double the napkin layer (laying one on top of the other) they will no longer be transparent:(

I learned this the hard way! I DO NOT INTENTIONALLY COVER TEXT in my Bible. It is my preference to never “cover” God’s Holy Word. UNFORTUNATELY, I have had a few mishaps…this being one of them. In the bottom left corner, I overlapped the flowers and then could no longer read the text…sooooooo, I re-wrote that section (verse by verse) in the margin on the right side 😬 HOPE THIS SAVE YOU FROM DOING THE SAME THING!

Happy Napkining!






What a good Father we have. He never withholds. He graciously and generously shares the miraculous with us. Made in His image, He allows us to join in the process of creating…experiencing the joy of seeing love brought to “life.” Happy Weekend to you Sisters! […]

If you’re in Texas…

If you’re in Texas…

I will be teaching a few Bible Journaling workshops near Dallas, Texas in September at The Hills Church in North Richland Hills for their annual Women’s Conference. Hope you’ll consider attending! Click the image below for more details! Only 1oo miles from “The Silos!” -next […]

“Look to the ROCK from which you were cut” -Isaiah

“Look to the ROCK from which you were cut” -Isaiah

Hi sweet Sisters!

Do you ever get to the end of a great book and wish it would last longer?

This is how I feel about Beth Guckenberger’s latest book START WITH AMEN. 

In Chapter 12 (the last chapter 😩), Beth writes this:

I believe this is how God sees us, so firmly grafted into His tree that His history becomes ours. The stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are my stories. The tales of Daniel, David, Ruth, and Rahab are my family lore. Now that I am adopted into his family and considered a coheir with Christ, their faith is where I come from. “Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn” the prophet Isaiah challenged us (Isa. 51: 1). I am in this community, and by design, the more I identify with it, the stronger I will be.”

The Bible calls the community that goes before us the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12: 1). They fought battles and stood firm. They trusted when it was hard and let go, surrendering to a plan written long ago. They embraced this live-amen theology in ways that leave me breathless…”

Isn’t it reassuring, that the cast list of THE GREAT WITNESSES are imperfect…just like you and me:)

God’s story, our story, is filled with “players”  that have highs and lows, faith & unbelief, obedience and disobedience; but in the end…God uses them all for His glory and our good, and still does…the story isn’t over.

Our story isn’t over.

Our bloodline, our heritage…lies within this community of faith. A community of imperfect believers who were able to look beyond the circumstances of life on earth, because they obeyed. Through them, we can see the thread of God’s glory running throughout the pages of scripture from beginning to end.

AND…because of  His mercy and love, He chooses to rebuild…sending “someone from the outside” to enter in and level the playing field…It was His plan all along.

We’re messy and complicated…a dysfunctional family at best, yet at the core, very simple.

God is love. God loves us, despite our wandering hearts.

And it is by FAITH & through HIS POWER that we are able to join this cast of overcomers…we’ve already been written into the story.

We can’t easily grasp the reality of what lies beyond our human reasoning and understanding, but the faithful witnesses listed below chose to hunker down and lean in hard anyway, setting aside their own agendas for the will of God…

forever “growing” our family tree.

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Heb. 11)”

We are in this together Sisters! You and me, Abraham and Noah…Rahab and David.

And so amen. If you’ll ask me to administer justice and conquer kingdoms, so be it. If you rescue me from flames and swords and enemies abound, I’ll credit you. There is a better resurrection ahead. Amen. There is a communion with you I’ll prefer to any other. I confess my sins. Forgive me, amen. I adore you, your ways, your plans, your nearness. Where you go, I’ll go. I’ll struggle along the way, but I trust you’ll give me what I need. Oh, dear Jesus . . .” 

-Beth Guckenberger

Beth, I’d like to read more, but I know that the there is more story left in you. There is more to be written, so I will look forward to your next book…God’s good work in you, passed on to others.

“Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn” (Isaiah 51:1)

Blessings fellow witnesses!



Don’t forget to PLUG IN today!

Don’t forget to PLUG IN today!

Hello! I’m teaching a Bible Journaling class right now, and our study focus is ABIDING:) You can see my original mini study here. On day 2-  my 3,2,1 response is I MUST STAY PLUGGED IN -TO THE SOURCE! John 15 4 Abide in me, and […]

“It’s Time To Write A Scroll Of Remembrance”

“It’s Time To Write A Scroll Of Remembrance”

GOOD DAY! Today is a new week…a chance for a new start:) Thank you Father. In response to Chapter 12 in Beth Guckenberger’s book START WITH AMEN. The Book of Remembrance Malachi 3 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The […]

FREE on Friday / Bullet Journaling pages:)

FREE on Friday / Bullet Journaling pages:)

It’s Friday, and each week, to especially honor those of you who are following, I will be posting free art pages. Below is a weekly Bullet Journal page(s) that you can print off and store in your own cute 8.5 x 11 folder/binder. I especially like having some extra room on the weekend for fun Sat activities and Sermon Notes on Sunday! Hope you like them!!

For those of you who have noticed that things around here look a bit different…

I’ve had quite a time trying to improve the appearance and function of my blog. Oh, the poor tech helpers that have had to dig through my USER ERRORS!!!

Hopefully, the dust will begin to settle, and I’ll get things figured out. In the meantime, I apologize if I’ve caused you any frustration!

I unfortunately, had to change my site address…BIG UGH!!!! It is now (NOT I was told that all followers would automatically be re-established. Hope that is TRUE!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Obedience, it’s not a four letter word:)

Obedience, it’s not a four letter word:)

I think we hear the word obedience as a “four letter word.” Why? Because we don’t like to be told what to do! And…we have our OWN agenda. “I want what I want and I want it NOW!” -Veruca Salt Speaking of not wanting to […]

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