Napkin Technique

Hi Friends,

Today I did some fall-inspired journaling using the napkin technique. I found this beautiful napkin while at Hobby Lobby and wanted to use it to illustrate Psalm 100:4- Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (NIV)

Napkin Technique for Bible Journaling
Napkin Technique Supplies

Before we get started, I want to mention that the best napkins to use for this technique are the ones with a white or light background. Ideally, white is best because the napkin will blend better onto your page.

The first thing you will need to do (after selecting a verse, of course 😉 is separate the layers from the napkin. This particular napkin only had one layer to remove, but some can have two or three layers. Once I removed the top layer I then cut out the square I wanted to use then I tore out the pumpkin area of the napkin that I wanted to use. You end up with rough and frayed edges, but they blend really well into the background once adhered.

I used Art Basics brand clear gesso to adhere the napkin to the page. I covered the entire page with the gesso and then positioned my napkin where I wanted it to be. Next, I used my heat tool to dry, then went over the entire page again with the clear gesso. This provided a seal for my napkin.

It is very hard to lay the napkin down and not experience some wrinkling, so don’t get discouraged if this happens.

Fall Napkins From Hobby Lobby
Napkin before adhered to page

Once I had my second layer of gesso laid, I had my page prepped, so I was able to stamp and use watercolors without any bleed through to the other side.

I then used my Shanna’s Favorites Watercolor set from Illustrated Faith to lay some color. I tried to pull colors from my napkin that would help it meld into the page.

I finished the page off with a mix of stamps and hand-lettering, along with some heart stickers from Illustrated Faith.

A very simple and fun page. Using napkins is an easy way to get illustration and artwork in your Bible without having to be a great artist, which is why I love this technique!Bible Journaling Using Napkin Techniqu

Leave me a comment if you have any questions, and I would love to see what you create using this technique! Also, if you enjoyed this article, please be sure to share with your friends!

Until next time!


Supplies Used:

Art Basics Clear Gesso

Shanna’s Favorites Water Colors

Ranger Heat Tool

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