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)
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.
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!
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!
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