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Bible Journaling Video: Gesso and Watercolor

Bible Journaling Challenge (1)Welcome to Tuesdays to Create! Today our focus is a Bible journaling video with gesso and watercolor.

If this is your first time hearing about Bible journaling, then get ready for some fun in God’s Word! Bible journaling is a creative way to dig into the Bible and use writing and art to develop a more intimate relationship with God!

During this part of Lent, we are taking our focus from February’s theme of “In the Quiet Place” to “The Cross”. Join me on today’s journey as I talk about watercolor, gesso, and communion!



In this video, I used a single column journaling Bible, Pelikan cake watercolors, an aquash brush, and a Micron pen, all items I sell! If you are interested in purchasing them for yourself, please click here to view my selection!

If you are interested in a watercolor kit, please email me biblejournaling@move-the-mountains.com

Instructions from the Bible journaling video:

  1. To apply gesso (the best brand for Bible journaling is Art Basics), begin by placing a piece of paper behind the page you plan to gesso. Take a credit card or gift card and dip it into the gesso. Gently smooth it over your Bible page as evenly as possible.
  2. Let it dry and apply a second layer.
  3. Once your second layer is dry, begin the watercolor process by wetting the page.
  4. Add a light amount of color to the top left portion of your page and consistently add more color as you pull down the color to the bottom right.
  5. Let the watercolor dry and apply your second layer of gesso or white acrylic paint or white watercolor, then allow that to dry.
  6. In pencil, sketch out a handmade cup and loaf of bread. Once satsified, begin to paint your cup and bread.
  7. Once this watercolor has finished completely drying, then use a Micron pen to go over your penciled outline for a cartoon like look. If you do not wait for the watercolor to dry, your pen marks will feather.
  8. Post your art on Instagram using #TuesdaystoCreate.
  9. Read Matthew chapter 26-28.
  10. Journal these three questions near your drawing:
  • Holy Spirit, what is communion in a spiritual sense?
  • What does it do that I cannot see?
  • Why do call us to do it?

Art breakdown

DSC04974 (2)My art above turned out much more cartoony than I like, however, it is a vast improvement over anything I’ve done before in a short amount of time!

Thank for everyone who has participated in today’s challenge and watched the Bible journaling video. I would love to see your art entries on Instagram using the #TuesdaystoCreate and if you would like, I would love to hear would the Holy Spirit told you in the comments, or email me at amanda@move-the-mountains.com

Much peace and love!


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Amanda Schenkenberger

I'm a wife to a hard working man and a mama of three little adorable boys. We live near Portland, Oregon and we love it. Portland has a great vibe and we love sharing the good news of the gospel with the people here.

I'm a stay at home mom first, then a work at home mom. The kids have to come first. I love people, hiking, coffee, converse, and Jesus. I also love coffee. And another favorite thing of mine is coffee. :) If you like coffee, we should be friends.

My one ridiculous dream I'd really like to come true is to collect one of every Starbucks mug that is related to a city or country.

Have a blessed day!

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