Recently, I sensed it was time to start embellishing my Bible journal cover. I started with the sides of the pages. Had I thought it through, I would’ve planned it out more because when I got done, I realized the edges show on every page that is opened. Since that wasn’t on my mind when I started, I just doodled, first lightly drawing flowers and leaves with a pencil. Then with a Faber-Castell Pitt pen (links are at the bottom of this post). When I started, the doodling had to begin with a leaf because I had dropped a leaf-shaped blop of paint on the pages edge early in my Bible Art Journaling. The goal was to make that look planned, like a part of the design.
It was definitely a low-key doodling process. With the elastic band on and squeezing the pages with my non-dominant hand, I carefully doodled with the pens. I did the leaves and flowers first. The small swirls came after the larger elements were finished. To color the leaves and flowers and dots, I used the Faber-Castell colored brush markers. The set I used is the smaller one in the Amazon links below. 
The front image came next. It was painted five years ago on a piece of watercolor paper. I painted it with fluid acrylic paint, and also used the Pitt black pens as well as a gelly roll white pen at the end of the process. These supplies are all shown below in the Amazon links. I sprayed the piece with an acrylic sealer or varnish. I can’t remember exactly which one I used, so I put two kinds I use in the links below. I used spray instead of a sealer that is brushed on so that the white pen would not smear. 
The small painting on the watercolor paper was glued on with PVA glue (see link below). After I put the glue on the back of the watercolor paper and placed it on the Bible cover, I put a piece of deli paper (you could also use wax paper) on top and set a couple of heavy books on it to help it adhere to the surface. I left it for a couple of hours. When I lifted the books, the watercolor paper had adhered perfectly.
For the speckled look, using a dampened toothbrush, I lightly spattered titanium white on the black surface of the front cover and spine of the Bible, and then also spattered gold paint. When it was dry, I spattered the back of the Bible.
Before the final step of varnishing the cover,  I covered the pages with a piece of deli paper to protect the pages during the varnishing process. I could’ve used the spray varnish, but used Golden’s Satin varnish instead with a ratio of 4 parts varnish to one part water. Then I brushed it on the surface. I like the leathery feel of the surface. 
If you are Bible Art Journaling and haven’t attempted the cover yet, be encouraged to put a piece of your artwork on the cover. The PVA glue worked really well. So much of this is experimental for  me and for a lot of people. I don’t know what the varnished surface will wear like, but I’ll find out…
Onward and forward! Don’t be afraid to experiment…


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  1. I love your embellished edges, Valerie! What would you have done differently if you had thought it through? I looked again at the open Bible in your last post but didn't notice anything amiss with the edges showing.

  2. It is beautiful (always is) and thanks for the idea of using the Golden satin varnish with water. That is so useful as I just love the soft feel of satin. Never thought about using it on a book but will asap in order to test the bend ability. Thanks so much!

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