let us find our rest in thee.
I didn’t expect the blank pages of my Bible to speak to me, to increase my longing for of an awareness of God’s presence and purpose in my life, but they did. Sometimes, God uses the most amazing things to speak to a person’s heart, even blankness, silence…
Here is a description of the process I used for this Bible page:
- I applied fluid acrylic Phthalo Turquoise, Dioxazine Purple, and a small amount of Quinacridone Gold paint to a piece of deli sandwich wrap paper. I used paint sprays, but could have applied paint with a brush and spritzed it with water instead of the paint sprays, or made a dark background on a geli plate to print a piece of deli sandwich wrap paper. See NOTE at bottom of post for more info on the deli sandwich wrap.
- Then I misted it with water to represent a night sky that was dark but not just black.
- It was quite wet and runny, so I blotted it with another piece of the sandwich wrap paper and ended up using that piece for the background.
- After it dried, I spattered Titanium White and the Gold paint for stars and depth, using a damp toothbrush. As I waited for it to dry, I typed a prayer, in a Word document, I had written a few years ago that still echoes the season of advent and my heart’s cry. I centered the text and adjusted the size to what I could write and to what would fit on my Bible page.
- Using a light box, I put the painted sheet of deli paper on top of the typed text sheet I had printed. Then in my own handwriting, I wrote over the words with a white gel pen. It was a bit hard to see through the dark paper, but since I was just looking for where to begin the words and relative straightness, it worked out okay.
- I sprayed it with fixative because the white ink is not waterproof. and let it dry outside.
- Then I measured the size for the rectangle to fit in the Bible and cut it out.
- From an old hymnal I tore out the first 2 stanzas of “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. I cut the straight edges.
- Then I glued the music onto the night sky background with matte medium and brushed the medium over the top of the music.
- When that was dry, I tinted the music with the three colors I used for the background.
- Then I tore and cut strips from the leftover painted deli paper and some gold paper I had painted earlier.
- I glued them and a few gold pieces on using an acid free glue stick.
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