How to Use Acrylics and Gesso in Bible Journaling

Here it is!  A video tutorial of how to use acrylics and gesso directly in your Bible!

(scroll to the bottom to find it)

It took me awhile to get over my nervousness--I can see why so many of you get jittery to paint in your Bibles!  I enjoyed it, I liked the look of it, and I think if I had a specific journaling Bible I would do it more.  But...I really love my sketchbook journals with LOTS of space.  That being said, I am SO glad that I tried this and stepped out of my comfort zone a little.

I used two amazing products that made a HUGE difference I think:


This fabulous set of acrylic paints available on Amazon.  (Available here:

They were super buttery, bright, vibrant colors with just the right mix of opaque/yet transparency.   And people!  They are on SALE right now!  At $2o bucks!  WHAT??!!  That is less than a dollar a tube!  Even at $35, the regular price, these are worth the money.

Heather Blair from our group is behind the Christian company that offers these paints, and she sent me a set to try out.  I have painted with a lot of different acrylics over the years and these really were that good.  I am going to need another set and I am recommending them to my classes.  She uses them herself and with her kids.

(I did not receive any other compensation for this recommendation and my opinions are my own.)


The other product is Art Basics Clear Gesso.

Prima Marketing Art Basics Gesso, 8.5-Ounce, Clear

I bought this on my own.  I did A LOT of research on other blogs and videos to come up with this brand, and it was WORTH it.  I would recommend using this under anything in your Bible to avoid bleed through.  I used acrylics, watercolors, colored pencils (Prismacolor), markers, and gelatos and I liked the way all of them turned out on this surface, and nothing bled through.  NOTHING.  Rebekah Jones was right!  (You can search her blog here for more tutorials and challenges. )

So with out further ado, here is our Bible Stories from the Heart video of how to use the above two products!  You can subscribe to our new channel too!   Happy painting for Christ!