Sponged Background Technique

Jul 8, 2018 | Bible Journaling

It has been a little while since I last shared about my Bible journal.  At the end of my previous Bible journaling post, I shared a page I had done with a note saying that I would share the technique in a future post.  Well, today is that day.  I have been reading through Hosea lately and did a page with a sponged background (similar to my other page).

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

The only supplies needed for a page like this are Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads in your desired colors, Stampin’ Sponges, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, a pencil with a good eraser, and a sheet of printer paper to protect the other pages of your Bible.  The following photos show the process I did for creating this page.

To begin, start sponging with the lightest color.  For my page, I sponged Daffodil Delight across the majority of the page to begin the sunset look.  I didn’t worry about going all the way to the bottom because I knew that would be colored later to make the ground.  I cut my Stampin’ Sponges into sixths and add a color tab to the top (to help prevent mixing colors on the sponge).  Hold on to the tab part and dab the sponge on the ink pad a couple times.  Rub the sponge in circular motions across the page where you want the color.  Add more ink to the sponge and continue adding color to the page until you cover the desired area.

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Going to the next color, I sponged Mango Melody over most of the Daffodil Delight area.  Sponging the ink on allows you to get a soft blended look, perfect for a sunset background.

The next color used is Flirty Flamingo, filling about the top third of the page.

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Next, I added a bit of Melon Mambo.

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And, finally, I added some Gorgeous Grape.  This ink pad is brand new so it was pretty juicy and more purple was added to my page than I would have liked.  To help with this, after dabbing the sponge in the ink pad a couple times, dab it on a piece of scrap paper to get some of the excess ink off.  Then sponge it on your page.

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To get the desert landscape, I sketched the landscape on a piece of printer paper and cut it out to make a mask.  Then I placed the top portion of the mask to cover up the area towards the bottom that I did not want to color with the light brown colors.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

For the landscape, I first sponged on some Sahara Sand ink on the bottom of the page (holding the mask in place).

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

Then, I added some Crumb Cake ink to get the landscape darker in some areas.  The mask was still held in place when adding this color and just removed for the photo to show what it looks like when done.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

I ended up lining up the bottom portion of the mask over the landscape area to sponge some more Daffodil Delight ink at teh bottom of the sunset portion.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

Once all the ink is added to your liking, sketch out the words and any other design elements (the cacti here) to your page.  I used the Basic Black marker to go over my pencil sketch and when the ink was dry I erased the pencil lines.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

I like how my page turned out, but I am considering going back to color in the cacti.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

The  Sponged Background Technique was used when I made the Psalm 90 page.  The sunset was colored in the same manner and with the same colors as mentioned above.  I made two masks for the different mountains and used Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry ink to sponge the mountains.

Sponged Background Technique – Click through to learn how to sponge ink on the pages of your journaling Bible. | #mackenziemakes #biblejournaling #stampinup | www.mackenziemakes.com

The Sponged Background Technique is a fun and easy way to add some color to your Bible journaling pages without a lot of extra supplies.  It will work for making a landscape background or just to add some colors to your page.  There is no bleed through from sponging the ink on, but some of the darker colors show some slight “ghosting” on the back side.  The Basic Black marker does have some bleed through.

I hope this has inspired you to add some color to your journaling Bible in a way you may not have considered before.

~ Mackenzie

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