A perfect Bible Journaling Page for the Easter Season

Use your own “Jesus on the Cross” Stamp for this Bible Page 

And visit “Make your own Clothespin Crucifix (part 1)” to MAKE it by clicking here >> Part #1

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Follow Jackie Mattingly’s step-by-step directions to make this unique stamped Bible Journaled Page. Can be duplicated in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Crucifix that I am using for an example started with clothes pins that are 1-7/8″ which resulted in a crucifix 5-1/4″ tall.

The supplies you will need

  • Gelatoes or other “Gel Crayons”


Examples from many different bible formats…


Photo of Bible page

This stamping project works equally well as a tip in or full page artwork over type.


Crucifix Stamp

You can leave your art simple with just the crosses and Jesus.


Photo of sample art

Or you can embellish the art using inspirations from the verses.

Using Clothes Pins to make abstract image of Jesus on the cross

Photo of Crucifix

For this project I will be using the size of Crucifix that is approximately 5.5″ tall


Photo of Clothes Pins

It was made with Clothes Pins that were 1 7/8″ tall


If you have not made a clothes pin crucifix that you can trace around for a stencil of the cross use a pair of the clothes pin pieces to trace around.


Photo of 3 dismantled clothes pins

Dismantle 3 clothes pins in order to make the body of Jesus


Photo of body of Clothes Pin Jesus for use in stamping

Use wood glue or hot glue to assemble the body of Jesus. Make sure his hands do not rise above his head.

I recommend that you do several Crucifix illustrations on plain paper first, before you do it in your Bible, just to get the hang of the abstractness of this project. If you really like your sample art you can place it as a tip-in at one of the other verses in Mathew, Mark, Luke or John.

Photo of stencil of cross

After you have made a stencil from the cross you can slide it around on the page and determine exactly where you want your largest cross to be. Take into account the two smaller crosses, one to each side of the larger cross, that will be added later.


Photo showing sketching the outline of the cross.

Lightly sketch the outline of your cross.


Photo of using Brown Gell Crayon

After determining the placement of the sun to get your light direction, cover the entire body of Jesus in a medium color, put a darker color on the shade side of Jesus (Brown or Purple both work well for shading) and a lighter color on the highlight side. Throw in a tiny bit of abstract colors in the shadows and highlights.


Photo coloring the body of Jesus

My preferred gel crayons came from Target, but they don’t carry them anymore. Crayola Twistable Slick Stixs works well and so do Gelatos, but I don’t care for the metallic or glitter Gelatos, for this project.


Photo of body of Jesus

We are going to put a “loin cloth” on our little Jesus. So you don’t want to put “a lot” of color around his hips. For the loin cloth, if you don’t have white, just don’t put any color in that area except for shading.


Photo of adding red to Jesus's forhead.

You will want to put just A LITTLE red across Jesus’s forhead, where the crown of thorns will be. Don’t use to much, you can always add more later if you want.

Need photo showing misting with water

Photo placing Jesus on the cross.

Place Jesus’s body on the cross, making sure his hands and feet are over the wood of the cross.


Photo showing pressing on Jesus stamp.

Without moving, which would cause a smear, press firmly on Jesus’s head, body, legs and both arms.


Photo of position stencil of cross, matching original sketch lines.

Position stencil of cross, matching original sketch lines.


Photo of dabbing brown, plus a dark and light color on a "foam stomper"

Dab brown, plus a dark and light color on a “foam stomper”. I used brown and purple and yellow.


Photo of stomping color through the stencil anywhere that should be wood.

Stomp color through the stencil anywhere that should be wood.


Photo with and without stencil.

The colors can be very abstract since we are going to use colored pencils for the detail.


Photo of adding detail to your illustration.

Once the product you have used to color the body of Jesus and the Cross have dried thoroughly, you will begin adding detail and shadows to the outlines of the cross, Jesus’s body, and the crown of thorns. Remember to not add TOO MANY details. Less is definitely more.


Photo illustrating details.

Remember where you want the sun, begin by shading the far side of the body and cross. As silly as it sounds, it may help to place a yellow post-it note where you want the sun, to keep focused on where the shadows should be. Start with your colors light and build layers of shadows.


Photo sketching the lesser crosses.

I used a single clothes pin to outline the lesser crosses. The full pin for the vertical portion and a little more than half the length of the clothes pin for the horizontal bar.


Photo of the two lesser crosses.

The two lesser crosses are only “in shadow” and have very little detail.


Photo of building layers of colors.

Add bits of abstract colors and details. Make sure you have shadows under the chin and on the wood of the cross from where there should be shadows from the body and on the lower sides of the body.