I discovered a new art form: Bible Art Journaling. I saw a video demonstration on Christa Sterken’s blog and I was enthralled. Then I researched further and found Rebecca Jones’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge which I was glued to the screen for at least an hour watching her tutorials. I just had to try it out.
Confession: I didn’t ever write in my Bible. I was always afraid to mark up the pages. But a new world has opened up to me since discovering this new expression of worship. I use a special journaling Bible that has space in the margins. Below are my first 6 entries. I find that as I draw an image and write verses, I meditate on its message and it sinks down deep into my heart. It’s not only relaxing but I get closer to God as I do it. It’s so much fun and incredibly fulfilling. :o)
One thing that kept popping up on the comments was that you were either afraid to “deface” the Bible or make mistakes. Bob Ross says “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” I just corrected a mistake in my own Bible today. So everybody makes mistakes. It’s part of the process. That’s why I use colored pencils and have whiteout on hand. 😉 Seriously. Everybody has their own medium they love, mine’s Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and micron pens.
Yours may be watercolor or acrylics, stamps and inks, stickers, washi tape, what have you. It’s your expression. It’s art. God is pleased because it comes from your heart. ❤ My handwriting, doodles and notes show how God is molding me and changing me. It’s a testimony of how I have been encouraged by the Word and show the verses that stood out to me and encouraged me in my life and walk. A journaling Bible can be a great legacy to leave for your children! So please, do look into it. I promise you it’s worth it! Bottom line: it’s fun, it ministers to YOU and to GOD and to OTHERS.
In the beginning, I got most of my inspiration from Pinterest and Facebook communities. Truth be told, I’d find an image and change it to give it my own touch. Someone once said, “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.” So use what’s out there.:) Pinterest is a great way to start.
UPDATE (4/15/16) The Lord has really been prompting me to go out on my own with my Bible art journaling. The last 4 or 5 pages were done completely on my own original images/designs and I haven’t seen any like them on the internet for Bible art journaling. So for the most part, from here on out, I want to let God speak to me as to what He wants me to focus on and draw out. I’m so excited about this new journey walking hand in hand with Jesus as He leads me on this new path. 🙂 I encourage you to do the same thing (once you get your feet wet if you’re new!).
Here is an amazing post from The Time Warp Wife that talks about how we can leave a legacy to our children with our notes/drawings/messages in our Bibles, and look at her gorgeous pages:
I’m not sick, I’m not dying, and I’m not counting down my last days, but some day I will be. One day I’ll say goodbye to this world as I step into the arms of my Savior.
The question is, how will I be remembered? Or better yet, how will my God be remembered?
Last summer a friend of mine received a special gift on her birthday. A card, from her mother who passed on months before. She had the forethought to write each child a card before she was gone. Something to remember her by. Something to brighten their day in her absence.
Breathtakingly beautiful, if you ask me.
My story is different. I’m writing a legacy letter, but it’s not what you think.
I’m journaling through the Bible. Highlighting the parts that stand out to me, and writing notes for generations to come.
My hope is that my children, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren will have a keen interest in reading those thoughts that I leave behind.
Notes like these are just some of the ways I’m encouraging them:
“Pay close attention to this. ”
“Prayer must be a part of your life.”
“God answers prayer.”
“He wants our obedience.”
“Love is sacrifice.”
“Contentment leads to peace with God.”
“Love is not always easy.”
“Trust in His timing.”
“Always remember, seasons pass.”
I want my children and their children to pick up the Bible and to find encouragement there. I want them to stop and let scripture sink in.
There’s an extra blessing in this, because I find it relaxing. I love doodling on the pages while I meditate on the words.
I’m not very good at my craft–I can see that–but hopefully with some practice I’ll fine tune a few things. I need to practice my handwriting, and as far as coloring goes–it’s been several years. *smile*
It’s keeping me away from computer, which is kind of nice after all of these years. I’m spending time at the kitchen table, drawing, and coloring, and highlighting some words.
Want a sneak peek? I’ve posted some of the pages below (scroll down). I hope you enjoy them!
For those of you who want a little more information about the tools I’m using, here’s a rundown:
KJV Journaling Bible* – Wide margin Bibles are so hard to find. There was one left in my city, and we had to order the second one through Amazon for my daughter. (She’s journaling too!)
ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit* – The six colors are so pretty!
ZIG Writer Dual Point Marker: Black* – This pen dries fast and goes on easier than a regular black pen. It’s great for lettering.
** Edit: I mentioned using a Sharpie in the first draft of this post. But tonight, I learned by trial and error – it wasn’t good. The Sharpie bled through the page. The Zig Writer doesn’t. I got the Zig Writer at Michael’s craft store in the scrapbooking department. You could ask a worker if you’re not sure.
Pencils. A sharp pencil.
Clear plastic ruler.
Pencil crayons. Try to get at least 24 colors. I might move on to watercolors one day, but I’m still a baby stepper right now!
*Update: I just started using watercolor pencils. Wow! I love them.They blend so much better than pencil crayons do. They actually don’t bleed through the page like I thought they would. I can see them a bit on the other side, but it’s not bad.
Rubber stamps. I picked up a couple at the craft store, but they are expensive, and can add up fast. I’d suggest checking out the “Easy Accents” video below before you buy any stamps. You’ll see that there’s a lot you can do yourself with a black pen–even if you’re not great artist. I’ve recently moved away from the rubber stamps because, I find that drawing my own gives me more variety and it’s cheaper.
Inspiration. Follow my “Bible Journaling” board on Pinterest where I pin lots of inspiration. It might give you a few ideas!
Youtube videos: These videos give you some awesome ideas for doodling and lettering. There are so many videos out there that offer inspiration, but here are a few of my favorites:
The first three are the most recent. They were done with watercolor pencils and a .01 Micon pen.
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife
Here is an entire page of her tutorials and even videos to help you get started:
Bible Journaling 101: Easy to Follow Tutorials
Journaling Bibles are designed with wide margins perfect for journaling, and taking notes in. Here are some great ones:
Inspire NLT Bible for Creative Journaling Was
KJV Wide-Margin Personal Notes Edition Was
NIV Bible Journal Edition Was
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible Was
This is a great Bible and it is VERY affordable at only $19.24! It’s 49% OFF!
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, Hardcover Black
Here is a great post for getting started – tons of ideas and inspiration with tutorials:
31 Days of Scripture Art Journaling from Art by Erin Leigh
I love this post – she uses a composition notebook and her own Study Bible:
Bible Journaling: A New Way to Study Your Bible from In All You Do
These are amazing step-by-step doodle tutorials, great for beginners:
Doodle 101 from 1 Art House
An artist on Facebook posted this:
Decided to use the “His Banner Over Me” bookmark as a tracer in my own Bible. I simply tucked the printed bookmark under the page and used a tiny touch of washi tape to keep it in place. Because the pages are so thin it’s easy to trace. If you look closely you can see the faint outline of a flower just to the left of the birdies beak.
The great thing about using the bookmarks as tracers is that you can leave out as much detail you like… or add in your own personal touches! Either way… such a blessing to meditate on and be reminded that God’s banner over us… truly is one of everlasting love! xoxo
FREE Bible Journaling Printables – there are lots of stickers and templates that you can trace that are created just for the journaling Bibles!
Printable Bible Journaling Stickers from Pink Paper Peppermints
Bible Journaling Tabs from Little Bit Funky
Watercolor Butterfly Printables from Elli
FREE Journaling Bible Margin Templates from Homegrown Hospitality
Bible Art Journaling Printables from Me With Three
Bible Verse Coloring Bookmark (that fit journaling Bible margins and planners) from Bible Journaling Digitally
I hope this has inspired you, I can’t wait for you to get started!
These website resources also walk you through.
(So many more blog resources out there!! It’s crazy:))
P.S. There is a huge and growing community of bible journalers on Facebook and I want to encourage you to jump over and check it out. You can look up the group “Journaling Bible Community” “Bible Art and Journaling” and “Bible Art Journaling Challenge” or a similar title.