How long have you been Bible journaling
What is your favorite thing about Bible journaling?
I discovered today’s guest Bible journaler when I was looking around online to find other Bible journalers to recruit to share in this 14 Days of Bible Journaling Inspiration. Sally Sulcove’s site came up in my Google search and I was excited to find it. I reached out to her and that’s why she is here.
God was so good to draw me to Bible journaling when the movement was just beginning. I’ve been Bible Journaling for 3 ½ years. When I started, I was just missing reading the Bible in the way I did when I was younger, as a love letter. I set aside my well-worn study Bible and the commentaries and started with a single column Crossway ESV Bible, a set of Micron pens, and some stickers. The first passage that I did was “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” With a more artistic approach, I found that God’s word spoke effortlessly to me again.
I enjoy the way that Bible journaling draws me deeper into the Word and at the same time feels restful to me. For me, it is a two-for-one experience: a chance to be inspired by the Bible and an opportunity for creative expression. Typically, the last thing that I do before bed is read the Bible passage for the morning and set out some supplies. I also put coffee in my coffee maker. It helps me to wake up knowing that there’s a Bible, art supplies, and coffee waiting for me. Sometimes my kids are up with me; sometimes its quiet time, but it’s always a nice way to ease into the day. Spending time in the Word, planning the day, and praying gives me a good mindset for whatever the day brings. It makes me smile in the morning.
I find that Bible journaling is easy to weave into life responsibilities, and the artwork leaves behind a footprint of the time I’ve spent with God, a concrete reminder, which somehow holds me accountable. There’s no use pretending I didn’t just read that verse when the pressures of life hit! Bible journaling has provided my life with comfort, assurance, guidance, and direction. Most of all, my margins are an acknowledgment that I received God’s word and responded.
Over the past three years, I have experimented with all kinds of art supplies. What I’ve discovered is that Bible paper is much more forgiving than you might expect. Many art supplies work well. I generally prefer those that don’t bleed through, even without prepping the page: colored pencils, gelatos, acrylic paint, most watercolor paint. If you use gesso, like Prima Art Basics Clear Gesso or Dina Wakely Clear Gesso, it opens the doors to inks and markers. I like to add stickers, paper pieces, and washi tape, too. Curiously, my favorite art supplies are the ones I started with: Sakura Micron Pens and various stickers. I also consider a pencil and a white eraser indispensable.
I started with one Bible, but now I have quite a collection, some with line art to color. For the first two years, I journaled in just one Bible. Now I tend to switch between different Bibles depending on what devotion I am reading. With my first Bible, I was always very conscious of having one chance to do each verse. It takes some of the pressure off to have more than one journaling Bible.
My favorite way to Bible journal is to make a collage. I just gather some supplies and see where the project leads. One thing I’ve discovered through trial and error: It helps to have a simple color scheme. Having colors that just work well together makes the whole process easier. I usually pull the colors from the set of stickers that calls to me.
For this post, I wanted to do something for Palm Sunday, and the song “Your Praise Will Ever Be on My Lips” was running through my head. This led me to Psalm 34. I gathered some supplies…
And here’s how the final page turned out…
When our kindergartner woke up, she used some of the extra supplies on the table for a page in her Bible. She asked to do the “Love” passage from Leviticus (for no deeper reason than that noticed hearts on the Leviticus tab). It was the first page that she did entirely on her own and my heart just swelled with pride. I imagine that God feels the same for all our humble efforts to read and respond to His message of love.
I would like to introduce you to Tamacca Harrison. I found Tamacca on Instagram, which is my favorite platform for finding Bible Journalers. Her handle on Instagram is @biblejournalingonabudget, which spoke to me immediately because I am definitely a “budget-friendly” Bible journaler. Though she doesn’t have a blog right now she has so many wonderful ideas that she shares on Instagram and on her Youtube channel so definitely, take the time to check those out.
I would like to say that I’ve been journaling for awhile (writing notes and using post its and things like that), for at least 10 – 15 years in my Bibles; but once I found out that it was okay to use paint, stickers, markers and washi tape, etc. I was ecstatic! That part of my journey started in September 2017.
I started taking notes and writing in my Bible for as far back as I can remember; but one day I stumbled upon some YouTube videos of some brilliant ladies who was doing much, much more. They were using their creative side to journal in their Bibles. It blew my mind that they were painting, drawing and coloring in their Bibles. I had never seen anything like that before. It was scary and freeing all at the same time. Not long after that I went and purchased my first journaling Bible and the rest, as they say, is history.
Being able to use my creativity without any hindrances or judgment is my favorite thing about Bible journaling. I can do whatever I want to express myself in my Bible to the Lord. There are days I totally mess up, but that’s okay. I give myself room to mess up and remove the burden of being perfect and/or trying to make every page a “masterpiece”. I quickly learned that we are all unique and our journaling styles will not be the same. We are all made differently and we all create differently. My joy comes from knowing that it’s MY Bible and I don’t have to worry about God giving me a failing grade for using the wrong color paint or mistakenly placing a sticker on backward.
I absolutely adore stickers and washi tape. They are by far my favorites. Even when I’m having an uncreative day, I can still put down a couple of stickers, outline the page with a strip of washi and wahla!
Both. I have a journaling notebook and several journaling Bibles. If ever I want to do a spread and it is possibly too big for my Bible or if I just want to do something a little different, I’ll journal in my notebook. I will still write down scriptures for reference.
Mixing paint splatter with stickers. That’s one of my go-to processes for adding color to my pages. Just take paint on your wet brush and splatter it onto your page. Dry the paint using a heat tool or let it air dry completely. Thereafter, lay down your favorite stickers or washi. Finally, add some journaling or a prayer and you’re all done!
Today’s guest is a wonderful lady I met online through my business as a virtual assistant when we worked together on a mutual client’s book launch. She is such a creative person and has many great ideas. You will learn so much from Jana, the soul inspired Bible journaler.
My first journaling pages were just lettering the scriptures and including small illustrations. They were all black and white. Then I began adding color with colored pencils because they have been a long time favorite art medium. I really jumped in, though, last year after attending a Bible Journaling Retreat. The Retreat was wonderful and connected me with so many wonderful ladies!
[1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Philippians 4: 17 ]
[ John 3:30 – Ephesians 6:11 ]
Definitely, it is spending time in the scriptures. I love being able to combine my love of creativity and my love of God’s Word. It’s a natural fit for me.[ James 4:14 – 1 Peter 3:3-4 ]
All time fav is still my pencil and black marker (Micron, Micron, or Sharpie Pen ). But I love painting with a water brush and gelatos or watercolors. Drawing, lettering, and painting are my favorite techniques.
I use a King James Version note-taking Bible by Barbour. It pre-dates the “journaling” Bibles and has much thicker and larger pages. I also have an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible that I am starting to fill in. However, I love the note taking Bible so much that I purchased two more!
For me, Bible Art Journaling is a form of worship and I believe my inspiration comes from God. God convicted me several years ago that He had given me a gift and not only was I not using it for the Kingdom, I wasn’t even using it for my pleasure. That may lead you to ask whether God gives us spiritual gifts for our pleasure or His? Well, I believe both. I believe they are meant to be used to glorify God, and in this process, to bring happiness to us as well. So, I use Bible Journaling and create Scripture Art – yes because it makes me happy – but also to bring God glory and encourage others to spend time in God’s Word. I also share devotions and Bible Studies with Journaling printables and kits.
On a bookshelf in my study are several Bibles which previously belonged to other family members. My husband and I both love flipping through the pages of these Bibles and revisiting the handwritten notes of our parents who are no longer with us. This is another reason I journal in my Bible. One day, I pray that the Word of God and the words of this Nana will also bless the next generation.
The pages I’m sharing with you today represent different techniques but all focus on my family members. I have selected a scripture to pray over and dedicate to each of my family members. We have a big family so I’m not finished with everyone’s, but these represent a few and each capture the person’s heart, personality or spiritual gifting.
If you have been blessed by the Journaling pages I shared with you today, I would love to invite you to follow me on Instagram at sweettothesoulshoppe. And if you would like to add some Soul Inspired art to your journal or Bible, please visit my shoppe at www.SweetToTheSoulShoppe.com.
I accepted Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior when I was in 3rd grade. Ever since then I have had a fondness for The Word of God. Even as a little girl, I would make and send out my own hand-made greeting cards and Christmas cards, which always included a Scripture. Through the years, I have experienced the power of The Word at work in my life, and therefore, have become even more passionate about it.
In the 1990s I got into scrapbooking and really fell in love with it. I could scrapbook for hours upon hours. I often included Scripture in my scrapbook pages and also included journaling about my faith and how God was working in our lives.
I also made pretty Scripture memory cards and affirmation cards to help me memorize and pray God’s Word. Also, I was homeschooling our children at that time and we did lots of creative activities during our Bible study lessons.
Later, I went back to school and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications (which included lots of instruction in graphic design.) I had always loved doing arts and crafts type stuff but never considered myself an artist because I was never able to draw anything that looked realistic. And I would get frustrated when trying to draw. If I made one little mistake I would have to start all over again. So when I discovered graphic design I fell in love with it because it was so easy to correct mistakes and edit your designs. It was so much easier to me than drawing, and I wasn’t so worried about making a mistake or wasting so much paper and supplies.
So then I began designing greeting cards, stationery and even Scripture art using my graphic design skills. I loved creating things with Scripture because I found that, while doing so, I was hiding The Word in my heart, which helped me have more victory in my everyday life.
After I got an iPhone I also liked creating Scripture graphics using iPhone apps and setting them as my lock screen.
About 4-5 years ago, my Bible study group was studying Psalm 119, which is all about The Word of God. I remember reading verse 47-48 in the Message Bible and thinking, “Now that is how I want to feel about The Word.” This was about the time that hand-lettering was beginning to get popular. I really liked that style of artwork, and I missed the feel of pencil on paper. So, I decided to challenge myself to hand-letter Psalm 119:47-48 to help me memorize it.
The result is pictured above. It did not turn out as beautiful as the images I had seen on Instagram, but I loved it! And what I loved even more was that, as I was drawing it, it was as if it was being embossed on my heart. Some Scriptures I have memorized, only to forget them a few years (or a few days) later. But this Scripture I will never forget. Even today, I can close my eyes and see each word exactly as I had drawn it.
Furthermore, what was even more exciting to me, was that I began to declare this by faith, and every day, little by little, I found myself cherishing Scripture more and more, and falling more in love with The Word of God. I was hooked and I began hand-lettering more Scriptures. I might use them as a coloring page or scan and save to my computer, then add color digitally.
It wasn’t until a year or two later that I actually began doing that kind of thing in my Bible. When I first heard about Illustrated Faith and Bible Journaling and saw the beautiful images of decorated Bible pages on Pinterest, my heart skipped a beat. I thought the idea of drawing, coloring, and hand-lettering inside your Bible was a fun and brilliant idea. It was also a scary idea… I mean, what if I made a mistake? I couldn’t just tear the page out and throw it away.
Besides, I didn’t have one of those “journaling” Bibles with the wide margins. But when a dear friend of mine, who knew I would absolutely LOVE Bible journaling gave me a journaling Bible, (and it wasn’t even my birthday or Christmas), well, I knew that I had to give it a try.
I knew what Scripture I wanted to use for my First Bible Journaling Page – John chapter 1 – because when I discovered that Jesus actually is The Word of God, that changed my perspective and attitude toward the Bible. I want to know Jesus more, so the more I get to know the Bible, the better I know Jesus. Above are photos of my first page. It is not perfect and I wish I would have left off a few of the extra embellishments. But that’s OK. It is part of my faith journey.
I would have to say that my favorite technique is hand-lettering because I find that it helps me memorize or “hide” the Scripture in my heart best. I like to then add color using colored pencils or watercolor pencils and glitter gel pens.
Oh, and I love to use eyeshadow for soft, airy backgrounds. I just rub it on with a cotton swab or a cotton ball for larger areas. It takes less time to fill in the backgrounds this way. Plus, it leaves a softer, smoother texture, which I like.
I do Bible journaling in my Bible, and in an art journal, but I also like to do it on cards with pretty borders, which I place in various places around my house, car & office to help meditate on Scripture even when my Bible is not open. I also try to add some color and creativity to my sermon notes.
Also, I live in an RV, and therefore, have very limited space. That is another reason that I choose to do hand-lettering and drawing in my Bible, rather than using a lot of different supplies and tools. All of my Bible journaling supplies fit in a tote bag. That way I can easily do Bible journaling at my kitchen table, or outside on the patio table, or while sitting in my bed.
But hand-lettering does take more time and energy. I have discovered that I prefer to just color in already drawn illustrations on days when I am really tired or lacking energy and/or focus. Often, at bedtime, I like to color in a Scripture coloring book or in a coloring Bible.
I just recently purchased the Praise Inspire Bible and I am really enjoying coloring in it. I find that putting on some worship music or a Bible teaching and coloring in my Bible is quite relaxing and helps me to unwind at the end of long day. Then I continue meditating on and picturing in my mind the Scripture as I drift off to sleep.
I encourage you to try different techniques and find what works for you and what you enjoy most.
I approached Sara over at The Holy Mess.com about participating in this Bible journaling blog party and to my surprise, she has a Bible journaling virtual assistant. How cool is that as I am a VA myself and find that to be so much fun! So, we are hearing from Jade today, the Bible journaling virtual assistant.
I grew up in a pre-printed missile kind of church so I was in high school when I got my very first real Bible. I proceeded to fill every empty space with pictures and printouts of favorite quotes and verses and color all my favorite verses with a bright color pencil. I guess that means I have been Bible journaling for over 20 years.
It wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized that Bible journaling was actually a real thing and that coloring in my Bible could be okay. I was in a bit of a Bible reading slump and I thought perhaps a new Bible would perk me up. I was friends with Sara from theholymess.com and she posted an article about Bible journaling. The search for a new Bible and the article clicked together and there has been no stopping me since.
All of my life I have been the new kid. Now that I’m all grown up you would think it would get easier, but being the new lady at church can be just as stressful as being the new girl at school. Then I stumbled on the Holy Mess Bible journaling Facebook group and I found a group of friends that also loved Bible journaling. We love to share pages, but we also live to support each other.
Just one? I love trying new materials and techniques, but my color pencils are still my go to. Also, I’m not a big fan of my lettering so alphabet stickers and stamps are a daily grab.
I journal directly in my Bible. I’m not afraid to paint across the whole page either. I didn’t start out that way, but now I just can’t help myself. I like to think of my Bible page as a worship canvas.
One of my favorite Bible journaling techniques is incorporating journaling cards. My journaling cards are small pieces of paper with art on one side and hand-written journaling on the flip side. I put them in like a small tip-in using washi tape or clear scotch tape so I can flip to see both sides.
If you are just starting out and not sure where to go journaling cards are a great option. They allow you to add a special touch without feeling overwhelmed by the whole page or worrying about covering up words.
Journaling cards are a great way to try something new without committing to having it permanently on your page. Journaling cards allow me to add art without committing to a full page project.
They can also be a great way to add space to an already full page.
I am a private person by nature, and Bible journaling is both personal and public all at the same time. Sometimes I like to keep my journaling private, but I still want to be able to share my pages. That is why so many of my pages include little journal cards and tip-ins.
Be sure to check out all our latest over at The Holy Mess Bible Journaling Facebook Group. We can’t wait to get to know you better.
Today’s guest is a girl after my own heart, a Christian author, speaker and of course, Bible journaler, Taylor Phillips. Taylor is going to introduce you to the simple but beautiful concept, the art of lettering.
Hey all! So glad that you have decided to join me in this fun endeavor of learning more about Bible journaling. I’ve always looked at it with curiosity and some trepidation—the greatest trepidation was overcoming coloring in a Bible. I mean, I wrote and highlighted in my Bible, but coloring?! It was an unspoken cardinal sin to color in your Bible.
A few months ago, my church began a Bible journaling class so I decided to take the dive, and I haven’t looked back yet. My favorite thing about Bible journaling is the meditation and the peace it provides. When I journal, it’s when my heart is in a type of turmoil and I journal what the Lord is speaking to me in that. I may even search Scripture to find one that goes with the situation I’m in, I then meditate on it. It’s been challenging to find ways that it applies to a situation I’m going through, or one I have been through, and create a picture of how God has come through.
I’ve learned quickly that my favorite tool is the pencil and Sharpie. Drawing isn’t a forte, but the different aspects of lettering have been fun. I always thought that lettering had to be perfect but have since found out the messier the better. You don’t have to have straight edges, perfect curves, or the proper dotting. You can add floral, dots, shadowing, triangles, whatever is going through your mind.
I didn’t start out immediately journaling in a Bible, but I started out in an art journal. I wanted to see if this would be something that I would continue with, instead of purchasing a journaling Bible and not journaling in it. Just a few weeks ago, I stepped out and purchased a bible with margins and began journaling in it. Journaling in the Bible, I’ve found that lettering has taken a front seat, and the pictures have taken a back seat.
What I’d like to share with you today is some of the techniques I’ve applied to my lettering in bible journaling. I begin my journaling with a pencil so that if I make any mistakes, I can erase them. With the Sharpie (make sure you have one that doesn’t bleed), I add thickness to certain sides of the letters. You can see my example below. When you start with that, you become comfortable with the lettering and then are able to branch out to try different aspects of shadowing.
Below I have included a picture of my absolute staple Bible journaling items: washi tape, Faber Castell artist pen, a white eraser and a pencil. I have found that the white eraser is much easier on bible pages. After I use my pencil, I will trace the words with my artist pen and then erase the pencil marks. My final result is also included below. Happy journaling!
Today’s guest Bible journaler is Lisa Yvonne. Lisa and I have been connected for quite a while as bloggers through the Elite Blog Academy. Lisa has a heart to serve and she has a love for her family. It was no surprise that she has incorporated Bible journaling into her family time. She shares how she does so below:
Bible journaling is awesome, isn’t it? I only discovered in the last year and I honestly knew it wasn’t for me when I first heard about it. After all, Bible journaling is only for incredible artists who buy all these special Bibles and paints, right?
Boy, was I wrong! Bible journaling has turned into one of my very favorite things ever.
And I’m still not an artist. I actually doodled a dog the other day and my son asked me if it was a turtle.
But I am a mom who has a passion for family discipleship and loves to spend time with her kids and Bible journaling has turned into one way we do that in our home.
I got started Bible journaling because I was trying to have quiet time (which, as a mom of 8 kids, means getting very creative!). You can read more about the 8 ways I find quiet time at my blog, Graceful Abandon.
Now I keep Bible journaling because it’s one way I spend time with my kids that creates a meaningful connection. My kids are “quality time” little people, and this allows us to spend that time that makes them feel so loved and helps me nurture their seedling faith.
All children want their parents to play with them and show them they are valuable, and our little Bible journaling dates is one way I do this with my artistically minded little ones.
I love Bible journaling because it helps us bond over the Word of God, and while we color we talk about what’s in their hearts. Unless I had journaled with my seven-year-old, I’d never have known he wanted to be an artist who painted things to show people Jesus loves them and that he had a whole plan for it.
That only came out because of this time we spent together. And then, we got to pray about it while we talked. Both of us being busy coloring seems to make conversation flow so freely!
We Bible Journal by writing our verses either on a loose sheet of paper or in one of those marble notebooks you can get 2/$1 during back to school sales (it depends on if it’s a verse we are memorizing that we want to hang on the fridge or not).
I don’t have any fancy tools or techniques to share, but the most important thing I need when Bible journaling is prayer. I love to pray for my kids, but I try to pray intentionally at the start of our time together that God would guide our discussion about His Word and teach us what He wants us to learn in our time together.
Bible journaling has literally taken the world by storm! It is a concept that I learned about almost three years ago and that I am very grateful for having in my life. The help that it has brought to my anxiety and the joy it has brought to the time I spend with the Lord is priceless.
That’s why I am so excited to share more Bible journaling inspiration in the form of 14 days of guest posts here on the blog sharing their Bible journaling journeys.
This event is to inspire, encourage and educate you on the topic of Bible journaling.
This page holds all of the special 14 Days of Bible Journaling Inspiration Page here on the blog all in one plac.e
Now to share with you my favorite Bible journaling technique. Recently, in the local Bible journaling course that I lead we used Faber-Castell Gelatos. These are by far my favorite tool for Bible journaling. They go on smooth, you can blend them with your fingers or use a paintbrush with water. They create a beautiful look that does not smudge or rub off on your hands. I especially like the metallic colors that I have. You can see an example below:
Isn’t that just beautiful? I really enjoy using Gelatos. This verse is especially beautiful as well. Over the next 14 days, you will be able to see a variety of Bible journaling techniques that all these Bible journaling ladies enjoy. You are sure to find something that you will love.
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When I first heard about the idea of Bible journaling, I was hesitant to get started because I did not have a lot of money to invest in the practice. I thought immediately that I needed a new Bible that was made for journaling and all the kits and supplies that go along with it. However, I needed to be more money conscious, so I looked for ways I could go ahead and begin journaling without those things.
In other words, I needed to learn ways to Bible journal on the cheap. You’ll be glad to know that I was able to make this happen. So I thought I would share with you what I did to make this happen.
You will likely be surprised at what you have laying around the house that you can use to get started Bible journaling. Look for pens of various colors, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, stickers, tape, scraps of paper or magazines, and more! If you are a mom, raid your kid’s art supplies! You can even use a box of crayons, if necessary.
Many of you may feel like Bible journaling is impossible for you because you don’t feel like you’re creative or have artistic abilities. Don’t worry! If you have a printer and the Internet, you can do a quick Google search for free printables and you’ll be ready in no time!
Here are a couple pins of things I’ve found on Pinterest:
I have learned that unique items can be turned into amazing supplies for Bible journaling. I have used bubble wrap, napkins, tissue paper, and much more to make Bible journaling fun.
Don’t be afraid to start Bible journaling even if you only have a pencil, paper, and a pen. Bible journaling can be as simple as writing scripture in various lettering, using a mix of block letters, cursive, and print. You can search for tutorials online about this as well to help you get started.
One thing I have discovered about Bible journaling is that it is a fun activity that you can do with others. Many times your friends will have ideas and supplies that you can swap for. This makes it all the more interesting.
Remember, when you are getting ready to Bible journal that the most important part of it is to focus on the Bible as God’s word. Use the journaling to help you to focus more on God, not to let it be a distraction.