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What is Bible Journaling? How do I start?

Bible journaling has recently become very popular.  It is a way for individuals to meditate on scripture while expressing one’s creativity.  There are many opinions on whether or not the text in the Bible should or should not be covered.  Although, there are now many journaling Bibles with wide margins to draw or take notes and even some Bibles that have blank pages between each page, there is still controversy regarding what is acceptable in this form of scriptural art.


When I first began journaling in my Bible, I purchased a Bible specifically for this purpose. I have several versions that I have for reading and studying. For my journaling Bible, I chose one with wide margins as my journaling Bible.  In my first entries, I elected to keep my artwork in the margins, or if I did decide to add something over the text, it was usually just a form of watercolor or light background coloring so I was still able to read the text.


As I have continued in my Bible art journaling, I have learned to relax some.  As a perfectionist, this was very hard for me to do.  But seeing now how much my own faith and Christian walk has come since engaging in the scriptures with this form of art, I have come to the conclusion, that this is for me.  Each person has to decide what they feel is right for them.  Whether they decide to journal only in the margins, a separate journal, or cover the text or not.


So how do you begin?  Don’t tell me you can’t draw, etc… Because I am definitely not an artist, and you tube has become a close friend.  So here are my tips:


  1. Choose what you will use to do your journaling in.  Whether you will choose a journaling Bible with wide margins, or one with blank pages, or maybe you decide to do yours in a separate art journal… it is up to you.  Do what you feel comfortable in.  Pray about it and you will know what is right for you.
  2. Gather your supplies. There are many ways to do Bible journaling.   I have tried a few and still have lots more I intend to try.  But I honestly think my personal favorite is using my Prisma colored pencils.  In my opinion, starting with colored pencils, is a good way to start the process.  I prefer the Prisma pencils because they blend well and their colors are so vibrant, but you may have another brand you like.  Prisma pencils are a little on the pricey side, and if you are not able to get these, then I also like Crayola brand colored pencils. Also, I use micron pens for outlining my text and designs.  These do not bleed through when using, (unless of course you color or stay in one spot too long).

Other supplies I have tried:  Prisma watercolor pencils, clear gesso to prep page if using products that bleed, brush markers (which will bleed, unless page is prepped).  Choose one media to use and begin with that.  You can always add more a little at a time and venture out.  Quick note, it is a good idea to use a mat between the pages so you will not impress on the following pages when you are doing your art.  Also, if using any other media, besides colored pencils, it is probably best to prep page with clear gesso.

  1. So now that you have your supplies, where do you start?  That’s really a good question.  I wish I had a simple answer for you but I don’t.  You could maybe start with your favorite scripture, or maybe choose a verse that stood out to you when you were doing your daily Bible study, or maybe a verse from Sunday’s sermon.  The point is, there are no rules, you can start wherever you like and choose any verse that speaks to you.
  2. Ok, so you say you can’t draw? First of all, your entries do not have to be masterpieces.  They aren’t for sale; they are for you.  Secondly, there are templates you can buy for tracing, lots of videos you can watch on how to draw certain items, like flowers, etc, As you begin to do this, and do a few, you will become more and more creative.  I have a few templates on this blog that are free to download and use, and I will be adding more soon.  I also, plan to add some instructional videos.


One last thought, there are no rules in Bible journaling.  This is for you and what a great heirloom to be passed on to your children and grandchildren.  I know if my Mom was still here with me, she would so enjoy doing this.  Some of my favorite treasures from my Mom are a couple of paintings she did while taking a beginning art class.  She always criticized her work, but I personally feel they are beautiful and even more so now that she’s gone.


The goal of Bible journaling is to engage and meditate on God’s Word.  Bible journaling for me has become a form of therapy and what better therapy than the Word of Our Creator.


Questions or comments, feel free to contact me or comment below.




This one was done with colored pencils and Micron pens to outline


Example I did using watercolor pencils.  In this example, I prepped my page with clear gesso.


Nothing is Impossible with God

Do you ever feel that you are trapped and there is no way out?  Like you just can’t do what you need to or expected to do?  As women, we have so many roles that we are expected to fulfill which can be overwhelming at times.  I think the hardest thing for us to say is the word “NO”   Of course there are those things that we have to take care of, and “No” is not an option.  Sometimes, we forget, that although we, ourselves, cannot do certain things,  but Our GOD can do ALL.  Luke 1:37 reminds me of this.  For with God, Nothing is impossible.  Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes, it is hard for us to understand the literal meaning of God’s Word.  Notice, it says NOTHING, not some things, but NOTHING is impossible with God.  This is where our faith comes in.  How strong is your faith?  Do we really believe God can do all?  Or do we put God in a box and think He can do only so much?  I personally struggle with this at times.  Faith is believing in things we cannot see.   We must learn to pray and turn over our worries to the Lord, and fully rely on Him.  Trust in the Lord, and he will carry you.  May your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ increase and may you receive blessings from Him, our creator.



Call upon the Lord Bible Art Journaling

Being in the path of Hurricane Harvey has been somewhat unsettling.  It’s devastating to see the flooding and the many families that have been displaced due to this storm.  And it’s still not over.  Sometimes it can be hard for us to see the light when tragedies come.  As I sit here, waiting out the storm, I have had lots of time to think and read God’s word.  I must not forget, that He knows everything and I must trust in Him completely.  Psalm 50:15 reminds me of this, to call upon Him and He will deliver me.  I am so very thankful for each day and I feel truly blessed as I have not lost power in this storm and my house has not flooded.  Please continue to pray for those who have been affected.  I will continue to pray for their peace, comfort and safety, as I have heard that we can expect another 50 inches of rain!!

Here is my Bible journaling art for that verse.  I am also including a template I sketched for you to use.  All I ask is that you please do not sell my art.  Thank you,  May God bless each and every one of you.  Just click on the link below for the template.

Call upon the Lord


So Very Blessed Bible Art Journaling

Luke 1:45 reminds me of the God’s blessings for those of who rely and believe in Him.  I’ll admit, although I have been a Christian for years, I wasn’t growing as I should be.  I was still on milk and wasn’t taking in solid food.  But now, I feel that changing… as I journal in  His Word, and also I have started a class this semester with Faith Bible Institute, which I love.

Faith Bible Institute, is out of Monroe, Louisiana, but they offer remote programs that many churches offer.  It is a 6 semester program, or 3 years.  (No classes in summer).  During this 3 years, you go through the entire Bible.  It’s a 3 hour weekly class.  If you are interested, then go to their website and see if maybe a church in your area is offering these classes.

Here is the link:


Let Your Light Shine

With Hurricane Harvey here, I have had lots of time to do my Bible art journaling.  This is one I did recently.  Matthew 5:16 reminds us to let our light shine for others so God may be glorified.  How hard this is sometimes, to always be positive and be a light.  Many times, as Christians, we are expected to act a certain way, but we are also human just like everyone else.  I am reminded in this verse, how important it is to maintain a positive attitude and smile, because what we do or say and how we act as a Christian can other lead others or steer others away from Christ.

This particular page was sketched out with a regular pencil, then I used Prisma colored pencils to color and shade.  The outline was done with an Ek Pen, that I bought on clearance from Hobby Lobby.  It doesn’t bleed.  No prepping was needed to do this page.

Tips on coloring and shading with colored pencils:

Start with the lightest color first.

Then use a darker shade to shadow.

I even used a light brown, very lightly,next around the fire flies.

I then go back to the main color, which was yellow around the fire flies and blend the darker color and brown in.

Questions or comments, please reply below.

Here is a template I sketched for you to use.  This file is free for you to use.  Please do not sale.  Thank you.  Just click on the link below.

Let Your Light Shine