Monday, April 4, 2016

Bible Journaling

I've recently started Bible Journaling.  I can hear all of your questions going through your heads.  What is Bible Journaling? Do I need a special Bible? Do I need to be artistic? Do I need special supplies? What will Bible Journaling do for me and why should I do it? 

Bible Journaling was first introduced to me by the therapist I was seeing.  She knew my love of art and crafting and also knew that I am a Christian.  She too had been Bible Journaling and thought that it would be a good way for me to work through some of my feelings through Bible verses and using it as therapy.  WOW!  Did it ever work. 

Bible Journaling and what is it and can anyone do it even if I'm not artistic?  Bible Journaling is a great way to connect with scripture by drawing or even scribbling a stick figure.  Artistic ability is not a requirement.  Wanting to connect more to scripture really is the only requirement.  The benefits are numerous and can vary from person to person.  For me it all started with wanting to learn more about myself and heal wounds.  Now it's a desire to learn, connect and to create.

Do you need a special Bible?  No.  You do not need a special Bible.  You can either use a Bible that you have that you don't mind drawing in or you can purchase a special Journaling Bible.  I did purchase a Journaling Bible.  Mine is like this one.

Or if you feel like you are not artistic but still want a way to create inside a Journaling Bible I highly recommend this one. It has "over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable."  And there are still many pages where you can add your own illustrations.

Do you need special supplies?  Not really.  You can use every day crayons, colored pencils or pens.  I do, however, recommend that you make sure that any pens or markers that you use don't bleed through.  Remember that Bible pages are thin.  I mostly use watercolor pencils, colored pencils, gelatos, watercolors and archival pens.

This weekend I finished a verse that was a favorite of my niece, Christina.  As a reminder, Christina is my sisters daughter that tragically passed away last August.  This verse was used in her Celebration of Life service and I wanted to do it justice and make it personal. The verse is Hebrews 12:1.  So I printed a picture of Christina on some vellum and added it to the adjacent page with some washi tape. On her picture I put a quote that I had found on one of her pictures on Instagram.  I really like how it turned out.  Here are some pictures of it.  Remember that you can click on the pictures to enlarge.

We are studying Isaiah in Sunday School and I am working on quite a few verses within this book.  Today I did Isaiah 9:6. 

This one and the one in Hebrews were not my original ideas.  I found them on Pinterest and I welcome you to follow me.  I did the on from Hebrews freehand.  The on in Isaiah I traced and freehand.  One thing I love about the Bible Journaling community is that it's okay to use someone else's idea and make it your own.  I do have some that I've done already that are completely my own ideas.  I highly recommend to anyone to pick up Bible Journaling. 

Do you have any questions that I haven't answered?  Ask away and I'll do my best to answer them for you.

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