learning bible journaling
Last summer I invested in a journaling bible, after seeing tons of bible journaling pictures all over Instagram and Pinterest. I LOVE to write in my other bible, so I expected to instantly love bible journaling. I didn't get into it at all and the bible I ordered was too heavy to make an everyday bible.
Just recently I rediscovered bible journaling and decided to try to get back into it. With summer quickly approaching, I figured starting mornings that way or using bible journaling would be a great way to use free time and my art as a way to spend more time in my faith.
Here are my tips so far from the beginning of my journey with bible journaling & what I've learned from my first few tries.
I started a pinterest board to keep track of journaling ideas. I'm still getting used to doing things in the margins, so I like seeing how others lay things out (and if they spread across the entire page). I also like seeing designs people do as well as materials they use. Here is my inspiration board on Pinterest.
I first tried to doodle, which didn't really turn out well. I would like to think of myself as a pretty decent doodler, but with the paper being so thin and having to fit anything to margins made everything at first come out pretty awkward. So definitely sketch first.
Pens & Pencils
Colored pencils make me afraid I'm going to rip the page but I tend to have the habit of using a lot of pressure with pens and pencils. Sketching is important with pencil but you have to be careful erasing, due to creasing and smears. Same thing with colored pencils. I think if you don't like to paint, colored pencils is probably the best idea, but my favorite designs that I've seen on Pinterest don't usually use colored pencils.
I almost wish I had bought my bible in person instead of ordering it online. The journaling bible has pretty thin pages, so I thought watercolor would be the best paint to use. Watercolor paint can bleed, so I have been putting paper towels under the other pages when I do it. The watercolor has to be very thin, and you can't overly soak the pages. Acrylic on the other hand is heavier, so you can't see words through like watercolor.
I love how bright the acrylic is in comparison to the watercolor pages I've done. The one above is just a basic coat of acrylic with lettering and random triangles on top. The one below is a watercolor, and you can see the difference in the color. Watercolor is pretty, but the water makes the pages crinkle (which you can see below). At first I liked the watercolor but after trying acrylic paint I would definitely recommend acrylic.
The acrylic surprisingly doesn't bleed and is great on the pages- they get a little sticky so overnight I put a piece of paper between so they don't stick together.
Here's links to all of my favorites supplies and all of the supplies I used in this post :)
If you want to see all of my favorite brush lettering supplies, click here.
So far these are just a few things I've learned at the beginning of my bible journaling. I'm hoping to keep doing this every few weeks and uploading more pictures so I can share my progress :)