My favorite part of my recent introduction to Instagram is discovering an incredible community of people who create art in their Bibles. I had never even heard of this before, but I knew immediately I wanted to start this beautiful form of worship.
I ordered matching ESV journaling Bibles for me and my daughter and searched through my art supplies for colored pencils, pens, and some scrapbooking goodies I could tie in. Honestly, my perfectionism almost kept me from ever trying this. I was a nervous wreck making the first mark in my beautiful new Bible.
If you have these same concerns, try looking at Bible journaling as this:
It is an invitation to look at the blank spaces of your biblical text and see in the margin around its border an opportunity for a life-giving, chaos-breaking, transforming, creative conversation between you and the eternal God.
~Lisa Nichols Hickman, Writing in the Margins
My first attempt was awful. The letters were funky and didn’t fit in the margins properly. I was so excited to jump in, I forced myself to post it on Instagram anyway, although I’ll pass on sharing it again here.
My daughter, on the other hand, has awesome handwriting. Her first entry was amazing:
Mine are improving with time. What I love the most is how I’m starting to memorize verses. I wasn’t raised in church, so I never learned the basic verses many people learn as children. As I slowly trace the words or spell them out with letter stickers or stamps, they so easily commit to my memory.
My daughter continues to only need Crayola Twistables for hers. She can create beautiful margins with just her handwriting. Here are some more from her Bible:
I forgot to cover the side of my Bible when I sprayed some reddish pink paint on my latest entry. This was pretty crushing at first, as if I needed to order a new one immediately. Then the beautiful song, Nothing But The Blood, got stuck in my head while I stared at the non-erasable, red-stained spots where they shouldn’t have been.
Now I see the paint splattered side as a gift. Unfortunately it doesn’t really show up in the picture.
Here are some basic supplies to get started with: (Disclosure: I’m an Amazon affiliate. If you click on a link below and purchase through them, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for the support!)
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible
- Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils
- Writing in the Margins by Lisa Nichols Hickman – This book has helped me tremendously understand the importance of Bible journaling. She considers the margins as a space “separating word and world” where we can connect our stories to God’s story.
- The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe – I recently bought this and am looking forward to starting the exercises. It has great reviews on Amazon!
- Heidi Swapp Color Shine
- Various scrapbooking stickers, stamps, and embellishments
There is also an abundance of information on illustratedfaith.com. She has tons of tutorials, supply recommendations, and general tips on Bible journaling.
I’ve started a new board on Pinterest too if you are interested in learning more about this breathtaking form of worship with me.
Have you tried this creative type of Bible journaling yet? Let me know if you have any questions!
UPDATE: Check out part 2 of my Bible journaling journey where I finally attempted watercolors. It includes basic tips and a supply list.