Trend Watch – Bible Journaling

Our trend watch for today is a little bit different. No cards to share with you: it’s all about Bibles. And yes, it’s very creative!

Maybe you’ve already heard of Bible journaling. To keep it short; it’s a creative way to read the word of God and to doodle or write in the margins of your Bible. While it’s more about the process, the reading and to think about the message, there are some great artists in the Bible journaling ‘area’. So this week I want to show you a couple of beautiful pages.

Bible pages are very thin and everyone has their own way of working on them. A lot of people use gesso or multi medium to prepare their pages, others use colored pencils (which won’t harm you pages) or they don’t mind the bleed that happens when you work in your Bible without preparing the pages. The fun part is, that you can use a lot of supplies that you already have from paper crafting, like stamps and stickers.

So let’s have a look at the pages! It’s a very personal way of journaling and that makes each page really unique. I love the colorful and detailed way Melissa from Fisch tale designs journals (she shares even more images on her Instagram feed).

Proverbs 4:23 by Melissa Fischer, image source Fisch Tale Designs

A person that uses a lot of different techniques in her journaling is Rebekah Jones. She manages to get great pages with various materials. For this page she used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens.

Psalm 42 by Rebekah R Jones, image source Rebekah R Jones

If you don’t like to work directly on the pages you could work on separate papers and add them to your Bible later. Patter used a tag to add some doodles to her pages.

John 16:33 by Patter Cross, image source Triple the Scraps

When you’re good at drawing, you could design your own pages with pen and pencil. Karla Dornacher makes beautiful illustrated pages. (if you’re not an illustrater at all, you can comfort yourself with the thought that Sweet ’n Sassy Stamps sells a stamp set with her drawings too ;)).

Luke 2 by Karla Dornacher, image source Karla Dornacher

I can’t skip the Illustrated Faith community when I’m talking about bible journaling, so of course I’m going to share a page from their blog too. Shanna Noel started the Bible journaling ‘trend’ and started this community too. Most of the Bible journalers can be found in the Facebook group they started or on the blog. They share a lot of ideas on their blog, like this colorful page from Tai Bender.

Abide by Tai Bender, image source Illustrated Faith

It’s a bit hard to make a supply list for this trend. It’s too versatile to put into just a couple of items. So I decided to share a couple of products a lot of people use and a few stamp sets that fit well with this theme.

ESV single Column Journaling Bible at Crossway

Pigma Micron pen by Sakura

Multi Medium Matte by Ranger at Simon Says Stamp

Stamp Sets

New Creature stamp set by Sweet ’n Sassy stamps
(the stamp set from Karla Dornacher was sold out at the time of writing but I’m sure it will be back in stock soon. For now, I found you another great journaling stamp set from them :)).

Faith stamp set by Dare 2B Artzy

Light of the World stamp set by Illustrated Faith

I hope you enjoyed this different type of trend watch and that you’ve been inspired to create!


4 replies on “Trend Watch – Bible Journaling”

  1. I went to the Passages traveling exhibit tonight in Santa Clarita, Ca. Among much more, the exhibit features many ancient hand illustrated Bibles from all over the world. The illustrations jogged my memory of the Bible journaling illustrations I had been seeing. So when I got home I looked them up. I think this is a wonderful way to worship. Thank you for featuring this story. If you have a chance to see the passages exhibit it is very well done. It will eventually have a permanent home in Washington DC.

  2. Nice selection of products!! I am so glad that companies are coming out with stuff for Bible Journaling!! TFS!

  3. Thanks for sharing this faithart! Please stop by our online faithart community where you will see lots of art journaling, mixed media, bible journaling, photography and more! We offer free weekly devotionals and have a line of faithart products.

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