Are you a bible journal novice with no idea where to begin with bible journaling? Are you a seasoned bible journaler who has been stumped on how to illustrate your bible next? There are so many resources available and I have compiled a list of seven of my personal favorites and collection here (in no particular order).
I want you to experiment with the following tools. If you find you don’t like some or all of these, abandon them until you find your own favorites. Also, I am not suggesting anything that I have never used. I have also included direct, affiliate links to the products that I suggest. This will allow me to potentially earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. The following descriptions includes the text from Amazon.com.
1. Bartlett’s Bible Quotations | John Bartlett
From the quote aficionado to the historical researcher, Bartlett is an essential collection of Bible quotes. It is both a valuable reference tool while journaling and an eminent collection to be browsed through for pleasure. The quotes are organized simply and elegantly, from Genesis to Revelations, and include Psalms, Proverbs, and the Apocrypha.
2. Creative Lettering and Beyond | Kirkendall, Lavender, Manwaring & Panczyszyn
After a brief introduction to the various tools and materials, you will learn how to master the art of hand lettering and typography through easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects, prompts, and exercises. From the basic shape and form of letters, to cursive script, spacing, and alignment, you will discover how to transform simple words, phrases, and quotes into beautiful works of hand-lettered art. The interactive format and step-by-step process offers inspirational instruction for a wide variety of fun projects and gift ideas. Numerous practice pages and interactive prompts throughout the book invite you to put their newfound lettering skills to use. Covering a variety of styles and types of lettered art, including calligraphy, illustration, chalk lettering, and more, you will find a plethora of exercises and tips to help you develop your own unique lettering style.
3. Everything Beautiful | WaterBrook
Open this coloring book for inspirational illustrations, doodles and lettering! Most importantly, be reminded of splendor everywhere. Beauty abounds in the extraordinary and the ordinary…and even in the mundane. Whatever your circumstances, beauty is there, waiting to be noticed and cherished. Each perforated coloring page (easy to tear out and trace in your journaling bible) features an original design from one of nine different artists, beautifully illustrating an inspirational quote from hymns, Scripture, writers, preachers, and teachers. To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the Everything Beautiful Spotify playlist is included. #EverythingBeautifulBook
4. Whatever is Lovely | WaterBrook
Who says you have to journal about God in a Bible? This 96 page book includes 45 unique coloring pages for bible journaling on the go! We live in a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this coloring book for adults is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture. So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way. To help set the perfect mood for worship, contemplation, and creative expression, a link to the Whatever Is Lovely playlist is included. #WhateverIsLovely
5. Inspire: Proverbs | Tyndale
Inspire: Proverbs includes all of the cherished features from the Inspire Bible displayed beautifully in a coloring book–style square-trimmed edition. You will enjoy coloring and creative art-journaling through the full book of Proverbs, with the wisdom from all 31 chapters displayed beautifully in a single-column, wide-margin, spacious layout. This book features over 70 full- and partial-page Scripture line-art illustrations, plus words to color right within the Bible text to inspire Scripture meditation and response. The larger 9 x 9 trim, wide margins, spacious layout, and thicker, uncoated, white art paper make this a Bible-journaler’s dream. Art paper limits bleed-through and allows for use of even more markers, supplies, and techniques for coloring and creative art-journaling. Inspire: Proverbs is great for people wanting to connect to the Proverbs through art and extends a beautiful invitation to slow down and soak in God’s Word while coloring or journaling on the pages. There is also an Inspire: Psalms art-journaling coloring book!
6. Complete Guide to Bible Journaling | Joanne Fink & Regina Yoder
Discover a powerful new way to engage with Scripture through art in this inspirational guide to Bible Journaling!
- Beginner-friendly inspirational guide to Bible Journaling
- Embrace your faith and engage with Scripture through art in a visual and creative way
- 270 stickers in full color to help embellish your Bible Journal
- 150 designs on perforated pages are easily removed and ready to use
- 60 vellum designs on translucent sheets to use as overlays
- Colorful examples from leading Bible Journal artists are included to help inspire your creativity
- How-to section provides instruction on lettering, drawing, coloring, painting, and embellishing with stamps, stickers, and stencils
- Helpful advice on choosing Scripture and the types of Bibles and journals you can use for your art
In Complete Guide to Bible Journaling, world renowned artist Joanne Fink and her talented co-author Regina Yoder explain the basics of this beautiful art form that connects faith with creativity. Inside, you’ll learn all about the wonderfully fulfilling benefits of Bible Journaling and get helpful advice on choosing Scripture and the types of Bibles and journals to use, plus how to do a variety of techniques which will allow you to express your faith in a creative manner. The how-to section covers lettering, drawing, coloring, painting, embellishing with stamps, stickers and stencils, and so much more! Some of the world’s leading Bible Journaling artists provide colorful examples and inspiration, including Shanna Noel, Rebekah R. Jones, Valerie Wieners-Massie, Karla Dornacher, and many more.
7. Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist | Stephanie Ackerman
Faith Journaling is filled with engaging prompts, exercises, and lettering techniques will ignite the imagination. When faith and art intersect, pure magic happens. Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist is a dynamic and inspiring resource for learning art journaling in Bibles, prayer journals, daily devotionals, and creative life planners. This beautifully designed guide features dozens of easy-to-follow drawing, doodling, and lettering techniques which demonstrate to you how to develop beautiful uplifting artwork. A wide range of creative exercises deliver the encouragement needed to explore faith through the creative process. Whether working with colored pencils, markers, watercolor, or stamps, when it comes to faith journaling, there are no rules! In this book, you’ll not only learn how to expand your artistic horizons, but also discover how to give yourself permission to create personal artistic expressions of your faith.
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