I know, I said that I’d only be posting here once a week now, but since I’m so passionate about Bible journaling, I thought it might be fun to share them with you on Fridays.
I’ve also started to do some other artwork, which I’ll show you as well.
Since the last time I posted, a lot of you have asked about supplies, so I’ll list them at the bottom. As I’m growing in this craft, I’m experimenting with a few new tools. But not too many yet.
If you haven’t seen my first post on Bible journaling yet, head on over there and take a look at the first pages I did. I also added a few new images to that other post, which you might have missed the first time around.
I started off with a few stamps because I didn’t think I could doodle all that well, but I’ve since gained more confidence and I’m drawing my own stuff for the most part.
There’s a miracle in all of this. I have essential tremor. If you don’t know what that is, look up a youtube video and you’ll see. My hands tremble–some days more than others, but every day they shake some. I have to take medication to keep it under control. I have trouble doing things like writing out a check, or filling out a form BUT (and here’s the super cool part) for some reason I can Bible journal.
After seeing my first post, my mom called me. She was astonished that I was able to draw with the shaky hands I have. We’re all quite amazed actually. But there’s something about this craft that completely relaxes me.
I thought this chapter of my life was over, but I’ve learned that nothing is over until God truly closes the door. Wow. I can’t tell you how in awe I am of His goodness.
So anyway… without further ado, here is my artwork. Oh!! And I have a free printable for you. See the balloon image below? Click it to view and print an 8 x 10.
Note: I’ll get a printable of the house for you NEXT Friday. Watercolors don’t scan all that well because the paper is textured. And so I have to clean up edges in Photoshop before I put a printable up for you.
What I’m Using – Check this out!!!
For those of you who are wondering what I’m using to color the images, I have to tell you about watercolor pencils. The concept was brand new to me, but I’m LOVING them. I had guests over one night and we landed up coloring at the kitchen table. The next day, they went out and bought a pack too.
You simply color an image just like you would with pencil crayons. Super easy. But then you take a wet paint brush and go over the pencil crayon. Voila–it blends like vibrant paint, without all the mess. It’s not messy at all. They are so easy to use. And I’m seriously addicted to them. I’ll put the link in the supplies below.
Psalm 118: 24, created with an ink pen and watercolor pencils on watercolor paper. Digitally retouched.
Click image below to view and print your copy. Or click here.
Come back NEXT Friday for a printable of this Joshua 24:15 house.
Created with an ink pen and watercolor pencils on watercolor paper. Digitally retouched.
And finally, I grabbed an old clock that I had sitting in the closet. I took it apart and created a new face for it. It was super simple, and I love the final look! My husband wants me to sell clocks now. That would truly make me the Time-Warp Wife. LOL
Created using an ink pen on watercolor paper.
FAQ: Do the watercolors bleed through the pages of the Bible?
Answer: Surprisingly not. On the first page I tried, I prepped the page first, and that was a big mistake. The page felt grimy and the ink didn’t sink in well. So when I added the paint, the ink was smeary. Ugh.
Then I tried watercolor pencils directly on the page. I couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It doesn’t show through any more than a pencil crayon would. I can see the black pen a bit through the page, but I’m not as picky as some of you might be.
I recommend testing a page at the back of the Bible so you know what to expect before digging in.
FAQ: What pens do you use for highlighting?
Answer: I’m using watercolor pencils for both the doodles and the highlighting. I like that my colors match. I just love them so much and watercolors don’t bleed through. But if you want some highlighters for your Bible, that don’t bleed, you can try these: ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit.
FAQ: How do you know what colors to use for highlighting? What does each one represent?
Answer: There’s no rhyme or reason to my highlighting. I actually didn’t even realize that people did that until a few weeks ago. I highlight my favorite verses in my favorite colors. I’m creating this Bible for future generations, and so I just want it personalized.
If you want a color chart, visit Courtney at Women Living Well.
FAQ: What supplies do I need to get started?
Suggested Supplies for Bible Journaling:
KJV Journaling Bible This is the one I use. My favorite! There are other ones on Amazon too. So you might dig around a bit to find your favorite.
A sharp pencil
2 PACK – Pigma Micron Pen .25mm Open Stock-Black – I absolutely LOVE this pen! I started with a different pen, but once I got a hold of this one, I was hooked. My lines are so much cleaner, and I can add small details.
General Pencil Kimberly Watercolor Pencils, 24 Per Package – Under $20.00 for a pack of watercolor pencils. These are a great deal! You can definitely start with them. I use them daily.
Da Vinci Watercolor Paint Brush Size 8 – I don’t see my exact paint brush on Amazon, but this one is very similar. I had no idea what to buy, but now I do. It must have that nice tapered edge so you can get into little places with it.
Gel Ink Pen White – I just picked this up yesterday. Where has it been all my life? This is great for adding little white spots over the paint, like polka dots on a dress, whites in the eyes, etc. OR if you make a little mistake in your lettering, it’s like a little dab of white out. Really awesome pen!!
Derwent Drawing Pencils, Inktense, 4mm Core, Metal Tin, Watercolor, 24 Per Pack (0700929) – These cost a bit more than the Kimberly. I use them alongside the Kimberly pencils because they are vibrant. They also blend a bit better because of the quality. However, you do not need these to create nice images.
And if you are looking to doodle on watercolor paper. This is the pad I’m using:
Canson Watercolor Paper Pad, 30-Sheet, 9-Inch by 12-Inch, X-Large
I used this paper on the clock and for the images I painted. This paper is also the perfect thickness for creating a birthday card.
Note: I’m using Amazon affiliate links in this post. It doesn’t affect the price at all, but does provide me with a small commission if the products are purchased. On that note–I only post products I truly believe in and love.