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Hello Sweet Friends!
Since I have fallen CRAZY IN LOVE with creating art in my journaling bible, I have been wanting to share this with pretty much everyone around me (or at least my friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I have been asked a few times, “What did you use to make that page?” or “What should I buy to get started?” So in today’s post, I will addresss my top 10 favorite bible journaling supplies that I use.
Now, I do want to start off by saying this one statement:
YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE THE SAME SUPPLIES TO GET STARTED.
I always remind people that this is all about your personal experience with the Lord and that just because you may not have all of these supplies, doesn’t mean you can’t get started. Don’t let that stop you from having some awesome one on one quiet time with our heavenly father. Grab what you have around the house! Go ahead! Sneak into your kiddo’s bedroom and borrow a few colored pencils and crayons. They’ll never notice! And before you know it, they’ll want to start creating along side you.
BUT if you must know (which is why you probably even clicked on this post), then here are my faves:
When I first saw people doing artwork in their bible, I literally rushed out and went searching for a journaling bible. I actually purchased this one at my local Family Christian Store, but you can get it on Amazon as well. This bible has 2-inch, lined margins where you can write notes or create artwork on. I love having the blank pages because it gives me freedom to create or write whatever touches my heart.
There are MANY different journaling bibles out there. Another one that I would definitely look into is the Inspire Bible NLT. What I like about this one is that it has lined artwork already inside (for those who love to color but do not like to draw) and blank margins for your journaling, note taking, or artwork needs. It’s a great bible to have if you are concerned with the pressure of blank, white pages. Believe me…it happens.
2. Pencil and Eraser
Now, some people may be comfortable just jumping right in with pens and markers to journal. Not me! I am one of those people who likes to plan it out first. Especially if I am adding a lot of decorative lettering or drawings into the margin. Most will suggest using a mechanical pencil to lightly sketch your drawings or words into your bible. Y’all, I just used what I had lying around. I do recommend getting a really good eraser. My favorite is the Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser. I ended up buying a pack of them, because if I am not drawing in my bible, I am usually practicing my hand lettering skills.
3. Black Gel Pen and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens
When it comes to writing on very thin bible pages, no two pens are really created equal. Because I am constantly lettering over dried paint, then I usually just grab either my black gel pen (picked this one up for $1 at Target) or if you want to splurge a bit, one of these Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. Keep in mind that when you use either one of these pens, be sure to give them enough time to dry before closing your bible. What I love particularly about this set of Fabe- Castell pens is that it came in 4 different size points: x-small, small, medium, and brush. I can use the brush for big, bold lettering and the x-small or small pens for details when I am drawing. All of these pens in this set are black ink, but Faber-Castell does makes a bunch of different colors too! They are also waterproof and archival which is perfect for bible pages.
Okay you may be wondering, “What in the WORLD is Gesso and why do you use it?” Gesso is used by artists usually to prep/seal a canvas or a sheet of paper when using a variety of different color mediums. So in the world of bible art journaling, when you prep your pages with a very thin layer of this stuff, it will actually help with any bleed through. Perfect if you are using heavy or water-based inks or paints.
There is a constant debate of whether or not a person needs to prep a page before they journal at all. And most people in the bible journaling community don’t prep and just dive right in with their pens and paints. I personally like the peace of mind that this gives my pages a little bit more protection, so I usually will prep with gesso first. This Art Basics Clear Gesso is THE BEST out there for bible pages. I highly recommend getting this brand because it dries clear, matte, and does not leave a gritty feeling on the page that can ruin your pricey pens.
This book is AH-MAZING! Not only does it give you a crash course on calligraphy, hand lettering, and chalkboard lettering, but it is full of design inspirations that I have grown to love. From how to flourish your letters to adding frames and banners, I pretty much always have this book right next to me when I am planning out an entry into my page.
Here on this particular page, I grabbed a lot of the floral, fauna, banner, and lettering inspirations from this book. Believe me, it will definitely be worth the purchase!
6. Acrylic Paints
Once you have gotten over the fear of actually writing in your bible with a pen, you can start exploring some fun color options to bring your pages to life. In one of my first bible entries, I used some very cheap all-purpose acrylic craft paints like these shown above. The key to putting them on is to use a card to apply it thinly to the page. That way you can actually apply it over the text and still read it! I have been just using an old rewards card to apply my acrylic paints. You can buy acrylic paints pretty much at any craft store or even your local Walmart!
On this page, I used a dry brush to lightly apply these acrylic paints in the background.
Okay y’all…I am not even gonna lie. If someone threw me on a deserted island with my pens and my bible and then proceeded to tell me that I could only take one other product to add color, I would grab my Faber-Castell Gelatos in a heartbeat. Now, before I talk about them I have to warn you that they are a bit pricey (about $20 to $30 a pack). But you can always pick them up at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels store (use their 40% or 50% coupons) like I did.
But if you want to treat yourself and splurge a bit, here is why I think these are the bomb.com. These pigment sticks are so creamy that they basically GLIDE on your page like butter! They can go on dry OR if you love the look of water colors, you can add a tiny bit of water with a brush on top to achieve that dreamy look. You can also use them for stamping or mix a bunch of pigment with water in a small mister bottle to spray onto a page. The possibilities are endless and SUPER FUN! These gelatos pictured above are from the “Brights” collection but you can also find pastel and metallic sets as well.
With this page I used the gelatos on my rubber stamps to create the backdrop.
Here are some examples of what the gelatos look like when you apply the water on top with a brush. See? Totally dreamy!
8. Rubber Stamps & StazOn Solvent Ink
Who needs artistic ability when you can use rubber stamps! You can find these mounted on wooden blocks like the ones pictured or you can find clear acrylic stamps that can be stuck on a clear, acrylic block. The advantage of the clear ones are that you can arrange a couple of stamps on one acrylic block to create your own design.
When it comes to ink pads, I use black more than any other color ink. AND the StazOn brand does just that…it stays on! And pretty much on anything! 🙂 When you are looking for ink pads, be sure it is labeled either a solvent or pigment ink. If you want to prevent bleeding through your bible pages (and if you choose not to prep your page with gesso first), then I suggest staying away from dye based ink pads.
9. Washi Tape
Washi (aka craft) tape is another fun way to add flair and color to your bible entry. Some people load up their entire margin with these as a background and then write over it with paint pens. I choose to decorate my inner margins with these puppies. You can find washi tape EVERYWHERE and they come in so many different colors, patterns, and sizes.
On this entry, not only did I put this striped washi tape in the inner margin on the left, but I also used it to attach a little note card (or as we bible journalers like to call a “tip in”) with my prayer on the back.
10. Alphabet Stickers and Stamps
Last but not least is my love for alphabet stickers and stamps. Let’s face it. I am not always in the mood to letter everything on the page by hand. So when that laziness appears that day, I turn to these bad boys. There are a variety of sizes and colors for the alphabet stickers and these cute little alphabet letter stamps were only $1 for the set at Michaels! Can’t go wrong there!
So there you have it! My top 10 Favorite Bible Journaling Supplies!
I will admit I have a bunch more that I keep in my arsenal but these are the ones that I feel I cannot live without! Don’t worry…I promise as I learn more about fun supplies and techniques, I will be sure to share the love!
What do you think? Did I miss any that you absolutely LOVE? Please feel free to ask any questions or comment below!
Want to see how I get inspired to do some of my pages? Read this post!