I have weakened and bought a Journaling Bible. In my defense, a new Bible is not a new journal, right? Technically, mine is called a "coloring bible", because there are lots of printed designs for the times when I feel like coloring rather than designing an illustration of my own. (I didn't think I would buy one of these but when I went to the bookstore, I found the one with illustrations so much more inspiring than the blank ones.)
These two illustrations are mine. I love everything about the new bible and the process:
- an opportunity to think more deeply about the verse as I am drawing or coloring,
- the look of the illustrations beside the text,
- the inspiration provided by the words,
- the community of Bible journalers on social media,
- the shape of the margins - just like bookmarks,
- the excitement of learning and doing something new, and
- the enforced limitation of supplies. This helps to narrow down the dizzying array of media I dabble in. Many people use clear gesso to prepare their thin Bible pages before journaling. So far I am just choosing media that will work without this process.
I have rediscovered Repeat Pattern Stacks. They are perfect for the narrow journaling margins.
Pencil Crayons, Micron Pen
Gel Pens work well too.