Bible Journaling Class
Bible Journaling Class Lesson 1 - Introduction
Welcome to class! If you’re previewing – this lesson covers the basics and supplies.
Video Lesson 1: Introduction (8:00)
This first lesson is an introduction, if you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
3 Tips for Bible Journaling Video as seen on YouTube (11:31)
You may have seen the video on YouTube – in which I flip through some of the Bibles I’m using. Worth a revisit if it’s been a while! If you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
What Bible should you get? It’s a personal decision.
First, understand that there are no Bibles I know of with anything other than regular thin Bible paper. If someone printed that, it would be a book we probably couldn’t lift! So you will have to purchase some kind of art journal if you want to use Copics or other heavy mediums. (I have a few of these in different sizes.)
I’d recommend first doing a search online for “Journaling Bible” or “Note Taking Bible” along with your favorite translation. Lots more are being created all the time, so even if you love a version that doesn’t come in a “journaling” style of design, wait a bit and I bet it will happen! The Bible I’ve used most in the gallery on this page has a 2″ border with lines; google and you can find them with or without the lines, and in a variety of translations. My exact one is out of print.
For some beginners, Tyndale’s Inspire Bible is perfect. It has about 500 preprinted graphics and text you can just color in – just be sure to read the Scriptures lest it just become a big coloring book! I’ve heard some people are planning to start with that, then when they feel ready to move on to another Bible, they’ll give this one to their children or grandchildren to finish coloring. (As if “finishing” is an option with 500 preprinted images!).
Crossway’s Interleaved Bible has a full blank page in between every printed page. It is still printed on Bible paper – a cream colored paper; it also has different covers, so scroll through their site to see what the options are. The big blank page can be intimidating for some, but it’s tantalizing for others!
There are “Wide Margin” bibles with about a 1″ border all around and extra space at the bottom, but not the wide columns at the outside. For some folks this is the best option as they want to write notes about many of the verses; so coloring a beautiful background and writing overtop that can be lovely.
NOTE: Some viewers have recommended a $1 Bible from the dollar store – I checked my local store and those are printed on a newsprint-like paper. You can certainly practice drawing in them, but there are no margins for drawing, and the paper will reactvery differently from any other Bibles.
And finally – I’m also creating art in my regular old study Bible I’ve had for decades. I did adapt in this Bible because it has study notes at the bottom, and no wide margins; so instead I’m doing backgrounds that highlight verses, and do written journaling in the existing margins.
Where to get Bibles
I’m hoping you have access to a Christian bookstore – if you don’t have one in your town, look for others nearby. It’s often the best way to touch and feel a Bible before making a purchase. You may want to check the size of the font – is it readable for you? (The older I get, the more important that is!) You’ll get a feel for what a 2″ vs 1″ border will be. And don’t be afraid to ask them to order in any of the Bibles I have mentioned here – they’ll be excited to hear about the Interleaved and Inspire Bibles if they haven’t yet!
You can also order online – that’s what I did. I ended up pleasantly surprised in some cases, and just “hmm” in others – for instance, both the Interleaved and Inspire are on cream paper. I hadn’t known any Bibles to be on cream before. It’s not a problem, and I think it’s actually easier on my eyes – but I just gave that a “hmmm.” And ended up liking it. But seeing the Bible in person may help you to keep surprises to a minimum.
If you do purchase a Bible online, and decide to return it, PLEASE be kind and gentle with the sellers. I’ve seen some angry folks who had some of the surprises that I experienced who left raging comments – and that’s just…well, let’s say it’s not a good witness. Just be kind. 🙂
Creative worship is becoming so popular! Making art in your Bible can, for some, be a relaxing and spiritual experience. For others – it does nothing but add stress. What mediums to use, what will bleed through, can I see through the paint to read the words!? So many questions.
The focus in this class is on discovering mediums that do not bleed through the page, that do not obscure the text, and require no page prep! Bible journaling should be stress-free, not fraught with expensive supplies and extensive learning, and this class will help relieve your mind of many worries you may have.
The 10 lessons are not full tutorials to create a page; but many will show you some ways to apply the medium to a Bible page. It’s recommended to go through the entire class with a notebook at hand, and jot down one or two mediums you’d like to try first. No need to buy more than a simple pack of pencils, watercolor pencils, or watercolor paints in order to get started!
The class also discusses the process of coming up with ideas, from devotions through getting an image on paper. That’s actually the most important part – praying through the Scriptures for yourself, hearing from God, then documenting what He’s told you. This class will get you started on that journey!
- Lectures 10
- Skill level Beginner
- Language English
- Assessments Self
I have been intrigued by illustrated bible journaling for quite some time. Problem was, I didn't know where to start. This course is a fantastic introduction with beautiful examples of the tools you can (and cannot) use for your illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed Sandy's friendly manner and method of explaining the various mediums she presented in each lesson, not to mention the peaceful soundtrack. One of the most important points was her introduction to the course on reading the Bible, focusing on a verse that speaks to you, spending time reflecting on it, and using that reflection to inspire your illustrations. I highly recommend this course!
Absolutely fabulous! Great, clearly given information with tons of high-quality examples and ideas. Very comprehensive and very rewatchable! I've come back to these videos time and time again, they are a great assist to the sometimes overwhelming world of Bible Journaling! Would highly recommend.