Welcome to class! If you’re previewing – this lesson covers the basics and supplies.
Video Lesson 1: Introduction
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
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. To decide on a Bible that’s right for you, take the following into consideration:
- Translation of choice (your fave or a new one for comparison)
- Interleaved (with blank pages) or 2″ columns on sides
- Soft/hard cover, color options
- Single or double column text
- Font size (most are 7-7.5 point, and large-print is 9-9.5 point)
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.
- My recommended Bible: Journal the Word. I have an expensive version of this one with a fancy leather cover, however – it’s 3x the price. Contents are the same. It also comes in large-print and you can also find it in other cover styles, so search around once you’re here..
- Interleaved Bibles have blank pages – they come in hard cover, soft cover, and likely more options in the future. I go to my interleaved Bibles when my idea is “too big” for just a column, but the large empty space can also be intimidating!
- One of my other favorite Bibles is this small sized Two Column Bible; I like its compact size, though for some, the 2 column format sometimes means the words are not directly adjacent to the column for journaling.
- Preprinted Bibles are popular too; a few I bought:
- The Illustrated Notetakers Bible has elegant designs printed in light grey.
- The Illuminated Bible has beautiful gold ink for its illustrations.
- The Inspire Bible series keeps updating with new illustrations and styles since they first came out.
- The Canvas Bible uses The Message Translation and has fun illustrations.
- My Creative Bible came out for those who love the King James!
- Some folks have recommended a $1 Bible from the dollar store – those are usually printed on a newsprint-like paper. You can certainly practice drawing in them, but there are no margins for drawing, and the paper will react very differently from regular Bible paper.
This video was made a while after this class was filmed, but I’m adding it here for your edification. Note that this is from my “other” channel that is ONLY for Bible Journaling, with a new video added every Sunday morning. Feel free to go subscribe!
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. My favorite shops for purchasing Bibles online: Christianbook.com and Dayspring, and sometimes at Amazon. (My preference is to shop for Bibles at Christian bookstores to support their ministry.)
Join us on Facebook
Please do join one or both of the Facebook groups:
- Bible Journaling Facebook Group that you may join; there are periodic Bible Journaling challenges there, ideas shared by other students and fellow travelers of creative worship! That group permits only Christians, so it’s a safe place to share your faith and grow along with us. Visit the Photos tab to scroll through tons of ideas from me and other students!
- Student Facebook Group has students from all courses here at Art-Classes; you’re welcome to share there, knowing that it’s a public group where your work can be a ministry to potential unbelievers. Note that proselytizing is not permitted, but you can absolutely share your art from your own experience!