A Beginners Guide: 10 Supplies For Bible Journaling
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I jolted awake at 3 am, but instead of staying in my bed letting fearful thoughts race through my mind, I got up went to my kitchen table and opened up my bible. When I opened it up the verse was Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you" be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
A different tool
I spent the next three hours journaling in my bible on that verse as I meditated and prayed over it. For those three hours from 3 am to 6 am I could feel the protection of God surrounding me as I sought Him in His word.
Painting in my bible did not make me feel that protection, but that night bible journaling was used as a tool to seek Him and to keep my mind busy and consumed on meditating on His word. Now every time I look at that page in my bible I am reminded of that night God taught me to focus on Him and to draw near to Him. To declare the truth of His word over my life. To meditate on scripture and to cast my cares on Him. To trust Him in the unknown and follow Him boldly even when fear says to go back.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
You Can Too
If you have never done this before, I would encourage you to give it a try. When I started I was stressed out about doing any kind of art in my bible because "what if I messed up?" Bible journaling helped me to relax because it isn't about perfection or how a page turns out, It's about spending time in the Word.
It's a different way to spend time with God, but I have come to love it.
Today I want to encourage you to give this a try and I wanted to share 10 supplies that I use on a regular basis. I don't have a big stash of supplies and you don't need to either to start bible journaling, but these help with the process a lot.
10 Supplies to get you started
1. Journaling Bible
The first one is obvious, you will need a bible. Preferably a journaling bible so you have room to draw, write, paint, etc. The one I use is an ESV single Colum journaling bible
2. Bible Mat
Mats help a lot to put under the page you are working on so the next page doesn't get paint on it. Before I had a bible mat I used a piece of paper, so you don't need this tool, but it definitely is helpful. The one I use it from Illustrated Faith and I love it because it has a cross stencil on it.
3. Heat tool
This tool is so helpful and I highly recommend it. Having a heat gun allows you to dry your paint instead of waiting for it to dry which could take awhile. I have two kids, so when I have a minute to bible journal I don't want to wait for the paint then to dry. If you are doing layers this is also really helpful to dry each layer before moving onto the next.
4. Tab Puncher
I like putting tabs on each page and this tool makes it really easy to do that. Again you don't need this tool, but it is useful if you like tabs.
5. Date Stamper
I highly recommend that each page you do, you write the date on it. You can either write it with a pen or use a date stamper. I personally use a date stamper because I like the look of it better. There are many different ones to choose from, but I use this one.
You can really use any pen that doesn't bleed through, but my favorite pen that I have been using to bible journal are microns. They don't bleed through that page and I love the way they make my handwriting look. You can also get them at Michaels individually.
7. Acrylic Stamp Block
Stamping is probably my favorite thing to do in my bible. Most bible journaling kits come with clear stamps. If you are going to use clear stamps then you will need a stamp block to mount the stamps on.
8. Ink Pad
If you are going to be stamping then you will need an ink pad. When you are looking for them in the store look for the ones that say pigment ink this type of ink will not bleed through the bible page. If it says archival ink then it will bleed through the page. Pigment inks take longer to dry but they don't bleed through the page. This is another reason a heat tool is usefulto help dry your stamps. The ink pads I use are color box.
I love painting in my bible, usually not precise beautiful paintings, but abstract messy ones. Being able to put the paint down without having to think makes it less stressful and allows me tomeditate on the scripture while I paint. Some times I use credit cards to swipe the paint on or I use paint spatulas to smear it on. There are many different ways you can use paint in your bible all you need to do is not think about it to much and go for it.
The two types of paint I use are acrylic and watercolor. My favorite acrylic paint is the Martha Stewart craft. They are a couple dollars more than the cheaper ones but they are a thicker consistency. And the watercolor I use are the artist loft brand.
There are higher quality paint you can purchase, but these work well for me.
The last product is stickers. There are many many different stickers out there. The ones that I use on almost every entry actually aren't Christian related, but they go well with bible journaling. They are the Tim Holtz small talk sticker sheets. They are sticker phrases and I can find a phrase that goes well with almost every entry that I do.
You can also find these at hobby lobby.
Just Get in the Word
Ladies, there are so many ways we can get in the word. It really doesn't matter which way or tool we use as long as we are diving into scripture and dwelling in the word of God. The more we devour scripture the more it sinks into us and soon we will have a deep well to draw from.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
If you have been thinking about bible journaling I really hope this list helped. These are the ten supplies I recommend to get started even though a bible is really all you need.