Monday, October 12, 2015

Bible Journaling Part 2 .... The Tools

Okay! You asked for it.... 
This is my post about the tools that I prefer for bible journaling. 
Before we get started: I just want to make it clear, I'm not
an expert, artist or theologian. These are just some insights 
into what I have tried that has worked. And a lot of what you see
in my journaling are concepts that I got from bible studies. So don't be thinking that 
I'm so exceptionally smart. I'm just making notes so that I can remember later.

You should know that I have had some epic fails to, trust me! 
To name a few:
The brush pen - LOTS of people use it but I can't figure it out to save my life. 
Watercolor paints - Bleed  through and cause the paper to wrinkle beyond belief.  
(My bible is not like the newer journal bibles that have the onion paper. Mine
are much thinner.)
Micron and Sharpie - bleed through

So these are techniques that I have gone back to and 
like best. 

Let's get started, shall we?

Here is a recent entry from a study that we are doing in Philippians at my 
church on Sunday mornings. 
Adopting a Christ-Like Attitude means Serving, Sacrificing and Glorifying God. 
You'll note that I misspelled glorifying in my bible (sigh). Oh well, it happens. 
By the time that I noticed it, I was in the ink stage. (ugh!)

Note to self: there is no spell check on the page. 

So that's the finished product.
Let's step back and have a reality check. Okay, NO JUDGING!

This is actually what my craft table looks like in mid project.
I think I saw a pin on pinterist "I craft, therefore, I hoard."
It applies.

It's true, I like having all my stuff out and available. 
I also like a work lamp. It makes seeing the pencil marks much easier as well as doing shading.

Here are the my favs:
a soft lead pencil (alway draw as lightly as you can)
a polymer eraser (because it seriously removes all pencil marks)
a Uni-ball Signo 207 ultra micro pen
a Uni-ball Signo 207 micro pen
a ruler
a pencil sharpener

Lined paper is handy to use under the page to keep your writing straight.

I also like to use color pencils alot. For me the Prismacolor brand is best but 
Crayola works well too. I have tons of them in as many colors as I can find.
I recently purchased some watercolor pencils and a blender that 
I'm anxious to try. It's supposed to give you the look of watercolor
with the convenience of a color pencil. We'll see. 
Washi tape is also a very fun element to add your page.

So I'm a beginner and I'm looking forward to learning more techniques.
I hope this has been helpful for you.
Let me know if you want to see more bible journaling.
And of course leave me questions... I'll try to answer as best I can. 

Have a great week!


Ricki Treleaven said...

Hey, Liz! Yes, my micron pen bled through but barely. I love the Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencils. A lot! I use them all the time.

My art teacher says that the Prismacolor colored pencils are the very best. Shelley has a very expensive set because she draws. She doesn't paint, so she has the good stuff. Our art teacher required her to use them because they are also the easiest to work with. Let me know what you think about the blender. I don't think Shelley has used one yet. (IDK I'll have to ask her)….

BTW Your little craft area is so cute!

Bernideen said...

This looks wonderful I see Kimberly Shaw does this too. Very nice!

Charlotte said...

I love it when you share your Bible Journaling here on your blog. You have opened a whole new world for me to enjoy. I have found so many groups and blogs about Bible Journaling. Of course the Bible I want to use is out of print. It was a pretty red leather ESV by Crossway. Can't even find a used one. There is always black or brown. Wish they made pretty colored ones for women, who use Bible Journaling I would say more than men.
I would love for you to keep sharing your Bible Journaling with us. More please.

Lisa said...

Great tips Liz! I love this and want to see more! I think bible journaling is new to most of us so thanks for sharing all your doodling wisdom.:-) I like the colored pencils too but have never tried this brand. I will look for them next time.

Oliva Ohlson said...

Thank you Liz for sharing some of your tips in journaling! I'm learning from you and appreciate you sharing your experiences so far with me/us!!!

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