We are so excited about our January Release! Not only do we have some super cute sets being released, we are also introducing our Color by Faith Bible Journaling collection. There is an artistic movement sweeping the margins of Bibles...are you ready to join in the movement?
If you are new to journaling in your Bible, here are some helpful tips and links:
- Just get started! You can start by highlighting one of your favorite scriptures or highlight a verse in an area you may be struggling in (worry, selfishness, bitterness, lack of faith, etc). BibleGateway Blog has a list of 100 most read Bible verses.
- A simple way to do bubble letters is to write the text using pencil in regular print and then draw an outline around the text; use micron pens to trace the final lettering and then erase the pencil. If you are like me and can not write neat, then you can choose one of our alphabet stamp sets. There are many images to choose from.
- I was so afraid of messing up when I first begin or my journal not looking perfect like the pictures posted on instagram. God is not looking for perfect. He sees what is in your heart. So do your best to let go of the perfectionism. This is about spending time in God's word.
- It takes time to develop skills and personal style. Don't be in a hurry nor limit yourself. Just let the holy spirit lead you whether you draw, doodle, word art, paraphrase, stamping, paint, etc.
- Join our awesome Color by Faith Facebook page for ideas and inspiration.
- If you find you are running out of room in your margins, you can add a tipped-in page. Just use washi tape to add in your page.
- You can start off with using supplies you already have. I started out with Crayola color pencils, Crayola Watercolor Pencils, Color by Faith stamps, and stamping ink pads. I have been using Stampabilities Ink from Hobby Lobby.
- If you expect to put liquid substances onto your Bible pages, you'll want to prep your pages. You can use Art Basics Clear Gesso, Tri-Art Artist Clear Gesso, or Liquitex Professional Matte Gel is also another excellent option. Make sure you are using CLEAR gesso. Gesso is primer and if you don't prime your pages first, you'll find your surface just "drinks" up your paint. and will bleed to the other side. By applying Gesso to your page, the paint will sit on top of your Bible page and will not be absorbed into the Bible page.
- You will need a foam brush and a heat tool after choosing a bottle of gesso or matte gel medium. Once your Bible page is prep, then you can choose your supplies. A few suggestions for watercolor supplies: Crayola Watercolor Colored Pencils, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, or Faber-Castell Mix and Match Gelotos.
- The ESV Journaling Bible is my favorite. It has faint lines and wide margin. You can also purchase your journal Bible here locally at Grace 251.
As you get started you will find what supplies you like best or what technique is your favorite. Just remember not to let your focus be on designing your pages. Bible journaling is about getting closer to God, permeated with prayer, hearing God's voice in scriptures and making known to him our requests. Writing it down provides an opportunity for gratitude and praise to God; not just in the moment, but when we go back to reflect what we recorded.
Sneak peak of January stamp sets will begin on January 11th and will be on sale to purchase on January 19th. Be ready to purchase your favorite set in 21 days!