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Bible journaling art is so doable that just about anyone (even you) can start. Have you been admiring the creativity that other women have used to express their worship to the Lord and been afraid to start?
It is kind of like singing.
God isn’t interested in the most beautiful operatic voice.
If your heart is not expressing those words in worship and adoration to the Lord, it really doesn’t matter to God. Someone who sings with a monotone voice, totally praising and worshiping Jesus is what pleases God most.
It is the same with Bible journaling art.
What difference does it make to God if the drawing is the most beautiful one that you have ever seen, if the artist is not at all in tune with Jesus?!
I am not really an artist either.
You have to know that I had NOT drawn since before I was 18 and even then, not much.
I started drawing in my Bible as recently as March 2016. You can do this!
So gather your materials and let’s get started!
1. Pencil in Your Drawing
If you look closely at the picture on the left, you can see that I have used pencil to outline what I want to draw.
Remember that Bible journaling art is an expression of worship to the Lord. It is an opportunity to slow down and meditate deeply about the passage you just read in the Bible.
I often take it as a time to pray for my husband, children, and others who come to my mind.
If you are totally new to this, you might want to purchase a sketch pad or spiral notebook to do your drawings in. There is nothing set in stone that says that your artwork must be in your Bible.
You might include your drawings as part of your personal Bible study.
I started right in my Bible.
I was so excited to get my new Journaling Bible and drawing supplies.
Here is what I do . . .
- I look for design ideas
- If I am brain-dead (happens often) I google ‘bible journaling art images’
- I look for ideas on Instagram with my Bible journaling peeps
- Sometimes I am starting to get my own ideas for design (yay!!)
- What I draw is never the same as someone else’s but it gives me ideas
- Using an automatic pencil I draw my design for the passage
- Have a good eraser on hand!!
2. Trace Over Your Drawing
It starts to get fun in this next step.
Take your ZIG Calligraphy pens and trace over your pencil drawing.
I use black the most but change it up with different colors to off-set the picture.
I do more lettering of the Bible verse that I choose to highlight in the margin.
I don’t draw over the words because I want to see them the next time I read that page. Some people do.
I don’t think my hands are the most steady but it seems that in focusing on the drawing any shakiness disappears.
3. Color in Your Drawing
This next step is the most fun as your drawing starts to take on a beauty all of its own.
Remember that it doesn’t matter whether you are an artist or not. What counts is the reason that you are drawing in your Bible.
Sometimes I coordinate the colors in the words in my drawing.
Other times I alternate colors.
Then there are times when my colors are random.
I mostly do just letters because my drawing abilities are limited when it comes to animals and people. Objects, I can sometimes do.
If all you can do is just the letters, that is fine.
It is OK that your artwork is more like note taking. The purpose is that you can remember a lesson that God showed you as you read through your Bible and spent time with Him.
I hope this gives you the courage to start Bible journaling art if you haven’t already. If anything, you will be encouraged to seek the Lord in this way.
We live a fast paced life in our culture and slowing down to have time alone with the Lord can be totally non-existent. If I can just encourage you to slow your pace, develop a skill while you are spending time with the Lord, I will be thrilled.
Have you been drawing in your Bible yet? What thoughts would you add since you might have a totally different method?
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