I recently discovered Bible journaling. Loads of pictures and tutorials of people using art to express what the Scripture means to them. Moreover, I found out about journaling Bibles!
I had wanted to use more colour in my Bible, personalize my studies more with markers and such, but the pages were too thin and the margins too small.
I had some gift cards saved up so I ordered this beautiful ESV Journaling Bible and it came! I thought I would do a quick review on it and share my first artwork entry as well.
There are other journaling Bibles, I just thought this one was so pretty. It’s smaller than I expected, even though I read the dimensions on the site. Here’s a photo of my hand on it for size reference.
The Bible has really good reviews but I wasn’t too sure about the font size. There was one negative review because of that, which I thought was a bit silly. The information on the Bible clearly said what size the font was on the product page, so you can’t really complain about something completely disclosed. The font is 7.5. Really though, now having looked at the Bible, I don’t think it’s ridiculously tiny. If you aren’t sure about the font size just type a quick blurb on your computer selecting 7.5 size font and print it out to see if it’s too hard on your eyes. The colour of the paper is slightly off-white, which I find also helps reduce eye strain.
My favourite part of this Bible? Huge, 2 inch margins and paper that isn’t tissue-thin!
Here’s a quick look at the back of the packaging from the Bible, so you can see more specs about it.
The first artsy thing I did with my new Bible was to decorate the name page. I cut out a stencil using my Cricut. I used just a regular ink pad on it. Initially, I tried just using the ink pad itself and dabbing it straight up and down over the stencil, but the ink pad is kind of cheap and a bit on the dry side, and that didn’t transfer enough colour. In the end, I used a foam paint dabber from my kids’ art set instead. It worked well! I realized after I removed the stencil though, that I had placed it a bit crookedly. Oh well, imperfect, just like me.
I do plan on decorating the name page more. For now, I just outlined my name with black pen.
And here’s my first journaling page! I’ve seen so many beautiful pages with different types of paints and such. I’m not very artistic and I don’t have many supplies, so I just used some blue acrylic paint. I put a smear on the edge of an old gift card and scraped it along the page. I had a piece of wax paper behind it to protect the pages behind, but I didn’t really get any bleeding through; just one spot at the edge where I didn’t hold the page down well enough and the paper folded up a bit on me. I drew out my letters with pencil first for a guide, then went over them with black pen. My lettering isn’t fancy by any means but that’s OK! It’s not an art contest, after all. This was just me, adding some colour and flair to one of my favourite verses (Galatians 6:9.) It’s a method of study, meditation on God’s word, and worship.
Have you ever done any Bible journaling? If so, I’d love to see links or pictures!
*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I received nothing for writing this review. I simply bought the product and love it, so I wanted to share about it. 🙂