For those of us who have always wanted to be artist and dreamed of that God-given talent, I am here to help you at least some. Many people are nervous to start Bible journaling because they feel they aren’t artistic enough and will just mess up. You can use coloring pages for Bible journaling and no one will ever know that you didn’t really draw it.
If you missed my recent post about Bible Journaling for Beginners with tips and supplies to get you started, then be sure to check it out as well (especially if you have no clue what I’m talking about). When I started Bible journaling, I easily became intimidated by others beautiful drawings in their margins. I love DIY and craft but just drawing in general is not exactly my forte. That’s where coloring pages have become my best friend.
Bible Journaling with Coloring Pages (For the Not-So Artistic)
First you are going to need some colored pencils. I found these Prismacolor Premier Watercolor Pencil set at Michaels and have fell absolutely in love with them. The metal case is also so durable that I don’t have to worry about breaking them when I’m traveling either.
They can be used as traditional colored pencils or as watercolors. I love the versatility there. Check out this assortment of colors. I love bright colors!
Next you are going to need some coloring sheets to use. Click here and select “free pages” to download your own free Prismacolor coloring pages!
The paisley and circles are personally my favorites. They are definitely great to use in the margins of my Bible because I can choose to only use part of the coloring page and not cover up any words in my Bible.
Grab your Bible, your coloring pages, and Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils and you are ready to go.
Place the coloring sheet under the page that you would like to draw on and tape it securely in place using washi tape. *I also place a piece of kraft paper underneath to keep anything from bleeding through the other pages. You can trace with either a pencil or a fine tip pen or marker.
I found this Prismacolor Premiere Illustration Marker at Michaels as well and love using it to trace my pages and use as the outline to color within.
Don’t worry about pencil marks showing either. Once you trace the pencil with a black pen or marker and then color in, it won’t be noticeable.
Once you have traced your design the way you want it, start coloring your Bible page with the colored pencils. If you are wanting a brighter color, the illustration markers would also work great.
I chose to illustrate the verse, “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” From Nehemiah 8:10 ESV.
This past week has seemed like I am literally living a real-life nightmare. I will not give up. I will keep trusting in the Lord and use this verse to stand upon each and every day.
Between my faith and finding fun in creating in my Bible with fun craft supplies, I have been able to find that stress relief that I have so desperately needed. So now back to the coloring…
In order to use these as watercolors, all you need to do is lightly dip a paint brush in water and then rub off any excess on a paper towel first. Then brush over the Bible page and the coloring will become like watercolor. This technique is especially useful if you are not an artist per say and cannot free hand your watercolor drawings. *The picture below shows after the water has been brushed on.
I then added some alpha letter stickers and alpha stamps to quote the verse. I used a colored pencil to color over the verse instead of a highlighter that would easily bleed through.
The bright splashes of color really just made this whole page “POP” for me. I can still read the words through it too which is important to me. I used a color spray to give this effect.
Being able to color like a child again is a blast, but when combined with meditating on the Word, listening to worship music, and just coloring to my heart’s content, there is no better feeling.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite verses are for those rough days. I would love to read them and even illustrate them in my Bible.
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