When I first heard about Bible Art Journaling and saw some of the amazingly beautiful pages on Pinterest, I was totally blown away. And I too, wanted to interact with God’s Word in that way. But, at the same time, I was scared.
I wasn’t afraid of writing in my Bible. I had taken lots of notes and done lots of highlighting in my Bible. But, what if I messed up? What if my pages didn’t turn out as pretty as those I had seen? Where should I start? What pens, etc. should I use?
And which Bible should I use? Should I try it in one of the Bibles I already owned, even though they didn’t have wide margins? Should I purchase a new one? My daughter was getting married soon, so buying a new Bible when I already had one wasn’t really in our budget.
That question was answered when my sweet friend bought a journaling Bible with wide margins and gave it to me. I felt like God was nudging me to put all my doubts and fears aside and go ahead and get started. God is so sweet like that. 🙂
However, it was still a month or so before I made the time (and got up the nerve) to start on my first page.
It took me awhile to decide what verse I wanted to illustrate. But then it came to me… I wanted to illustrate the first chapter of John, because the truth conveyed in there is what made The Word come alive to me.
Years ago, during a women’s Bible study, was the first time I got the revelation that Jesus IS the Word! I remember it like it was yesterday. That one truth forever changed the way I look at Scripture. The Bible is not just a “rulebook for life” or God’s love letter to me, but it is Jesus Himself! So, the more I know The Word, the more I know Jesus. Which, of course, makes me want to keep digging into God’s Word more and more.
Here was my process:
First I sketched out the words and the lettering onto a scrap piece of paper. I wanted JESUS to be very fancy lettering. So I looked at some different fonts to get some ideas. I folded my paper to mark the middle horizontally and vertically.
Next, I put my sketch under the Bible page and traced my sketch. Since the pages in my Bible are so thin, it is easy to trace.
I did not trace using a pencil. I just went ahead and traced it with a black gel pen. Then I added some detail with the black pen
and also began to color it in using color pencils.
It is not perfect by any means, but I really enjoyed the process. And I will never forget that Jesus is The Word and The Word is Jesus!
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