I love Bible Journaling for keeping a record of what God is teaching me. But, I am no artist. I can barely draw a recognizable stick figure, and my straight lines are wobbly. Even the simplest hand lettering is a stretch for my (non)ability. Today, I’m sharing my favorite Bible Journaling hacks for the art challenged. Using the following tips and techniques in my Bible Journal compensates for a lack of artistic talent.
Using mixed media in your Bible Journal is a great way to disguise a lack of artistic ability. Thank goodness, there are a lot of fun options available! The scrapbooking section at your local craft store is the perfect place to pick out many of the following items:
- Stamps- alphabets, shapes, and other fun things.
- Stickers- alphabet and words are easy to find. I also like flowers, flourishes, and other pretty things to add to the pages.
- Washi Tape– Perfect for adding color, making arrows to point to favorite passages, and making a base straight line to work from.
It’s amazing just how many methods work for tracing and transferring designs to your Bible Journal pages.
- iPad/iPhone- turn the brightness of your screen all the way up, and you can trace a design from Pinterest or letters from computer fonts right through the thin Bible pages! This is my most used hack ever!
- light box – a light box is the perfect way to trace designs from anywhere into your Bible pages. I often print designs and letters from my computer to copy this way. It also works for designs I find anywhere, from children’s books to magazines.
**Tip- If you don’t have a light box, the flashlight app on your iPad makes a great light box
- transfer (graphite) paper – simply place a piece of transfer paper on top of your Bible margin, then lay the art you’d like to copy on top. Use a pencil to trace the lines of the image. Remove the art and the transfer paper to reveal the design on your Bible page. Next trace and color it with your favorite colored pencils, markers or pens.
**Tip-you can use each transfer paper many times
- adult coloring books– these fun books provide endless opportunity for fun shapes, letters, and pictures! Just use the light box or transfer paper methods I listed above to copy the designs into your Bible.
Tape it in
Add cards, photos, and more to the pages of your Bible using a small strip of washi tape. If you tape down just one side, you’ll create a flap allowing the memorabilia to tip back to see journaling below it. This is a great way to write a note or answered prayer underneath, and cover it with something pretty. Velum is another great way to trace something you love, then tape it into your Bible. Check out Sara’s method here.
Keep it simple
- Use color to make your page interesting, then letter simply. This is a great time to try out paints, watercolor pencils or Gelatos!
- A simple handwritten note about the verse’s significance in your life with the date is all you really need!
Don’t get frustrated
- If journaling in your Bible stresses you out, it’s time to reevaluate. It’s one thing to use Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for inspiration and another if you find yourself critical or frustrated at yourself. Remember Bible Journaling is about worship, highlighting scriptures that stand out to you, and remembering what God has done and is teaching you. It’s not an art contest!
- Know that you will make mistakes. Perfection is not the goal either
If you are just beginning your Bible Journaling Journey, you might want to check out my post. Bible Journaling for the Beginner- 8 Ways to Get Started. Then, check out all my posts on Bible Journaling, including how to get starting, what supplies you actually need. And follow this Bible Journaling Pin Board for more great ideas- tips, art ideas, lettering, and more! Follow Amanda’s board Bible Journaling and Bible Study on Pinterest. I’d love to hear your favorite Bible Journaling hacks for the artistically challenged!