Have you caught the creative journaling and coloring bug?
Would you count yourself a part of the illustrated faith movement?
Although I’m artistic and enjoy doodling, I’ve not been able to transition my creative side fully into Bible journalling. I think it’s because with every Bible I’ve tried to do it in, the colors bleed through the page and I hate “contaminating” the backside. Yes, you’ll find a pile these beautiful Bibles that I’m too afraid to touch with markers. However, the newest version that arrived in my mailbox recently tempts me once again to get into Bible journaling as a way to slow down and meditate on the Word in a creative way. Let me introduce you to the NIV Beautiful Word Bible, published by Zondervan.
Meet the NIV Beautiful Word Bible from Zondervan
Featuring 500 illustrated verses and a single-column text format, the NIV Beautiful Word Bible has wide margins and blank spaces to journal or create art while Bible readers reflect on their own Scripture study. Pens, colored pencils, watercolor paints, stickers, tape and markers are all able to be used on the high quality, acid-free paper.
With the adult coloring book trend on the upswing, coloring and creating this type of individual artistic expression provides a space to be stress-free and relaxed. As research also indicates, coloring and creating stimulates the brain, senses and creativity. Focusing on select Scripture passages can help readers recall portions of text that are important or meaningful, while enhancing quiet time.
Tips For Bible Art Journaling
- Use the right pen: Look for a pen designed for Bible journaling to minimize bleed through and tears. There are many options in plenty of colors. Or, try your hand at colored pencils which make a great alternative to pens.
- Practice on scrap paper: Learn key factors like spacing and ink drying time before you make your mark on your Bible.
- Use back pages: When you get comfortable and want to move to Bible paper, try the pages in the back to help build confidence.
- Integrate Washi tape: Just a little tape under favorite verses and around the edge adds a lot of interest to the pages
- Peel and stick: You name it, there is a sticker for it. From letters and pictures, to shapes, ribbons, and designs. You don’t have to be an accomplished artist to brighten your pages with stickers.
- Stencil and stamp: Just like stickers, there are endless options in these categories to enhance your Bible without having an art degree.
- Appreciate the paper: Use the translucency to your advantage by tracing your favorite images directly onto the Bible paper.
- Get inspired: Reflect on the designs found in NIV Beautiful Word Bible or your favorite verse art to help spark ideas.
- Don’t stress about mistakes: You will make them – learn and let go of perfection!
Shanna Noel, owner of Illustrated Faith, illustratedfaith.com, is lead artist for this Bible. Her tips include:
- Spend time with God – read a devotional, listen to worship music.
- Pray about it – ask God to guide you
- Write it down – what is God telling you?
- Draw it – bring that big idea into the margins of your Bible
- Date it – Date your entries as you will want to go back to those verses and reflect
- Tab it – Use tables to see what themes you’ve covered
- Forget the rules – Connect with God in the way that is most natural to you!
To learn move about the NIV Beautiful Word Bible, check out this video: https://youtu.be/M9njYLD7A1s
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