Since our move, I have not done much with Bible Journaling. I’ve continued to read my Bible and write down things that stick out to me, but haven’t transferred that into art in my journaling Bibles (yes, I have multiple). As I work on getting back in the habit of adding art as part of my Bible studies, I wanted to share some of my go-to supplies for when I am Bible Journaling.
The 10 types of supplies in the photo above are not used every time, but many are used together on my pages. You can shop for these items by clicking the links at the end of this post, or shop the whole store anytime here. I pulled out some of my past Instagram photos to share here as examples for some of the supplies listed.
Ink pads, markers, and ink refills are my number one way for adding color to my Bible journal pages. These ink items can be paired with many of the other items on my list to create a variety of backgrounds.
Stamping on the pages is a great way to add design elements. I like stamp sets that have “texture” style images (like the splatter image) and nature-related images (like the bird images).
3. Basic Black Marker
I know this one should fall under the first item on my list, but this color in particular is used a lot for the writing part of my Bible journaling pages. I typically sketch out the words lightly with a pencil, then go over it with the Basic Black Marker.
4. Watercolor Pencils
The Watercolor Pencils are another great way of adding color to the pages. You can use them just like regular colored pencils to color in images. To get a softer look pair it with the Blender Pens. For the watercolor effect, pair it with the Water Painters.
5. Sponge Daubers/Stampin’ Sponges
I use both the Sponge Daubers and Stampin’ Sponges to blend ink colors for the background on many pages. For the page below, I blocked out the passage I wanted to “highlight” with some washi tape. Then I sponged a couple different colors over the whole page. I also added some stamped images and writing before removing the washi tape.
Check out this post where I go into more detail for using the sponges on a different Bible journal page.
6. Blender Pens
The Blender Pens can be used in a few different ways. As mentioned above, they can be paired with the Watercolor Pencils. In the example below, I picked up some ink with a Blender Pen and used it as a highlighter on the verse. You can also pick up the ink to color in images.
7. Water Painters
Making a watercolor background is fun to do with the Water Painters. I like to press my ink pad on a large clear block and drip some water from the Water Painter on it. Then I swirl it around to pick up the color and brush it on my page. Another method is squeezing some drops from an ink refill bottle onto a clear block. Then add some drops of water and swirl around to pick up the color.
8. Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Adding some sparkle is always a nice touch. Plus, it’s super easy with the glitter brush. After your images are stamped/colored, brush the glitter brush over it for some sparkle.
9. Stampin’ Spritzer
The Stampin’ Spritzer is a quick way to add some color to pages. I squeeze some drops from an ink refill bottle into the spritzer tube, then fill the rest of the way with rubbing alcohol. The amount of drops depends on the color you use and how soft or bold you want the color to be. I usually start with 5 drops for darker colors and 10 drops for lighter colors, then test it on some printer paper and add more drops if needed.
10. Heat Tool
The Heat Tool comes in handy when I’m done watercoloring. There are two heat settings, and I always use the low setting when drying my pages (and hold it at least 6″ from the page).
One thing to remember when Bible journaling is that the pages are fairly thin. I always put a sheet of printer paper or a thin craft mat under the page I’m working on to help protect the other pages. Depending on the technique you use to color your pages, there may be some bleed through. I’ve learned to embrace it, but you could paint a thin layer of clear gesso over the page to help minimize bleed through (though it may not prevent it completely).
Have you used any of these supplies when Bible journaling? Leave me a comment letting me know what you like to use.