Bible Art Journaling – Creativity and Worship

Bible Art Journaling - using colored pencils and a quick sketch

Scripture Journaling – using colored pencils and a quick sketch

Bible Art Journaling takes mom’s new hobby – coloring – and takes it up to a higher level.  While coloring is relaxing and stress-relieving, Bible Art Journaling uses coloring – along with sketching, tracing, designing, and lettering – and allows you to embrace your creativity and worship the Lord at the same time.

Bible Art Journaling

I have always been one to highlight, underscore, and make notes in the pages of Scripture. (In fact, I have my grandmother’s Bible which has her tiny handwriting sprinkled throughout.)  While I do not think the Bible is just another coloring book, I know that my walk of faith is enhanced when I interact with Scripture and allow it to interact with me.  Color – helps me remember, categorize, and organize and brings a different feel to my study of God’s Word.  I really looked at Scripture differently after I started an Inductive Bible study.

While I am no artist – I can’t really draw or sketch – I am fascinated by the process of hand lettering.  The solemnity and ritual by which scribes re-recorded the Word of God reflected their honor for His Word.  (Click the link to read the Judaism section of Wikipedia for more details!)  And then there are original texts which reveal the most beautiful, delicate, ornate lettering which really adds a rich beauty to the words themselves.

Art Journaling hearkens back to the time when the actual writing of the Word was as personally affecting as reading it.

So maybe you have art supplies sitting in a storage bin collecting dust.  Maybe you enjoy scrapbooking, calligraphy, writing, reading, or coloring.  Maybe you want to try your hand at something new.  Bible Art Journaling may be for you.

I am going to share a few links to websites and blogs which offer more information about Bible Art Journaling.  You will find examples, ideas, tutorials, and workshops so you can explore the idea of Bible Art Journaling. In my next post, I will share some Bibles specifically designed for this new form of worship, and then I’ll share some of my own examples of Bible Art Journals.

Illustrated Faith

Rebekah R. Jones

Thinking Closet

On Facebook you can find several groups devoted to learning and sharing their Bible Art Journaling as well:

Journaling Bible Community – Illustrated Faith

Documented Faith

If you have trouble finding the groups for some reason, leave me a message and I will help you get connected.  And there are TONS of Instagram users who share their personal expressions of creativity and worship, too!

You do NOT have to make a huge financial investment to participate in any of this!  Your every day Bible, a journal, pencils, and crayons will get you started and do what works for you! This is ultimately about your walk with Jesus and your expression of worship to Him.  (In fact, some people use journals and hymn books rather than a Bible to do their art journaling – more on that to come…)

 

 

 

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