Coloring pages are amazing tools for creating beautiful Bible journaling art. In this workshop, you will learn how to bring your artwork to the next level.
I have been sharing about how to create beautiful Bible journaling art when you aren’t even artistic at all.
God created you for the purpose of praising and glorifying Him and one way to do that is through illustrating in your Bible. If you are afraid to draw or paint in your Bible, you can use a journaling notebook or this Free Printable.
Adult coloring books are available everywhere it seems. You can find them in a variety of stores and if it is more convenient, you can find them on Amazon. How easy is that?!
Make a 3-Ring Binder of Coloring Pages
Sadly, even Christian coloring books will sometimes have designs that remind me of Hindu elements.
So, you must be ‘wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’ (Matthew 10:16)
That being said, take your beautiful Christian coloring book and . . .
- Cut it apart at the binding!
- Trim the edge of the pages!
- Slip each page into a Sheet Protector!
- Put the coloring pages into the 3-Ring Binder!
When you want to use part or all of the design, you can take it out of the binder and slip it under the page in your Bible to trace.
Placing the Coloring Page Behind Your Bible Page
The whole purpose of creative Bible journaling art is not about the artwork but encouraging women to dig deeper into God’s Word.
God is the Creator and He loves when we magnify Him, giving Him glory through our lives. It is not about us but about what Jesus did for us on the cross.
That is the whole purpose of why you are attempting to make something beautiful. If you are wishing you could and fearing you can’t, remember it isn’t about your artistic ability but about your willingness to worship giving praise and adoration to God.
When you place the coloring page behind your Bible page, you want to be sure that it doesn’t slip. That is why you might want to secure it (carefully) with a couple of paper clips.
Be careful not to tear the page in your Bible. Some Bible pages are sturdier than others.
Tracing the Coloring Page into Your Bible
Once your coloring page is secured, start tracing.
I like to use an automatic pencil because it can easily be erased if my hand slips or I make a mistake. Once the general outline is completed you can go back over what you penciled in with more clarity.
After the page is penciled in, it is time to choose whether you are going to do the outline using a Micron Pen or Prismacolor coloring pencils. There are many many choices of pens and pencil crayons to use but I tend to use what I have on hand.
Lettering a Bible Phrase into Your Design
My artwork always starts with a Bible verse that spoke to my heart. I don’t just randomly choose a verse but each one comes from my Quiet Time with Jesus.
The elements and design that I choose are decided after I know what verse I will be illustrating. Once I am done, it will remind me of my journey through God’s Word and what He said to me that day.
There are all sorts of lettering and fonts to choose from and although you might want to learn one or more, it is not necessary. Why get held back because you are afraid to mess up with the lettering?!
My suggestion and what I often do is use the handwriting style that God gifted me with. After all, if you seriously look at lettering styles, they often look like a bad case of handwriting!
So, your handwriting will work just fine!
Coloring the Page You Traced
Next is the fun part! You have just created a coloring page of your own to color in!
If you are new, you might not want to attempt painting! I haven’t even tried that yet. Soon though!
Choose the crayons you want to use. I often use Crayola crayons left over from my kids. My favorites are Prismacolors because the led is softer and gives a nice tone to the shades in my drawing.
Sharing Your Artwork
Don’t be shy! You’ll be excited to share your artwork once you are finished with your drawing. Right?
You will want to show your kids and they will be excited to create Bible journaling art with you!
You might even want to show your friends.
There are many different Facebook groups for sharing creative Bible journaling art that you will want to look into. Jesus Journaling is on Facebook and is a community of women in connection with His Unmeasured Grace.
You never know who is going to be touched eternally through the verse you illustrate in your Bible. Never underestimate your ability through creative Bible journaling.
Have you ever tried creative Bible journaling? Did this encourage you to get started?
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.