Bible journaling can seem daunting at first, no matter the level of artistic skill you have. There are so many tools, materials, and tutorials out there that you might not know where to start. When I decided to try Bible journaling, I was saving design ideas on Pinterest left and right! I definitely had to hold myself back from going to Hobby Lobby and buying every pretty paint color and sticker set that caught my eye or that a blogger said I needed. I believe Bible journaling is accessible to everyone of all budgets and all skill levels. There are no “must have” tools to get started except what is already in your drawer. However, as your skill and comfort levels grow, there are supplies and resources that can help you put big ideas on paper without the hassle of making a big mess. Stick with me, and I’ll introduce you to my favorite tools that make Bible journaling simple!
BIBLE JOURNALING TOOLS ORGANIZATION
I have my quiet time in the morning before I get ready for work. I make a cup of coffee and put my dog, Finley, on the bed so that she can curl up next to me. It’s so cozy, I don’t even mind setting my alarm 30 minutes early! While I don’t journal during that time every morning, it’s essential that all my tools are easily accessible and easy to use without a lot of set up and clean up. I use a simple cart I got from Target as my bedside table. On the middle shelf, I keep my Bible, whichever study I’m currently working on, my Give Me Jesus journal, and my handy-dandy box of journaling tools. I bought a pretty 10″x10″ gift box for $5 at Target, and it works perfectly! It even has gold polka dots on the inside! I already had lots of zipper pouches, so I chose a couple that fit inside the box to keep the materials grouped and organized. I prefer clear or transparent pouches so I don’t have to dump everything out just to find the one color or paintbrush I’m looking for.
WHAT’S INSIDE MY BIBLE JOURNALING TOOL BOX
And now I’m singing Waitress. But let’s be real. When am I not singing Waitress?
Below is an outline of everything this pretty little box holds as well as a breakdown of each category and description of each item. All items are linked to Amazon or Michael’s.
- Watercolor palette with travel brushes
- Watercolor pencils
- Acrylic paint matte colors
- Acrylic paint metallic colors
- Clear gesso
- Paint mixing palette
- Crayola Signature Brush Markers
- Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils
- Illustrated Faith stickers
- Washi tape
- Micron pens
WATERCOLOR BIBLE JOURNALING TOOLS
I bought this watercolor palette before I went to Iceland so that I could paint anywhere, and I LOVE it! It has plenty of color options, so there’s no need to mix a custom color for everything. The tops of the brushes twist off so that you can fill the handle with water. For painting on the go, just squeeze the brush handle and the water drips down to the bristles. There are sponges on either side for rinsing and drying your brush as well as sections for mixing colors if you need to. Even when I’m not traveling these brushes make painting during my morning quiet time a breeze! There’s no getting up to get water or accidentally rinsing my brush in my coffee cup. The brushes work perfectly with the watercolor pencils as well. Draw with the Prismacolor pencils like you would a normal colored pencil, and when you add water, they turn into watercolor!
ACRYLIC PAINT BIBLE JOURNALING TOOLS
I don’t use acrylic paint in Bible journaling nearly as often as I use watercolor. If the paint isn’t thin enough, it’s too easy to cover up the words on the page, which I feel like defeats the purpose of journaling in the first place. I wouldn’t want to highlight one verse at the expense of erasing another; however, there are plenty of pages with ample white space to paint with acrylic until your heart is content! I coat each page with a layer of clear gesso before adding the acrylic paint. It can also be added directly to the color to increase translucency. When I’m painting on canvas or a separate sheet of paper, I’m very specific about the colors I want. I will mix and mix until I’ve got it right. But with only a little bit of time in the mornings, I could spend my entire quiet time mixing a color and never get to use it. This beginner paint set from Michael’s was just what I was looking for! When the colors run out, I can refill them with those small FolkArt bottles that come in approximately one billion colors. I do keep a small pallet in case I need to mix a color or two.
MARKER AND COLORED PENCIL BIBLE JOURNALING TOOLS
I already had these markers and colored pencils when I started journaling. The colored pencils are fabulous because they never need to be sharpened!! Okay, maybe it’s just the art teacher side of me that gets a bit too excited about that fact. The markers are great for now, especially since they’re double ended. But they do bleed through the page if I’m not careful. I still have a stash of Prismacolor markers from my Interior Design days (Can you say $3 EACH? Thanks Mom and Dad!), but those are too big to store in my journaling box. I’ve been eyeing Copic markers, but I’m definitely not ready to take that $200 leap. So, Crayola it is!
MISCELLANEOUS BIBLE JOURNALING TOOLS
All other Bible journaling supplies go in the miscellaneous bag including a pencil, Micron pens, paint brushes, washi tape, white out, several kinds of Post-Its, and Sharpies. Most of the time, I use the washi tape to create small tabs on the pages I’ve journaled on so that I can easily find them again later. I use the Post-Its to mark an idea for a page that I don’t have time to start at the moment or to mark works in progress. And white out because … white out.
Do you have a favorite Bible journaling tool that I didn’t mention here or have more questions about Bible journaling tools? Let’s talk! Comment below or find me on Instagram @CMarieStudios!