lauren ashley gilmore
Bible Journaling is a trend that I've just recently delved into after taking an Illustrated Faith class with my super creative friend Alli. It only took one session for me to fall hard for the idea of "doodling" in my Bible. Adding lovely elements and personal creativity enhances the ALREADY beautiful book and completing changes the way I study God's word and memorize verses. If this is your introduction to the art of Bible Journaling I'm so excited to share a few pointers that I've learned. I have to recommend checking out "Permission Pages" by The Thinking Closet, where I first found my passion and instruction. A lot of women have the idea that "I can't Bible Journal because I'm not crafty, creative, ________ (fill in the blank)" But all of these AREN'T TRUE! Anyone can illustrate their faith in whatever fashion they choose. Read the Permission Pages FIRST before we start our guided entry...
Bible Journaling IS for :
We have been studying the book of Hebrews at church and this verse needed to be illustrated in my Bible. In my opinion, Bible journaling brings the words to life and saturates your mind, always. This verse talks about the way the Lord brings trials into our lives because He loves us.
"The Lord chasens those He loves"
The trials are meant to GROW us.
I loved the idea of illustrating the idea of GROWING a garden because HE is pruning us, tending to us, watering us in order to help us BLOOM for His glory.
FIRST, place a scrap peace of paper behind your page so there's no bleed through. I start by using a black gel pen of any kind and doodle some swirls at the bottom and top of the page. You can't mess these up, the wiggly and squiggly the better.
Next, add some vines and leaves...
I added little whimsical lines to a couple of the leaves for fun...
...next, add in some circles. Feel free to add any more doodles that come to your mind...don't limit yourself.
After you've completed your flowers, I like to lightly write out my "take away" or BIG IDEA from the verse, in pencil. Sometimes I write what my heart is thinking after reading a verse, my own interpretation, other times I will actually re-write a portion of the verse. That's completely up to you! Next, use your gel pen and re-write your thought.
A little trick that my friend Alli taught me is to "double your downstrokes" when writing a word. That means, any time your pen would be going down, go back over the line to make it bolder.
Once everything is drawn in, you want to erase any left over pencil marks. Now lets get to the FUN! I'm using a simple watercolor pallet from Hobby Lobby.
Begin coloring in your flowers and leaves and don't be afraid to mix colors and blend with the water.
Watercolor pens or markers work great for fine detailing, like the little yellow circles.
After I filled in all of the florals, I used a light blue to fill in a background on the page.
I hope you enjoyed this entry and hopefully this verse will help you remember that whenever a trial comes in your life (and they will) that The Lord has allowed that trial to GROW you and refine you into His image. Keep studying, doodling, creating and meditating on scripture!
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