Topic: Bible Journaling
I've been seeing the work of some artists on the internet who are doing Bible journaling. It is a combination of artwork, lettering and devotions - working in the pages of an actual Bible.
For my birthday, I asked for a journaling Bible and chose this one (NIV):
It is designed specifically for journaling so it has wide margins on the outer edges which are lightly lined. This edition is called "Journal the Word". A nice blue and brown imitation leather cover provides stability and it lays fairly flat while working in it.
I wanted to try out the pen and the colored pencils for how they react on the page (and to make sure the pen would not bleed through). So I decided to do a very small illustration on the last page. My chance that was the page describing the weights and measures.
The pen I chose is a .005 black permanent marker which does not bleed through the paper. I colored with my new Prismacolor pencils which go in very smoothly and blend nicely on this paper.
For my first journal page I turned to Psalm 100:4.
I used pencil to lightly letter the scripture in the provided margin and draw an illustration over the text of the page.
I used a rainbow of colors to do the text first:
Then I went on to color the 'gate' which is represented by a pillar and railing:
I used a variety of greens to create an impression of foliage in the background.
I added a bit of coloring over an in-text description of the psalm:
This method of devotion encourages one to dwell on the meaning of the scripture while creating art that relates to the words.
I hope to do much more of this as I found it to be relaxing and spiritually uplifting.