There’s that voice again. It tells you that you can’t bible journal because you aren’t creative… that you can’t draw… that you can’t do anything artistic. Have those thoughts ever journeyed from the recesses of your mind and spewed forth from your lips, causing you to doubt your creativity? Lovely friends, I know that scenario all too well! And often at that! That’s when I came up with the idea to use Coloring Pages for Bible Journaling.
Sometimes I find inspiration from nature. Other times, colors will spark imagination. Sometimes it’s words, a poem or a song. And then there are the days when inspiration doesn’t come…and I need a bit of help. That’s when I had the wonderful idea to use coloring pages in my faith journaling. This technique is so easy and helps me get out of that old creative slump!
Scan the internet for your favorite coloring pages. A google image search is a great resource for free sites. Save your coloring page and print it off. The lovely little bluebird that I used in this journaling came from this wonderful link and is so precious!
Resizing is personal preference. Maybe you want your journaling to fit in your margin or take up the whole page. I usually bring the coloring page into Word- clicking on the image will cause it tobe highlighted and it can be resized by dragging the corner while holding the shift key so it doesn’t get skewed.
I find a pleasing placement by moving the coloring page around behind my chosen page to journal. The coloring page usually shows through without a problem. Using masking tape allows me to move and refasten without leaving a residue on my bible pages. If illumination is necessary, I place my ipad underneath or carefully hold it up to a window. There are tracing boxes available at hobby/craft stores but I’ve never felt the need to buy one. I usually use what I have on hand.
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There are so many ways to bring your traced design to life. Whether you choose to use watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, crayola twistables or acrylic paint, you will be working on a great foundation!
After allowing your paint to dry naturally or by using a heat gun, use your original image for reference and outline your design. Depending on the size and thickness of the lines on the original design, I’ve used both zig markers and pigma microns for outlining. (In the example here I used a double ended zig marker that I purchased at Michael’s.)
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