I often hear new Bible journaler’s say they can’t Bible journal because they’re not a good artist or they can’t draw. My response has always been not to let where you are today hold you back from where you want to be. That’s why we offer a free 10-day beginner’s course. If you truly want to Bible journal, but feel you lack artistic skills, try these simple steps to get started on your journey.
Bible journaling isn’t about drawing in your Bible. It’s about spending time in the Word and meditating on scripture. Try writing out the scripture in your own handwriting. Perhaps try adding different colors to make it bolder and brighter. Even if your handwriting is as bad as mine (my kids can not read mine, but my husband can), it doesn’t matter. The work of journaling the scripture will bring to light:
- something in the scripture that you hadn’t considered before
- topics you should do additional study in
- lessons that you should apply to your life
- best-practices you decide to incorporate today
- and so much more
Writing in the Bible is the original form of Bible journaling. There’s nothing new about it. That’s why notetaker’s Bibles were invented!
Doodling is usually the next step towards becoming more comfortable with Bible journaling. Doodling is a simple series of shapes combined together to create something that helps you remember the Scripture you’re reading. Hearts, squiggly lines, and circles can help you articulate the main points. Especially if it has to do with love.
Find pictures that you can trace onto your Bible. We have a selection of traceables in our store to help you get started. They often coordinate with our monthly Bible journaling calendar. All you need is a pencil and paper, although carbon paper works well too!
Experiment with different mediums and art styles. You may find something you like better than drawing, like painting! Don’t try for perfection. Just try one. If you find that you enjoy it, learn more about the medium by taking a class, reading a book, watching a few YouTube videos, or joining our digital Bible journaling membership program.
5. Consider Other Things if You Can’t Draw
You don’t have to draw if you don’t want to. Cut outs, stickers, stamps, old photos and other embellishments can be used as well. Don’t limit yourself.
The point of Bible journaling is to be in the Word. It’s not about whether or not you can or can’t draw. The creativity part of Bible journaling helps further your understanding of Scripture, but for many people, it lights a fire for the Word that’s simply unexplainable. I hope it lights a passion in you as well.
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