Searching for the perfect no-bleed pens for Bible journaling? I’m with ya! I’ve been longing for a great pen or marker that doesn’t bleed through thin Bible pages. In fact, I was over-the-moon excited when a friend of mine introduced me to the Pilot Frixion pen the other day. I was so excited that I placed an Amazon order immediately and they arrived at my house that very same day. I ripped opened up the bag and tested the pens in my Bible and they worked perfectly! They didn’t bleed through my thin Bible pages and they also erased with ease. It’s like magic!
Except, it’s not magic. It’s a chemical reaction that causes the change in color.
Are No-bleed Pens Good for Bible Journaling?
I can pretty much make any pen bleed through a Bible journaling page with just a little bit of saturation of the page. But, the Pilot Frixion pens don’t bleed through unless I work hard at it. The problem with these pens isn’t related to bleed through. It’s that they aren’t good for paper. Here are the major downfalls:
- Not Acid-Free: The Pilot Frixion marker is not acid-free. Pilot specifically warns against using them on legal documents. The dye that’s used changes color upon reaction with acids. The friction that heats up the page while you erase causes the temperature-sensing compound to activate the acid compounds, thus neutralizing the dye and making the ink disappear. Why is acid-free important? Click here to read more:
- Disappearing Ink: The ink will disappear at temperatures of 140 degrees or higher. But don’t worry, you can put your Bible in the Freezer and bring back the color effortlessly. The upside to this is that you can write something in your Bible that you don’t want others to read.
Overall, I don’t recommend using these pens in your Bible. Ulitmately, the choice is yours. If you prefer them and don’t mind that they’re not archival, then by all means, use them.
What are the Best No-Bleed Pens for Bible Journaling
My favorite no-bleed pens for Bible journaling are actually paint markers. They’re called Posca Pens and are basically acrylic paint in a pen. They work well and rarely bleed through. My second favorite no-bleed pens for Bible journaling are gel pens. The gel allows them to stay on top of the page rather than soak into the page. However, I have had them bleed through the page.
Bible Journaling with No-Bleed Pens
Here are a few of the examples of Bible journaling with no-bleed pens.
“Keep listening to my words, and let this be your comfort.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God.
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
“‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest? Did not my hand make all these things?’
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
The decision to use Pilot Frixion pens in your Bible is yours to make. I think that I’ll skip them and pass the pens onto my kids. Perhaps they’ll find creative uses for them beside passing notes in class. Hopefully not in their planner since we’re in Arizona and it gets hot here. We don’t want them to miss any appointments due to dissapearing ink! What are other uses for these pens? I’d love to know in the comments below!
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