Bible journalling

bible journal Heather Telford

I have recently started some bible journalling. When I first saw the trend I decided I wouldn’t venture down that path but a couple of things changed my mind. The pastor of our church challenged us to read through the New Testament this year, a challenge I am enjoying and even managing to keep up with! I started jotting things down in a notebook as I read. Also I began taking notes during the sermons more carefully; there is usually an outline on the back of the weekly bulletin provided for notes. The problem was, even after I took the notes I brought them home and they piled up and eventually I tossed them out. Rather than continue that practice I decided to buy an interleaved bible which has a blank page after every printed page, and transfer my notes into that. I have been doing it for a month or so and it makes a difference for me to read the bible passage, hear the sermon, take notes, then come home and read through it all again as I add notes to my journalling bible. Most of the pages I’ve written on do not include colour illustration but I enjoy having the option of lettering, writing, drawing or stamping on the blank pages. The page I am sharing today has plenty of blank space left for notes on the passage highlighted in the stamped verse.

Now onto my process. I printed out a lined page to both guide my stamping and protect the page underneath.

I stamped the 1 Corinthians verse from the set, ‘Faith’, in versafine smokey gray on the blank bible page and and on a post-it note to use as a mask.

With the mask in place I stamped the floral bouquet from the ‘Fragrant Flowers’ set, also in smokey grey but a second generation impression. I did this three times to surround the verse.

I decided to use my Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils to colour my page but kept them dry. (you can click on the photo to view larger version) There are two types of leaves on the floral stamp so I chose two pairs of green pencils, yellow greens (apple green 170, moss green 168) and blue greens (Hookers Green 159, Juniper Green 165) I coloured with the lighter hue first then added shadow and definition with the darker.

For the yellow flowers I chose two oranges and coloured all the petals with canary yellow (108) then added shading with cadmium orange (111). In the centre of the flowers I switched to browns (Venetian red 190, sepia 175)

Purple and yellow are complementary colours so I chose blues and purples for the remaining flowers knowing it would give some visual impact to the page. (blue violet 137,Delft blue 141, sky blue 146)

Once all my colouring was done I shaded around the edges of all the leaves and flowers with cold grey IV 233 and added some colour around a few of the letters in the verse.

I balanced out the page with a section of the stamp coloured in the lower corner and will add journalling to the page some time in the future.


Stamps: Faith, Fragrant Flowers (PB)
Inks: versafine smokey gray (tsukineko)
Pencils: Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils (Faber-Castell)
Bible: ESV journaling bible interleaved (Crossways)


9 Comments on “Bible journalling”

  1. creatingincolors says:

    This is so beautiful. I love the method you developed to take notes during sermons and then writing them a bible with blank pages, along with your beautiful illustrations. You are inspiring in many ways.

  2. Pat says:

    What a lovely idea Heather and the coloured pencil colouring is so delicate and pretty using a great range of colours on this beautiiful stamp. x

  3. halligan1247 says:

    Heather What kind of bible did you get? I found one but it says single column not blank page. Thanks Helen

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Jan Castle says:

    Beautifully done Heather….wonderful idea to have a blank page in between – no problem still reading your bible and being able to enjoy the art work too!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. Ellen says:

    I love this! I bought a journaling Bible, but not the one you suggested. It doesn’t have blank pages. Now I a afraid to ruin the Bible by stamping on the pages, for fear it will show through to the other side of the page. Do you have any suggestions for me?

  6. Clelie says:

    Wow…never seen a Bible with a blank page in-between…usually my margins are all marked up and out of room for all the notes! Good problem to have but a full page available would be wonderful!…room for notes AND artwork! Thanks for the info (and beautiful inspiration)! ♥

  7. Sylvia D. says:

    Heather, What a lovely page you have created. I love your sense of color in all your art. Sylvia D.

  8. This is so inspiring, Heather. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and tips.

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