Image Style Bible Journaling
What would a photo show to illustrate a margin in a Bible? Thinking about a snapshot to reinforce a section of Scripture helps to cement that for us to remember. Images can be traced or drawn free-hand. They can also be mixed with typography- words. There are a multitude of artist renderings from "in the margins" to full page drawings. Margins may be preprinted and added to a Bible. We appreciate the wide variety of images.
march FEATURED ARTIST will thorpe
Unpretty Bible Journaling
As a creative and a guy it can be difficult to express myself. Of course, though, as a Christian, I typically only want to express my faith. While I enjoy writing, I prefer visual communication. I am love with His Word, as all Christians ought to as Scripture shows us. The problem is that the bible isn't academic- or at least not JUST academic. It's living and is God's Truth and Character spoken to us.
When I write, draw, sketch and design in my bible is usually only for the following reasons: To give me reminders, to write down notes from a sermon or teaching, to give me actual information about a Greek or Hebrew word via a word study, or to simply express how a passage makes me feel and if only God sees then that is completely fine by me as it may have been meant simply for Him and for Him alone.
The Christian life is messy. We are messy people serving a perfect God. We are forgiven but yet God has still created us with the blessing/curse of humanity. My journaling, while hopefully interesting, is certainly not pretty. I use ball point pens, spill coffee on it, scratch stuff out, and often have misspelled words. While I may create a hand drawn font (instead of using my own terrible hand writing) the font still is what I consider to be "scratchy" and definitely unpretty but certainly just as honest and sincere.
I do enjoy using texture and lighting to enhance my designs. If I mess up, I can create a texture, usually a weathered or cracked texture to, ironically enough, cover up the mess. Darkening a mishap and creating a shadow, again, ironically "hiding" my mishap as we all like to do in our own lives, is a nice way around errors. While imperfect in design, the message itself is still true and perfect. It creates a gritty but all the more honest and real approach to the perfect Jesus coming into our lives and still preaching the message of truth through us despite our imperfections.
When it comes to the notes from teachings, I don't try to have pretty writing. It takes too long. I try to write slow then add emphasis to different words by making them larger or bolder. Having the notes right there in my bible to be seen as I am reading them seems to make so much more sense then separately on a lose leaf sheet of paper or tucked away in a journal.
Whether you journal or not, every christian should be spending time in God's Word. It's imperative to our spiritual growth that we do so. Not so that we can become more holy but simply because we get to know Him more instead of simply knowing more ABOUT Him.
Will Thorpe attends Calvary Chapel in Melbourne FL. Stephanie Thorpe, his wife also teaches Bible Journaling. You can reach Will on instagram @intentional_victory
FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST VALERIE MATYAS
Bible journaling has transformed my relationship with Scripture and my outside world. I now seek God's Word in what I see and I see images in the passages I read. The Bible has become very real, very alive and richly embedded in my day-to-day life. Bible journaling has taught me to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest Scripture.