Typography Bible Journaling

Words, Words, and more WORDS. Typographyis the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point sizes, line lengths, line-spacing and letter-spacing, and adjusting the space between pairs of letters. The term typography is also applied to the style, arrangement, and appearance of the letters, numbers, and symbols created by the designer. In the margins of a Bible, color may be added to highlight a piece of the text as  significant for the reader and artist. Words may include hand-lettered, with stickers, stamped, or traced.


FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST JAMIE TRUWE

Hi there folks, so glad to join you all here today and share a little bit of my work with you. I started doodling with words about five years ago when my job at the time had me sitting in a homework room with kids after school. I need something to pass the time between questions from the kids. My art background goes back further than that with taking every art class possible in highschool and studying art in college. I love the freedom that Bible journaling gives and to be able to tie my art with His words makes it even better. I have my own creative business and also teach K-8 art part time at my kids school. I am mom to five creative, crazy and cute kids. My husband is a Lutheran Pastor and we have been married for 15 years. If love to see what you are creating and get to know you better. You can find me hanging out on social media under my business name, Pure Joy Creative.

JAMIE TRUWE I love to let the words pop on the page and another way to do that is to use different sizes. This page is done with all the same type of handwriting but using different sizes really makes certain words stand out. For this page I did the watercolor background first and once it was dry I wrote the words right over the top.

JAMIE TRUWE

I love to let the words pop on the page and another way to do that is to use different sizes. This page is done with all the same type of handwriting but using different sizes really makes certain words stand out. For this page I did the watercolor background first and once it was dry I wrote the words right over the top.

JAMIE TRUWE There are certain times when one word is really all that is needed to be focused on. In this case the word "RETURN" was the main part of the message that I wanted to share in my journaling. I made the word EXTRA large and added some design elements within the word. I loved adding some watercolor as well to bring the word to life even more.

JAMIE TRUWE

There are certain times when one word is really all that is needed to be focused on. In this case the word "RETURN" was the main part of the message that I wanted to share in my journaling. I made the word EXTRA large and added some design elements within the word. I loved adding some watercolor as well to bring the word to life even more.

JAMIE TRUWE Sometimes when I am reading scripture a few words stand out more than others. I like to make those words stand out even more by highlighting them in my margin. For this margin I really wanted the emphasis to be on the word "TAKE" so I made sure to make it stand out. Adding shadows and highlights to bold faced typography can really make them stand out.

JAMIE TRUWE

Sometimes when I am reading scripture a few words stand out more than others. I like to make those words stand out even more by highlighting them in my margin. For this margin I really wanted the emphasis to be on the word "TAKE" so I made sure to make it stand out. Adding shadows and highlights to bold faced typography can really make them stand out.

JAMIE TRUWE  I love to use paper in my crafting so it only makes sense to bring that over into my love of Bible journaling a well. I free hand cut the word "SING" and then drew the Bible passage over it. I also added some shadows and outlined the letters to make them pop. This was a fun way to include a different medium onto my Bible pages, and to make the verse stand out. 

JAMIE TRUWE

 I love to use paper in my crafting so it only makes sense to bring that over into my love of Bible journaling a well. I free hand cut the word "SING" and then drew the Bible passage over it. I also added some shadows and outlined the letters to make them pop. This was a fun way to include a different medium onto my Bible pages, and to make the verse stand out. 

JAMIE TRUWE I had a lot of fun designing this margin. I first drew this margin on paper so that I wouldn't be worried about messing up the edge of my thin papered Bible with erasing. That's the great thing about these Bible pages, you can just wing it or you can trace something you've already worked on. I loved mixing the different fonts and adding a little more detail than I normally do.

JAMIE TRUWE

I had a lot of fun designing this margin. I first drew this margin on paper so that I wouldn't be worried about messing up the edge of my thin papered Bible with erasing. That's the great thing about these Bible pages, you can just wing it or you can trace something you've already worked on. I loved mixing the different fonts and adding a little more detail than I normally do.


JANUARY FEATURED ARTIST  EMILY ADAMS

Emily Adams  Exodus 14:14 My husband is doing a sermon series on “Battles of the Bible.” At the battle of the Red Sea, Moses is confident in God’s salvation. We can also be confident in the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, a gift from God and not a result of anything we do. What a comfort to know that God will fight for us. What an even greater comfort to know He has already won! As my husband said in his sermon, “When evil tries to destroy God and his people, evil itself is utterly destroyed.” 

Emily Adams  Exodus 14:14

My husband is doing a sermon series on “Battles of the Bible.” At the battle of the Red Sea, Moses is confident in God’s salvation. We can also be confident in the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, a gift from God and not a result of anything we do. What a comfort to know that God will fight for us. What an even greater comfort to know He has already won! As my husband said in his sermon, “When evil tries to destroy God and his people, evil itself is utterly destroyed.” 

Emily Adams Genesis 9:13 Whenever we see a rainbow in the sky, it is a reminder of God’s promise to us that He will never again flood the earth. The word “covenant” is particularly meaningful. God never breaks His covenant with His people, though we sin against Him time and time again.   

Emily Adams Genesis 9:13

Whenever we see a rainbow in the sky, it is a reminder of God’s promise to us that He will never again flood the earth. The word “covenant” is particularly meaningful. God never breaks His covenant with His people, though we sin against Him time and time again. 

 

Emily Adams pSALM 46:1   My very first Bible Journaling entry. This is a go-to verse when I want to offer comfort to others or if I’m seeking comfort for myself. The words “refuge,” “strength” and “help” are so powerful. It’s no wonder this Psalm served as the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” No matter what trials we face or what obstacles the enemy throws our way, God is with us and He will protect us.

Emily Adams pSALM 46:1  

My very first Bible Journaling entry. This is a go-to verse when I want to offer comfort to others or if I’m seeking comfort for myself. The words “refuge,” “strength” and “help” are so powerful. It’s no wonder this Psalm served as the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” No matter what trials we face or what obstacles the enemy throws our way, God is with us and He will protect us.

EMILY ADAMS LUKE 1:42, 46-47 Luke 1:42 and 1:46-47 Though Mary was young and unmarried, she reacted to the news of her pregnancy with trust, faith, and joy in the Lord. She cherished the child in her womb, who Elizabeth recognized to be the Savior. I wanted to use both Mary and Elizabeth’s reactions in this entry. I loved holding my pregnant belly and cherished the life within; I wanted to portray Mary in the same way.

EMILY ADAMS LUKE 1:42, 46-47

Luke 1:42 and 1:46-47 Though Mary was young and unmarried, she reacted to the news of her pregnancy with trust, faith, and joy in the Lord. She cherished the child in her womb, who Elizabeth recognized to be the Savior. I wanted to use both Mary and Elizabeth’s reactions in this entry. I loved holding my pregnant belly and cherished the life within; I wanted to portray Mary in the same way.


 

DECEMBER FEATURED ARTIST KAREN HUNTER

Karen hunter Isaiah 40:10 Isaiah 40:10 reminds us that our God is with us and helping us. We find renewed strength and courage when we listen to His Word. On this page in her Bible journal, she used a baby wipe to spread soft (acrylic paint) colors across the page. This is a quick and easy way to add lovely color to your background. Watch her process video for instructions on how to create this look.

Karen hunter

Isaiah 40:10

Isaiah 40:10 reminds us that our God is with us and helping us. We find renewed strength and courage when we listen to His Word. On this page in her Bible journal, she used a baby wipe to spread soft (acrylic paint) colors across the page. This is a quick and easy way to add lovely color to your background. Watch her process video for instructions on how to create this look.

Karen Hunter   Genesis 50   Karen's typography style entry is in Genesis 50. Many of you may know the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous of the attention and gifts he received. Joseph's life was turned upside down and he didn't understand why all this was happening to him. But God knew how to take this bad and use it for good. After many years, Joseph was able to fully forgive his brothers and said to them in verse 20, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...."  Karen created a dusty background with acrylic paints, symbolizing that we do not always see clearly. She started with the Walk by Faith set and added a few words from other sets to complete her entry. She really likes the "spear-like" quality of this large arrow and the mini arrow cross found on the In Jesus' Name set. To finish off the page, she used a black pen to box in the main sentiments and added dots and highlighting with gold and white gel pens. Then she added her own prayer. We don't always understand why bad things happen, but we can continue to step out in faith, trusting in the Lord who sees all, knows all, and will do what is good and right for us. 

Karen Hunter  

Genesis 50  

Karen's typography style entry is in Genesis 50. Many of you may know the story of Joseph, whose brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous of the attention and gifts he received. Joseph's life was turned upside down and he didn't understand why all this was happening to him. But God knew how to take this bad and use it for good. After many years, Joseph was able to fully forgive his brothers and said to them in verse 20, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...."  Karen created a dusty background with acrylic paints, symbolizing that we do not always see clearly. She started with the Walk by Faith set and added a few words from other sets to complete her entry. She really likes the "spear-like" quality of this large arrow and the mini arrow cross found on the In Jesus' Name set. To finish off the page, she used a black pen to box in the main sentiments and added dots and highlighting with gold and white gel pens. Then she added her own prayer.
We don't always understand why bad things happen, but we can continue to step out in faith, trusting in the Lord who sees all, knows all, and will do what is good and right for us. 

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Karen Hunter  Numbers 6:

Jan 2, 2017 "This morning I reflected on Sunday's sermon and did some journaling in my Bible. The passage, the Aaronic Blessing in Numbers Chapter 6, had previously been journaled, but I used my watercolor pencils to bring some more colors to the page as I reflected on the words of the Lord's blessing.

The Lord blesses and keeps me, shines His face on me. He does this weekly in a special way as I sit in the pew for Sunday services, alongside my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and hear and receive His very real presence in Word and Sacrament. 

As we were leaving I was struck by the beauty of the window's reflection and the rays of sunlight highlighted by the smoke of the candles. As I was taking a few photos, my daughter ran in and stood in the midst of it all. The Lord's blessing upon her. His very real presence and peace.

He strengthens my faith as I spend time in the Word throughout the week. As I look through this Bible I see and remember how God has walked alongside me these last two years."