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Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to share Bible journaling with groups and individuals. The knowledge based ranged from having never been exposed to the art to having a journaling Bible and maybe completing an entry. Either way, I absolutely love seeing light-bulb moments as I share the basics of Bible journaling.
If you have been asked to teach an introductory class or talk to a group about Bible journaling, here are some things I’ve learned along the way.
A General Interest Class:
1. Explain and SHOW what it is. Bring your own journaling Bible(s) and other places you’ve created Bible journaling art. I have a couple of journals and Illustrated Faith devotionals that I’ve illustrated in addition to my Bibles. As the ladies arrive, they are encouraged to look through these examples.
When I share my story, I show examples from each source. Many are intimidated to start in their Bible, so a journal is more comfortable.
2. Understand that the whole group may not be interested in Bible journaling. Someone thought it was a great idea (and they were right) to introduce this to the group, but you may have murmurers (is that even a word?!). If you hear negative talk, acknowledge that this may not be for everyone and that’s ok. Try to bring the conversation back to the joy of engaging with the Lord in the Word.
What can you do?
Tip-ins – They can be added to their Bible or used as a bookmark. Win-win!
- Cut strips of white cardstock the width of most journaling Bibles (you could also hole punch at top to make usable for a bookmark)
- Add embellishments – stickers, washi, paint, or draw a simple image (My little cactus teaching is perfect for this)
- Write something – a verse or prayer
- Date it – handwritten or date stamp
4. More details for what types of ink, etc. are better in a separate class for those who are really interested.
I consider this a group where each student has an interest in Bible journaling. They already know what it is, but are not sure where and how to start. With this group, you can certainly use the steps from above, but they will most likely have their own Bibles and some supplies.
When advertising the class, provide a supply list which includes the basics for Bible journaling.
Here are some ideas when teaching this group:
- Talk about what stamp inks are best for Bible pages
- Show the types of supplies you enjoy using and share why
- Teach them a simple technique like tracing and coloring in and allow them time to complete a page
Be prepared to answer these questions:
- Does it bleed?
- Do you prep your pages?
I joke with my students that the first few pages and last several pages of their Bibles were made to test products. If they brought some supplies they had on hand, offer to test in your Bible or show them where to test in their Bible.
When it comes to markers, pens and inks, I encourage a dry and wet test. Here’s what I mean:
- Write something or make a mark with the supply.
- Allow it to dry.
- Take a wet brush and swipe half of the mark.
- Notice if it smeared and turn over to see if it bled.
Many times, a product plays nice until you introduce water. I’ve had sad days in class when a student creates a watercolor background only to have ink from the back side of the page bleed through.
I would love to hear about your classes!