Last year we did a Galatians Bible journaling class in our home for six weeks during the summer. It wasn’t really a Bible study. It was intended as a way to keep us all in the Word over the summer while all the local Bible study groups took a break. I broke Galatians up into daily Bible readings and most of us wrote out the Scripture every day. Then once a week we met at my house to talk about what we had read, do a craft project, have some snacks, and talk… and talk… and talk… Bikeman ended up calling it “Vacation Bible School for Adults”! This summer we’ll be doing the same thing but with Ephesians. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll invite you to our Facebook group. And, btw, I don’t “Bible journal” the way most people do. I don’t draw or paint IN my Bible, I keep a notebook and do other crafty projects with Bible verses. But Jordann did a little stamping and watercolor in her Bible.
Anyway, I thought this list might be helpful even if you don’t join us. These are the Bible journaling supplies I have and use but feel free to use whatever you already have. And these are just my preferences. You can do our journaling class without having the exact same supplies that I do. Remember the purpose for doing this… it’s not to have a beautiful, perfect piece of artwork when you’re done. It’s to focus on the Word and help you to memorize and meditate on it.
This post contains affiliate links. You won’t pay any more when you use these but I will earn a small commission on any purchases you make after clicking on them and I greatly appreciate it. Thanks for helping support my little blog!!!
My Favorite Bible Journaling Notebooks
I like both hard cover and soft cover notebooks but I’m pretty picky about both!
Hard Cover Notebooks – With hard cover notebooks I make sure I get one with a spiral binding that will flip all the way back so I can write on it like it was a clipboard. This style is great for taking sermon or class notes when you don’t have a table available. This spiral bound hard cover notebook is a great example.
Soft Cover Notebooks – My favorite soft cover is the Moleskine soft cover notebook with kraft paper covers and graph paper inside. I like them because they’re the perfect size to fit in my Bible so I don’t lose them. These covers will also flip all the way back to take up less room when I’m taking notes. The graph paper helps me keep everything even when I illustrate a verse.
Sometimes I can find similar styles at T. J. Maxx or Ross.
3-Ring Binder, 8.5″ x 11″ – These are nice for classes where you receive hand outs. I like these because they’re so easy to rearrange my pages. Here’s a basic 3-ring binder with a customizable cover. I like to be able to decorate the cover & switch it out if I later need to use the notebook for another study. I also have this heavy duty 3-ring binder because I love turquoise! It has a D-ring which makes it easier to turn the pages, too. I got a 3-hole punch, too, so I can quickly punch holes in anything to add to my binders.
3-Ring Binder, 5.5″ x 8.5″ – Sometimes I use this smaller size 3-ring binder. It holds regular copy paper cut in half or mini notebook paper. (Here are some notebooks with decorated covers if you don’t want to decorate it yourself.)
More of My Favorite Bible Journaling Supplies
Colored Pencils – Prismacolor student colored pencils are my favorite student grade pencils. But I started out with Crayola. I would NOT recommend Prang or Rose Art. I think you’ll be disappointed, even if you save some money.
Pencils – I like to use 0.7 mm mechanical pencils so I always have a sharp tip.
Pencil Sharpener – But you’ll still need a pencil sharpener for your colored pencils.
Eraser – Most pencils will have an eraser on the end but you’ll need a BIG one! Not because you’re going to make mistakes… you’ll just change your mind. And sometimes it’s nice to make guidelines to keep your lettering even. I like the white erasers.
Pens – You can start with just one single black pen. That’s really all you need. But soon you’ll want to branch out to different size and style tips and different colors. Here’s what I use:
- Sakura Micron pens, black – I’ve gone through several sets already! I like the different thicknesses. They also come in colors.
- Sharpie, black – I always have fine tip Sharpies and ultra fine tip Sharpies on hand. They also come in colors if you like to use more colors than me. These write on anything! I also use them for darkening my hand stamped metal pieces. They do bleed more than the Micron so be careful with them. If you’re doing anything with really fine detail you’ll want to use a Micron or —–
- Tombow Fudenosuke pens – I bought these when I read online that they were the best brush tip pens for beginners. After using them I can agree with that statement! I was HORRIBLE at using brush tip pens before I found these. Now I’m at least ok. But getting better with practice. This set includes one hard tip pen and one soft tip pen. Start out with the hard tip. Note: These are water based ink so they can’t be used with our watercolor project.
- Prismacolor dual tip (brush)
- misc. colored brush tip pens – I know a lot of people like the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I find them harder than the other brush tip pens but I’m still working with them. Same with the Tim Holtz Distress Markers and I really like all their colors! I would recommend buying a single color of a few different brands and seeing which ones you like.
Paper – I suggest starting out with one of the notebooks I mentioned above. But I also have these papers in my studio and use them often:
- regular printer paper, 8.5″ x 11″ – I go through LOTS of this for practice!
- white cardstock, 8.5″ x 11″ – This is nice to use to practice brush lettering. My Prismacolor brush pen bleeds through regular printer paper! I also use this for watercolor but I have to be really careful about how much water I use. It warps quickly!
- notebook paper, 8.5″ x 11″ – A classic staple, even in the 21st century!
- mini notebook paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ – A mini version of the classic staple and easier than cutting printer paper in half.
- watercolor paper – Not a necessity but watercolor paper holds up much better
- bristol board – Also not a necessity but very nice if you’re going to make cards with your verses.
Paint – For our projects we’ll only be using watercolor paint. You’ll be fine with an inexpensive student set. I’ll be using this set of Crayola watercolors.
Paintbrushes – Most inexpensive watercolor sets come with one brush. But I recommend a larger, softer tip like this paintbrush. I’m also trying to do some brush lettering with this paintbrush. It’s NOT as hard as I thought it would be!!!
Paper cutter – If you’re using a 5.5″ x 8.5″ binder you’ll need to cut your printer paper in half. This is much easier than trying to get a straight line with scissors! Mine is a a really old one but it’s this style of scrapbook paper trimmer.
Galatians Bible Journaling Template or Bookmark – We’ll be doing a lot of craft projects with this class. If you don’t want to try lettering or doodling you can get these to color.
Thanks for reading! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Bible journaling supplies are.
‘Til the next project,