It happened sometime on Thursday.
I was just minding my own business doing what I was supposed to be doing by taking just a little time out to play with dies cuts and watercolorswhen somehow, not sure how, well actually, yes, I do know but anyway, I came across the concept of Bible Journaling on this blog. One link led to another and then another and before I knew it, I had ordered a bible form Amazon. Seriously, I have been geeking out on this all weeked. Since the moment the mailman delivered it to me on Saturday morning, I have not stopped thinking, doodling and coloring in my bible.
I don't know about you but I never thought of doodling and journaling like this well, because I don't doodle and color in a bible. I only do that on my weekly messages notes which I have 100's of. Personally, I reflect on my notes daily for different things but now I know what I can do with them creatively forevvvveeeerrrrrr....(cause I have ALOT of notes!)
So what do I use to do all of this? That has been the topic of conversation on Facebook and Instagram. Here is the link to the bible I ordered. It is the ESV translation which is not the translation I prefer BUT what I have decided is that I will be doodling/journaling in the translation that I like (which is NIV)
I am using a very basic and inexpensive watercolor set from Michael's with a water brush. Does it bleed? Well, yes, but it is okay.
and yep, when the moisture hits the black Pilot pen ink, it does bleed and run so I try to stay away from it as much as possible. Sometimes the ink and water collide and IT IS OKAY. It is not going to be perfect so put that thought to rest. Every person doing this has their own personal expression of how their faith and creativity are expressed. Some use alphabet stickers, some use rubber stamps, some use paint, spray ink and markers, some stick to just journaling. Remember...THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO DO IT.
Here is the most important thing, at least for me. You are in the word, you are learning, absorbing and studying the bible. Try not to worry about whether it bleeds through to the other page. Don't worry about what other people are using or doing. YES, be inspired by others and try different things, but focus on the importance of the word, not whether the paint bleeds. I suppose it is a natural reaction to ask but honestly, I think I came up with an answer that wipes away the fear.
"Yes, it did bleed, but so did HE"
okay, that is it for now...Thanks to all of you for your really kind compliments and comments on Facebook! I hope that if you start doing this you find as much happy as I have!
P.S. There is a huge and growing community of bible journalers on Facebook and I want to encourage you to jump over and check it out. You can look up the group "Journaling Bible Community"
P.S.S. EEEEKKKKK! I love this.