Illustrated Faith, also known as bible journaling is a great way to worship using your creative / artistic side. But what supplies do you need for bible journaling? What do you need to get started with Illustrated Faith?
If you want to know a little bit more about Illustrated Faith or you want to find alternate ways to participate in Illustrated Faith without drawing in a bible, check out this post.
If you’ve decided that you want to try out Illustrated Faith, I’ve put together a list of basic items that are easy to get and can help you start on your journey.
I like it because it’s the same size as my bible and the pages are thick. It’s going to last a long time and it’s easy to carry with me.
Black pens are great for lettering and adding detail into your illustrations. Most of the time I draw in pencil and then go back over it with black pens. Then I can go back and erase the pencil marks.
If you want to use watercolors than it’s important that you get permanent pens that won’t run or smudge.
This set of Pitt artist pens by Faber-Castell have lasted for several months. This pack comes with a variety of sizes and does not run when they get wet. I highly recommend them. You can find them on Amazon here.
Some people use crayons or markers but I really like using colored pencils. If you get a high quality colored pencil they will blend easily and if you make a huge mistake you can usually erase some of it.
Prismacolor is one of the best colored pencil brands and preferred by many artists. Prismacolor has a great student line called Scholar. These are a great budget friendly option that will help you blend the colors together.
Watercolors are one of my favorite things to use when illustrating. They’re so easy to use and the great news is that you don’t need to buy fancy watercolors to begin. I simply raided my kids art supplies and pulled out the cheap watercolors that we have for them to use.
Of course I decided to use them as well.
Oil Pastels are great because you can really blend them well and they are bright colors. The best part is that oil pastels resist watercolors so you can easily watercolor on top of them to add color and depth to any white space.
On this page I used oil pastels for the planets and dark black sky. Then I did a light black / gray color wash of watercolor over the black background.
That’s just the few simple supplies that I use everyday to draw and illustrate in my bible journal.
You can also use:
- washi tape
- acrylic paints
- and much more.
My next purchase are artist quality markers.
Between craft store coupons and finding great deals with add on items on Amazon.com you can easily start your Illustrated Faith journey with a small budget.
Lately I’ve also fallen in love with my new ESV bible from Crossway. Many Illustrated Faith artists that illustrate in their bible use the ESV Journaling Bible from Crossway. I’m currently in love with this one.
I don’t illustrate in my bible but I do love wide margins for notes.
After using this bible I’ve also fallen in love with single column bibles. It reads like a book and doesn’t distract me like a two column bible does. If you’re looking for a new bible, I highly recommend the Crossway ESV Single Column Legacy Bible.
Are you going to try out Illustrated Faith or do you already participate? What’s your favorite art supply to use?
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