Best Bible Art Journaling Ideas When You Can’t Draw

I have always been envious of those who journal, creating pretty flowers and calligraphy lettering. But the truth is, I can’t draw to save my life. I also don’t have beautiful handwriting either. What about you? 

Imagine my delight when I discovered there are some workarounds to make something lovely as well as meaningful. Best of all, it can enrich your Bible study in surprising ways!

I want to share with you some of the best Bible art journaling ideas when you can’t draw! Come along and join the many art-challenged individuals who want to do creative journaling. 

What is the point of art journaling?

If you are just starting to think about journaling, you may be wondering what is the point of all of it. 

Any time we use a creative outlet we experience both right-brain and left-brain stimulation.  As we age, this is important in maintaining our cognitive skills. It is especially useful for visual learners and experiential learners.

Since we are made in the image of God,  our creative side is an expression of our spiritual roots. 

Without pressure to correctly use expensive paints and canvases, art journaling ideas are a great way to relax and experience God in a unique way.

It puts great meaning into the age-old discipline of Bible reading. For many, it has become a new form of worship, taking them to a deeper level of intimacy with God. 

Then later you can enjoy your creation all over again as you take a walk down memory lane, looking at your visual elements. 

There are so many easy Bible art journaling ideas available, so let’s talk about what to do and what you will need. 

What does an art journal look like?

There isn’t much difference between a written journal and an art journal. You are just adding, for example, color, texture, designs, stenciling, stickers, or drawings. 

If you think art journaling costs a lot of money, let me put your mind at ease. The beautiful thing about this creative outlet is you can spend as much or as little as you want. 

Bible art journaling supplies

You don’t need an expensive journaling Bible to enjoy this creative outlet in a personal way. But if that is the route you want to go, there are many on the market. These Bibles come with wide margins or blank pages across from the text.   

Many supplies are available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joannes. Even dollar stores have some of the very basics. 

You don’t need a lot of supplies to add a pop of color to your creations. 

  • colored pencils
  • regular pen or pencil
  • highlighters
  • spiral notebook
  • transfer paper (optional but very helpful)
  • gift wrapping paper
  • scrapbooking supplies
  • brush pens
  • gel pens (make sure they are made for journaling so they don’t bleed through thin Bible paper)
  • watercolor pencils
  • watercolor paints
  • acrylic paint
  • washi tape
  • color wheel

There are quite a few sources available on the internet. I love Canva and have been using it for at least 4 years to create all my graphics. Canva has a free and a paid version. 

Similar programs include Upsplash, Visme, PicMonkey, Vista Create, and Adobe Express. 

  • A coloring Bible or devotional book. They already come with images to color throughout the text. (1)
  • Crossway Scripture Journals. They come in individual books of the Bible with a New Testament set and an Old Testament set. Scripture appears on the left page and a blank page is on the right side allowing you to write or draw. (2) 

Is art journaling a skill?

Anything goes in the process of Bible journaling. There is no wrong way to do it.

You might draw stick people or simple doodles. Or, you might color an elaborate design. But if you are like me, I need a pattern to follow even with doodles. 

For more detailed images you can print and then trace them onto your page. That is the magic of transfer paper. Back in the day, it was called carbon paper. 

If you are already writing notes in the margins of your Bible, you are already doing a form of journaling. Just adding some color gets you started in the art side of it. 

This technique is easy to do with Canva or other similar creative programs. In Christian circles, it is often called “faith art.” 

You take a word or phrase and spell it out in big block letters. Within each letter then are designs, colors, or an overlay of a flower or something else.

Photo of one of the Bible art journaling ideas using word art.
Bible art journaling ideas: word art

For this word art, I selected a font called “chewy” in Canva. It makes simple block letters that you can apply a “hollow” effect to and then write in or color whatever you want.

Another way to do this in Canva is to go to “elements” and select “alphabet frames.” With a frame, you can slide in photos or graphics of “spring wrapping paper” or something like that.

I am the absolute worst at hand lettering. So imagine how excited I was to think that I could print out words in fancy calligraphy and then trace them onto my Bible pages. It opened up whole new possibilities.

Transfer paper is a powerful tool for all of us who are not “artsy.”

Photo of one of the Bible art journaling ideas using a hand lettering pattern that is traced onto the journal page.
Bible art journaling ideas: hand lettering

In Canva, the word “love” was done with a calligraphy font and placed into a graphics heart shape. The rest of the words could also be traced, but your own handwriting would also work. 

This is a simple method of Bible journaling, making important words stand out in different colors and different fonts. It brings your attention to the important thoughts in Bible passages. 

Photo of one of the Bible art journaling ideas writing Scripture in different fonts and colors.
Bible art journaling ideas: left-
writing scripture in different fonts and colors.

This photo is from a devotional book from several years ago when I was first trying out different pens and pencils. It gives you an idea of what writing scripture in different fonts and colors would look like. (3)

As we read God’s word, there usually will be something that jumps out at us. The Word Of God has a beautiful way of coming to life differently each time we go over it. That is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Recently I was reading the parable of the lost sheep. I had read it many times before but this time something refreshing stood out. 

Photo of one of the Bible art journaling ideas of finding a key Scripture and using a drawing to illustrate it.
Bible art journaling ideas: finding key Scriptures

That lost sheep was me. Jesus was the gentle shepherd who rejoiced over finding me. This mental picture made those Bible pages come alive in a new and meaningful way.

The drawing I found on “Deposit Photos.” Every time I look back on it I am struck with awe again in an act of worship. 

Photo of one of the Bible art journaling ideas using gift wrap and stickers.
Bible art journaling ideas: using gift wrap and stickers

Inexpensive wrapping paper from most dollar stores or scrapbooking papers from craft stores can be used for this type of journal art.

Crafting stores also have an endless supply of colorful stickers or blank ones that you can write on. 

Bible journaling examples and ideas

I have shown you a few examples of Bible art journaling but you can find an endless amount of information and photos on Pinterest. The sky is the limit.

You can also find ideas on social media as well as doing an internet search for “Bible journaling templates PDF”. The internet makes it so easy to find what to put on the blank pages or margins of your Bible.

Don’t let the fact that you can’t draw stop you from creating a meaningful and personal journey into this activity that is so much fun. It can be a wonderful way to unwind while at the same time enjoying the reading of Bible verses. 

You might also like to read Why keeping a journal can help you find hope, joy, and peace

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