Last week, I introduced you to some very simple and basic Bible journaling tools. Today, I’d like to show you some of my favorite beyond the basics’. When I say ‘beyond the basics’, I mean still simple tools any beginner can use – nothing crazy artistic here! Most are basically the same as a basic tool but with a bit more pizzazz. So, don’t worry if you are not artistic or creative, these tools will be simple enough for you to use – trust me! Here are some of my favorite Beyond The Bible Journaling Basics.
I love glitter and sparkles. I’m just going to say it. The more glitter, the better. So, why not add some to Bible journaling???
Martha Stewart glitter pens are the bomb! I love them! They do not seep through the thin pages of my Bible and they add some glitz to my pages. I try to not go overboard with it though…wait…that’s not possible.
Using metallic ink in my Bible journaling is a great way to vamp it up. I think you can find a good set of metallic gel pens anywhere – Staples, Office Depot, Michael’s, etc.
I Absolutely LOVE the Bic Z4 pens in the neon colors. They flow smoothly and they last quite a while. The bright colors are perfect for Bible journaling.
I’ve always had a difficult time finding quality gel pens. Most of the ones I have bought over the years did not write well – the ink would be ‘spotty’, leaving gaps of white throughout. So, if I find a good quality gel pen that actually works, I don’t mind spending a bit extra on them!
Pencil crayons are great for lighter coloring. I found a set of metallic pencil crayons at my local dollar store and they work great! Mine are the ‘color factory’ brand. I can’t seem to find them on Amazon, but below are some other options from Amazon.
I have used glitter glue in my Bible journaling before. I like using it – BUT…you just need to leave that page open for at least a day for it to dry. You can probably use any type of glitter glue you can find. I’m not partial to any particular brand. Although, I’d like to try some of the Martha Stewart glitter products since I am very happy with the glitter markers.
Chalk is also a wonderful addition to Bible journaling. It gives a soft edge to the pages. I simply color the edges of my page, filling in a bit more on the corners and then I use a cotton ball to wipe away the excess and to blend into the page. I go over it once more to add a bit more color. See my example below (The Bible pictured is this one).
I like using pencils with varying lead softness. This allows for good blending of color. I have a set of ‘paper pencils’ – or blending stumps – for blending the lead. Below are some sets that are great for the beginner. In my next post, I’ll show you exactly how I use these pencils.
What ‘advanced’ products do you like to use in your Bible journaling? Some people love using paints, but I’m just not ready for that yet. I have tried using them in a class, but I don’t like the idea of the words of my Bible being covered up. That’s me, though. I’d love to hear from others who do use paints and what they like about it.
I just found these cool stickers at my local Dollar Tree store. I love the idea of simply coloring a sticker and then just sticking it on a journaling page!
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