When I heard about the recent trend in Bible journaling, I didn't quite get it. Writing in your Bible? The thought still sends shivers down my spine. Then, Fox Chapel Publishing contacted me to send a review copy of this new book, and I hesitated for a few days. Finally, curiosity got the better of me. After all, how would I ever "get it" if I didn't read about it?
This is one of the best books on journaling that I have ever read, probably because of its specificity. Now I "get it", thanks to this beautiful publication and the many contributing artists. One of the first things addressed in this book is the option to journal inside your bible or in a separate journal, so not only do I get it, but I realize that I've been doing it for years! LOL.
Also in the first section is guidance on how to choose a bible, should you want to acquire a special journaling bible. Once I read this, I looked on-line to see what was available, and was stunned to see the number of types and translations available. This trend is really catching on.
The next section covers the expected journaling tools and techniques that I have seen in other journaling books: drawing, patterning, painting backgrounds, using stencils, pencil crayons, watercolors, acrylic paint, washi tape, rubber stamps, stickers and die cuts, and lettering. What is unique about this section is the focus on the specifics of bible journaling:
how to approach these techniques with thin Bible pages,
preparing Bible pages to accept wet media,
using the format of bible pages,
tips for highlighting and emphasizing the words found in the Bible,
a longer section on lettering, due to the emphasis on writing God's Word, and
layout techniques, providing clear instructions on the process of Bible journaling, including deciding what to write, choosing how to emphasize specific words, combining text and illustration, sample layouts, and conceptual illustration.
The third section of the book features 11 artists who each write about their motivation and background in bible journaling, as well as their journaling process. These pages show beautiful colored samples of their work. It is amazing how unique each artist's work is!
The next section is a bible journaling gallery showcasing 24 other artists' work. It is divided into 9 different themes, some focusing on media or technique (watercolor, for example), some on style, some on subject, and some on approach such as outside the bible (for those who approach bible journaling like I currently do).
The final major section of the book is a Bonus Section with over twenty pages of designs (some on vellum) and stickers which you can use in a variety of ways. You can trace them, copy them, color them, cut them, stick them, use them as tabs, whatever you creatives out there can dream up! The generosity of the authors and artists who contributed to this book is evident throughout and culminates here, in the final section.
I keep returning to this book to indulge my senses in the beautiful eye candy and to read the inspiring stories of the artists. The authors and publishers have done a fabulous job on a most inspiring and generous book.
The kind soul who organizes the Vancouver Artist Trading Card Swap hosted a Gelli Plate Party on Saturday. She does so much for us and she is one of the most creative people I have ever met.
Most of the people who attended made lots of gorgeous prints using stencils. I already have file folders overflowing with these prints and lack the inspiration to make anything out of them. Mine aren't so gorgeous. So, I decided to try something different, and made wrapping paper! It's longer than you can see in the photo.
I might leave it the way it is so that I have some color choice when I cut it up to use. Or, I might add more green and yellow to the part I haven't got to yet. Any ideas anyone?