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Bible journaling is an incredible way to express your creativity and spend time in the Word. But what if you are feeling creatively drained or simply don't think you are very artistically inclined?
Use coloring pages!
Adult coloring books have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and for good reason. The intricate designs are great for spending time relaxing. To be honest, I love both adult coloring books and little kid coloring books still! I never really grew up ;) I can still spend hours with a box of crayons or colored pencils bringing page after page to life. This must be why I enjoy coloring in my Bible as well!
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How to use coloring pages in your Bible journaling
Choose a coloring page
Ah the internet. It's a huge vast sea of just about everything. Hundreds of people offer free coloring pages, including intricate or more detailed designs. I'm a big fan of JoDitt's coloring pages. She offers a huge variety to her email subscribers but I also have a pack that was included in in the 2017 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. This star coloring sheet I used in this page is from her.
If printing out pages isn't your jam then find a coloring book that you really love. It could be an adult or children's coloring book, one that focuses on Bible verses or one filled with designs that spark your desire to create. Books that feature nature and shapes tend to work well but don't limit yourself!
Decide how to place the design on your page
The great thing about Bible pages for this technique is that they are very thin which makes tracing really easy! The design on the coloring sheet should show right through so you can move it around to find the perfect placement on the page.
For these eagle wings, I started tracing the first wing then realized I didn't like the placement so I erased, folded the paper over again and found a better placement that would allow the wings to be next to each other.
You can choose if you want it to cover words, highlight a certain portion of text, or be a decoration around the edge of the page.
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Lightly trace the design with a pencil
Lightly is the key word here. The first time I traced a page I was a little heavy handed and the lines ended up showing under my lighter colored pencils. If I already have my colors chosen I will sometimes trace with the colored pencils to begin with so I don't need to worry about erasing.
Adjust the coloring page as necessary to fit the design on your page
You don't need to put the coloring sheet on your page directly as it's designed! You can pick and choose different elements to place around or mix and match from various designs to create the look you love.
Color or paint as desired!
Once your tracing is done you can color to your heart's content! Trace your designs again with pens to make them pop, paint with watercolors or acrylics, or shade them in with colored pencils. The choice is yours.
My current supplies are a box of Prismacolor colored pencils (which I adore), Microline pens, and Crayola markers. I'm on a budget but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy myself! If you need some more ideas for supplies on a budget then check out this post.