Well, seems as if I spent my Sunday cheering on the Denver Broncos to Superbowl 50!  It was a dramatic and traumatic game… sorry if you’re not a football fan, but I have been all my life.  Well, at least for those teams I care about!  I sure can’t just watch football CONSTANTLY.

I also spent time wandering around the internet because Victoria shared something she had just found out about… and I think I could get wound up in it too.  It combines my attraction to typography and zentangle and art and chalkboard design and color and most of all, education.  One thing I’ve always wanted is the ability to quote someone, Shakespeare, Poe, Dickinson, Frost, ANYONE!  The best I can do is recite The Cremation of Sam McGee (yes, the whole thing), Big Wicked Bill (a dog poem), and the Preamble to the Constitution.  OK, maybe another poem or two as well…

The ultimate quotes, though, I think come from the Bible.  My mother was quite the devout reader and student… hey, I took “The Bible As Literature” at Kelly Walsh High School… betchya they don’t teach that class anymore.  But when I saw the examples of “Bible Journaling” on Google and Pinterest, I think I can finally study/learn/visualize and perhaps some passages other than John 3:16 will sink into my brain.

I’m including this example from just to show you what I’m talking about.

biblejournalYes.  It is actually painted/created on the Bible page.

Some of you are choking.

Some of you already write in your bible, my mom was one of these, clarifying and repeating lines… so I don’t have a problem with it.

Some bible journaling covers the entire page, but I tend towards this style… written in the margin.

Guess what?  They actually sell journaling bibles, now!  Who knew?

I see this as a great tool for focusing on the words.  As a visual person, I could see this in my mind and recall it so much easier at a later time.

I’ve got the art supplies… and I’m looking through some journaling bibles, trying to make up my mind what to buy.

Yeah, maybe it’s not for everyone.

I’ve talked about book journaling with friends before, and I never made the leap.  I always thought I’d use a copy of The Secret Garden which is one of my favorite books.

This really appeals to me, though.

Maybe I’ll share some of my own artwork further down the line… but I had to share tonight with you!  I think it’s a unique, creative way to LEARN, and if you’d rather use your favorite book instead of the Bible, go for it.  I just couldn’t resist the color and imagination and happiness that looking at these brought me.

Use it with little kids or teenagers or to spice up a book discussion (just don’t use library books! ;-))

Google it, you’ll be amazed at the artwork!


Artwork — 4 Comments

  1. This is good to know! It also brought back memories of my best friend, your mom! When she wasn’t greeting others in the morning at our church entry, she would be in my husband’s Sunday School Class. Thank you for telling us about this…yes, I’m sure it would help us visual learners,especially when memorization seems to be a little more difficult than it used to be.

  2. This is great and would sure help if you are a visual mind… love it… need to pass this around to some I know would love it too…

  3. I love this! But if you’re artistically challenged, where/how do you figure out how to make the quotes look so pretty? Is there a book or something with examples to copy and get you started? I would like to make a couple of these with my favorite verses as wall hangings…

    • There’s tons of stuff on the internet. I’m not sure about books, but there’s a bible with pre drawn sayings where all you have to do is color them! Some people use stamps, some stickers. There’s examples on Pinterest and there’s a facebook group. Now that I know where to look, I’m seeing it everywhere! Books on chalkboard lettering and typography can be checked out of a library or bought on Amazon. Good Luck!

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