​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I typically get questions about which art supplies are best to use on bibles. Below is a list of supplies that I use. I will never recommend a product unless I've thoroughly tested it.  I try to keep this page updated as I have time or new supplies come on the market.

What bible should I use? That really is dependent on what version of the bible you like, how much of your own art work you want or if you want pages with artwork to color. I've listed the top selling bibles below.

  Journaling Bibles  

There are many different Bibles on the market. I would recommend looking at each one first then deciding on the one that fits your style the best. I've added each one with a description. I use the Inspire Bible.

Inspire Bible: Single column, wide margin, NLT version with over 400 illustrations that you can color. Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create.

My Creative Bible: King James Version Journaling Bible is single-column printed, with two-inch-wide ruled margins for note-taking, scribing your reflections or creative expression. Nearly 400 hand-drawn, Scripture accompanying line-art illustrations are placed throughout the Bible to enhance embracement of The Word.

Beautiful Word Bible:  NIV version with 500 full color illustrated verses. Single-column text of the New International Version (NIV). Wide margins for notes, journal entries or artwork. The illustrations are already colored in this bible.

ESV Bible: Single column bible with ruled lines in the extra-wide 2" margins. Great for note-taking or artwork. The Interleaved version includes a full, blank page for notes, reflections, and prayers next to every page of Bible text.

Art Supplies

While there are many types of supplies and some costly, I recommend looking at what you have in your home to begin.  All you need to get started are pens and pencils. The most important thing to avoid is bleed thru. The bible pages are very thin so always test in the back of your bible. Please check my Look What I Found page for new discoveries.


This would be the first on my list to start with. Pencils are great for coloring and adding background. Prismacolor Premier are soft core pencils that are

​great for blending and layering. Derwent Inktense Watercolor pencilsare vibrant and amazing. Easy to mix colors for added intensity  and lead is flexible. I never had to prep my pages. Dries permanent. These are my go to pencils for everything.
Crayola pencils are also great for coloring. 

Pentel Aquash brushes has an easy-to-squeeze barrel system that allows

you to control the flow of water. This is my go to paint brush when working with watercolors.


The best journaling pens I have found are the Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pens.

NO BLEED THRU! These pens are great for everything. You can write over paints,

​no smears or feathering and they're waterproof.

​Tombow Brush pens are a dual marker with a flexible brush tip and a fine tip in one

​marker. These are great for coloring letters or small spaces. The only drawback is they bleed.

​So prep your pages with Gesso.

​Spectrum Noir Glitter Penscontain fine glitter micro-pigmented ink. Love these for

embellishing, accenting and coloring.

​These will also bleed thru.​ These add a nice touch of glitter.

Distress Inks and Stain

Distress Inks by Ranger Tim Holtz are so much fun! They do not bleed thru and come
​a wide variety of colors. Definitely want to use the blending tool and pads. Baby wipes

​are also great to blend.​ Distress Stainsare fluid water-based dyes. You can mist it with water to
lighten the color and create mottled effects; apply layers of stain to achieve more saturated color

and easy coverage for large areas. Great for background colors. Doesn't bleed thru.


Faber Castell gelatos are acid free gel sticks that have such vibrant colors.

Adding water to them will turn them into succulent watercolors.

These are transparent so you can still see text.


What is Gesso? Art Basic Gessoclear is a primer for your page. It adds a smooth thin layer over

your page allowing you to paint, watercolor etc without any bleed thru.

I've used other primers but they left a gritty feel to your page. By far, Art Basic Gesso is the best.


Dylusions acrylic paints are blendable, semi-fluid paints. They are easy to layer, dries quickly

and works well with other medias. Won't clog your pens.I keep my gift cards and use them to add a small

coat of color to my page. Other acrylics I've used is the Martha Stewart Satin paints. These work great too.

Inks and Sprays

Dylusions makes an ink spray that is a concentrated amount of ink in water.

It is used on paper/porous surfaces. These sprays add a pop of color to your page. I use

these with stencils and when I want to add a hint of color to my page.

Another ink that I've experimented with is India Ink.

Dr. PH Martin's Bombay ink lightfast, permanent, and waterproof when dry.

A few drops is all you need. I put a few drops in the ​Aquash brush and the

colors are so amazing. Definitely prep your page.

There are many products that you can use for art journaling. I've only mentioned

​a few that I use. Below is a list of supplies that I have used in journaling. Experiment and have fun.

  • ​​Stamps and ink pads (Ranger Archival Ink)
  • Embossing powder
  • Wink of Stella brush
  • Artist Lofts Pastels
  • ​Krylon Workable Fixatif- seals your artwork especially if using chalks, pastels or graphite
  • Deco foil
  • ​Walnut Hollow Oil Color pencils
  • ​Die cuts
  • ​Washi tape
  • ​Stencils
  • ​Transfer paper
  • ​Neo color II
  • ​Ranger 15-Inch-by-18-Inch Inkssentials Craft Sheet
  • Clips​
  • Glitter Glue
  • Baby wipes
  • sponges
  • brushes
  • bible mat-place under your page-Illustrated Faith







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