Bible Journaling Supplies

On this page, I’ve listed all my recommended Bible journaling supplies, by category!

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Bible journaling with distress inks

Journaling Bibles

NIV Journaling Bible: This was my first journaling Bible, and it continues to be my most-used and cherished Bible. It has two-inch margins, and a lovely teal faux leather cover.

Illustrating Bible: This is the Cadillac of journaling Bibles! With four-inch margins, it has tons of space for your notes and artwork. I purchased one in 2019, and I love it. (Check out my full review of it here.)

Beautiful Word Coloring Bible: If you want a Bible that comes with pre-printed art in the margins, this Bible is a great choice. (Check out my full review here.)

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils

Pens, Pencils, Etc. (Dry Media)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils (Set of 72): These pencils are awesome; they come in smaller sets, or larger sets, but mine is the 72-pencil set linked here.

Micron Pigma pens (Inductive Bible Study Kit, set of 8): These are fabulous pens; archival-quality, and they last a really long time. You can get them in lots of different sets and tip sizes, too.

Tombow Twintone Markers: I love these markers, especially for their beautiful colors and dual tip. Currently, there are three sets to choose from: rainbow, brights, and pastels.

Gel pens: Okay, so gel pens are not entirely dry (as in, they usually take time to dry), but they are a type of pen, so I’m still listing them under the “dry media” category. Gel pens are super awesome if you like the use neon colors, glitter, or metallic. They’re generally cheap and plentiful, and yield great results. (Read more about different types of pens for Bible journaling here, and also here.)

clear gesso

Page Prep for Wet Media

Dina Wakley clear gesso: My most-recommended brand of gesso to prepare your Bible page for painting or other “wet” media.

Loew-Cornell 1″ foam brushes: These are my preferred brushes to apply the gesso to my Bible page with.

Logan deli paper: I use these deli paper sheets to protect the adjacent pages while I’m painting on gesso or other wet media. (As in the photo above).

3M removable scrapbooking tape: this stuff is super handy for lots of things, but especially for keeping the deli sheets in place while I’m painting. It’s stays in place, but then is easily removed when you’re done.

Ranger Heat It tool: If you’re impatient like me, and don’t want to wait an hour or more for things to dry, this drying tool is essential. It speeds up drying time for gesso and all types of paint, to a mere minute or two. (The only things that are stubborn and still take longer to dry in my experience, are pigment ink (from stamp pads), and ink from gel pens. Those things I still leave to dry overnight.)

Illustrating Bible - Psalm 144

Paints, Sprays, and Stamps (Wet Media)

Golden acrylic glazing liquid: This stuff is very handy if you want to use acrylic paint in your Bible! You can mix it with any cheap acrylic craft paint, to make the paint more transparent so it won’t obscure the Bible text. I use it with my FolkArt paints, but really any cheap craft paint that’s meant for wood or paper will do (just not the paints that are meant for glass or outdoor use).

Finetec metallic watercolors: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these paints. I’m crazy about things that glitter, sparkle, and shine, and these paints have such a beautiful shimmer! They come in a six-piece gold/neutral metallic set, and also a 12-piece color set (which does include gold and silver, but also colors like red and green).

Tim Holtz marker spritzer: This is the coolest tool ever! You can take any water-based marker, stick it in this gadget, and spray ink onto the page for a totally unique look. I use mine with Sharpie markers.

Sweet’n’Sassy stamps: This is by far my favorite brand of Bible journaling stamps. Bonus points for the fact that it’s a woman-owned, Christ-centered small business, and the stamps are even better quality than the ones you can buy in craft stores. (For more about using stamps, check out this blog post.)

ColorBox pigment ink pads: These are my favorite ink pads to use with my stamps. I just love the rich color laydown!

Ranger Archival Ink stamp pad (black): The only time I don’t use ColorBox ink pads, is when I want permanent smudge-proof ink that I can color on top of or paint over. So, I keep this archival ink pad around for those times.

Faber-Castell Gelatos: These little tubes of color are the neatest thing! They look like a tube of lip balm, and you can use them in all sorts of ways. I have the metallic set, and I like to smear some onto a paint palette, spray it with water, and apply it with a brush like watercolor paint.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks: I love using these to make colored backgrounds for my Bible journals. When applied on top of gesso, they’re very blendable, and you can build layer upon layer to make them as sheer or as richly colored as you like. I apply them with the Tim Holtz blending tool (the foam circles that come with the tool are totally washable and reusable!).