How to use coloring pages in Bible journaling

Using coloring pages in Bible journaling offers the opportunity to add lettering and doodles to your journaling Bible when you are short on time, lacking creativity, or not as artistically inclined as others might be. Grab a coloring book and your Bible and get started!

 open Bible with coloring sheets and colored pencils
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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? What if you want an easy Bible journaling method that is sure to produce beautiful results?

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! 

How to use coloring pages in 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. 

For this page I used a printable note card from Hope Ink that was a bonus product in the 2018 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle – can you tell I love these bundles? So many great finds 😀

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

Have you ever used coloring pages in Bible journaling?

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8 thoughts on “How to use coloring pages in Bible journaling”

  1. Katie, you did a great job in showing step-by-step how to use coloring pages for Bible journaling. You are so creative in how you used individual elements from different coloring pages to create your own design on the pages of your Bible!
    And I’m so glad you are enjoying using my coloring pages for this. Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. Thank you for sharing. I’ve always admired Bible Journaling, but have always felt like it was just way too intimidating and way out of my creative league. 🙂 I think I can do this!

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