Bible journaling isn’t exactly a new thing, but combining the journaling along with art is catching on quickly. There are some people who are just not artistically gifted but love the idea of art journaling. Then there are those who are like me, who love making art but also are a bit o a perfectionist. If I mess up on a pad of drawing paper, I can rip it out and throw it away. However, I would never rip a page of out of my Bible. So, this artistic concept actually terrified me.
Then I got this, the HCSB Illustrators Notetaking Bible from B&H Publishing Group for the purpose of reviewing.
This Bible contains pages with gray tone sketches that you can follow along with (like an adult coloring book), use as a launching point and customize, and even blank pages for your own art.
For someone like me, it works with my sensibilities and allows me the freedom to be artistic without the worry of perfection. I experimented with a few different tools. The pages are nice and thick, thus I expected to encounter few (if any issues) working with these different tools.
Colored pencils have a smooth finish on the paper, obviously won’t bleed through, and give you the option to erase. I really liked the pencils on pages that included skintones and detailed garments.
Gel pens are fantastic for smooth outlines and coloring in the blank space. I didn’t have any issues with bleeding through, as the ink seemed to sit on top of the page. I really loved the metallic inks. Depending on the type of gel pen, I would advise allowing the page time to dry before closing it. Very detailed pages could be prone to smudging (pen issue, not pages), thus I recommend working top to bottom or taking breaks to allow portions to dry thoroughly.
Colored Markers tend to come in a greater variety of colors and ultra fine point tips. In my Bible, I really enjoyed the smooth outlines. I also preferred these markers for writing, and they didn’t require dry time like the gel markers. Certain colors/pigments did bleed through, but I would attribute this to the markers themselves. These particular fine tip markers were not as nice for filling in space as the gel pens. If you choose to use markers, I would advise getting 2 sets of the same colors. One with an ultra fine point for outlines and details, and then a fine/thin point for filling in space more smoothly.
Overall, I think this Illustrators Bible is going to be a perfect fit for my artistic nature and sensibilities. This would also be a great gift this Christmas, or when Easter and Mother’s Day rolls around.