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Journalling Bibles are specifically published with wide margins for note taking. Art journalers, scrapbookers, stampers etc have brought their own touch to this notetaking by adding colour, collage, stickers, inks, stamping etc. Having been brought up in a Christian household, I’ve read the Bible for many years. Adding colour and pictures to it has brought it to life again for me and renewed my interest in reading it.

Different papers provide different challenges to the art journaler but the thin pages of a journalling Bible may possibly be the trickiest.

As with any type of art journalling, there are a huge variety of techniques available, and although this is no different when journalling in a Bible, some do demand that you ask the question ‘to prepare or not to prepare?’. Some inks bleed through unless you prepare the pages (Dina Wakley’s clear gesso is great). I’m not a page preparer, however, and ink bleed through doesn’t really bother me.

One technique that particularly lends itself to this type of journalling is the use of Deli paper (dry wax paper) as it is also very thin paper and won’t bulk up the pages too much. It is glued into the margins which means no preparation of pages! Gelli printing on Deli paper is also very satisfying and isn’t limited to being used in a Bible.

Bible journalling is becoming increasingly popular and it is wonderful to now find specific stamps available in the UK. 


This article features in the March 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine