Coloring things in has really taken over in all areas in the last couple of years. I’ve always doodled in my bible or on my journal pages but often wasn’t happy with the results because I really don’t think I draw well enough. Luckily the Bible Journaling trend has given talented illustrators a chance to shine and share designs that we can use and then embellish with color.
Coloring meets Bible Journaling
A few bible publishers have come out with bibles that already have designs inspired by the scripture on that page for those of us afraid to “mess up.”
NIV, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, Hardcover: Hundreds of Verses to Color
This Zondervan Bible features:
- Verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art both in the margins and full pages
- Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
- Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections, and art
- Full-text New International Version (NIV)
- Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
- Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
- Ribbon marker
Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling
Inspire is a single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible for coloring and creative art journaling. It contains 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art. Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections or drawing and creating. The generous 8.65-point font ensures optimal readability and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is available in the popular New Living Translation and is designed uniquely to appeal to art journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts.
Published by Tyndale and Christian Arts.
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NIV Journalling Bible for Colouring In: With unlined margins and illustrations to colour in (New International Version)
This pretty bible is only available in the UK
Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling with a different style cover from Tyndale
Inspire is a single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for coloring and creative art journaling. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable.
- Softcover editions have “Inspire” foiled in metallic blue on an attractive coloring-book-style cover, plus extra hits of foil to embellish the flowers and leaves.
- Deluxe Hardcover editions feature an aquamarine LeatherLike cover with a matching ribbon and an elastic band closure.
- Deluxe LeatherLike editions feature a beautiful, vintage floral printed with matching aquamarine-patterned page edges, a matching ribbon, and a Smyth-sewn durable binding.
Reflect and Rejoice Through Hand-Lettered Art
Discover a powerful new way to engage with Scripture through art in this inspirational guide to Bible Journaling. World-renowned artist Joanne Fink, and her talented co-author Regina Yoder, explain the basics of this beautiful art form that connects faith with creativity. Learn about the wonderfully fulfilling benefits of Bible Journaling, and get helpful advice on choosing scripture and the types of Bibles and journals to use, plus how-to-do a variety of techniques which will allow you to express your faith in a creative manner. The how-to section covers lettering, drawing, coloring, painting, embellishing with stamps, stickers, and stencils and the bonus section has stickers and images to trace, bible tabs, and oodles of fun stuff for your bible journaling. Some of the worlds’ leading Bible Journaling artists provide colorful examples and inspiration, including Shanna Noel, Rebekah R Jones, Valerie Wieners-Massie, Karla Dornacher, and much more. There is a flip thru of this fabulous instructional bible journaling book on my youtube channel.
Tyndale also published an accompanying book of Psalms to Color
This charming, square-trimmed, oversized 9.8″ x 9.8″ edition of the ancient prayers and praises of Israel contains God’s inspired word displayed in a new way to inspire Scripture meditation and response. Inspire: Psalms is a single-column edition of the full book of Psalms combined with key verses displayed beautifully, including words to color in right within the Bible text. There are over 50 Scripture illustrations in the wide margins to color and plenty of extra space for creative journaling. Inspire: Psalms features thicker, uncoated art paper, befitting of popular coloring books, which limits bleed-through and allows for use of even more markers, supplies, and techniques for coloring and creative journaling.
The Illustrated Words of Jesus for Women is a 366-day devotional written by Christian author, Carolyn Larsen. This daily devotional takes you on an exploration of Jesus’ words of wisdom, insight, and love through Scripture and the author’s reflections and prayers, and encourages discovery of God’s path for you. Every page of the illustrated devotional features artistically rendered Scripture verses that you may fill with color and ruled lines for notes or your own thoughts or prayers. The pretty volume has an embossed softcover binding with touches of spot varnish and silver foiling for accent. A presentation page in the front makes this book even more perfect for gift-giving.
Illustrated Prayers from the Bible: A Creative Prayer Book
Illustrated Prayers from the Bible offers 101 powerful prayers from Scripture with lined-facing pages to scribe your own thoughts and reflections, and an artistic rendering of text from the page’s prayer that you may color as you quietly meditate on the Lord’s blessings.
- 6 x 7 x 1/2 Inch – 208 Page with Lay-Flat Binding
- Lilac Page Edges
- Ruled Journaling Lines
- Silver Foil Cover Accents
The book offers a reading for each day and a ruled area to write your reflections, devotion or prayer. There are 52, one for each week, pen and ink illustrated pages with a stylized verse to color. After 365 days of readings, you will have studied the complete book of Psalms in the English Standard Version (ESV) of the bible.
Colored Pencils Recommended – Test Art Medium First
- 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 Inch
- Unique Lay-Flat Spine Design
- Ruled Lines For Writing On Scripture Pages
- 52 Illustrations To Fill With Color
- Rose Gold Gilt-Edged Pages & Title
Christian Art Publishers along with many talented illustrators and authors are coming out with wonderful new books every month so check them out. Some of the recent additions to the genre include:
- “Be Still” Inspirational Adult Coloring Therapy Featuring Psalms
- “Joy for the Journey” Hardcover Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
- “Shine”: Color Your Life Beautiful Inspirational Adult Coloring Book This book includes gift tags and cards to color.
Working now on an article of the best art supplies to use in your bible and devotional journals.
We would love to see what you have colored in any of these books or how you use color in your bible journaling. Be sure to share on our Coloring Book Addict Facebook page or tag #ColoringBookAddict on social media so we can share!