Friday, March 9, 2018

How to Use Coloring Pages for Bible Journaling (plus free printables!)

I hear all the time when people are wanting to start bible journaling that they can't because they can't draw.

You totally can do bible journaling if you can't draw. There are so many different things you can use instead of drawing, like stamps, washi tape, or just putting paint on the page as swipes of color.

Those are great ways to bible journal if you aren't "artistic" but today I wanted to show you how to use coloring pages in your bible journaling.

You can look through your kid's coloring books and see if you can find any cute characters you'd like to add to your pages or you can google "free coloring pages" and find something you love to print out.

If it's a page in your kid's coloring book that they'll use again, you can scan the page or rip it out if you don't think they'll use that coloring book anymore.

The good thing about using something you can print is that you can scale them before you print them so they can fit in the margin if you don't want to use the whole page.

Here I printed out a page from my coloring book, Bloom. In the printer settings before I pushed print, I changed the scale of the image to about 65%. It's hard for me to tell you how to do that on your printer because different printers have different options, but it will be somewhere on the pop up that comes up on your screen before you print something.

Just slip it under your bible page...

 and trace it! (If you're wondering what supplies to use, you can check out my post about my favorite supplies here. I like to use Micron pens for journaling.)

You can add some color using watercolors or colored pencils and there you have it!!

So that's how you can use a coloring page to create artwork when you're bible journaling!

You can also use printables! Here are a few I made that should fit perfectly into the margins!

Download them here!

I'd love to see what you're making! You can find me on Instagram and tag me in all your awesome pages @neelysphoto!


  1. Oh my, Neely! I found you thru Pinterest today! I’m a long time calligrapher but with a more formal (should I say “stilted”?) style than your beautiful work. I’ve loved calligraphy since I was in college (I’m 65 now!) but had to leave my business because of neck problems. The freedom and utter joy of calligraphic expression hasn’t filled me in years. I am a deep student of God’s Word and am looking for new ways to express it. Maybe I’ve found that thru you! I will be buying your book ASAP and beginning to utilize it. Can’t wait to find and try the supplies you love, like paint pens. I’ve never known how to use them! I wish I could hug your neck. You are inspiring my soul. I’ll also be visiting your website and the rock site for inspiration and focus. Thank you, dear one! Thank you with all my heart!

    1. I am so sorry that I am just now seeing your comment! For some reason it's stopped alerting me when I get comments.

      Thank you for the kind words! They mean a lot to me. I have links to the supplies I like as well as a little "Amazon store" that has a lot of my favorite things listed. You're so sweet. Thank you for the encouragement.


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