When people first discover bible art journaling, they often ask what materials they need to do it. I find this a difficult question to answer as I guess you can almost use any art material there is (oil paints would prove tricky I imagine!!). Another common question is about the minimum amount of resources, the 'if you were stuck on a desert island what would you take' line of thought, to which I easily reply - my trusty fine black Bic biro, and a pencil!
Don't get me wrong, I adore colour, and art shops are one of my happy places, where I breathe in the smell of paper and paint, and stroke the coloured pencils; and I love that my bible is full of colour where I've played with the materials I love such as rubber stamps, gelli plate prints, watercolour, spray inks, distress inks ....
But it's also full of simple lettering using my favourite pen. This leaves a gorgeous crinkly texture to the pages, encourages me to spend time pondering the verse as I embellish the words, and is pleasing to my eye as I adore lettering.
I get lots of inspiration from Instagram, and have learnt the different types of lettering that I like over time, gaining in confidence with each verse!
Lettering is all about practice. In the long summer holiday after my O levels I spent a lot of time in the library practicing my handwriting as I hated it. The ascenders and descenders leaned this way and that without consistency. I now have handwriting I really like (I'm sure being a Reception teacher before computers also helped as I was constantly writing out letters for children to overwrite or copy!) and sometimes I just emphasise my normal handwriting a bit more in the margins of my bible.
I am currently practicing these fancy 'r's. I discovered this lettering style on Instagram and I enjoy writing a word out in pencil, then drawing around it with my biro (the only reason I'd have a pencil on my desert island!!!).