Artisan Collection Journaling Bible
What do you consider creative bible journaling?
If using different colored pencils to highlight scripture or write in the margins of my Bible counts as bible journaling then I suppose that I technically journal in my bible. I consider creative bible journaling as drawing a nice floral scene, writing with filigree letters or sketching something Pinterest worthy in the margins. I don’t think you will see examples of my bible journaling on Pinterest – LOL!
As a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid member, I received an email from BibleGateway.com asking if I would like to review a bible from the Artisan Collection by Zondervan. In exchange for sending me a free copy of this beautiful journaling bible they asked me to write my honest review.
I jumped at this opportunity and thought it would be a fun endeavor. I LOVE Bibles and have an extensive collection of them so getting a new Bible FOR FREE just made my day!
Little did I know that during this season I would have plenty of time at home to discover my inner creative bible journaling skills. Who knows, maybe one day I will make it to Pinterest after all. 🙂
Binding & Cover
The NRSV Artisan Collection Bible is 8.5” x 6.5” x 2”. It weighs approximately 2.5 pounds. The hardcover is beautifully handpainted by Olivia Joy. She uses an alcohol ink technique which gives the cover a marbled look with gold foil accents. The cover has a soft, clothlike feel and is just beautiful
One thing I really like about the cover is that the words “Holy Bible” are stamped in gold foil. There are a few versions that remove that term from the bible covers which I believe is terrible but more on that in another blog post.
The bible opens flat which allows for ease of use. The page edges are gold but when you open the bible they have a pinkish hue. It is a beautiful bible.
Paper & Typography
The paper is thick with an off-white or beige tint. I used my eraser a lot and the paper held up very well. I used water-based ink pens and colored pencils.
I took a pic of the backside of one of the journal pages to show that there was no bleed-through from the water-based ink pens.
The print is the Zondervan Comfort Print® typeface, which is easy and enjoyable to read. One disappointment is that the words of Jesus are not in red.
The margins are 2” x 7.5” and lightly ruled. You can easily create lots of artwork or lettering in the space allowed. The NRSV Artisan Collection Bible does not have pre-existing artwork so you have the freedom to create.
The bible has 2 ribbon bookmarks, one is gold and the other is burgundy. I really like this feature because I like to have one ribbon marker for the old testament and one for the new testament.
The bible does not have any extra aids such as maps, concordances, dictionaries or commentaries.
The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is a new translation for me to use. I am old-school. I usually read the King James or New King James. The NRSV is an easy-to-read translation which I enjoyed.
The easy-reading aspect of the NRSV allowed me to think a bit more creatively. I am not going to give up my KJV or NKJV for in-depth study but I was not disappointed by the NRSV. I realize there are a few significant theological differences in versions but choose not to address those here.
Visit the official product page for the NRSV Artisan Collection at BibleGateway.com for purchasing information.
The journaling supplies I used are available at Amazon. These are not affiliate links, just products I use and want to share.
Overall, I really enjoyed spending time using this creative journaling bible. I didn’t really think I would like it since I am more of a ‘word’ person and not a picture or artistic person but I was pleasantly surprised.
Normally, I make flashcards to memorize scripture but now I am going to add creative bible journaling to my arsenal. We all need to read and memorize the Word of God during these times and I strongly believe we need to use every tool at our disposal.
I would love to see your ideas or resources for bible journaling, email me pictures of your creations at Michelle@CounselingInCanton.com. You can also head over to my friend, LeeAnne’s site for some awesome downloadable Bible Verse Coloring Pages.
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