The quarantine. Isn’t it just crazy? I am still having such a hard time wrapping my head around it and truthfully, I’m not sure I really ever will completely wrap my head around it. Since I am a teacher, I am now doing online school, or distance learning, so I decided to come back to Florida to my parents’ house. I thought it would be a good place to stay put for a while. While I am missing Birmingham and my room and my roommates, it is nice to be with my parents and to be comfortable where I am. I mean, my mom is cooking for me, doing my laundry, what could I complain about?!
For such a long time, I have really wanted to dive into a new hobby. If you know anything about me, it’s that I have a billion hobbies and I’m constantly finding new hobbies to pick up and put down: blogging, photography, writing, reading, doing nails, cleaning, working out, the list goes on and on and on. I am just someone who becomes almost obsessed with a hobby for a few weeks, moves onto another hobby, and then goes back and picks up the first hobby a few weeks later. It’s a cycle, but I really do love all of my hobbies equally, even if I don’t circle back to one for a year or more.
One hobby that I have really been wanting to try for over a year now is Bible journaling. I’ve seen pictures on pinterest and other social medias and I thought I would absolutely LOVE it. Bible journaling is basically where you pick a verse or a clump of verses in the Bible and you journal, paint, and get creative on the pages of the Bible to express the verses in a creative way. Some people see this as a method of worship, some as a creative outlet, and some have other reasonings. I do it as a form of worship, a way to focus on a specific verse, and a way to express the verse creatively.
Once all of this quarantine madness began, I knew that Bible journaling would be the perfect quarantine activity. I already had some art supplies just from past hobbies, so all I really needed was a journaling Bible.
From there, I found some instagram accounts that were into Bible journaling, and I got started! There are some main tools that I like to use when Bible Journaling. Here are my favorites that I’ve found so far:
- Acrylic paints
- Ink pads and stamps
- Waterproof black thin tip markers
- Gold paint pen
- Washi Tape
Those are my most used items that I use for Bible journaling, but really, there are soooo many possibilities that you can use. I also use gelatos, embossing powder, ribbon, crayola markers, stencils, stickers, buttons, and other little scrapbooking tools.
I think one of my favorite parts about Bible journaling is A, it takes me a long time to do (AKA it takes a lot of time which is GREAT when you’re stuck inside and sometimes bored), and B, I can be really messy. As much as I would love to say that I am not a messy person, I really am. I like splattering paint, being messy, trying to not be perfect, and coloring outside of the lines. I really like this activity because I get to be creative and I don’t have to make it perfect. Also, because it’s all in one place, I like flipping back and looking through my past entries. I know that I just started a few weeks ago, but I am SO on board. Down below you can see some of my other entries! Let me know if you pick up this hobby, too!