I love Bible journaling. I love trying new materials and techniques. I hate when I feel like something was a waste of money. You probably hate that too. With literally stores full of art supplies out there, how do we know what works best for Bible journaling?  Keep reading for Bible journaling supplies worth the splurge.  These are products I have tested and know are worth the money.

Bible Journaling Supplies Worth the Splurge

Check out these articles that are also helpful when it comes to supplies:

Bible Journaling: How to Get Started

Bible Journaling Hacks: Supplies You Have at Home

Bible Journaling Supply List for Beginners

Bible Journaling Supplies Worth the Splurge

As a mom of five I have to be super frugal with everything, but especially with Bible journaling supplies.  Why?  Because if my kids can’t eat them, read them or wear them then I probably don’t need them.  I want them, but I don’t need them.  Add to that our family goal of debt-free living and you can imagine I do quite a bit of research before I put down my dollars.


I recommend a journaling Bible as your first splurge because an artist with no canvas is like a fisherman with no net.

I personally use this Inspire Bible.

Inspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Creative JournalingInspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Creative Journaling

I like the translation, pre-printed coloring, the space for journaling and the large print.  Your preferences might be different.

Check out this article if you do not yet have a Bible.
Which Journaling Bible is Best for You?


Bible Tabs

I love my Bible tabs.  They make the pages look so happy and are a real time saver too.  I found these cute Bible tabs at Beauty from Ashes Gifts. They make finding my favorite verses a breeze!  The two step application process takes a bit more time, but the results are so worth it. You can find your own set here.



My favorite Bible pages have lots of color.  There are unlimited ways to make this happen.

Colored Pencils

My #1 Bible journaling supply worth the splurge is good colored pencils.  Colored pencils are the work horse of Bible journaling because they are tidy, portable, easy to use and don’t bleed through the pages.  Thin Bible pages are the kryptonite of Bible journalers everywhere.  Do yourself a favor and get a good set of colored pencils.

This is my recommendation:

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil and Accessory Set, Set of 48 Premier Colored Pencils, One Premier Pencil Sharpener, and a 2-pack of Prismacolor Premier Colorless Blender PencilsPrismacolor Premier Colored Pencils Set of 48 and Accessory Set

I love this set because of the quality, color and size.  I do not like (only full disclosure from me) that there is no grey.  This however is a simple fix as prismacolor sells their pencils individually.  If I am missing a color or when one runs out I can easily replace just that pencil without having to buy a whole new set.

Also order this:

Prismacolor 962 Premier Colorless Blender Pencils, 2-CountPrismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil

These blenders make a dramatic difference in your finished pages.



If you are not familar with Fiber Castell’s Gelatos product you are missing out.  These colorful sticks are so multifunctional that they are a must have Bible journaling splurge. Use them wet or dry with stamps or stencils.  I am still learning new ways to use Gelatos… but they are a splurge.  In fact, I only have one.

But I do have this set:

Faber-Castell Gel Sticks - 12 Water-Soluble Pigment Crayons for Kids with BrushFaber-Castell Gel Sticks – 12 Water-Soluble Pigment Crayons with Brush

They are half the price and so far seem to do everything that Gelatos claim.  Unfortunately the colors are very limited.


Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils work just like colored pencils, but the are water soluble.  This means with a little water your colors bloom into paint for an easy to use paint option. Also like colored pencils, a higher quality set makes a big difference.  Inktense are one watercolor pencil set that is worth the splurge. 

Derwent Colored Pencils, Inktense Ink Pencils, Drawing, Art, Metal Tin, 36 Count (2301842)Derwent Inktense Ink Pencils      Metal Tin, 36 Count

If you want to get technical, Inktense are not watercolor, but that is why I love them.  Once the ink dries it is permanent.  This allows for layers of color to be added without everything becoming a brown mess.



We all know you really only need a Bible and a pen, but who are we kidding?  This gear will help your Bible journaling time be more efficient and enjoyable.

Craft Mat

I am privileged to sit down at my grandmother’s antique desk for my Bible journaling time. Creative I am, neat I am not. A craft mat was a must splurge for me. There are a lot of these out there.  They all look the same, but the price fluctuates wildly.  This frugal mom bought the cheapest one. With careful measurements I cut it into 3 pieces.  One I use under the page, one protects the opposite page and one goes down on my work surface.  I have been using the same one for almost a year!

Bible journaling supplies worth the splurge craft mat

One craft mat + Careful cuts = Total coverage

Paper Cutter

You already know I have five kids.  So you already know I’m busy. My Bible journaling time is precious.  Too precious to spend time with a ruler, pencil and scissors cutting paper. A paper cutter is a Bible journaling splurge that pays for itself in time saved. 

I have this one:

Fiskars 12 Inch Portable Rotary Paper Trimmer (199080)Fiskars 12 Inch Paper Trimmer

I like the Fiskars brand because the blades last a long time.  Whatever brand you choose look for one with a replaceable blade and 12″ cutting capacity.


Tracing Paper

Tracing paper is another time saver for me.  Ironically I don’t often use it for tracing.  With so many functions a pad of tracing paper is a valuable Bible journaling splurge. Vellum is a common product used in Bible journaling.  I will admit that a fancy piece of vellum can’t be beat, but the plain stuff seems way too expensive. I find tracing paper does just as much as vellum with a much lower price tag.  Here are some options tracing paper offers.


Page Prep Magic

By now I hope you have fallen in love with Bible journaling.  You’ve gained some confidence and are ready for something new. You’ve probably been warned to prep your page to prevent that bleed through.


Made famous by Bob Ross, gesso is a goop that you smear on your canvas (Bible page) before you begin.  Since peace of mind is priceless I consider gesso a Bible journaling splurge.

After a lot of research, I bought this one:

Prima Marketing 961466 Art Basics Gesso, 8.5-Ounce, ClearArt Basics Clear Gesso

One jar seems to go a long way, and I will buy the same kind without hesitation.


I tried my finger.  I tried a foam brush.  I tried a gift card.  These all worked.   Because an applicator worked so much better I claim it a Bible journaling splurge.

I like the size and shape of this one.

Mini Ink Blending SET of 2 Tools and 4 FoamsMini Ink Blending Set

 Frugal tip: I wash out my pads and reuse them.  I have also cut my own from felt.

Make your Bible journaling budget count!

Choose these Bible journaling supplies worth the splurge for supplies that are a blessing not a burden.  Have questions about Bible journaling supplies?  Post them here in our Bible Journaling Facebook group.  This supportive and inspiring group of ladies is ready to help.

Prismacolor 3599TN Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-CountPrismacolor 3599TN Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-CountInspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative JournalingInspire Bible Large Print NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative JournalingFaber Castell Gelatos Gift Set Double ScoopFaber Castell Gelatos Gift Set Double Scoop


What is your favorite Bible journaling splurge? Share with us in the comments below.

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