Bible Art Journaling is one of my favorite ways to combine the Zentangle Method with other art forms. The narrow 2″ margin in a journaling Bible is perfect for one or two Zentangle patterns. The results are very pleasing and the repetitive patterns illuminate the scripture beautifully. Bible Art Journaling is a very personal way to express worship. It helps to make the scripture unforgettable. Zentangle helps to plant a beautiful image in my mind along with the scripture which makes it easier for me to recall.
There are 8 steps in creating Zentangle. The steps not only guide the artist in creating a true Zentangle piece but also aid in the meditation process that is so beneficial in the Zentangle method:
Step 01 – Gratitude and Appreciation.
Step 02 – Corner Dots. …
Step 03 – Border. …
Step 04 – String. …
Step 05 – Tangle. …
Step 06 – Shade. …
Step 07 – Initial and Sign. …
Step 08 – Appreciate.
There is a scripture that I use to describe my process for Bible Art Journaling that has steps that are similar to the steps for Zentangle:
- whatsoever things are true,
- whatsoever things are honest,
- whatsoever things are just,
- whatsoever things are pure,
- whatsoever things are lovely,
- whatsoever things are of good report;
- if there be any virtue,
- and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
By following the guidelines of this verse the artist is also guided to meditate and thus create a piece of art that not only benefits his artist’s process but also leads him to a greater appreciation of the words that are speaking to his soul.
The meditative similarities between the Zentangle Method and Bible Art Journaling make for a natural combination of the two methods. The result is not only beneficial to the artist but also beautiful.