Favorite supplies for Bible Quilt® journaling

Updated: Jun 24

Once you have your Bible Quilt Journal and you flip to the first page you'd like to start, you might have questions about what supplies you might need to get started.

I'd encourage you to experiment with resources you may already have, so you can get started on the process of Bible Quilting and gradually identify what supplies might work best for your particular style. Keeping it simple at the beginning will help prevent you from getting overwhelmed by all the possibilities.

Keep in mind that your journal will expand over time as you add embellishments, just as YOU will be growing as you spend more time in the Scripture. Take your time and enjoy the journey!

To help you along, I've compiled a list of the typical supplies I've used.

Pens & Pencils

The "tried and true" pens that I've used for years are Papermate Flair pens that come in bold colors, don't bleed through, and last a long time.

For years I've used Crayola pencils from my boys' school stash and they worked fine.

Last year I received a gift of a boxed set of prismacolor pencils and love the smooth application and array of deep hues. There's a botanical set that has great combo of natural colors.

I recently discovered that eyebrow pencil sharpeners work great to sharpen colored pencils, too! I tucked a small one with a removable lid into my pencil drawer and it's now readily available at my craft table.

Whenever I need to sharpen a batch of pencils, I use an electric pencil sharpener.


Often when I'm using larger hand-lettering, I'll outline letters with the Papermate Flair Pens, then fill in with a gel or glitter pen. These Kaiser Color gel pens have worked great to add a touch of shine/glitter to titles and highlighted words.

For metallic pens, I've had good luck with Uni-ball Signo pens (white, gold & silver). They write consistently well.

I also like this set of Fiber-Castell pens because they come in a variety of tip sizes (AKA nibs). You can experiment with them to see what works best for your hand-lettering style. It's also a great way to get a different look just by using a broader or thinner tip.

You don't have to have "fancy" pens. Use what you're comfortable with and just make sure they don't bleed through the page. (If bleed-through does occur at any point, then you can glue a template page on the back side for a fresh start.)

To corral pens and pencils, I use zippered pen pouches that are handy to carry around with my journal. These are available in the BQ Bonus Kit and include a set of the Papermate Flair pens, too!

Washi Tape

I gather up washi tape from a variety of sources. Try your local craft/hobby stores as well as discount stores. You can also purchase washi tape online. Start with some basic colors and different widths.

The quantity on a roll and the quality of "stickability" varies between different brands. I've learned you can add a swipe of glue to help adhere it to a BQJ page (but you won't be able to reposition it once you've glued it.)