NEW BIBLE! | DaySpring NIV Illustrating Bible

(This Bible was sent to me by DaySpring for review but all opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links.)

Hello everyone! There is a super exciting launch happening over DaySpring! There are TWO new Illustrating Bibles being added to the Illustrating Bible family. Be sure to watch my review video for more details and a comparison to the other Bibles in the collection.

There are just a few changes that were made to these two new versions (I’m reviewing the dark grey cover but there’s also a light pink cover available).

Here’s the quick facts:

  • Retails for $99 (if you order directly from DaySpring during the presale from 8/14/2020 – 8/30/2020 you will receive a free grab bag of journaling supplies valued at $75!)
  • Size 9.5″ x 9.5″ x 2″
  • Keep sake box
  • Lay flat design
  • NIV translation
  • 75% thicker paper than traditional Bibles
  • Single column with wide margins
  • Faux leather cover & faux suede liner
  • Foil on the front & back cover
  • Deboss on front & back cover

I’ve been a big fan of the Illustrating Bible since the first release and this one just continues to improve upon the original!

I love all of the extra space for creating with a variety of mediums and products but this would also be great for those who love to take a ton of notes or journal out your prayers. The margins have no lines which I prefer but you could easily add some journaling lines if that works better for you.

I personally don’t mind products bleeding through and very rarely prep my pages but I did some product testing for those of you that have questions about specific products. Unfortunately this version does not have extra blank pages in the back to test on.

  • Staz-On Ink – no bleed
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink – no bleed
  • Gina K. Amalgam Ink – bleed
  • Memento Ink – bleed
  • Archival Ink – no bleed
  • Distress Ink – no bleed when stamping but some techniques will bleed, especially when water is added.
  • Distress Oxide Ink – same as Distress Ink, see above
  • Versamagic Chalk Ink – no bleed
  • Versafine Clair Ink – bleed
  • Creative Retreat Chalk Ink – bleed
  • Creative Retreat Pigment Ink – no bleed
  • Gina K. Dye Ink – bleed
  • Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers – bleed
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – bleed
  • Arteza Brush Markers – bleed
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen – no bleed when dry but bleed when water is added
  • Faber-Castell Brush Marker – no bleed
  • Inktense Pencils – no bleed
  • Zebra Midliner – no bleed
  • Arteza Fineliner – no bleed
  • Neocolor ii Crayons – no bleed
  • Distress Oxide Spray – bleed
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine – bleed
  • Distress Paint – no bleed
  • Papermate Flair – no bleed
  • Creative Devotion Marker – no bleed
  • Slick Writer Pen – bleed
  • Gelly Roll Pen – no bleed
  • Tombow Fudenosuke Pen – no bleed

*Keep in mind that some products may have a heavy shadow or may bleed when water is added. Also be careful with fresh, juicy ink pads and markers as they may bleed. Always test new products before using without page prep.

This entry in Joshua shows how I typically journal in these Illustrating Bibles….a little watercolor in the background (or other mixed media), some fun scrapbooking elements, and a little prayer journaling or note taking. The large margins give you space to use some of your larger products and gives you room to get creative and journal.

This entry in Psalms was created with some Distress Paints that I used with a water brush and then simply journaled some favorite song lyrics.

The paper in the Illustrating Bible is much different from traditional Bible paper and even other journaling Bibles. It’s much thicker so it stands up better to mixed media but it can be a little tricky to watercolor on.

This entry was created with some Prima and Daniel Smith watercolors, Inktense pencils, acrylic ink, and some Micron pen. These pages are more porous so they grab onto the pigment which means it can be more difficult to get a seamless blend and near impossible to lift color if you make a mistake. It’s not impossible to watercolor in the Illustrating Bible but it can take some practice due to the differences from traditional Bible paper and watercolor paper. You may want to try prepping the paper with transparent watercolor ground to get it to act more like watercolor paper.

Don’t forget to checkout my review video for a closer look and a comparison of differences with the newest version!

You can head on over to DaySpring and pre-order your copy of the NIV Illustrating Bible now and get a FREE bag of journaling supplies valued at $75 (offer good until 8/30/20).


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Until next time!

❤ Lindsey

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