Thanksgiving Thoughts: The Journal the Word Bible (Book Review) 

During Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday cooking, family visits, shopping, and making Christmas preparations, but I try to be extra intentional about taking time to just be thankful.

This usually means stealing away some quiet time for myself to journal and reflect on life and the events that have taken place since the previous year’s Thanksgiving.

This year, my process was aided by another  book review. This time, I had the pleasure of giving my initial impressions of NKJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Blue Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses

NKJV, Journal the Word Bible, Cloth over Board, Blue Floral, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite Verses

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The Coloring Case: Markers vs. Colored Pencils– Which is Better?

I have received a few sets of pens, markers and color pencils to review, with markers and colored pencils arriving in the largest quantities.

This was really exciting for me because I do a lot of craft projects with the youth at my church, so I looked at this as one less supply that I would need to buy (and another blessing from God #WontHeDoIt)!
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In addition to using these items with my youth, I also use them for one of my favorite personal pastimes– coloring.

I’ve been asked a few times which I prefer for my coloring– colored pencils or markers.  I decided to do a quick run down of the pros and cons of each. Here are my thoughts:

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Markers: This review will focus on the Super Markers 20 Color Marker Set I received.

Pros:

  • Vivid Colors
  • This particular set can be used on paper or fabrics
  • Bullet point tip can be used for fine details and thick strokes

Cons:

  • May bleed through pages (this will depend on the stock of the paper and is really only a major issue if the coloring book has double sided pages).
  • Delays due to the need to recap markers
  • Markers may dry out if caps aren’t properly resealed (That always makes me soooo sad 😦 ).

 

Markers vs Color Pencils by FixItWithFran

Colored Pencils: This review will focus on the Innovating By Design Watercolor Pencils I received.

Pros:

  • Ability to blend colors
  • Paintbrush included in kit
  • Firm pencil tip
  • No need to remove caps
  • More colors included (compared to the 20 in the marker set)

Cons:

  • Need to sharpen during longer coloring sessions
  • This set does not have a sharpener — if you are traveling, having a sharpener will be important and you’ll need to purchase one separately
  • Must have water on hand for blending colors

Ultimately, I can’t say that I have a strong preference one way or the other.

It really depends on my mood, the item that I am coloring, and the type of coloring book that I have.

If I am using a coloring book with double-sided pages, I am more likely to use colored pencils because I don’t want to risk having the ink bleed through.

Sometimes I will use pens if I feel like doodling while I color and I may choose to use color pencils if I am coloring in my flower or landscape coloring book so that I can blend and create colors similar to what one would see in the natural landscape.

I recommend trying each medium at least once and allowing yourself to have some fun!