What to use in marking scriptures
- Do NOT press hard when using any instrument – this may cause bleeding and / or tearing of scripture pages.
- Do NOT keep felt tip pens in contact with the page very long or ANY felt tip pen will bleed through. When using felt tip pens, use them for everyday use until the pen is 1/4 – 1/2 way out of ink. Then start using them in your scriptures. This will lesson the chance of bleeding. They will still look readable on your scriptures.
- Do NOT use a lot of color. Start with mainly red and blue marking pencils or pens.
- Do NOT use wax based products because you can’t write over them with pen and they will soil or stain a page and soak through like butter would.
- Keep in mind that the scriptures are being printed on thinner and thinner paper all the time.
The following items are just a sampling that Bruce has personally tried. (click on any image to see an enlarged photo)
Red and blue marking pencils in particular are a must have!
Recommended Brands: Standard, American Scholar, Crayola, Quill and Pentel.
The Pentel 8-color automatic pencil is very good. It is refillable and the individual lead colors last quite a while. One disadvantage – the cost. It varies from $17 to $25. Also, there is a plastic tip used to select the different colors. It can break if you’re not careful.
Col-Erase colored pencils are very hard lead and mark too sharply on scripture pages.
At first Sharpie fine point seemed to work well, but after more extensive testing, it was discovered these pens will bleed through scripture pages.
GlideStik highlighters are waxed based.