Monday, January 22, 2018

Discovering Hope in the Psalms

Our Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit met this past weekend for our once-a-month study. For the next 4 mounts we will be using the book "Discovering Hope in the Psalms" as our guide. We review 2 chapters each month, then complete a couple of projects. The images below depict the projects we did this month.

The first project was to take the word HOPE and then do "beams" out from it with the Psalm number and the Chapter title. We added color to it with watercolor, colored pencils or Gelatos®....doing our own thing. Each month we will add short notes next to the title of the chapter we are studying. 

The second project was done in notebooks or Bible. Using a trumpet sketch or trace, participants added music notes and the words, "The King is coming (or Jesus is coming). What was wrong will be made right." as if they are coming out of the trumpet. We used Micron® pens, gold leaf pens, colored pencils or Gelatos® to embellish.

The image below shows an example in the Bible margin as well as a technique I designed awhile ago using a #10 envelope. 

Seal the envelope and cut it in half lengthwise, then trim the closed edges of each piece so that it is open on the long sides. Embellish as you like, then slip it over the page of your Bible which the design references. You can do the back of the envelope wrap when you are studying the page that it covers. These can also be used as bookmarks if they don't fit over your page. No worry about "bleed-through" of art materials when you are working on these flaps.

Questions? Let me know. You are welcome to join us, please contact me so that I can give you the details and have materials ready for you. We meet next on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1- 4 pm


Saturday, December 9, 2017


As we tick off the list the things we need/want to do during December, we begin feeling overwhelmed. I am trying to take more joy in each thing I do, rather than a "must-do". That list seems to get longer  -- teaching classes, making gifts, decorating,  baking, then getting Christmas cards designed and printed. I try to remember each is a gift to someone else who will hopefully bring a smile and some Christmas-cheer to the recipients.

The "busy-ness" of this time of year includes events to attend. Wow! There can be so many sometimes! This year I am eagerly looking forward to each one because it's a chance to spend some time with special friends, and meeting new people. 

We are enjoying old traditions and making new ones, including plans to attend a Christmas Caroling event in our town this month. Main Street will be closed late on a Sunday afternoon.  Our Rochester Main Street, here in Michigan, is already aglow with each storefront covered (literally) in Christmas lights. Each one looks like a colorful gift box!

The plans for the evening include entertainment, reindeer, chestnuts roasting, and lots more activities, including songbooks for everyone and caroling! Are you making new traditions this year?
Wishing you the happiest of Decembers!

Merry Christmas and Blessings in the New Year!

The photos depict classes I've taught and/or gifts I've made the past few weeks.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit Meet-Up

Ten of us met this week to complete our devotion time on the book "Waiting" by Sharla Fritz. Member Marie Schwartz demonstrated some ideas for painting rocks to keep or share. Painting rocks is a revitalized craft creating much interest. She showed how to insert a pin into a pencil eraser to make teeny-tiny paint dots, how to use the end of paint brush for a similar effect. Marie brought photos of rocks she had completed for her daughter's church and we followed her designs.
Another design she taught us was to put drops of fingernail polishes on the top of water in a container wide enough to dip a rock into. 

When you dip the rock, the polish adheres to the rock creating an interesting design. The water container no longer has polish in it...or at least not much.

The tree of life was the most popular so everyone completed that design first. Some of the rocks will be kept my the maker and some will be shared by leaving them in a place where some lucky person can find them. This is a trend where "finders" either keep the rock or replace it with another.

Thank you to Marie for sharing her techniques and for all who participated. I may take mine to North Carolina where I'll be spending Thanksgiving.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving with safe travels, and fun times as you make new memories!

If you are interested in joining us in January (we meet once a month), please let me know.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OPC a Great Place to be 50+!

Nine participated in my class today at Rochester's OPC. We folded, painted, glued, glittered and chatted the afternoon away. Sure was a pleasant way to spend a Fall afternoon in this beautiful building. You would not believe ALL the activities this center hosts! There motto is "OPC, a Great Place to be 50+!"

Today each person received a book and diecuts and other embellishments to adorn their book's sky and snow. I encouraged each of them to go home and make another right away as a gift. 

I will be back there in January with a couple of classes. If you are a Rochester/Rochester Hills resident, be sure to sign up when classes are announced!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In Loving Memory of Our Beloved Nephew

Thirty nine is much too young to leave this world, and my handsome sweet nephew/godson passed away this week.

He was born 9 days before my husband and I married and we were so eager for him to get here!

Scott Thomas Schwark will be missed so much by his family and friends, and as we celebrate his life over the next couple of days, we ask that you lift the Schwark family up in prayer.

I just can't believe he is not here with us anymore, but his everlasting life has begun!

  1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
    Calling for you and for me;
    See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
    Watching for you and for me.
    • Refrain:
      Come home, come home,
      You who are weary, come home;
      Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
      Calling, O sinner, come home!

    "Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
    Pleading for you and for me?
    Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
    Mercies for you and for me.

    a portion from Softly and Tenderly
    Will L. Thompsonpub.1880

Hug your loved ones.