Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This past Saturday may have been St. Patrick's Day but it was also Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit day! 

We did have delicious soda bread, thanks to member Konni, as our homage to the Irish event

We spent a couple of hours discussing Psalms 42, 43 and 73 (Hope When Life Seems Unfair and Finding Hope when Downcast). These chapters are from the book "Discovering Hope in the Psalms." Our discussions are the highlight of the afternoon for me, as we all get to know each other, and linger in the Word longer. Some of our members have been together for a couple of years and we welcome new participants frequently.

Our long-distance member Karen dials in from Texas via FaceTime video to participate in the afternoon discussions. If she has the materials, she also does the projects along with us.
This time we collaged wooden eggs for Easter with small image designed table napkins, using school glue or matte medium for the collage adhesive. Then, thanks to Marie Schwartz's extensive bead collection and contributions from Konni, we were each able to make one 23rd Psalm bracelet. Mine is for my granddaughter but shhhh...I think I'm make 2 more for my daughter and me. 

We look forward to our April time together as we continue with Psalm 71, Chapter 7 in the "Discovering Hope in the Psalms" book. Authors Pam Farrel, Jean E. Jones, Karla Dornacher (also illustrator) have truly created an interesting "creative Bible study experience." 

We recommend using this book for a group, or even individual, study. There are resources associated with the book on the website of the same name.

Feel free to join us anytime! Watch for notices here about the next get together.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monoprinting Play at the OPC

I spent this afternoon with students at the OPC Senior Center in Rochester, MI. We enjoyed getting creatively messy with acrylic paint. I showed them how to monoprint from plates I've purchased over the years, and new ones I made myself (gelatin and glycerin)  Somehow I was the only one who forgot to put gloves on, so guess who won the award (if I were giving them out) for being the messiest of all???!!!! How in the world did I do that? :)
Anyway, they learned how to create prints, using various tools - stencils, mesh, stamps, string, rubber bands, bubble wrap, etc. They seemed to fall in love with the process. After about 90 minutes, I asked them to pick a stencil or a mask they could trace. They also chose several of their favorite prints. After making their choices, they traced their design choice on the back of a favorite monoprint, then cut it out to reveal a unique image for card fronts or scrapbooking. Each made at least one card. 

We then moved on to the remaining papers which we trimmed to about 4" x 6". White card stock, trimmed just slightly larger, was covered with monoprints for the covers. They added colorful string to holes punched into the papers and covers, resulting in a little booklet. The booklet is now easily taken apart so they may choose a page to make additional cards, a mini album. Some might keep it, as is, to use as a journal.

They were terrific in helping me clean up at the end of the afternoon, as they eagerly talked about doing it all again one of these days.

If you are in the Rochester, Michigan area, you must check out the OPC - it's a pretty amazing Center!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Acrylic Pours on a Sunday night

I have been telling myself that I would not start doing acrylic pours because I tend to let techniques take me over, and then I don't get other things done! Believe me, acrylic pours can be addictive!!

Since I was "playing," I used Elmer's glue (rather than a pouring medium), various acrylic paints I had on hand, and a bit of silicone and water. Cells (the circle shapes) appeared whether I use the silicone or not. My intent on the red and black one was to really limit my color selection. 

It's a great way to use up acrylic paints that need to be recycled out before they are too old. There are some ideas I might want to try in the future, but I think I will do a bit of work with these. I will probably add a text transfer to at least one of them.

For now I will let them dry for 48 hours and try out some other ideas I have in mind at a later date.

stay tuned.


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.