Friday, August 11, 2017

Final Countdown for Michigan Visual Faith Retreat

Registration is still open for the 2017 Michigan Visual Faith Retreat.........time to send in your form or, better yet,  register at

Click on the image here to go directly to the site. 

Soon after registration you will receive a welcome email with details about the event and tools you might bring to use during your working time.

Can't wait to meet you. Let me know if you have questions.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Join Me at Stampaway USA 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

June's Visual Faith Fellowship

Five of us from 4 different churches met for our monthly Visual Faith fellowship. I am delighted to have this time with this group. They are so encouraging to me and to each other. Marie showed some calligraphy tips and some shared work we've completed in our Bibles.

It was fun to unveil the banner (shown above) for the August Visual Faith Retreat. Diane, in our group noted right away that I must have these colors in my mind because I recently ordered a tote with the same color scheme! (See above) That was NOT planned but I do like them!

For our devotion this time we discussed the mystery of The Holy Trinity, which Pastor Steve Grafe (St. John Lutheran Church & School, Rochester, MI) discussed in the message the previous week. We discussed how often the phrase  Father, Son and Holy Spirit is included in scripture. Pastor reminded us that the Trinity is a human word, not mentioned as a description of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  To linger longer on this and in our Bible study, we experimented with a stencil I made for them to mark passages for future quick reference. Some from the NIV are: 

Corinthians 13:14

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Luke 1:35

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Matthew 28:19
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Each of us also played with the table napkin technique, applying them to the margins of our Bible, or by practicing in notebooks first. We used PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) made by USArtQuest in Chelsea, Michigan. 

This is one of my favorite products. (full disclosure - I am now an Affiliate of USArtQuest). This adhesive is more liquid than a gesso or some matte mediums but it is not sticky on my fingers OR on the paper.  I prefer the Matte version for this journaling.

It's a great adhesive and topcoat! In addition to using it for collage work and adhering the dinner napkins to Bible pages, I use it as a base in the margins so that I can add watercolor or markers over it and not get bleed-through to the back of the page! With thin Bible pages, this is important, although there are other solutions if the PPA isn't put down first. (Covering the reverse side of the margin with Washi Tape, strips of paper, paint, etc.)

If you'd like to join us at a future get together, please email me to be added to the list. You can also join the Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit on FaceBook.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20 Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit

Wonderful fellowship today with the Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit. We had a small group and LOTS of things accomplished. Mark your calendar for June 17th so that you can join us. The group also viewed the site for the August 19th #Michigan Visual Faith Retreat. Registrations are coming in!

Today's devotion was led by Marie Schwartz and based on a reading from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. We looked at the women at the tomb (Mark 15:47 and their grief which reminds that we also forget the promises of God when we go through sorrowful times. Aren't those the times that it's so difficult to trust and yet, He tells not to worry about anything. We had a nice discussion during this time and appreciate Marie's contributions to our day. There are additional posts about today at our Facebook site.
We worked on a lot of things today. I demonstrated a technique with foils, a couple of tissue/napkin processes using PPA from USArtQuest, and some of my favorite products. We also worked on a design of a cross based on the iris folding idea, using colored pencils and foil instead. 
The last project we completed was based on the beautiful words in the devotion reading about Heart Flowers. "...our sorrows are made bright by the joys that God has planted around them - they are heart flowers, love, hope, faith, joy, peace--these are flowers which are planted around about every grave that is sunk in a Christian heart."
Questions? Feel free to email me. Join us next month, and don't forget to sign up as soon as possible for the #Michigan Visual Faith Retreat, Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Blessings .....

Next meeting - Saturday, June 17, 2017; 1:00 - 4:00 PM - email me for location and details -


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Michigan Visual Faith Retreat August 19th

Save the date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 

You are invited to the


Visual Faith Retreat 

sponsored by
St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester, MI

Don’t miss this chance to spend the day with your online Michigan Bible Journaling friends and make new friends.

An information-packed day is planned - two special presenters, lots of technique demonstrations, plus some surprises. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION begins  June 1, 2017!!For adults and youth (10-17)#MichiganVisualFaithRetreat

Email to receive a mail-in registration form by return email. 
You will also then be added to the email list.
You may download the form here 

 Interested in volunteering?  Let me know that as well!

Gettin' excited for August!
#VisualFaith, #Livegenerously,#LingerLongerInHisWord,#MichiganVisualFaith


Monday, March 20, 2017

Visual Faith Event - Troy, Michigan

What a blessing it was to join about 100 women and young people at Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, MI for a Visual Faith event.

Michigan's Pat Maier's presentation covered how we can linger longer in the Word with Bible Journaling and colorful prayer techniques. She explained the background of Bible Journaling and the current processes people are using as they study the Bible.

In addition to delicious breakfast goodies, we had the opportunity to browse materials available from various sources to enhance the journaling experience - colored pencils, books, stamps, inks, etc. The beautiful new book Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder was also available. I consider this new book a must, especially for newcomers to the world of Bible Journaling.

The materials each person received allowed hands-on work to be added to a Bible page with washi tape, used as a bookmark or traced onto a Bible page. Pat shared lots of resources for us to use in our work -  clip art, lettering styles, websites, printables. They even had a laminator and ribbon to put the finishing touch to our bookmarks.

At gatherings like this, it's such a pleasure to meet others who share the same interests, and are eager to learn and share. Thank you to Autumn and Linda and the volunteers for this special program.

Attending this event was especially helpful to me since I am organizing a Michigan Visual Faith event. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for this event, please send an email to me with Visual Faith in the subject line. Send to



Pat Maier has a passion for using creative communication to bring about joy and connection. A pastor's wife and former Lutheran educator, she enjoys writing, drawing, and "imagining" to inspire others in their walk with Jesus. She is currently involved in planning and presenting at retreats and women's events in the Michigan District, where her husband serves as District President, and is especially glad to encourage others through Visual Faith teaching. She finds great joy in nature and gardening - but most of all - in her 4 children, 2 sons-in-love, and 2 grandchildren (so far!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Visual Faith Tissue Technique

VISUAL FAITH technique for your Bible or notebook......take one layer of a decorative napkin and trim it to the width of the space for journaling.

Using PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) from, I adhere it to the page, place deli paper on top of it, close the book to let it dry and prevent wrinkling. The deli paper prevents any moisture transferring to the opposite page. A thin coat of PPA is all you need.

When it is dry, use stamps, permanent ink, or rub-ons for your journaling. This is a great way to cover the back of a page that has bleed-through from previous journaling. You can do several pages at the same time so they are all ready when you are!

Additional tip: Place a small piece of tape on a corner of each side of the tissue to pull the layers apart.

I'd enjoy seeing some of your completed pages!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Journal fun

Using USArtQuest Perfect Pigments one day and then many, many days later finding this image within the marks!

So much fun!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leaves Reborn

Oh what fun I'm having with the leaves I receive from far and wide. My granddaughter collects them in North Carolina. My neighbor friend's husband brought some back from Florida to add to my 
freezer supply. My husband does his best to dodge the freezer-stored precious leaves waiting there for me! He's trying to get used to the leaves. Usually they are being steamed for EcoPrints.

I have been EcoPrinting with all sorts of leaves and twigs, always fun....each "reveal" a new surprise. Fifteen of my latest EcoPrints are individually mounted, and now residing in a new home ready to become a wall display. I'm eager to see the final installation, but the layout is the vision and prerogative of their new owners. I have more leaves.......

So, now my current leaves-in-waiting have taken new life. They now have marks of paint, markers, and Pan Pastel®, then encased in beeswax and polished to brilliance. I've painted magnolia leaves before but the process of adding the pleasant-smelling beeswax is such a nice addition. Layering the wax and mark-making is a nice sensory experience. now what do I do with them? I have ideas - always! Those that are completed are part of an artificial arrangement in a wicker plant stand that has needed some perkiness for quite awhile. I may also tie them into a garland. For a while some of them lived in a bowl of antique wooden kitchen tools in my house. They will move around probably, and it will be interesting to see how long they last. Some may get some lettering on them...others some more detailed marks.

Someone else has probably done this with leaves long before me, but isn't it fun to explore on your own, not knowing if it's been done before? Thanks to Shari Replogle for unknowingly reminding me about Pan Pastel® and to Faith Evans-Sills in Lifebook 2016 for reminding this northern gal about Magnolia leaves.

Let the leaves be reborn! 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY 2017

May you receive many blessings in this New Year.....

and may we ALL recognize those blessings as they happen!