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.