Saturday, October 21, 2017

Visual Faith - Metro Detroit October meeting

It was a beautiful weather day in Michigan, and we had another enjoyable afternoon with our Visual Faith group.

Six of us met, including Karen, our long distance member from Texas. She joins us via life feed through Messenger on FaceBook. (see the photo with the computer screen). What a delight to have her join us. She is able to participate in the discussions, as well as observe and complete the projects!

We are studying "Waiting" by Sharla Fritz. Today we reviewed the chapters on Esther, Anna and Veronica, and discussed our times of waiting. We admire all the women we are studying but each of us has a favorite - today Anna received the most "likes." She exemplified waiting with purpose, devoting her life to prayer and worship. She immediately recognized baby Jesus! What joy she must have felt in that moment after her years of devotion, anticipating his arrival!

Our project today included some acrylic paints and 90 lb paper to make little journals to keep or giveaway. Some might use them as gratitude book or for those times when we are waiting....a place to add prayers and thanks to our Father.

We also discussed our plans for studies beginning in January. We will be creating a journal page (or two) at each meeting - basically altering and old book in the process.

We welcome new participants - we meet again on Saturday, November 18 from 1 - 4 me for the location.


Our long distance friend Karen is "live" from Texas on the computer screen!

sample idea for booklets we made today

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Create an Envelope Wrap

Envelope Wraps - first 2 are 4" from #10 envelope - used table napkins and stamps. The second is a 2" Wrap using stencils, acrylic paints and a stamp.
At the 2017 Michigan Visual Faith Retreat I demonstrated a project that I designed for those who do not like to write, or do any art, in their Bibles. Visual Faith is not just about Bible Journaling but it can be such an important part that sends us off in other directions, such as Visual prayer, Mixed Media paintings, greeting cards. There are so many visual ways of helping us remember the Word, as well as sharing it. 

I will try to get a how-to video done in the next few days showing this project, but decided to do some quick photos and a descriptive how-to in the meantime. Be sure to check the height of the pages of the Bible you are using so that you use the correct size envelopes. I am showing a #10 envelope here which works well with the NIV Notetaker's Bible and the ESV One-Column Journaling Bible. Have fun with this. Let me know how you've used this idea either here or on the FaceBook site - Visual Faith Community - Metro Detroit.

Seal the #10 envelope - see NOTE below first. You will need to add some glue to each end of the flap.  Please Note that if you are using a brayer or stamps, you might want to slip a piece of cardstock inside the envelope, while working on the non-flap side. This will prevent the seams from making a mark on the front. You COULD use that effect to your advantage, but if not, keep a piece of cardstock handy to use before sealing. 
2 sizes with blank 2" wrap.

Before you do any work on the wrap, decide if you will leave it the size it is (approximately 4"), or will you cut it in half (vertically). See Option 2 below. Whatever you decide, you will need to trim 1/8 - 1/4 inch off of each vertical side so that it slips over a page. I suggest doing that in the beginning. Actually you could make the wraps any width you want up to the 4"!

Option 1 - Embellish the side that will either cover, or be next to, the scripture you are studying/journaling. Once embellished, slip it over the page. You may also do the back side of the envelope wrap at the same time, relating it to scripture on the pages it covers, or the one opposite. Highlight the text the wrap refers to if you like. It's ok to leave the back of the envelope wrap blank for another time.

Other tips....If you want to do very personal notes about particular scripture, you could turn the envelope inside out (carefully), write on the inside of it, then turn it right side before slipping over the page. With some Bibles a portion of the envelope wrap will be seen at the top of the page, like a bookmark....take advantage of that. You could add a theme or the specific scripture - chapter and verse it refers to.

Option 2 - Embellish the background of the envelope wrap, then cut the envelope in half vertically, creating 2 envelope wraps. You can then add journaling, stamps, images, etc.  You could do these in advance with only the backgrounds completed - all ready for embellishments and writings later.

Please remember to share what you do with this idea....



#10 Envelope
4" Envelope Wrap slipped onto page

Envelope Wraps 4" and 2"
2" Envelope Wrap made with security #10 envelope
2" wrap shown with #10 envelope