Monday, September 23, 2019

VISUAL FAITH - Metro Detroit - September 2019

Our Visual Faith - Metro Detroit group  joined me as we began our 2019-2020 year of study September 21st. Those who were able to attend this time included:  (front row)Marie (and dog Angel), Lynn, Charlene, (back row) Heidi, Maureen, Marjorie. We usually meet at St. John Lutheran Church and School in Rochester, MI but our group is from many churches and areas of Metro Detroit.

Some of us will continue working in our Altered Book, and some will begin a new book. We are using old books to learn and test various techniques that we might bring to our Bible as we spend more time with our Lord. Anyone is welcome to join us at any time. I just need RSVPs so I'm sure to have enough materials for everyone. Our normal Bible Journaling "kit" might include pencil, good eraser, small ruler, fine tip permanent pen, wipes, notebookm glue stick and Bible.

We have a theme this year based on the 23rd Psalm.....looking at Our Shepherd and his relationship to us. We are also referring to the book by Phillip Keller "A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm." Keller's insights as a former real-life shepherd into the study of this Psalm create visual references for us as we understand our Shepherd's care for us. 

This book was recommended to me by Julie, a participant in our group. In looking for the book, I discovered that there is a Shepherd Trilogy in one book by this author. I also recommend it!

In October we will look at the verses:  "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul." I like to include a hymn or poem in our devotion time.

In the church of my youth, the weekly church bulletin had a phrase written at the top that I've never forgotten. I don't remember ever asking who wrote it, but I recite it to myself often when I'm seeking stillness. 

So, as is my style, I went online last week searching.  I found out that it was written in 1935 by Helen Taylor and Wilfred Sanderson as part of a song. A 78rpm record (scratches included) has been reproduced online and this song called Green Pastures is sung by (Irish?)tenor John McCormack. You should be able to hear it at the link. The images with the song at this link are  beautiful.

The phrase from it that I love is: 

"This quiet and calm my spirit restore until I go forth on my journey once more."

May you find quiet and calm in the weeks ahead....



PROJECT; Added to the cover or back of an altered book after painting it. 
We applied Gesso and when that dried, we applied Matte Medium, and placed 
the Shepherd image facedown, smoothing out any bubbles, waited until it dried, 
then wet the back with water, and carefully rubbed off the wet paper to reveal the image. 
The original mage was printed on a toner copier. 
We also practiced with a small sheep image on an inside page of the book, just using Matte Medium.

Cover from last year using  Dreamweaver gold embossing paste
and a Dreamweaver stencil (no longer available).
We painted our book covers first with acrylic paints.

Some of the projects completed on the pages of
 our altered books last year.


  1. love this-- wish I could come and join your class!!!

  2. Anytime you are in Michigan on the 3rd Saturday, join us!


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