Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Little Bit of Art

I have been focusing on writing devotions for the next few months of Take Me Deeper for the His Kingdom Come community. What I have noticed in this new chapter in my life is that when I am putting my energy into writing it usually uses up most of my creative energy. So my art journaling pages have been leaning toward simplicity lately. Join us in Take Me Deeper in April as we look at living the Resurrection Life. We will also be beginning our first HKC book study in May with the book "A Creative Call" by Janice Elsheimer. You can learn more about the book study in this blog post.

Recent art journaling:

Some work in my TMD journal:

March Divider

April divider

TMD March Week 4
I recently added some new/revamped paper packs to my Etsy shop. The paper packs are designed to be used as background pages or for images for art journaling, collage, mixed media art, and other paper crafts.

Faith Themed Pack - 25 pieces

Landscaped Themed Pack - 20 peices

Painted Pages Pack - 10 pieces
Have a blessed Holy week.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Journey to the Cross

Our Take Me Deeper devotions for the month of March have been taking us through Lent on a Journey to the cross of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. For week 3 of March I chose to take a mixed media background and place a cross on it that was made from painted paper.

I then lettered the words from the hymn Nothing But the Blood over the mixed media background.

My theme this month seems to be simple techniques. I guess that's where I am right now. :)

I took kids up to Youth Haven Ranch last weekend and came back with a nasty chest cold. That has kept me pretty low key this week. Today we are off on our staff retreat. I am already looking forward to next weekend which has very limited activity planned. 

The thing that has me the most excited today is the fact that it is the first day of Spring! We have had mild temperatures the past week and sunshine - I'm basking in it! This is my favorite season! I love to see how everything transforms from winter to Spring and to witness the new signs of change and growth that each day brings.

May you each have a great weekend and may your eyes be open to the daily changes in the world around us as Spring ushers us into a new season!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Take Me Deeper

The theme for the Take Me Deeper project in the His Kingdom Come community is Journey to the Cross and chronicles some of the journey through the Lenten season leading us to Easter. So far this month I've kept my art pretty simple and have just connected with a verse form each week's devotions.

March Week 1

March Week 2

Background for March Week 3

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Welcome March!

"When March comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb."

I sure hope this saying is true! Three days into March and we've had a small snow storm and now snow and freezing rain. February was one of the coldest on record. I'm so ready for Spring!

We are now 2 full months into the year and the Take Me Deeper weekly faith art project in the His Kingdom Come community. That means that next Friday we'll begin a new monthly theme for our devotions. And Sunday a new set of prompts for our word was posted on the Logos365 page. The HKC foundation team launched its first collaborative class this past Saturday, Faithart 101. We each took an area of the techniques we use in faith art and provided videos and written tutorials and gave examples of our art and our process. I took on the area of Bible study techniques, teaching some inductive style study techniques and how to use online Bible study tools. I also shared some of my art process and tips AND I gave a mini tutorial on my hand-lettering (a frequent request). You can join the class anytime and you can take one of them or all of them. Here are a few sneak peeks at my class:

Pages from February's Take Me Deeper Faithart project:

February Week 3: Love Your Neighbor
My take on the study techniques from the Scripture Snippets class
by Paula Parkison on the HKC site.

February Week 4: Love Yourself

This last photo is a Scripture quote I made for a slide in my class video so I glued it onto a page in my TMD journal.

February was a busy month with deadlines for the class and future TMD devotions and my father-in-law has had health problems which have required all of us to pitch in. Last week this little one turned 2. She is the first of our God-grand children that we've know since birth. Her family has been a part of our life for almost 7 years and they are such a blessing to us. Enjoy your week!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Faithart 101 Class Launch 2.28.2015

On Saturday February 28th,  His Kingdom Come is launching its first collaborative class prepared by the 5 members of the Foundation Team.  Faithart 101 has been developed for beginners to Faith Journaling.   The 5 classes cover basic journaling information, how to translate scripture into art, the basics of drawing people, using scrapbooking techniques and mixed media techniques.

Each of the 5 classes can be purchased individually or all 5 can be bought together with a discount.  The individual classes are $8 each but you can buy all 5 together for $35.  PayPal will sort out the currency for you if you live outside the United States.    Once you have purchased your classes and have been added to the class site you can work through the classes at your own pace.  You will have unlimited access to the classes you have purchased.

The Foundation Team consists of Bernice, Mary, Shonna, Merri and Diane and each day this week you can find out more about each of us on our personal blogs.  We will also tell you about the class we are teaching as part of Faithart 101.
Bernice at Newly Creative on Sunday 22nd Feb.
Diane at Adore Him Creations on  Monday 23rd Feb.
Shonna at Twisted Figures on Tuesday 24th Feb.
Merri at Connecting Faith and Creativity on Wednesday 25th Feb.
Mary at Me, With My Head in the Clouds on Thursday 26th Feb.

My class is:

Let me tell you a bit about myself:
I live in Toledo, OH, have been married to Bob for 23 years, and we have two grown daughters and two step-grandsons. I have been a Christ-follower for 26 years. For the past 12 years I have worked in full time ministry at our church as the Executive Director and the Director of our outreach ministries. 

Below you will find some questions each of the blog hop participants will be answering:

How does your faith impact your creativity?  
When I got connected to art journaling it opened up a new life of creativity for me. God has used art journaling in my life as another spiritual practice. It has become another way of drawing me near to Him. Madeleine L'Engel says, "Art is incarnational." Art, whether in word or image, helps me put form to what is inside my heart and mind. When I take what I am seeing in Bible study and prayer and express it visually it is planted in my heart and mind more fully. Art becomes another tool used by God for spiritual transformation in my life.

What is your favorite technique?
 That's a hard question to answer! One of the things I love about art journaling is that it gives me opportunity to use a variety of techniques and art mediums. As far as techniques go, I think it would probably be a tie between finger-painting circles doing hand-cut letters. My favorite art medium would be collage - I love gluing paper!

Who is your favorite person in the Bible and why?
 It often changes based on what I am studying! Right now we are going through the Gospel of John at church and I really appreciate how focused the Apostle John is. He keeps the bigger picture purpose of why Jesus came as a man in mind as he writes. John is vision and mission minded (qualities I can relate to) and is always reminding his readers of God's mission and vision through the Son. And even though John is passionate about sharing truth, he is just as equally passionate about sharing God's love.

What Bible verse do you regularly rely on?
Again, this answer can change based on what I am studying. But, overall, I think one of the verses that keeps me grounded is Philippians 2:12-13: "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." I need the constant reminder in this verse that God and I each have a role to play in my spiritual growth and maturity, but even in my role I must depend fully on Him.

Where to find me: 
Join us on February 28th in taking Faithart101 at His Kingdom Come and learn more  about Faithjournaling.  If you are not already a member of the His Kingdom Come community then please sign up.  You can purchase the class or classes from today.