In the Studio

Prayers for My Students

We have a number of projects on the website created around a flip-chart Prayer Calendar. One of them is for teachers to pray daily for their students. Probably I have thought about that as something a teacher makes and takes to her classroom. Here is the story of a twist on just how that might happen.

Teresa Davis is a Visual Faith Coach in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been inviting her grandchildren to join her in visual faith practices for awhile now. This past week was “Grandma and Grandpa Camp” and one of the things that she had planned and prepared for was the creation of the prayer flip-chart. Luca and Leighton were making them  for their homeroom teachers  in the Lutheran School that they attend.

Teresa Davis is a Visual Faith Coach in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been inviting her grandchildren to join her in visual faith practices for awhile now. This past week was “Grandma and Grandpa Camp” and one of the things that she had planned and prepared for was the creation of the prayer flip-chart. Luca and Leighton were making them for their homeroom teachers in the Lutheran School that they attend.

Teresa printed off the words and verses from the website and cut cardstock for the prayer pages. Fancy edge scissors, Washi tape, some Distress ink and assorted scrapbook pepper - and they were ON IT.

Teresa printed off the words and verses from the website and cut cardstock for the prayer pages. Fancy edge scissors, Washi tape, some Distress ink and assorted scrapbook pepper - and they were ON IT.

I think two of the teachers at Zion Concord Lutheran School in Bensenville, Illinois will be truly blessed with this beginning of school gift from these students. Visual Faith practices are truly adaptable, can be non-gendered and work for all ages to create. Thanks Luca and Leighton for showing JUST HOW THIS MIGHT LOOK.

I think two of the teachers at Zion Concord Lutheran School in Bensenville, Illinois will be truly blessed with this beginning of school gift from these students. Visual Faith practices are truly adaptable, can be non-gendered and work for all ages to create. Thanks Luca and Leighton for showing JUST HOW THIS MIGHT LOOK.

A Prayer Card Artist - Pamela Bryan

Some creative practices have been around for a long time- like card making. What sets apart this artist is the time spent in prayer as she makes each card. Meet Pamela Bryan..

Here is Pamela in her studio- art room. She is very excited about a renewed enthusiasm about her card ministry. She prays over each card and the person receiving the card. She feels that card-making is a lost art and is especially blessed by the practice of creating prayer cards.

Here is Pamela in her studio- art room. She is very excited about a renewed enthusiasm about her card ministry. She prays over each card and the person receiving the card. She feels that card-making is a lost art and is especially blessed by the practice of creating prayer cards.

Pamela learned about Praying in Color and how the practice helps us to slow down, pay attention and deal with distractions. She began to instill these same principles in her card-making. She now has about 50 stamps that contain Scripture. The quiet time space allows her to listen for God’s direction and she is delighted with the joy that card,making brings her.

Pamela learned about Praying in Color and how the practice helps us to slow down, pay attention and deal with distractions. She began to instill these same principles in her card-making. She now has about 50 stamps that contain Scripture. The quiet time space allows her to listen for God’s direction and she is delighted with the joy that card,making brings her.

Pamela retires January 2020 and is looking forward to what she sees as her ministry calling. What if churches made their own cards for shut ins? and those needing a special touch of love and encouragement? In today’s world our greatest commodity is our time. A hand-made card signifies the gift of time. Pamela believes that the Lord has answered prayer for retirement time with both a hobby and a ministry. Sometimes Visual Faith isn’t really about adding in something totally new to your life in time and practice. Perhaps it is simply being open to the training of our own spirit, with the work of the Holy Spirit, with something you are already doing. The focus is different-so the result is different. Simple card making becomes prayer cards.

Pamela retires January 2020 and is looking forward to what she sees as her ministry calling. What if churches made their own cards for shut ins? and those needing a special touch of love and encouragement? In today’s world our greatest commodity is our time. A hand-made card signifies the gift of time. Pamela believes that the Lord has answered prayer for retirement time with both a hobby and a ministry. Sometimes Visual Faith isn’t really about adding in something totally new to your life in time and practice. Perhaps it is simply being open to the training of our own spirit, with the work of the Holy Spirit, with something you are already doing. The focus is different-so the result is different. Simple card making becomes prayer cards.

Pamela adds a Bible verse to each card she makes. There is the physical use of crafting methods, but something supernatural happens when prayer covers both the making and the sending. It becomes a blessing to both the maker and the receiver under the direction of the Holy Spirit. She may not hear how the card was received- but she is faithful in answering the call - to send.

Pamela adds a Bible verse to each card she makes. There is the physical use of crafting methods, but something supernatural happens when prayer covers both the making and the sending. It becomes a blessing to both the maker and the receiver under the direction of the Holy Spirit. She may not hear how the card was received- but she is faithful in answering the call - to send.

Pamela is a member of the Visual Faith Ministry Team at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She supports the events there and is excited about a growing Prayer Card Ministry- right where she worships  and serves. She gives thanks for the partnership and encouragement from Visual Faith Ministry for opening doors to see how a passion can become a ministry calling.

Pamela is a member of the Visual Faith Ministry Team at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She supports the events there and is excited about a growing Prayer Card Ministry- right where she worships

and serves. She gives thanks for the partnership and encouragement from Visual Faith Ministry for opening doors to see how a passion can become a ministry calling.

Visual Faith- Circle Words Wreath Project

There are a number of ways to enter into experimenting with Visual Faith practices. Three basic avenues are Visual Prayer, Bible Journaling and Keep the Faith projects. Here is a circle wreath project that can be adapted to match liturgical seasons and creative groups.

Circle Wreath- Valentine- but the Season and Gift of Love is a Year Round Encouragement.

Circle Wreath- Valentine- but the Season and Gift of Love is a Year Round Encouragement.

Punched circles that are rolled into cones are then attached to a cardboard base. A selection of phrases in the Word Circles documents makes this project adaptable for all times of the year. Here are the directions and downloadable Word circles for this project.  https://www.visualfaithmin.org/keep-the-faith-projects/circle-wreath-project  Original project design is by Donna VanWert. Directions by Visual Faith Coach Eve Waring.

Punched circles that are rolled into cones are then attached to a cardboard base. A selection of phrases in the Word Circles documents makes this project adaptable for all times of the year. Here are the directions and downloadable Word circles for this project. https://www.visualfaithmin.org/keep-the-faith-projects/circle-wreath-project Original project design is by Donna VanWert. Directions by Visual Faith Coach Eve Waring.

Circle Wreath Project- a Keep the Faith project for Visual Faith Ministry.

Circle Wreath Project- a Keep the Faith project for Visual Faith Ministry.

In the Studio with Diane Marra

Time to learn some Gelli Printing techniques with Visual Faith Artist- Diane Marra.

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Connie Denninger and Pat Maier learned about making Master boards, printed tags and used all kinds of papers to print for collage work.

Connie Denninger and Pat Maier learned about making Master boards, printed tags and used all kinds of papers to print for collage work.

Well, we made a beautiful mess and it was fun…. Diane was encouraging and let us try things out that were our own ideas. We used all sorts of old book pages and graph paper of all sizes.

Well, we made a beautiful mess and it was fun…. Diane was encouraging and let us try things out that were our own ideas. We used all sorts of old book pages and graph paper of all sizes.

Diane as a beautiful studio and keeps her supplies organized and ready to grab for creating the next project.

Diane as a beautiful studio and keeps her supplies organized and ready to grab for creating the next project.

Having supplies ready to go is a true luxury and we were blessed to spend time here with Diane.

Having supplies ready to go is a true luxury and we were blessed to spend time here with Diane.

After “making our papers” we then created journals. We used roofing tar paper for the journal cover and added assorted papers. We added sgraffito designs to the cover. Still thinking just how these journals might become a very special addition to a Visual Faith project.

After “making our papers” we then created journals. We used roofing tar paper for the journal cover and added assorted papers. We added sgraffito designs to the cover. Still thinking just how these journals might become a very special addition to a Visual Faith project.

Thank you Diane for a very special time with you in your studio- what a blessing!

Thank you Diane for a very special time with you in your studio- what a blessing!

A Thanksgiving Garland

Maybe this is the year to start a new family tradition. One to capture visual blessings and story and to create a very tactile way of sharing the journey.

This is a 10 year old Thanksgiving garland with the added photos and tags for 2018. It is about 4 and 1/2 feet long to fit a vintage quilt rack holder. You might want to hang yours on a fireplace mantel (and far enough from flame) or from a banister or window frame. The base is made from twine and 4 strands of assorted yarn. (Either the same or 4 different fibers- depending on what you have.) You can keep one longer to make a loop for attaching on the end. Along the way you can add fabric knotted ties to secure it. These are 9 inches by 1 1/2 inch fabric strips. Tearing the fabric rather than cutting it makes for a more dimensional project. Also added are downloaded and computer printed Bible verses and faith-sayings. Leaves made out of old book pages add the touch of Fall. Also added to the tags are color copies of my collection of 100 year old Thanksgiving cards. Many images are free to download and print on the internet.

This is a 10 year old Thanksgiving garland with the added photos and tags for 2018. It is about 4 and 1/2 feet long to fit a vintage quilt rack holder. You might want to hang yours on a fireplace mantel (and far enough from flame) or from a banister or window frame. The base is made from twine and 4 strands of assorted yarn. (Either the same or 4 different fibers- depending on what you have.) You can keep one longer to make a loop for attaching on the end. Along the way you can add fabric knotted ties to secure it. These are 9 inches by 1 1/2 inch fabric strips. Tearing the fabric rather than cutting it makes for a more dimensional project. Also added are downloaded and computer printed Bible verses and faith-sayings. Leaves made out of old book pages add the touch of Fall. Also added to the tags are color copies of my collection of 100 year old Thanksgiving cards. Many images are free to download and print on the internet.

These are the tags made for my daughters of their littles and one tag ready for a family photo.

These are the tags made for my daughters of their littles and one tag ready for a family photo.

Here are the tags I made to add to my Thanksgiving garland. We have 2 new additions this year- Charlie and Isaiah.

Here are the tags I made to add to my Thanksgiving garland. We have 2 new additions this year- Charlie and Isaiah.

These are number #8 tags that we order from Express Tags- the link is on the website. (But they come by the 1000.) This size works well for the photos and on the back you can add a stamp or two and tell the latest things and updates for each photo. (You an also use a regular size tag from Staples and can make it a bit larger by adding on scrapbooking paper.

These are number #8 tags that we order from Express Tags- the link is on the website. (But they come by the 1000.) This size works well for the photos and on the back you can add a stamp or two and tell the latest things and updates for each photo. (You an also use a regular size tag from Staples and can make it a bit larger by adding on scrapbooking paper.

You can attach the tags with yarn or ribbon. And remember this sample is a 10 year project. So yours may start out sparse- but you are headed to fluffy!

You can attach the tags with yarn or ribbon. And remember this sample is a 10 year project. So yours may start out sparse- but you are headed to fluffy!

Make the beginning of a family tradition this year. Young children can add age appropriate tag making to your Thanksgiving gathering and add to the fun. Blessings on your creativity!  A You Tube video is here to help you get a glimpse of this project- up close-https://youtu.be/snXxQqpAb0A

Make the beginning of a family tradition this year. Young children can add age appropriate tag making to your Thanksgiving gathering and add to the fun. Blessings on your creativity!

A You Tube video is here to help you get a glimpse of this project- up close-https://youtu.be/snXxQqpAb0A

Polaroid Praise

A simple way to bring focus to a Bible verse.  Using painter's tape - tape card to table top- placing tape to have a margin on the top, sides and a larger margin on the bottom. Using Watercolor Cards (Michael's or Hobby Lobby) simply add watercolor.

Then with a Sharpie pen add silhouette images to the card. You may use a regular or fine-point Sharpie pen.  Image ideas can be found by Googling Silhouettes.  Remove tape and add Bible verse in the bottom space. Polaroid Praise is ready to display or bless someone else!  

We thank  Visual Faith coach- Michele Bowden for demonstrating this great and simple idea at a recent Creative Haven event.  She will be at the Visual Faith Assembly on August 3, 2018 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia to share this idea with others

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