Bible Journaling with Gelatos®

Bible Journaling with Stencils & Gelatos® Inspiration It’s not often I try a new medium and it gets added to my list of “must haves” but the Faber-Castell Gelatos® have become one of those mediums for me, especially when it comes to Bible Journaling with stencils. The Gelatos® are the perfect companion with stencils! So easy to get a nice, crisp edge and so easy to clean off with a damp cloth or baby wipe. In addition to using Gelatos® in my Journaling Bible, I use them in my everyday Moleskine and Leuchturrm journals too. Using Gelatos® as a dry… Read More

Exciting Bible Journaling News! Sneak Peek!

Wow, it’s been over a month since my last blog post. That might be a record. So much is happening, a season of rapid shifting. It’s hard to know where to start, there is so much to share, but I’ll start with some EXCITING NEWS: I recently signed an agreement with StencilGirl® (stencilgirlproducts.com) to design stencils for Bible Journaling. Last week I received prototypes of my stencils and am enjoying Bible journaling with them. Here is a sneak preview of a Bible Journal page spread using some of the stencils. Can you guess which images are stencils? Since I do a lot… Read More

Uplifting Colors of the Year!

This year my focus colors were the theme that came early on. Having a starting color palette of about three colors helps jumpstart my journal and my creative year. I’ve found the palette finds its way into my art and even my wardrobe. This year, I did something different in using the bright, spring colors for my January calendar. I’ve never chose unseasonal colors like that for the winter month of January. But this year I have a strong sense of new beginning, of growth, of stepping out in faith. So, I took a baby step with those colors in… Read More

FREE – a Hopeful, Surprising Word of the Year

FREE – a Hopeful, Surprising Word of the Year 2017 is a year of Freedom! As this year unfolds, I am focusing on being free – making statements like “I am free to ____________________.” “I am free from _____________________.” “Be free to ___________________” etc. I plan to include these “free” pages throughout my everyday calendar journal, exploring ideas and options without pressure. I have a feeling they will bring enjoyment and fun to the concept of a free art-making process. Such as, I am free to play with Washi tape in my journal… Looking up the definition of my word… Read More

Transition 2016-2017, Disappointment or Hope?

Happy New Year! I love this time of year of NEW Beginnings! What do you do to celebrate? I treat myself to a new journal to write and doodle freely in each January. It comes fresh and new, with pristine pages full of possibility. It always makes me wonder what will fill them in the coming days. One thing for sure is it will include my word of the year. FREE But what if looking back on this year and looking ahead brings a sense of disappointment? Disappointment has been a key factor in my year of personal progress. On… Read More

Complete Guide to Bible Journaling ~ Coming Soon!

Complete Guide To Bible Journaling available for Pre-Order Now! I am honored to be one of eleven artists featured in this exciting new book: Complete Guide to Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder. Here is the first of two spreads introducing my story of Bible journaling. The next spread in the book shows some of my Bible Journaling examples and tells some of the process. Much of the imagery found in my Bible Journaling has been adapted as coloring pages in my Colorful Blessings, and Colorful Blessings: Celebrating Everyday Wonders coloring books. In addition to helping people begin Bible Journaling with great tips on tools… Read More

Welcome Winter Solstice ~ Advent Light

I love this day. It is when, here in the Pacific Northwest, the daylight begins to get longer and the darkness begins to subside. It seems fitting to post this video below about the Light of the World today, the evening of Winter Solstice. It was published earlier in September on my new website, and just now on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it and shine! “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you… Read More

Rest and Reset – Getting Ready for the New!

“Rest & Reset” were words given to me earlier this fall to describe this season. Insights to those two words kept showing up, numerous times, even in my emails.  At the time, I didn’t know what “reset” meant for me, or how I was going to “rest” with all that was on my list. Then it all changed. My priorities were suddenly refocused and reorganized. In a totally unexpected way, the events of the past month have brought about a new kind of rest: being out of town, waiting in the hospital, making consistent and healthy meals, not being able to make plans more… Read More

The Light of the World!

Welcome to my new website and blog! It’s a big week here at Visual Blessings with the launching of this new website. I hope you enjoy perusing the new pages full of new videos, journals, tips, new class information! The Light of the World! Also this week, I am honored to be a guest artist for His Kingdom Come. This year they have been focusing on something that is dear to my heart: who God says we are through the “I AM” statements in the Bible. The “I AM” statement I have featured here is also a part of my upcoming… Read More

Paradox of Rest

Paradox of Rest During this season, I am asking a question asked in one of my favorite books, Inner Compass. (Scroll down to see link in sidebar) The author Margaret Silf, asks, Am I being drawn or driven? For me, the answer to that question reveals the source and motivation of what I choose to do. Being drawn is responding to God’s invitation with a ‘Yes.’ My word for this year is Flow, and I imagine myself entering into the river of God. Surrendering to the current, being secure in God’s love to the point of relaxing, putting my feet… Read More