Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 9

Here is the final entry from my Shalom Art Journal. The silhouette of my husband and I was made from a photo taken of our shadows on one of those rare sunny day at the beach during the Pacific Northwest winter. I used it in my demo a few days later. The verse, Isaiah 26:3, has been hanging on our bedroom wall in a beautiful illuminated form since our marriage over 30 years ago. It was given to us by our good friend Ben so it holds even more meaning. It seems quite fitting to include the Scripture here. Above… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 8

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light There there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek  to be consoled, as to console;  to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen” – St.… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 7

These pages were really fun to do. The circles, with their wholeness and lack of sharp edges make me happy and remind me of God’s presence. As I doodled and painted I listened to worship music while worshiping with my pen and paint, humming and singing along: for me a kind of reveling, visual prayer and play. When I finished the circle decorations I added words from my research on Shalom around the edges. This circle idea is something I always come back to. I’s so fun I think I will include the circle in the upcoming summer workshops. Below I… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 6

The hymn “Like a River Glorious” was the prompting of this two page spread. The torn strips of paper are painted tissue paper glued down and layered with matte medium. I drew and wrote the letters with pencil and then went over them with a permanent drawing pen. After the ink dried, I erased the pencil lines and tinted the letters, the upper background and some of the strips of “waves” with fluid acrylic paint.  “Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,  over all victorious in its bright increase. Perfect yet it floweth fuller ev’ry day Perfect yet it… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 5

“May the LORD bless you and protect you.  May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.  May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NLT Here is another portion of the Shalom Prayer (click here for a link to the website)  shared by the Maranatha Community: “Holy Spirit, source of all truth, giver of power come upon me now as gently as a dove or like tongues of living fire as quietly as a summer breeze or as a mighty roaring wind. Come and dwell within me. Enable me now to do… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 4

Happy Easter! He is Risen! Yes, He is risen indeed!  I love the resurrection story in John 20, with the incredible encounter between Mary Magdalene and Jesus and Jesus appearing to his followers. I imagine the disciples, afraid, hiding behind locked doors, when suddenly Jesus, they followed who had been crucified and buried appears in their midst. I love that he spoke the words “Shalom aleichem” peace, well-being be upon you, as he showed them his wounds. It must’ve been the best show-n-tell ever! Their sorrow and fear instantly turned to jubilant joy. Their Lord had conquered death and lives!… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 3

These pages were the “ugly duckling” pages of my Shalom journal for awhile. When I started, I glued the ovals down. They were silhouettes from another project made from card stock and I liked how they were painted, but the they looked too heavy and the background washed out. Then I added more quinacridone nickel azo gold  and Transparent red iron oxide fluid acrylic paints along with a bit of quinacridone crimson and ultramarine blue as a tint around the edges of the pages and shapes. I added a stencil of a shadow of myself and wrote The Lord’s Prayer with a… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 2

Salaam is the Arabic equivalent of Shalom. It means to be safe, secure, forgiven and more. It is a personal commitment to the attitude, action, and transcendence of Peace. Its root is translated to mean “one who submits to God”.  How ironic that from that region of the world fraught with continual conflict,  the Hebrew word shalom and the Arabic equivalent salaam, speak of peace and well being of every kind, on every level, to the individual and society, peace with God and with others. The journal page above went through a major transition. I did a demo in a workshop of… Read More

Shalom, a Visual Word Journal, Part 1

The Shalom journal was started during the art journaling workshop series that ended last week. For about two weeks I kept running into the word “shalom”. It seemed to be everywhere. I knew it meant peace and a greeting in Hebrew and more, but I wasn’t sure what the “more” was. Then at book club a woman said, “I really should do a word study on shalom.” And that was the final nudge to do a word study and make it visual in one of my art journals. The rub in it was that as soon as I decided to study… Read More