Friday, October 2, 2015

Promises Promises

For the month of September the Take Me Deeper lessons focused on 4 promises from God to us.
Week1: He Gives Us Everything We Need for Life! The scripture I used was from 2 Peter 1:3-4
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”    
I used watercolor crayons with gesso and a Sharpie watercolor paint pen for the writing.

Week 2: The Promise of Forgiveness - Matthew 6:14-15 tells us “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Which is a little bit scary if you think about it. Kind of like when you are judging others and remember that "the same measure you used will be used for you". Sometimes forgiving others is quite hard and you have to keep handing it over to God and reminding yourself that you have forgiven. Sometimes I wish that when I forgive someone that I could forget the offense as well. For this I gessoed the pages then rolled on acrylic paints in several shades of blue and purple and wrote out "forgiveness" with a navy blue Sharpie. I printed out the words I wanted to include on the pages and then cut them out and pasted them down. Then I decided that a little decoration was needed so I drew flowers and leaves with markers.

Week 3: The Promise of Wisdom - James 1:5 reads: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” What a wonderful promise that we need to use everyday....sometimes every moment of everyday! I had to use an owl on my page...I love owls and whether they are or not, they seem so wise. This page was done with watercolor crayons, gesso and a gold paint pen. (I don't remember what brand, I got two from the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby) I LOVE the clearance isle!

Week 4: The Promise of the Holy Spirit - I LOVE this promise SO much! I can't do this life alone and the wonderful thing is - I DON'T HAVE TO! I used John 14:26 which tell us “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”.  I need reminded - often! And He is so faithful to do so! I need taught and I am often amazed in the ways He teaches me. I need comforted and I am so very comforted with the knowledge that He is always with me and He helps me continuously. (and I even pay attention sometimes) This page was influenced by ErinLeigh at Art by ErinLeigh's Faith Art Friday. I used Gelatos, gesso and black ink with a paint brush....and my words actually came out almost the way I wanted them to! WooHoo!

For my Logos 365 LOVE page I wanted to remind myself that "My mouth speaks from that which fills my heart." If my heart is filled with love and goodness then love and goodness will be what comes out of my mouth.  Not happy with my writing on this. I tried to be ummm....more free with my hand rather than concentrating to make my writing legible, it wasn't a good idea. The idea for the page came from a picture I pinned on Pinterest and not from my head.

Many blessings to you!  
Zuda Gay Pease

Thursday, September 10, 2015

August Take Me Deeper

I got a bit bogged down in July and I am finally getting, somewhat, caught up now. I finished my August journal pages just a bit over a week behind. :) The theme for the August Take Me Deeper study is thankfulness. The focus scripture for the month's studies was Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”   

Week 1:  Thankful For All Things I used verse 6 for my text. For the page in my journal, I did a collage of scrapbook papers with some watered down paint over the top to try to make it all come together. I didn't like how it was looking but decided that I would just keep on going. I wrote the scripture on the page and doodled a little. I'm still not thrilled with the page, but that is okay. Everything is a learning experience and I can be thankful for the journey.

Week 2: Think About Such Things  I used the WHATEVER IS of my favorites that I try to keep in mind. My attitude is SO much better when I control my thoughts and think about good things. For this page I printed the scripture on a transparency sheet and taped it to the right side of my journal page. You cannot tell that it is a transparency in the photo, you just have to take my word for it. ;) It is a different technique and I may use it again someday. I used my usual gesso/watercolor crayons for page prep and decorating.

 Week 3: Put It Into Practice  For this page I used Philippians 4:9a as my scripture. You need to practice doing what you want to perfect. With anything it takes practice to get better at something. A concert pianist still practices hours everyday so she will always do her best. I want to do my best living for I need to practice the things I have learned so that when the time comes "my actions will reflect my beliefs".  For this page I used gesso and watercolor crayons and Gelatos. I cut the word "whatever" out of a paper that I painted some time ago - for such a time as this. The mirror I had in my stash of magazine clippings.

 Week 4: Peace of God - God of Peace  This is my favorite page for August. I just knew what I wanted to do and it came out pretty much how I had it in my mind. The scripture that I used for this page is Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." sigh.....  When I give everything over to God and I practice gratitude in every situation, when I practice taking captive every thought and wrestle them to focus on "whatever is true, noble, right, lovely, pure admirable, excellent or praiseworthy....THEN my actions will reflect my beliefs and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  And that, my friends, is what I want! This page was done with gesso, watercolor crayons and a gold paint pen....and it makes me happy. :)

 Lastly is my LOGOS365 page....which was a super fast and messy page with a message that I need to remember...Kindness gives LOVE hands and feet.

 Many Blessings,
Zuda Gay Pease


Thursday, August 20, 2015

July Take Me Deeper

I got a bit behind towards the end of July and now into 3 weeks behind! I'm not sure how that happened? Anyway, I finally finished up my July art journal pages so I can now share them as a whole. July's theme was Honor with the theme scripture being found in Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord our God to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being."

Week 1: Dependance vs. Independence  - As a Christian one of my goals is to be totally dependent on God which is a whole lot easier said than done. I have been quite independent since I was quite young. I can remember telling my Mama many times that I will do it myself and usually she would let me with her standing by to make sure I did what needed to be done. The suggested scripture reading included Matthew 18:2-4  "He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." And Psalm 131:1-2 "
My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content."  The art work for this page (and a few other pages this month) are prompted by Journaling By Heart studies by Erin Leigh and Melissa Ohlson. The flowers are so me, but the second page with the colors kind of randomly painted on, not so much. I used a copy of a picture of myself when I was around 3 years old framed with an antiqued paper doily and the children's hymn Jesus Loves Me.

Week 2: Cultivate Honor - To cultivate honor you must practice it, live it out everyday in the way we relate to one another. There are so many "one another" scriptures. I used the verbs from some of these "one anothers" on my page. This page is done with Gelatos blended with gesso, letters cut from book text and my new favorite things...Pitt pens.

 Week 3: Honor God - The scripture that I meditated on the most for this lesson is from 1 Corinthians 10:31 which tells us, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Bernice (the lesson author for July) asked the question, "How is God honored?" and then shared these five ways: He is honored when we welcome Him, when we worship Him, when we trust Him, when we give him our tithes and offerings, and to be kind to the poor or those in need, and I added to be loving because that is what I am working on this year.  This page was done with watercolor crayons, gesso and Pitt pens.

 Week 4: Honor Others - This week we studied the scriptures that tell us that we are individual parts of a body and we should honor each other as an important part of that whole no matter our preconceived notions of someone's importance. The nursery worker is just as important to the body as the evangelist. Romans 12:3-5 " For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." and 1 Corinthians 12:21-26 "The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,  and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,  while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,  so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."  On this page I used the tutorial from the Journaling By Heart study, it worked so well with the Take Me Deeper study that I didn't change much at all. This is done with a background of several colors painted on randomly then stamped and stenciled with contrasting colors. I just happened to have foam stamps of grapes and grape leaves so I decided to use them. The border, words and any outlining was done with Pitt markers.

 Week 5: Honor Ourselves - The scripture for week 5's study is “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Which pretty much says it all. My background was created with Dyan Reaveley's paints. I dabbed on green, blue and yellow for the first layer then stenciled with a flower design and pink for the next layer. I added spatters of black and white. For the final layer,  I made a silhouette stencil as well as a couple of different shapes to make my words stand apart from my very busy background and used watered down gesso so that the pattern would show through. I outlined, shaddowed and added floral touches with my Pitt pens. The words were written with a variety of pens....because my pens kept dying on me.

 The last thing I want to share for the month of July is my Logos365 LOVE page. 

Many Blessings....and on to get caught up on the August lessons!

Zuda Gay Pease

Saturday, July 4, 2015

June Take Me Deeper

June....the year is half over! I need to ask myself how am I doing with the commitments I have made for myself to achieve this year.  Some not too bad, and some not good at all. My "word" for 2015 LOGOS365 is LOVE. I still need to work on that one...and I do know that this is a life long thing to grow into. I do strive to change my thinking and attitude on a daily basis of how love looks and what love does in me and through me. My Love page for June is just a cute fun page with a simple, but deep message for me to remember. "put on LOVE which is the perfect bond of unity" taken from Colossians 3:14.

June's theme was Family. The first week started at the in Genesis. God created man in His image. He created the first family. One of the things that I have been striving to remember while growing in love this year is that each person (whether they accept it or not) is an Image bearer. This page in my art journal is collaged with faces and the words, "God created man in His image." and "Each one an Image bearer." I want to get to the point that my first reaction when meeting a person is one of recognizing that this person is an Image bearer and one whom Jesus died for, not a preconceived notion or a reaction to what that person might have done or not done.

Week 2 was the Family that is God or the Trinity. We learned that God has always been a relationship within the godhead. I used a Celtic trinity symbol and words from the song "I Believe" for my journal page with the colors of purple and gold.

The third week in June our study was about God being our Father. The scripture I used to help me remember this lesson is Psalm 103:11-14. One of my favorite Psalms. I used Gelatos, gesso and a flower stencil for this page with a few extra flowers for fun.

And lastly, week 4 we studied about the family that we are in as part of God's Kingdom...the church.  Here lately, the church in general seems to get some bad publicity. Some is actually earned from the way some act toward others, and some comes from an agenda that seems to want to put a one size fits all label on us. Often I don't want to claim some groups that call themselves "Christian" as family, that is not what the verse I used is telling me....each member belongs to all the others. I used gesso and watercolor crayons to made multicolored circles on cardstock and glued on to a tree to symbolize one body with many parts all belonging to one another.

Many blessings to you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

May Take Me Deeper

To start off the month of May I did my May calender and May Logos 365  "love" page. I am just showing my Love page this time as my calender is rather boring. I love how this page turned out, I think it is cute!

The theme for May devotions/journal prompts was Sanctuary.  TMD May Week 1: I was caught up in the scriptures about sheltering under God's wing. What a comfort and peace these are to me. I used Psalm 91:1-4 on my page "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust." Surely He sill save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." Life can be so busy with many demands on our time and energy, I need to remember what I learn in Isaiah 30: 15 that "In repentance and rest is your salvation, In quietness and trust is your strength..." Jesus often sought a quiet place for rest and renewal, I need to remember to do the same. I cut feathers from the pages of an old book and used my new watercolor crayons by Staedtler on them. The background is Gelatos and gesso. I used matte gel medium to adhere the feathers to my page and wrote the words with various black pens.

Week 2: Dwelling in God's Presence.  I'm kind of in a "rut" at this time mixing Gelatos with Gesso for my backgrounds. I've also added in my watercolor crayons.  I used scrapbook paper for the house and pictures I cut from magazines on this page.

Week 3: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.  This week the lesson was about taking care of yourself/loving yourself, for how can you love others as you love yourself if you don't really love yourself.  It included several links to personality tests and spiritual gift tests.  I just wrote some results from the tests/surveys I took. Nothing surprising as I usually have pretty much the same results. Very simple page with colorful background and just words.

Week 4: Rhythms of Grace.  I had in mind a 4 seasons tree when I studied this lesson. I think each day has its season/rhythm and each part is important, you wake to a fresh new day/spring, you are productive through the day and gradually slowing down toward evening, and end with rest/winter. I found a quote that I love by Margaret Feinberg, "Sabbath isn't about what is done or left undone as much as breathing in the goodness of God. :) This page is done with gesso, gelatos, watercolor crayons and acrylic paints. (The scan shows the winter quarter so much brighter than the actual page.)

Week 5: Rhythms of Grace 2:  I had such a mind block for this week, I'm not sure why.  One of the main scriptures cut me to the quick: Jeremiah 2:13 "My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." I did a study a few years ago on recognizing idols in our lives, although this verse isn't one that was used in that study it exposes the same sin... putting something above God. When anything comes before God in our lives it is an idol, even yourself and your trust in your own ability to provide anything for yourself.  One of the Beatitudes is "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." When we thirst for things that are not from God, we are dealing with making an idol of something that is a very poor trade off of the true thing.  This page is done with gesso, watercolor crayons, gell medium, markers and a print made with a gelli plate. Notice the empty cistern at the bottom of the page.

Blessings, Zuda Gay Pease

Friday, May 1, 2015

Take Me Deeper in April

April, the month of least this year it is as Easter came on the first Sunday.  I love Spring when nature wakes up and sends out green shoots where there was only sleeping brown. I love the green, the flowers the perfumed air (although the pollen pays havoc with my nose). So lovely in many ways. I try hard to enjoy spring even though I know that the heat and humidity of summer is quickly approaching.  Summer is my least favorite season!!!

My April calendar and Logos365 LOVE page were just kind of haphazardly done. I am not proud of that, but sometimes I need to get something done to get to the next thing, ya know? So I just smudged Gelatos on the pages and smeared it around with a wet wipe. Drew on my lines/words and then colored the LOVE page with Koi Watercolor Markers. I have a terrible time with paint getting on the back of the page I am working they often get messy looking. I haven't quite figured out what to do about that. I always put paper under the pages I am working on. I will keep trying to find the best way to do this.

I had trouble with an image for the first week of April. I don't know why but all I could think of that I wanted to do was I went with flowers and Romans 6:4.  I coated the page with gesso, sanded it smooth and then painted with Twinkling H2Os.  Wrote the words with a black pen and used a white Sharpie paint pen to outline the flowers and doodle vines. I struggle to write in the fold of the page, so the writing isn't as neat as I wanted. I am thinking that this would be much easier on single pages rather than in a bound journal.

TMD April week 2: To begin this page I revisited the first lesson in Shonna Bucaroff's  His Kingdom Come Workshop with the masked off cross on the page that had been painted and stamped. I used the scriptures Galatians 2:20 and Ephesians 2:4-5...although I now see that I have the wrong reference for the Ephesians passage. I will have to figure out how to correct that.  I added some flowers and dragonflies that I cut from an old art magazine, mainly because I wanted something more on the pages, and because of all the beautiful Magnolia trees that were in bloom the week I was working on it....and dragonflies, um...just because. hehe...

 TMD April week 3: Power for Living! I love, love, love!!! the Ephesians 3:14-21 prayer. I have prayed this often for myself and for others, and I pray it for you. I am re-memorizing this so that I can pray it from memory.
I thinned down gesso and coated the pages, let it dry and sanded it pretty smooth. I watercolored a floral-ish background in soft colors (Koi Watercolors) and then added my words. I had a terrible time getting rid of my pencil marks, and some letters smeared here and there, but the scripture is what I wanted to shine.

April week 4: A Living Hope For this page I just wanted to see how my Twinkling h2o watercolor paints would do on the plain paper of my art journal. It is quite different than on a gessoed page and of course they don't react at all like they do on watercolor paper. I sketched on flowers and leaves and just painted them. For the background I diluted and add watercolor to gesso then spattered the page....because I like to spatter!  The scripture is 1 Peter 1:3-4a written with a black marker. I have been putting masking tape down the center of the pages in my journal so that watery paint doesn't find itself on pages it isn't suppose to be on. Ungessoed tape doesn't accept paint very well. lesson learned...

Many blessings, Zuda Gay Pease

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Take Me Deeper in March

The theme for TMD studies in March was "Journey To The Cross"  I am doing a calendar for each month. I make short notes from Sunday sermons and a note on what the TMD lesson is about each week.  I have been sending love cards to two people each week as part of the doing of my Logos365 word LOVE.  The second side is my March LOVE art.  Just a note...the backgrounds of these two pages was an experiment using gel medium with Gelatos. I love how it worked! :)

 First week in March page. This has several layers because I was playing with different stuff and experimenting. Oil pastels on the bottom layer, just cause I wanted to see what would happen. Each layer (step) added and the picture emerged until I was happy with it. I struggle with denying myself and taking up my cross daily....I needed this page to help me remember that each step is a step closer to the finish. In our Sunday Evening Bible study we are studying Philippians. Our preacher said something that I appreciated so much. He said that we are all "running our race" at different speeds. We shouldn't be worried about where we are or how fast we are running compared to someone else. We need to be encouraging (be a cheerleader) to the ones behind and be encouraged by the ones ahead. Phil. 3:16 "Only let us live up to what we have already attained." I need to do this step well and then take the next one....following Him, step by step.

 Take My Hand was the topic of week 2's study. Precious Lord, take my hand...  I love this song and it kept going through my head as I was thinking about this lesson.  I started out drawing the hands on the blank page, I painted on a light layer of gesso and sanded it smooth after it dried.  I used Twinkling H2Os and just put on washes over the page.  added the the coppery splotches and drew flowers.  I just wanted the words of the song, so I printed them out, added a light watercolor wash to the paper, cut them out and glued them on. (*note to self....make sure ink is completely dried or it will smear when you put gel medium over it as a sealer.)

TMD March week 3 - Nothing But the Blood. When I was studying the scriptures for this week I got to Hebrews 9: 11-15 and kept thinking about verse 12 "He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. " The Message says "...using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all." I thought of people....all people that he bled and died for. I started by collaging faces onto my journal page. I lightly smeared texture medium on the page with a card to "mess it up" a bit, and when dried I dripped red acrylic paint down the pages. I then collaged the words of Isaiah 53:5 on top of the paint and faces. I also wrote "Nothing but the blood" across the top using Sharpie water paint pens in black and white, and wrote "once and for all" "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" and "bought with the precious blood of Jesus" in various places in white.

TMD March week 4 - Walk Through the Wilderness. At the first glance this page has nothing to do with the week's title, but the journey it took to get to this page was definitely a walk through at least a little part of wilderness.  It took me over a week before I came up with how to convey what I was learning. I started reading a book called The Last Week by Borg and Crossan, as part of my Lenten journey. In it I was struck by the Fig Tree/Temple Incident part of the Monday Chapter. In the book the authors write that in the book of Mark, Mark frames an incident with an incident that defines in: the tree is seen, found wanting and cursed/the incident in the temple/the tree is found withered. The tree incident had weighed on my mind for some time. You something keeps coming up and you chew on it for a while and then it kind of backs off then it is there again and you know there is something you are suppose to be getting and you're not? When I read this book and they added the temple incident to the fig tree incident it all clicked. I had always somewhat got the was giving the appearance of being fruitful. I just kind of got the impression that Jesus was tired and a bit grumpy and took it out on that poor tree. BUT! when you take it as a definition (or parable) of the temple incident, you can understand both.  They were both giving an appearance of something they weren't - fruitful!  OH MY! So I kept asking myself "DO I produce fruit or am I just pretending to be fruitful?  Still on the journey in the wilderness with that one.  This page is pretty simple in that it is drawn with markers and painted with acrylics with printed text glued on.

blessings, Zuda Gay Pease


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