Monday, March 23, 2015

February Take Me Deeper

In the month of February all of our lessons and journal prompts were about love.  Love is also my Logos 365 word for the year so there was a lot of love on my pages.  The first one is my calendar and logos page for the month. The logos page has a definition of love from a sermon. "Love is a decision of the mind to meet the needs of others for their good, whether they accept or appreciate it or not." So often I have not acted loving toward someone when I knew that they wouldn't appreciate my efforts.  You love to love, not for a "reward".

The first week our study was about God's love and used John 3:16 as the focus verse. I collaged a world, a heart and a cross with the scripture on the top. On the other side of the page I used the words to one of my favorite songs to sing to myself, "How He Loves".

 Week 2 was about loving God. Love the Lord your God with all of you...heart, soul, mind, and strength. I played with Gelatos a bit for the background, then I wrote the words of the verse on cardstock, painted and collaged them on the page and doodled around the words.  The girl had some problems and I ended up having to repaint her face about 3 times.  The first one was the best, but I'm learning how different mediums work with others and some don't work together. Hopefully I can remember the lessons I learned from this page

Week 3 was about loving yourself.  I kind of struggled with this one, not because I have trouble loving myself, but because I think that sometimes too much emphasis is put on self.  I went with becoming a new creation when we are in Christ because He makes all things new.  I used a butterfly because of the metamorphosis of its life symbolizes a complete change. 

Week 4 was on loving others and is definitely something I am working on this year. I made the most important thing to be the center of the page because I really can't do this love thing on my own, I have to love God and rely on His strength to Love others. I used expanding lines to show how love should grow exponentially. This page isn't finished as I will keep adding names around the heart.

Many blessings, Zuda Gay

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

His Kingdom Come

To help kick start my creativity I participated in an online art journal workshop in October (I think) called Kingdom Come.  I really love the idea of multi-medium art and this workshop not only offered lessons in different mediums but was also a Bible study. :)  A win-win....and it was free at the time. I enjoyed the whole process very much.  Then in November I joined an Advent group and altered a book into an Advent art journal using a lot of what I had learned in the previous workshop as well as some things I gleaned from Youtube videos.  Gotta love the generous artists who put tutorials on Youtube! The Kingdom Come workshop creator Shonna from Twisted Figures got together with the ladies who offered the Advent studies Diane Marra from Adore Him Creations and Bernice Hopper from Newly Creative and a few other artist started a Christian artist community called His Kingdom Come. (If you are interested in learning more, you may click the "I'm a member of His Kingdom Come" button on the right)  In this community are different medium groups that a person may participate in. I am doing the year long Take Me Deeper Bible study/journal prompt group as well as I have a word that I am focusing on for 2015 in the Logos365 group. My word is LOVE.  I hope to not only create meaningful art (at least to me) throughout the year, but truly dig deeper and go deeper in my spiritual life.  Some of the pages I have done so far I have been pleased with and some - well not so much, but that is the learning process. The following two pages are my favorite ones for the month of January.  The first one is all about the grace, about the grace... Actually the theme for the week was Transform Vulnerably.

 Transform Faithfully was the theme for week 4 in January.  I looked up the flower that means faithful and it was Jasmine. I put Jasmine flowers on my page along with some lyrics from the Hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

I don't really remember the supplies I used for these pages but both are put together with a variety of papers, paints, inks, stencils and stamps.

blessings, Zuda Gay


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