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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wisdom from God {Scripture Cards}

For Glory Art Scripture Challenge #4, the Bible study is about God’s wisdom. It leaves me wondering, why do we try to figure out so much for ourselves, when the source of wisdom Himself is available to all who believe.

I made four mixed media Scripture cards, each approximately 3.5x5. I will keep them in an album pocket page until I want to use them in a project.

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One of these verses brings back a memory of a time in my life when I was especially seeking God’s wisdom. Our children had become teenagers (overnight, I might add). I attended a Christian women’s conference where one of the sessions was “Help! I’ve Just Given Birth to a Teenager.” The author of the book by that title, Pat Baker, happened to be a personal friend of my mother, and was leading the session. Her “theme verse” (or at least that’s the way I remember it) was James 1:5. That verse took on special meaning for me and became one of my favorites from that time.

Back to my original question, why would we not ask God for His wisdom. He’s right there.

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Little Lambie Love {Wood Block Art}

This little lamb is for my granddaughter Tory who is so beautiful inside and out. This quote from Mother Teresa reminds me of Tory, because she is such a Delightful Joy Girl, and she really does spread love everywhere she goes. She just can’t help it. It’s who she is. Well, and it’s also WHOSE she is!

This is a 2x4 board, cut approximately to a 4-inch square and painted with acrylic paints. The images (lamb and leaves) are freehand cut from book paper, adhered to the block, and then painted over with heavy body paint.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Worth Repeating {Art Journal}

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For the February 21 challenge at Documented Life Project, the theme is “layers,” the technique is “repeating elements,” and the prompt is “it’s worth repeating.” I use lots of layering and lots of circles in most of my journal pages, so that part was easy. Every element on the page is a circle. When given a “prompt” for any challenge, my go-to process is to call to mind a Scripture verse. Immediately, this verse popped into my head, about rejoicing in the Lord, and it’s certainly “worth repeating,” as the verse states explicitly.

Rejoice in the Lord always.

Again I say, rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

I am challenged by this verse, because of the word “always.” I am to find joy in the Lord, no matter the circumstances. This is possible only because He is with me, no matter the circumstances.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Morning Bible Studies {Sketch and Paint}

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Inspired by one of my Bible study friends online, this is a “practice” sketch and paint for me. The Documented Faith word for February is Believe, and the verse for this week is Psalm 46:10. I’ve already completed a project with this theme (previous post), so I did this one for practice.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Little Froggie in Pond {Sketch and Paint}

Little froggie in pond

I have a dear online friend, Jenny Frith, who is a wonderful artist. She shared a piece much like this, and I was inspired to re-create it. Hers is awesome. Mine was fun to do!

Sketched several months ago. Finished with watercolor today.

My husband and I walked this morning, past several “wetland” areas. We heard a resounding “ribbit” more than once. Reminded me to pull out this sketch and finish it!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Be Still and Know {Art Journal}

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This week’s challenge in Documented Life Project is Layers, Covering up the Good Stuff. In Documented Faith, the verse is Psalm 46:11. I combined the two projects into this art journal spread. This verse also happens to be the one I am memorizing right now for Siesta Scripture Memory Team.

I journaled by hand all over both pages and then covered up most of it with paint (some lettering still peeks through). I also covered up a manila library envelope. The verse is written on the library card that is tucked inside the envelope.

I often remind myself of this verse, because I am a noisy, busy kind of person. I know I need to shush and listen. So, this verse is a reminder—because once I am still enough to know that He is God, then I also can understand that He WILL be exalted!

This verse is especially meaningful right now, with the state of our world, the extreme terrorism that targets God’s people simply because they are “people of the cross.” I like remembering that HE will be exalted in the earth.

Where I live right now, the temperature is pleasant. On my walk today, I saw some of the beginnings of spring. Love it!

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BE STILL and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Little Birdies on Canvas {Sketch and Paint}

Little Love Birds

One of my supply companies accidentally sent me a shipment of 4x5 canvas boards (flat). They told me to keep them, so I used one of them on this little sketch and paint (acrylics).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chickadee {Sketch and Paint}

Chickadee Sketch and Paint-Altered Book

In one of my classes, we are sketching little whimsical birds. For practice, I sketched this little chickadee. He told me he would like to have a place in my altered book. Done. (Mostly watercolor paints, some acrylic, some stamping.)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Christmas {Scrapbook} Done!

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While it may not be the most “fun” of my hobbies right now, it may be the most important. So I most definitely WILL keep on scrapbooking. (It IS more fun to play in paint.)

For this year’s Christmas scrapbook, I opted to use a free Creative Memories 8x8 Christmas album. Using a dedicated theme album is not my usual modus operandi. Typically, my Christmas pictures close out the chronological album for each year. I have been working on this one, off and on, since mid-January and finally finished it yesterday.

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Included here are some random pages from the very thick album.

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Closeup of left page, which includes two small photos from 2004.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Coffee Time with God’s Word {Bible Journaling}

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I am enjoying the permission I have given myself to do some journaling in my Journaling Bible very simply and quickly. The “art” is not as good as when I spend hours on an entry, but at this time, if I wait until I have hours for just this project, it will not happen.

I have had this verse on my mind, with the picture of a coffee mug, for some time. I didn’t prep the page, so just used colored pencils and a Micron pen for the lettering (nothing bled through to the page behind). This page took about 15 minutes, start to finish.

In the morning, I want to hear from God. My scribbly handwriting in the margin here is a paraphrase of the passage:

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
– Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine’s Day Story and a {Wood Block Project}

My husband was raised in a home with three boys (and a girl), where remembering to give cards was not a high priority. We did exchange Valentines, as I recall, when we were dating. But our first Valentine’s Day as newlyweds, I gave him a Valentine, but him for me, not. His excuse: “I didn’t have time to get a card.” My response was carefully measured, as I wanted it to last a lifetime. I pointed out that, while I knew he had been very busy, Valentine’s Day had been coming since Valentine’s Day last year, and the cards had been out in the stores for at least a month. So I explained how much that holiday meant to me and suggested that if he ever needed an excuse for missing it again, that he please not use that one.

Seems funny now. That was in 1966. He has never forgotten since then! He really does want to please me, that’s his heart, and he “took to heart” my disappointment all those years ago.

Today, he made an excuse to “run into town,” and while he was gone, I put the finishing touches on a surprise Valentine I was making for him.

When he returned, he made up a story to call me into the kitchen, where he presented me with a beautiful Valentine bouquet.

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So, I pulled out the hidden Love Block that I had made for him. The heart is made from vintage sheet music manipulated with decoupage. I painted the block with a buff acrylic paint and used white ink to write part of our favorite love passage from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.

This was a lot more fun than cards!

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From our wedding pictures, September 8, 1965:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

God’s Truth is THE Truth {Art Journal}

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I could write a book, with every sentence beginning “These days…” Sigh. I truly am sad for the state of our culture these days, in so many ways and for so many reasons. But I am not pessimistic in the end, because I know God is still in control. He has a plan. He IS the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life. And in the end, in the end, He will win the victory. One day every knee will bow, one day every tongue will confess, that He is Lord.

So, this project focuses on this Scripture verse:

Guide me in your truth

and teach me,

for you are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you

all day long.

Psalm 25:5 (NIV)

If you’ve been following my project agenda for 2015, you know that I am involved in several challenges. For this large spread in my 9x13 art journal, I combined THREE of the challenges into one project! Yay.

For the February 7 Documented Life Project, the challenge is Layers: When Not to Stop. This was easy for me, as my art journal pages always include lots of layers. For this particular one, layers include (but may not be limited to): gesso; rub-ons; DecouPage; neon paint; book paper painted, stamped with flowers, and cut; stamps with white paint; stamps with black ink; paint through stencils; hand journaling; shipping tag with paints, stamps, typed Scripture verse, pen work, vintage sheet music, Sari ribbon; washi tape.

The Documented Faith word for the month of February is BELIEVE. I incorporated this word into the journaling on the spread.

The Glory Art Scripture Challenge #3 is on TRUTH. This was the impetus for the verse I chose for this art journal piece.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sweater Trees {Art Journal}

Sweater Trees

In my current class with Junelle Jacobsen, Saturday Mornings Love & Whimsy, I was introduced to Sweater Trees. Yes, there really is such a thing. In some city parks, the trend is to put hand-knitted scarves around the tree trunks in hopes that someone who needs a warm scarf will take one! I think that’s such a neat idea!

For this page in my art journal, I simply sketched and then painted with acrylic paints.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Playful Paper Hearts {Art Journal}

Playful Paper Hearts

For the Permission to Play class with Mindy Lacefield, this is a project on Paper Hearts. I love hearts anyway, and especially around Valentine’s Day.

Started with some scrapbook paper pieces, some book paper, old music, and bleeding tissue paper. Sketched the little “ child’s-play-art” girl. Used lots of acrylic paint and a heart stamp.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Snow Play {Mindy Primitive Girl Art Journal}

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Mindy Lacefield is an online friend. She lives in Arkansas (so she feels a bit like family). She is known for her primitive girls, a child-like style of art that is whimsical and nostalgic at the same time (for me). I am taking her 11-month class called “Permission to Play.” I need that!

For this piece, I used my heavy watercolor paper journal that already has some Mindy art from a previous class (Sunday Mornings). Lots of layers of acrylic paint, applied with brushes and a brayer, form a background with the suggestion of a snowy day. These little primitive girls have grown on me a bit, as they remind me of what I might have drawn as a child, if I had drawn at all back then. I did not do art as a child, because I didn’t think I could. Now that a whole new world has opened for me, though I am not really “an artist,” even now, I like the child-part of me that comes into “play” when I do a piece like this.

Usually the other side of the journal spread would have a focal thought or verse. But, with the theme of “permission to play,” I decided just to keep it simple like this, with no “agenda.” It was so fun just to play in the paint!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Work of God is to BELIEVE {Art Journal}

Jan 31 Documented Life and Documented Faith

This is my project for Week 5 of Documented Life Project (January 31 Challenge: What Lies Beneath—Using Under Paper) and Week 6 of Documented Faith (word for February is Believe).

Under Paper is newsprint that provides a “backdrop” for my art projects. In this case, I had painted some book paper hearts with red paint, and the “over-paint” formed a sort of heart outline on the newsprint. For this challenge, I cut around the over-paint and grouped the heart shapes together to form a sort of flower. I had also used the same paper for cleaning my brush and brayer and stencils (with orange and yellow paint).

The focal journaling for this page is the verse I am memorizing for Siesta Scripture Memory Team for February 1.

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” – John 6:29.

Around the outside edges of the painting, I journaled about how we often talk about how we want to “do the work of the Lord.” Jesus said that work is TO BELIEVE. God’s part is to send His Son. My part is to believe, to trust, to rely on Him.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Rejoice: God’s Providence {Bible Journaling}

Sometimes when I do a page in my Journaling Bible, it seems too simple to photograph or “record” on my blog. Maybe instead of hand-lettering the words, I use stamps. Maybe instead of sketching flowers, I use a stamp. Recently it has come to my attention that many gals who are doing art in the margins of their Bibles (whom I have met online) are discouraged when they see mainly the beautiful semi-professional work of some. While I love seeing those pages, sometimes it can be intimidating and discouraging for those of us who are beginners at expressing our thoughts in art and who are not skilled at beautiful hand lettering. SO, I will post some of my “simple pages” because I want to be an encouragement.

I Can Do All Things Bible Journal

I did this page a few weeks ago. I used stamps, even for the flowers. The background is paint. When I cover the words of the Bible, I do so with transparent colors, such as Prisma Colored Pencils, like I used here for the sun. This page was fun because it contains two of my favorite verses!

Rejoice in the Lord Bible Journal

This page happens to be on the facing page of the picture at the top of this post. In the margin on the back side of the “Rejoice” art is a piece that bled through badly. So I had already painted this margin (gesso and yellow watercolor) a few weeks ago, to cover the bleed-through. Today, I stamped the word rejoice, hand sketched a vine and flower. I’ve always been challenged by the verse that says we should always rejoice. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes I want to respond, “Really? Now? In this?”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Glory Art Scripture Challenge #2 {Scripture Cards}

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Glory Art Scripture Challenge #2 is a Bible Study about how we are representatives (ambassadors) of Christ.

I used watercolor paper for the foundation of these cards. I covered the paper first with book paper. Then I used several scrap pieces cut from the underpaper (newsprint) from previous projects.

These cards are cut at 3.5 x 5 each, to fit in a photo album pocket page. My Scripture Cards will likely eventually be pulled out to use in scrapbook layouts. I used a lot of stamps, watercolor paints, stencils, and Distress Ink for edges.

When I was growing up in the Baptist church, there was an organization for the girls and one for the boys. The girls’ organization was called Girls’ Auxiliary (later changed to Girls in Action). But I was envious of the name of the boys’ organization: Royal Ambassadors. How cool was that, to be called Ambassadors of the King!! I thought how boring was the name of the girls’ group, in comparison!!

My very small high school band had a director for a short time who was strict, about everything really. He would not allow us to be seen in public in PART of our uniform. If we had performed in uniform, when the bus stopped at McDonald’s, we could not go inside without full uniform. If it was marching band uniform, that included the ridiculous hat. He believed that if we were in public in uniform, we represented our band and our school, and we were to always be aware that we were ambassadors.

How much more are we who claim the name of Jesus always to be “in full uniform” all the time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“This is Amazing Grace” {Praise Walk}

Here in Ridgefield, Washington, it is 55 degrees and sunny, right in the middle of the time we have been told to expect daily rain. Actually, there have been several of these days this month. Such a beautiful day for a walk! I used my iPhone 6 Plus to take pictures and to listen to Praise and Worship Music as I walked. (I tried to restrict the hand-raising to the times when no houses were in sight!!—don’t want people to think I’m crazier than I actually am!)

My favorite song from today’s Praise Walk is just one of my favorites overall right now.

"This Is Amazing Grace" (Phil Wickham)

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings
Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory
Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy
Oh
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me

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Mount St Helens (from our subdivision)

“We Believe” {Bible Journaling}

We Believe Bible Journaling

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WAY TOO MANY PROJECTS going right now! I am such a beginner at “art,” that it takes me a long time to create a “work of art” in the margins of my Bible. I enjoy doing that, but right now, it’s either do simple or don’t do at all. So, I opt for simple right now, rather than not doing it all.

For those interested in technique, I put down gesso on the margin first (results in zero bleed-through), used a stamp from Stephanie Ackerman, painted the background and the cross with Inktense Watercolor Pencils, and wrote out the lyrics with a Micron 05. I have learned not to be concerned with the wrinkling on the page (from the watercolor), as it goes away after the Bible has been closed for awhile.

For this marginalia, I chose to use the lyrics from a song I cannot get off my mind these days, “We Believe” by Newsboys. I love it because it’s the heart of the gospel all wrapped up in the lyrics of one song!

"We Believe"

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe
We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe
So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!
We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!
Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud our God we'll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!
We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe

For the Bible verse location for this illustration, what came to my mind is the simple statement from Matthew 28:6, “He is not here. He is risen.”

Hallelujah!