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Friday, July 24, 2015

Memories Lost but Found {Art Journaling}

DLP July 17 Lost Memories

This week’s Documented Life Project:

July Theme -Ephemera
July 18 - Art Challenge: Photographs & Memories
Journal Prompt: "All that I have to remember you"-Jim Croce

None of the elements in this collage are MINE. I have many vintage photos, saved for Heritage Scrapbook Albums I WILL get done someday. I am the photo collector/keeper for my entire family. So, there are any number of photos I could have used for this challenge. But, for some reason, I kept thinking about the trips my husband and I have made, to antique shops, not looking for antique furniture pieces, but for old music, books, and other vintage ephemera. Invariably, there are old photos (snapshots, "studio" portraits), music that has someone's name on it, old postcards, etc. While I love finding such things, to take home and use in my art journaling, I am at the same time SO SAD to think about why those items are in an antique shop....instead of in the hands of loved is just so sad to me. Will that be MY sheet music one day?

So, this piece is" Lost Memories" and is basically nothing more than a collage of an old piece of sheet music (1928), a couple of vintage postcards, and an old photograph. None of these things were mine. But they belonged to someone. Some time long ago. Memories. Lost.

I posted the above paragraphs, along with the photo of my project, on the Documented Life Project Facebook group page, and have gotten some comments that remind me that, now, these things have been “saved” and have been shared with others. That does make me feel some better, but it still does seem that loved ones should have these things in their possession. Or maybe I should say, someone should have been close enough to this family that they would have WANTED to have these things in their possession.

Memories are important to me, and they are almost always happy, for me. But lost memories—that is sad to me.

Monday, July 13, 2015

He Makes it Beautiful {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Ecc 3-11

I love this passage (I say that a lot; I mean it every time). The KJV says “he hath made every thing beautiful in his time.” I love that, because it reminds me that it is all about His timing. What does not seem beautiful at all today may be breathtakingly beautiful at a later time (an image of a caterpillar comes to my mind, because I don’t like the picture of anything that resembles a worm…but we all know what happens to a caterpillar in time).

Most other translations say “in its time.” I don’t think of it any differently than “in His time,” because it’s still God’s timing. The time for something to be beautiful is up to God. He is after all the Creator and Sustainer of Life.

Often, a part of a verse that is memorized and quoted by many will be within a passage whose entirety gives a much broader picture. That is the case with this entire verse:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecc 3:11 (NIV)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Vintage {Art Journal}

DLP July 4 Sisters History

Documented Life Project:

July Theme - Ephemera
July 4 - Art Challenge: Using Old Maps, Letters, Tickets & More
Journal Prompt:  Life...with a history

I used vintage papers, sheet music, a very old book and a post card collected from antique shops, as well as a vintage Simplicity pattern, and a studio photo of myself and my sister from 1951.

I had just turned 4 and she was almost 3. I remember the dresses. Mother made most of our clothes, and she dressed the two of us alike most of the time, except for the colors of our dresses. These dresses were polka-dotted with solid trim. Being a redhead, I did not wear red. My sister’s dress was red, and mine was navy blue.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Circles and Sticks {Art Journaling}

Chalk Challenge-Blackboard Circles and Sticks

One of my challenges this week (I have three per week) is to use CHALK in an art journal spread. Although I recently did another piece on primary school, I reverted to the theme once again, as the challenge prompt just directed me that way!

I have noticed in the last few days, I find myself creating from my inner, private, comfortable, happy place. I think it’s my reaction/rebellion to all the CRAP I’m seeing in social media and in the news. I love the simpler times, and I love the values that were honored—and TAUGHT—in those times. For me, the happy memories of the way-past always include classrooms, teaching, teaching supplies and tools, and primary children.

I used Chalkboard Paint (yes, there is such a thing) to make a blackboard in the middle of the right page. I used a white chalk marker to write on the blackboard, using manuscript letters of circles and sticks (that’s the way we taught manuscript printing back in the day).

I just put down some basic primary colors (acrylic paint), remembering the year I taught kindergarten, and how we would have a day of the week for each primary and secondary color. It was such fun! On RED day, for example, we wore red and everything we talked about and worked on that day was all about RED. See, simple! (When you saw Mrs. Ford’s class in the lunch line, you didn’t have to wonder what we were studying that day!)

Yes, I admit it. I long for the simpler times. I smile, just remembering!

Chalk Challenge-Blackboard Circles and Sticks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Word Fitly Spoken {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Prov 25-11

My mother had several verses that she would quote as her favorite verses. This was one of them, as was the verse about “A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1, KJV)

Mother was not particularly soft-spoken, and I often thought she liked to quote verses that she wanted herself to hear. I believe that, because the same is true for me—I often preach to myself (if only I would listen more attentively!).

This verse is more often quoted with something like “settings of silver,” but the KJV “pictures of silver” is the way I memorized it, and this sketch I created in my KJV Journaling Bible is a representation of what always came to my mind when I heard or read this verse.

A major frustration for mixed media artists is that when we use anything shiny or glittery or metallic, it is next to impossible to take a photo that shows the shine. I used metallic silver and gold Gelatos for the frame and the apples, but it’s not obvious that they are “silver” and “gold.”

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

“Taste and See” {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Taste and See Ps 34-8

Following along with one of my art challenge groups, this is a Scripture I know but would not have thought of for Bible art journaling. That’s one thing I like about my Bible art groups—new ideas for illustrating my faith!

I really love this entire passage, a Psalm of David. My art journal Bible is KJV, and here is the passage in ESV:

Psalm 34:1-9 (ESV)

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
 Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

DLP Challenge-Travel Pictures {Art Journal}

DLP June 27 Travel Pictures

Documented Life Project 2015

June Theme -Travel Journaling
June 27 - Art Challenge: Photos and Words
Journal Prompt:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I used a road map of Oregon for part of the background, as I wanted to use some photos I took of beautiful flowers while on a trip to Astoria, Oregon.

Gelatos and stamps make up the rest of the background.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three Nails {Art Journal}

Three Nails

One of my recent art journal challenge prompts was “NAILS.” Clearly, there are numerous directions in which to go with this one. I usually go with what first pops into my head.

Two praise songs came to mind immediately when I read this challenge: the line from "Living He Loved Me (O Glorious Day)" (Casting Crowns) that says, "He took the nails for me," and the line from Leeland's "Yes You Have," that says, "Three nails gave me liberty." Choosing the latter for this layout, I sketched and watercolored three spike-type nails, and the rest of the layout is acrylic paints and stamps.

Three Nails

The lines from the song that I used for the journal are profound. It was because of God’s love for me that my freedom was purchased. The price was the sacrifice of His Only Son, nailed to a cross, because “the wages of sin is death.” He “took the nails for me.”

Hallelujah, He did not stay on the cross, nor did He remain in the grave. His salvation is offered to all who believe.

So, yeah, I SHOULD sing His praise!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

No Place Like HomeS {Art Journal}

No Place Like Homes DLP June 20

Have been traveling of late, making the cross-country trek from our MO home (where part of our family lives) to our WA home (where another part of our family lives). So far I have been able to keep up with the weekly prompts for The Documented Life 2015 Art Journal Project, and the prompt for June 20 seemed relevant for me right now. The theme for June is Travel, and the prompt for this week is “There’s No Place Like Home.”

There are a million ways to go with that prompt, but I opted for what came to mind first: There’s No Place Like HomeS.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the flourished states, and I sewed stitches with black embroidery thread to indicate a path that is SOooooooo much shorter than the real one!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Clocks and Time {Art Journal}

Clock Challenge Art Journal

I have my bags packed for a cross-country trip. “Bags” includes several bags and boxes of studio supplies, as I will be gone for quite some time. After packing, I received an art journal challenge prompt, “The Clock Strikes,” and I realized that I have enough supplies, not packed away, to complete this challenge quickly. So I rushed through it, but at least I will be not be behind on this challenge (two per week) when I leave on the trip.

This is a topic that could go in so many different directions. It’s a topic I have on my mind a lot lately, as time seems to be flying by even faster now than it did when my children were younger.

Clock Challenge Art Journal

(Oh, and what does it say, that I have several bags and boxes packed from my studio, and still have so many supplies on hand that you can’t even tell anything is missing? Don’t answer that question.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Road Less Traveled {Art Journal}

DLP June 13 Road Less Traveled

This week’s Documented Life Project theme is travel (the theme for all of June), and the prompt is “the road less traveled.” Had I known this was coming, I would’ve saved last week’s off-road four-wheeling journal idea for this week! But here we go with another travel theme journal entry.

I’ve spent my share of time on the “roads less traveled” (hubby is famous for “taking the scenic route,”—sometimes intentionally even). I’ve also spent my share of time camping! Love this little vintage camper—reminds me of our first home, an 8x29 trailer!

Nashua Trailer-First Home w border

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Challenge: “Play” {Art Journal}

Play Challenge

The challenge at Fabulous and Free Art Journal Challenges is “PLAY.” This was an easy one for me, as far as knowing immediately what I wanted to use for this theme. I was the oldest of five, and as children, we loved to "play school." (Oh, yes, I was the GOG--Giver of Grades-- even then!) I have often said that I "played school" until I was "in school" (and the play continued in the summers), and I was "in school" until I taught school. Then I taught school until my Superintendent husband retired. So, "play" and "school" are linked in my mind. I learned to read in the Dick and Jane readers, and my husband and I have several of the old ones in a collection.

For the background I used primary colors (in the kindergarten mode), blended them with a baby wipe and then brayered some white paint on top. I cut some images out of one of my Dick and Jane workbooks, adhered them, and then stamped with several Graphic 45 abc primer stamps.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Monochromatic Challenge {Art Journal}

monocromatic challenge

For some reason, I love monochromatic. That probably says something about me (boring? tidy?); I wouldn’t want everything to be monochromatic, obviously, and I wouldn’t want monochromatic all the time. But I was happy when I saw that one of my challenges this week was simply “monochromatic.” Deciding on the “one color” was easy for me, because, as my artwork reveals, I love aqua (teal, turquoise, aquamarine, whatever name).

So I gathered some tissue paper, deli paper gelli prints, scraps of patterned paper, book paper that I had cleaned my brush on, pieces of newsprint that had been under some of my work, stencils, stamps, and several art supplies in that color family.


With “joy” as my focal word (my goal, my desired feeling, as it were), I just layered and layered with paints, papers, stamps, markers and inks.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Travel Journal {Off-Road Trails}

DLP June 6 Travel Journal

blackeyed susan  yucca plantcone flower

flowers on sxs trails

Documented Life Project: June Theme -Travel Journaling
June 6 - Art Challenge: Illustrative Art Journaling
Journal Prompt:  Take Me Away
Coincidentally, this week's challenge came to my email minutes after my husband and I had left the house on a "take me away" weekend, four-wheeling at a state park with my sister and her husband (who happens to be my hubby’s brother--my sister and I married brothers...they have been married 47 years, we have been married 49 years). While on our rides through the off-road trails in a MO state park, I snapped photos of some of the flowers and then illustrated them when I returned. So, it was easy to choose what to do for this challenge.






The four of us have traveled many places, and to several countries, together. Being not the bravest of the group, I was a bit apprehensive that it might seem like some of the trails were risky, but I was fine. My brother-in-law, leader of the pack, told me that he considered which trails to take in light of TOB (thinking of Barbara). I appreciate it!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

With Joy We Draw Water From the Well {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Is 12-3 Joy

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This passage in Isaiah is one I had not noticed before the current challenge over at Bible Art Journaling Challenges. I actually find comfort in the entire passage:

Isaiah 12 (KJV)

“And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord, Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord, for he hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”


Bible Art Journaling Is 12-3 Joy

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Like a Tree {Faith Art}

Challenge Trees

I recently did some art journaling in my Bible on this Scripture verse. But one of my art journal challenges this week was “trees and leaves.” So, once again, this passage came to mind.

I honestly feel like I have over-dosed recently on mixed media--keeping up with Documented Life and other weekly challenges, I'm overwhelmed with the desire to take a break from so MUCH stuff in my art journals, layers and layers of stuff...anyway, I'm sure I'll be right back at it next week...but for now, what appeals to my senses is clean and simple. So my last couple of projects have been basic and simple and pleasing to me for right now.

For those interested in technique and process, for this challenge, I covered the pages with heavy duty gesso, then took a fork-like catalyst and made marks through it while wet. I then used ONE paint--Lumiere Halo Blue Gold, to cover both pages. The characteristic of that paint is that it looks like several colors. I love it. When it was dry, I applied stamp ink through a tree stencil, stamped leaves all over, splattered with black and white inks, put the Scripture verse on. That's all, folks.

Challenge Trees

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Strength for the Weary {Faith Art}

DLP May 30 Texture and DF Strength

There are some words that convey such a strong meaning for me that there should be a literary term for those kind of words. It’s not onomatopoeia (which means the word sounds like what it means—like “splash” or “hiss”). Maybe there is a literary term already (anyone?).

One of the words that should have its own literary description is “rest.” It is a wonderful word to me.

In this case, the word “weary” just calls to mind a strong image (for me). It’s more than “tired;” it’s more than “exhausted”—I can’t put it into words, but “weary” makes me think of a physical/mental/emotional state that begs for treatment.

Maybe that’s why I have always loved this verse in Isaiah. As a Christ-follower, there IS a treatment for me when I am weary. I can rely on the strength of my God and Savior. It is another one of those gifts that I want to choose to accept: HIS strength. (Then there is that verse in the New Testament that takes it even further—HIS STRENGTH is made perfect in my weakness—just think of that!).

Take Two on Strength DLP

I love this.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Faith is a Choice {Faith Art}

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Working in my altered book today, free-handing some flowers and adding a couple of thoughts. This is one of the pages I just completed.

Today my granddaughter leaves the US for a six-week mission trip to Mexico, as a part of the requirements for her degree in intercultural missions (and biblical studies) from Multnomah University.  While she has been out of the country numerous times for mission trips, they have been week-long adventures, so this is quite different. She is excited, and with her natural spirit of adventure, she is looking forward to it and will love it. In her words, she is excited to see what God is going to do during this time.

I was texting with her dad (my son) today, and as we were sharing our thoughts about how we will not worry because we know God will watch over her, he texted this to me: "Faith is a choice." I was working on this art at the moment, and I decided that quote was a perfect sentiment for how I am feeling today.

I am so blessed and thankful for my children and grandchildren.

At the airport on the way out of the US!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pray Without Ceasing {Bible Art Journaling}

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Being in an ongoing and constant state of prayer is a goal I aspire to achieve. I believe that blessings would abound if I could "get there." It's kind of like the "be holy, as I am holy" goal that God has for me. I may not ever achieve the goal, but being aware of the goal, and that I should be working on it, has its blessings as well!
"Pray without ceasing."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Friday, May 29, 2015

Age is Just a Number {Art Journal}

The current challenge at Fabulous and Free Art Journaling Challenges is “numbers.” Having just celebrated a birthday and scrapbooked the pictures of the day, this is the quote that came to mind for this journaling prompt. I searched for the source of this quote but only found "unknown.”

Age is just a number.
Mine is unlisted.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Number Our Days {Bible Art Journaling}

This verse in Psalm 90:12 reminds us to "number our days." I've always wondered what that means. The rest of the verse, "so that we may apply our hearts to wisdom" helps explain it, for me. I haven't studied commentaries on this, but for me, it is a reminder that I should be aware of the passing of time, and I should use the passing of time to increase my wisdom.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

If-then Promise {Bible Art Journaling}

I love this verse (well, okay, I love all of them), especially because it contains an if-then promise that seems like a win-win for me! If I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Wow. That’s powerful right there.

I sketched this and then colored with Inktense watercolor pencils, as they become permanent when dry, and they remain transparent so that the words of the text remain readable.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heart Take Courage {Art Journal}

DLP and DF May 23 Courage

This week’s Documented Life Project art challenge was to incorporate cheesecloth into an art journal spread. I was not at all happy with my results, and if this had been in a spiral-bound journal, I would have ripped it out and started over. But for the DLP I use the Dylusions (large) hard-bound journal, so I was stuck with it.

I first colored the cheesecloth with Distress Stains (wish I had left it white). I layered a lot of patterned scrapbook paper and used a lot of Distress Stain, letting it drip by spraying with water. I do like the old dictionary page with the definition  of “courage”and “courageous.”

Since I complete 2-3 art journal challenges a week, I have to expect that sometimes I will love my creations, and sometimes not so much.

The COURAGE theme is part of the Documented Faith project for this month. This is one of my favorite Bible verses about courage:

“Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.”
Psalm 31:24 NASB

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day {Art Journal}

Challenge Memorial Day

Today, one of my art journal challenges was to use a BRUSH, but not a paint brush. From the kitchen, I pulled out a vegetable brush. I dipped it in acrylic paint and used it to make the suggestion of flowers, or bunting, or whatever, in a layout about Memorial Day.  I incorporated a stencil (with archival ink) of poppies, the traditional flower for remembering veterans.


I’ve always been a bit confused about this holiday. Growing up, I was familiar with Decoration Day as the day to put flowers on family graves. I didn’t have a clear understanding about “Memorial Day,” as it relates to Decoration Day and veterans. So I looked it up on Google.

According to Wikipedia, “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.”

“Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.”

Originally celebrated on the 30th of May, it is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363).

The Junior Dictionary I use for collage papers is a bit “vintage,” as it still defines Memorial Day as a May 30 holiday.

As an American, I appreciate a special day that encourages me to take a moment to be grateful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fruits of the Spirit {Bible Art Journaling}

Bible Art Journaling Gal 5-22

I love the listing of the fruits of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5. It’s a great short-list of life goals, a description of the person I would like to be.

This art journaling in my Bible was inspired by my Mother’s Day gift from son’s family. What a fun package that was to open!

Mothers Day Gift

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Challenge Prompt: Movies {Art Journal}

Challenge Movies - Do You Believe

One of my Art Journal Challenges this year has two prompts per week, for 15 weeks. Keeps me hopping, along with all my other 2015 projects!

This particular challenge prompt is “Movies.”

Love this song by Newsboys. It really is a sort of “creed.”

Yes, I believe!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let the Glory of the Lord Rise Among Us {Art Journal}

Today was a dreaded day for me—a wisdom tooth extraction. I’m back home and hoping the pain doesn’t get much worse, as the feeling is coming back. I am counting on the ibuprofen/acetaminophen regimen to do its thing. While it works, I am photographing and uploading an art journal project that I finished last evening.

DLP May 16 Let it Rise

This week’s Documented Life Project presents the technique challenge of using molding (or modeling) paste, and the prompt is “Rising to the Occasion.”

I used Golden Molding Paste, with acrylic ink mixed in, applied through stencils, for the flowers. I’m not crazy about using this medium. It gives wonderful dimensional texture, but the dimension is not visible in photographs. So, while it looks more interesting in person, I like “extra effort” (and using molding paste IS extra effort for me) to show up in the pictures of the finished project!

I have enjoyed challenging myself to think of faith art ideas for every prompt I am given, and I find it’s actually very easy, because the first thing that comes to my mind, anyway, is a Scripture passage or praise song lyrics. As I’ve said before, that’s a natural result of being in church for my entire LONG life!

In this case, the reference to “rising” called to mind one of the first verses I memorized as a little girl. At my church, the organization for girls was called “Girls Auxiliary” (later Girls in Action), or GA’s. The watchword for GA’s was the first part of Isaiah 60:1. Reading that verse again reminded me that the Big Daddy Weave song “Let it Rise” must have been inspired by that verse.

DLP May 16 Let it Rise

DLP May 16 Let it Rise