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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Max Lucado. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Max Lucado. Show all posts

Friday, September 27, 2013

friday prayer ~ sketchbook

happy friday!!!  so looking forward to the fall weekend.. i cannot wait to get out into the montana autumn day and explore.  happy~happy!

in the meantime, i was out early this morning to capture the beautiful light and shadows...

i hope you enjoy the prayer ~ courtesy of max lucado.


yes... and amen.

joining in the studio on studio friday with i believe in love.  

yes... yes i do!!  i hope you'll join jen on the in the studio blog of my lovely friend jennifer, from studio jru!! 

blessings to all of you ~ enJOY your day!
with His abundant love ~

Friday, August 16, 2013

child's play with gelli prints

hey there ~

i love making gelli-printed papers. the whole process is fascinating just playing with the color and textures... then there's the challenge of  actually using those pretty prints in some type of artistic expression.  this time, i cut them up into petal shapes and glued them into my sketchbook, using gel medium.  

and who doesn't like to cut, glue and paste?  it's just good, clean, child's play!   i hope i never grow out of the joy of this simple, and timeless activity!    

i added  black pen highlights in a lighter, more fine-tip of a permanent black ink pen, and white dot centers with a sharpie white paint pen.

the background is just a watercolor wash; a combination of peerless watercolor paper and a dab or two of twinkling h2o's, too.

and while these petals are all flat, i think it would be more visually interesting to ruffle, tear, and crumple some to make wrinkles and extra texture.  next time!

i finished these two pages by adding a phrase written by one of my favorite authors and christian writers, max lucado. 

it's time for a little lake vacation with my favorite girls ever at the swan family cabin on flathead lake.  we are sooo blessed to have this week together.  what a special treat. i've packed my fave recipe book {i love to cook/bake for them}, some reading, my gelli plate, paints, and all kinds of fun art supplies for us to play with for just a little slice of heaven on earth for the week...
i wonder if i packed too much art stuff? {just maybe!}


Friday, September 28, 2012

Angel By Your Side ~

This mixed media canvas was inspired by a song I recently heard on the radio, and one of my newest favorites to listen to on my ipod: "Angel By Your Side" by Francesca Battistelli.

 I can't say that everything's okay
'Cuz I can see the tears you're crying
I can't promise to take the pain away
You can know I won't stop trying

I'll be the angel by your side
I will get you through the night
I'll be the strength you can't provide on your own
'Cuz when you're down and out of time
And you've think you've lost the fight
Let me be the angel, the angel by your side
 I know it feels, like you're running out of faith
'Cuz it's so hard to keep believing
If I can bring a smile back to your face
For a moment, you'll forget all about it

 Cuz this won't be the last time you need a little hope
And I wanna be the first to let you know

"God's angels are marked by indescribable strength.  Paul says Christ " with his mighty angels" (2 Thessalonians 1:7).  From the word translated mighty, we have the English word dynamicAngels pack dynamic force.  {courtesy of my Max Lucado devotional 9/21/12)
The song lyrics continue:
I'll be the angel by your side
I will get you through the night
I'll be the strength you can't provide on your own
'Cuz when you're down and out of time
And you've think you've lost the fight
Let me be the angel, the angel by your side
"Angels minister to God's people.  God has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go"  Psalm 91:11 NCV

I hope you'll enjoy listening to the music and contemplating... angels...
Thank you Lord, for sending your Angels to be among us.  Amen.

And of course... the joy of joining Studio JRU is just one my favorite JOYS of a Friday... as well as fellowship with ChristianMommyBlogger.com-- good stuff!

Soli Deo Gloria 

Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26th ~ A Bethlehem

Hi there!  Welcome back from the Christmas festivities.  I hope it was calm, and bright for you all!  I had a bit of time to finish up a couple small projects I made as package toppers...  Bookmarks for my special 'adopted' daughters, Rachel and Katie, who are a Junior and Senior in college now, and for their Moms, my dear friends and Sisters... Annette and Lisa. I like these better than a bow on a package!!
A fun application to choose some decorative stitches to add... as well as ribbons and other 'leftover' things I always keep in my studio.  It's important, I have found, to keep these 'little bits and pieces' very handy, and in one tupperware container. Now I don't always do it that way, and sometimes I just cut bits and pieces off the original reel or skein; whichever works best for me at the time I want to get the party started with my sewing machine!
Ah.  There's the sparkle I love about this ribbon!  And these are cut from my fabric paper 'not-so-fond-of' pieces, and they become so much more interesting visually when they get cut up from the original large piece.  I love using them in this way.  "Sew" fun to personalize, too.  And the flower is a fused cut out from a large scale piece of fabric.

Embellished with some 'fly-by-night' organza that has lots of color, sparkle and 'come hither' interest; I initially tack it down with my glue stick, as it is so very flimsy.  But I love her look!
 And text... can't get enough of some text showing up hither and yon!

This next piece was cut out into a heart shape for Lisa.

And I have a few more stacks I've made... can't wait to dive in.  A whole day to sew.  Yippee Skipee!  
 And I was very much taken by the words on my Max Lucado devotion for DECEMBER 26th, which sits on my desk...
 I hope you have a very sweet day and every place you live will be a  Bethlehem as we go forward into this holiday week, treasuring Christmas in our hearts. 
 More thoughts.  More writing.  More thinking about quilting and projects I want to tackle and finish.  And always, more pictures coming! 



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