Saturday, July 30

One of my favorite things this summer...


One of my favorite things in the world is my sketchbook. 
It is such a simple way to infuse creativity into my day to day.

It doesn't require a big commitment of time or space. 
I can toss it in my purse and bring it anywhere.
I can create wherever I am.


In the midst of our mundane routines, 
my sketchbook gives me new eyes to really SEE things in a new way.
It forces me to notice beauty all around me, 
that I never would have seen. 

It allows me to feed my creative self, which makes me really happy.
It makes me a better version of me.



You know how, when you love something so much, 
you just want to tell people about it?
That's how I feel about my sketchbook.




I just published a simple little class to inspire you to open up your 
sketchbook and play and play and play.
I will start you off with really guided lines and patterns,
and then I'll walk you through one of the ways that I create a page in my sketchbook.
And then {hopefully} you'll start playing and you won't be able to stop! 


Here is my trailer. Here it is. 
All out there. I did it. And I'm done. 
And I actually published it HERE.



And I'm kind of really proud of myself {and feeling really embarrassed}
 because I've been wanting to publish a class for over 2 years. 
And it has felt so overwhelming and impossible. 

The video. The editing. The watching my face on a big screen.
Over and over and over. 
The technical minutia that makes my head spin.
But I knew that I wanted to share this with you.
Because it is so fun.  And so simple.
So, I hope you are inspired to open up your sketchbook + play.


***Skillshare is awesome.***

It is only $0.99 for a three month trial 
and $10 a month after that.

You get access hundred of classes: 
crafts & cooking & lettering & art.

Whatever you want to learn, it's there. 

*Full disclosure*
If you sign up through my link I will receive $ and
 retire and live on a yacht in the Mediterranean. 
That's not true.
 If you sign up through my link, I will receive a small portion 
and buy a fancy cup of coffee or 3 extra fine point Sharpies,
which will inspire me to create more and write more blog posts,
 which will inspire you to create more,
 which will make you happy and fill your life with rainbows and unicorns. 
So, you really should use this link, but even if you don't use my link, 
I think you should check out Skillshare because it's kind of my dream come true. 
Done. I promise. 


Wednesday, June 8

HKC Creative Prompt & Tutorial: I am seated


This week I'm honored to host the creative prompt 
This is a great group of Christian Creatives that provides endless resources for
 art journaling, devotions, creative tutorials, classes and more.

 I am just one artist of many contributing to the year long class: Take Me Deeper-DNA.

Join the conversation & be inspired by others in their Facebook group just  for TMD.


This week's I am statement is: 

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms.

Adapted from Ephesians 2:6

The first time I noticed this verse was while I was in a Bible Study on Ephesians a few years ago. I had read past it so many times and during this study one teeny tiny word stopped me in my tracks.

am

I am seated. 
I AM seated. 
Not I was, or I will be, one day, 
but I am.

Right now, while I'm sitting here on my couch typing this,
I am already am seated with Jesus.
Huh? I don't get it.
How can I be here and there?

After reading several commentaries and reading and praying through the whole passage, 
I keep coming back to the same message again and again: 

It is finished. 


It is done.

I am already a daughter go the king.
I sit with Christ. Isn't that crazy?
In all my sin and shame and dirt,
I can sit with him because of what He has already done.

And I don't have to strive or perform or achieve. 

I just get to sit with him, because of who He is.

There is so much FREEDOM in knowing that 

my salvation and worth and loveliness
don't depend on me.

There is so much JOY in knowing that I can't do this. 

I fail at the starting line! Done. 
I need Jesus to throw me on a stretcher 
and carry me to the finish line because I can't 
do two seconds of being good on my own.

There is so much HOPE in knowing that

when I talk to Him in prayer, 
I am already seated with Him. 
I mean THAT much to Him.

Here is my process in journaling this verse.

Feel free to follow along, or do your own thing.
I love seeing what you create! 

As I was thinking and praying about this verse 

I kept hearing the last words to a classic hymn:

I know that it is finished. 

Let's get started.

Materials

paper
acrylic paint
white Speedball ink

Here is a little video of my page.





Don't forget to check out His Kingdom Creative Community 
and join their Facebook page

Thank you for stopping by!







Sunday, May 29

Scripture Sunday *Free* Printable: You are God's masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10

You are God's masterpiece.
He has created you anew in Christ Jesus 
so that you can do the good things
that He planned for you long ago.

Ephesians 2:10









This is one of my favorite verses. I talked about it here.
It is a daily reminder of who I am.
The lesson I keep learning and relearning:

You do you.

Stay in your lane.

Put your blinders on and keep your eyes on Him.


I get in trouble when I start looking around, thinking I need to do 
what she is doing, or that person over there is doing, 
when really, God created me to do the good things
that He planned for me to do.

He thought about me. 
He created me.
He planned good things for me to do.

I need to stop looking around, 
and simply look up to God, 
and look down to do those good things.
Whether it's making art or dishes or playing transformers on the floor.

There are good things that He created only me to do,
that only I can do.
When I'm doing that, 
I am exactly where I need to be. 

What if we all really believed this verse?
My prayer is that we will, you + me, 
I think it will change the way we live and love each other,
and it will change the way we see each other,
how we spend our time each day, 
as our days turn into years, and years turn into lives. 

I made this free printable for us, and our families
Print it & put it up & give it away.


Tuesday, May 24

Introducing the {Who I Am In Christ Collection} and a flash sale!

Introducing the 




I'm so happy to finally share my new {Who I Am In Christ} collection with you. 
I've had this idea in my mind for at least a year, maybe longer, 
and it's finally, finally finished and ready to be seen.

I was inspired, once again, by my two wild boys {now almost 5 and almost 8},
to create beautiful, yet masculine + meaningful 
art that they can grow into.





I want them to have scripture on their walls that 
reminds them of the truth about who they really are and
I don't want redecorate every two years as their interests change.
I love the way this collection turned out because I feel like it would 
fit in a nursery or in a dorm room, or anything in between.

I was thinking and praying about what I want them to know; 

about the truth I want them to carry around in their hearts 
as they grow into men, and I came to this conclusion:

I want them to know who they are and who they belong to.
Not what the world says about them, or what others may say, 
or what they think about themselves, but the truth of who God says they are. 
I pray that God's truth would be so firmly planted in their minds and hearts, 
that when they are out in the world and they forget, or they don't feel all the feelings,
they would know and remember the truth of who God says they are: 

God's masterpiece, 
His special possession,
chosen, holy and dearly loved.

And quite honestly, I need minute by minute reminders of 
who I am and who I belong to, myself. Don't we all?










Prints come in 5x7, 8x10, 11 x 14.

You can save by buying prints in sets here:




You can also customize your colors
to fit your look and style.



I hope you love them! I feel so nervous about sending them out into the world, but it is way beyond time.

***Also, I've been working hard behind the scenes
to update my downloads page so that it will be easier to navigate. I am {finally!} almost finished. 
Downloads will be available on the blog Friday.***






Wednesday, April 20

True Confessions + Sketchbook Inspiration + a Challenge



#1: True confessions: 

I've been binging on Fixer Upper on Netflix
and all I want are some chickens and shiplap and 
a 100 year old house in Waco, Texas.
And Jojo's thighs. I'd like to have her 
thighs-that-don't-touch, while I'm at it.
You too?

Seriously. There's nothing like looking at 
other people's stuff to make me feel 
like what I have is not enough.. 


Here's the thing...
I have a beautiful home.
In a beautiful place.
With a beautiful family.
I am blessed far beyond 
and I know this in my head, 
but Jojo makes me discontent with it all.

Okay, so maybe it's not entirely Jojo's fault. It's not just Fixer Upper. 
It's time in front of the computer overdosing on beautiful things, 
but not making anything in real life.
It's empty calories. Toxic. 

I have to repeat to myself over and over: 
It's not real life. It's all pretend. 
This is NOT what you were made for.

This is one of my favorite posts of all time from Glennon.
She always says it so well.



And our real life is the beauty.
The lego creations and dishes in the sink mean we live real life here.
We hunt down every single plastic toy we own and create an enormous... um... creation in the middle of the living room because cousin Chloe is coming from Texas and this is the only way to truly express our love explosion for her. 

This is the beautiful, REAL life that I get to live.
What in the world? How did I win the lottery?
I was meant for this real life, full of mess and interruption
because it is REAL. and real is messy. and real is mine.
Thank you Lord. 


#2: The Challenge

You know what helps me see the beauty 
in the real life that's right in front of my face?
Play and paint and making in the midst of the mess.
Time to make. I always come back to this. 

Playing and doodling whatever I feeling like doodling
with no purpose at all makes me feel like me. 
It turns my resentment into gratitude for 
this life I have created for myself.
And it's free. 

So I have vowed to turn off the TV and 
set a little playdate with my sketchbook.
And I feel better. You might too.

 I found this fun challenge on instagram this morning.

#the100dayproject

Wanna join me?


Just post your doodles or knitting or gardening 
or whatever it is you do to feel like you.

My goal: Notice the beauty that 
surrounds me every single day.

My hashtag: #100daysofnoticingbeauty

Noticing beauty around me. 
Finding little things that make me happy. 
Plants and food and dishes and textures and color combinations 
that make my heart sing. 

Day 1:

What you need 

Watercolor paper

A really thin brush

Speedball ink 

Water jar

Watercolors of any kind

Paper towels






Step 1: Find beauty around you. 

In your kitchen. In your closet. 
In your yard. In your laundry pile.
Notice it. Study it. 
*Record it. *




Step 2: Doodle it.

Dip the thinnest brush you have into 
this luscious ink and start doodling. 

***Remember: This is all about the process.***. 
Put on some headphones and music you love
and play and play and play. 
with line and shape.ink and paper. water and color.

Buy cheap paper. Fill it up. 
Then do it again. and again. and again. 
This is not about perfection. 
It's not even about product. 

This is about showing up for your creative self.
This is about playing, experimenting, and making mistakes.
Big, beautiful mistakes. All over the place. 

It is in the freedom of making mistakes
{lots of little mistakes
big messy mistakes} 
that you will find freedom.
space. passion. 
life. 

There is no life under the tyranny of perfection, 
only paralysis. 
But I digress... 

My whole point is this: 
Doodle your beauty.


Step 3: Color it.

(Wait until the ink dries.)
Use whatever you have. 
I used a combination of inexpensive cake watercolor sets
in order to get the colors I wanted. 

Here are some easy, inexpensive options:

Crayola (yes, Crayola!)
These are so juicy and vibrant.

Loew Cornell
There are 40 colors in this little gem of a set.

Sakura Field Sketch Set 
I love this compact little travel set 

and this is the set I am saving my pennies to get this set:

Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set
I have heard great things about these 
& they have gold! so fun.









Step 4: Share it

Remember: It's not about perfection 
{or even competence!}
This is about feeding your creative self 
and sharing it with us. 
Because when you do that, 
you inspire us to do the same.

And we say, 
"Oh. If she did that, maybe I can do that, too. 
Or maybe I can make time to do this other creative thing 
I've wanted to do for so long that will feed my creative soul. " 

As I said up there at the top
I'll be sharing here on my IG account
with the hashtag 

#100daysofnoticingbeauty

and joining everyone else with the hashtag

#the100dayproject

See you there!