Thursday, September 24

Faith Art Friday: Week 1

Welcome to Faith Art Fridays!

We are so glad that you are here. I hope you'll join us. I hope you'll create something new and be brave and share it with us and become a part of what God is doing here. It's good.

I almost said, It's gonna be good. But it's not. It's already so good. We have already been so blessed. We know that this is not our own, of ourselves, but it belongs to Him. All of it. And it's so exciting to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, something that God is doing utterly inspite of Melissa and I. 

We started the Journaling by Heart Workshop in July with a desire to be creative and be in the Word and be in community. God made us for each other. If you haven't taken a look at the workshop, you may want to start here, to get the gist of what we're doing. You are also welcome to jump in here. 

So many of you joined us this summer and started creating, in groups, alone, in the midst of uprooting your life & moving houses, despite illness and hardship. You come and you share and you encourage us. 

So when the 10 week workshop was over, we were not ready to stop what God had begun. So now, we have decided to continue sharing techniques, inspiration, and tutorials each Friday. The format will remain the same. Melissa and I will alternate hosting on our blogs each week. We'll have guest bloggers sharing their gifts with us, too. 

Let's talk rules...
This is the most important rule:THERE ARE NO RULES. 
{Except be kind. Always be kind.} Aside from the obvious, you can't do this wrong. 

Life is so full of have-tos, this needs to be a get-to, an escape, something to look forward to. This shouldn't be another thing on your to-do list. There is no guilt, no condemnation here. You will miss weeks. You will fall behind. You will not want to follow the lesson that week. All of that is okay.

The lessons are simply suggestions to get you started. If you want to do your own thing, by all means do your own thing and share in the FaceBook group. If you skip a lesson, no one is counting. If you start the lesson and find you want to go your own way, you are very free to do that too. This is about you creating, growing in God's Word, and sharing it within a body of believers, in whatever way that looks like for you. 

Okay, let's begin...


An old book

A journal of any kind

Acrylic craft paint

Paint brushes of various sizes

Black Ink

Step 1: Choose 2 colors that you love and cover your pages in paint. 
*I used an old book as a journal this week. You can use any kind of journal that works for you!

Step 2: Add cream colored paint.

Step 3: Use Speedball black ink to write your verse:

Add some light blue.

Step 4: Add some flowers of various colors & sizes.

Step 5: Outline your flowers in black ink. Write out your verse with black ink

Step 6: Finish writing your verse in black ink.

Step 7: Share your work with us HERE.
I can't wait to see what you are creating!


Monday, September 21

FAITH ART FRIDAYS! Starting this Friday!

And let us consider how we may spur one 
another on toward love and good deeds, 
not giving up meeting together, 
as some are in the habit of doing, 
but encouraging one another.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Melissa and I had so much fun this summer, journaling, arting,
and getting to know you through our faith art journaling workshop. 
We both agreed that...

We don't want to stop!

We've grown into such a supportive, encouraging community over on the
Group, and we want to continue our journey together.

We have been preparing something for you...

Beginning this Friday, September 25, 2015!
Sign up for my newsletter HERE to get each Faith Art Friday post delivered to your email.

It took us a couple weeks to figure out how we can create a sustainable, consistent community. A place where we can come and share what we are create each week.

We've decided to meet every Friday
just like we did in the summer, to encourage each other to create
and to share what God is doing in each one of our lives on this creative faith journey.

Here's how it will work: 

1. First of all, you are never too late to join. 
If you are on week one of the Heart Journaling Workshop or following along with current week's lesson, you are right where you need to be. We just want to see what you are creating and how you are growing.
You know why? We really do need you. We are so encouraged by you. We are better together.

So don't worry about being on the right lesson or early or late. Just come as you are and share what God is doing. You can join HERE.

2. We'll meet here on my blog, or HERE on Melissa's blog every Friday with a lesson, some inspiration, or a technique.
Then we'll meet you in our closed Facebook group {just ask to be added} to see what you are creating.
No one else will see your work except for us. And you'll get to see what everyone else is doing. It's fun. Join us HERE.

3. We'll have guest artists share their work.

4. Our first Faith Art Friday will begin this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, here on my blog. 
If you're already signed up for my newsletter you'll receive the email. If not, sign up HERE.

See you HERE, on my blog, this Friday! 


Thursday, September 10

Original 8 x 10 Mixed Media Collages, Only $36 each!

 Now that I've been painting like a crazy lady, my little studio room
 is starting to cave in on me, and I've got to find these babies some new homes!
You can snatch them up here, in my shop.

Paintings really, really do make the best presents. ever. 
And for $36 each {+ $6 for shipping} these little guys are affordable. 
Okay, I'll stop! 

Here they are on my wall in my studio, waiting for a good home. 
Each piece is a one of a kind, mixed media collage on wood. 
They are created layering paper upon paint upon paper,
so they have a great texture.

One of the best things about these guys is that they come ready to hang,
with a d ring screwed into the back, so you don't need to bother with a frame.

Each collage is coated with a protective, acrylic spray gloss,
giving it a durable finish and making it easy clean with a damp towel.

They are small enough for your gallery wall, 
but bright enough to make a statement. 

Each original will be shipped as soon as it is sold! 


Wednesday, September 9

*New* Scripture Prints available as Printables!

Hello friends! After a long August break,
I am thrilled to share with you my grand fall shop reopening.

The big news?  I finally have printables available for you!
This is an affordable way of filling your walls with beautiful scripture.
I'm working on converting my whole shop to have a printable option,
but it takes a loooooooooooooooooooong while,
so if there is a different print in my shop that you'd like to purchase as a printable,
just email me at

Here is my latest series of prints.
I had so much fun with these. I just coulnd't stop. I still can't stop.
I've been instgramming them for a while, now.
I'm offering them as printables in my shop for just $5 each,

You can also order them as regular prints
{I'll print them on beautiful, 80 lb. linen cardstock here.}
I also {finally} have larger printed options on rolled canvas
and stretched canvas here in my shop.

I've been going a little crazy with hand lettering!
I seriously can't stop.
These are available as printables here, too.

And here are the last of my lastest babies,
also available as printables.

And because paintings make the very best presents...

Friday I'll have all of the 
original 8 x 10 mixed media collages
 for sale in my shop for only $28 each.

Original art, people! 

My studio is caving in on me and I've GOT to let it go.
Until tomorrow, friends.


Sunday, September 6

Journaling by Heart: Week 10: Doodling the Take-aways

Welcome to Journaling by Heart: Week 10, the final week of our summer faith art journaling workshop. Wait, are finished already? But we were just getting started. If you feel the same, don't worry, we want to continue to create with you. 

Our Facebook group will be open permanently, so no matter where you are in your faith art journaling journey, join us there to share your work and be encouraged. We will also continue to share faith art journaling ideas, tips, and prompts with you on both of our blogs and in our newsletter.

Both Melissa & I have wrap-up posts today, so be sure to check her post out here. She always goes way above and beyond expectations, and she’s done it again, with freebies galore. She made these cute little tabs and she’s offering a free digital scrapbooking kit as well!

I have so much still to say. First and foremost, THANK YOU!!! For being here. For participating. For joining, encouraging, sharing and being brave on our Facebook Page. You guys are truly the best. Melissa and I have been so beyond blessed by you.

Honestly, every week feels like loaves and fishes to me. Each week I show up to create my post and I think, “What am I doing? I don’t have anything to share.” Crusty bread. Stinky fish. Kind of embarrassing to offer to my guests. And I get started and God is so faithful to meet me wherever I happen to be. I finally finish and think it’s not interesting enough to post, and of course it’s always late. I post anyway and YOU. Oh, you. 

You come so full of grace and kindness. You take what we give and you make it your own. You make it beautiful and so you, which is what I love the most about this whole process. Not, that we’re all creating the same scripture in the same way, but that we are creatively recording how God is whispering to our hearts together. And there is something so powerful and intimate and vulnerable when we allow ourselves to be in that position. I think that’s it. That you are willing to be vulnerable and trust us in this process.  

When we started this, we didn’t know if anyone would actually join in and participate, maybe a handful, but we knew that we wanted to encourage each other to create, even if just the two of us showed up. And then you showed up here and in our Facebook group. You have encouraged us to no end. We are so thankful for you being here.

One thing we need from you: your feedback! It would be a {huge} favor to us to know what parts of the workshop you enjoyed the most and to know how we can improve next time. If you’ve enjoyed this free workshop, would you take a second to let us know? It would mean the world to us! Also, what other types of workshops would you like to see?

You can either email us { or} OR simply write a comment on one of our blogs. Thank you in advance!  

Let's get started wrapping this thing up...

Supply List 

Faith Art Journal
You can buy or make one.


Okay, let’s begin Week 10, which I am calling, Doodling theTake-aways.  So often when I read a book, or the Bible, or hear a sermon that resonates with me, I want to hold on to it and remember it. Most of the time I find common threads from different sources in whatever God is teaching me. And when I lay them all out together, a can better understand how they are woven together {if that makes sense?}, like a quilt.

Step 1: Pray.

There were so many aha moments for me in this workshop this that I don’t want to forget. So, I started with quick prayer: Lord, please give me eyes to see what you are teaching me, ears to hear and a heart to understand what you have for me today. Lead me and guide me and take me wherever you want me to go.  Amen

Step 2: Review your pages.

Review all of the pages you have made this summer. Pray through them.
I started going through my journal, looking at the pages from each week, beginning with Week 2: John 15:5

 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

That word remain is also abide in the ESV. Live. Spend time with me.
I love that word. Abide. That’s what I feel like the Lord is saying to me, what He is always saying to me. Just sit and abide and be still with me. And I will make you radiant. {Psalm 34:5}  

I discovered that verse here in week 7. Take note of what sticks with you, what you wants to hold on to. Maybe even jot down words and phrases as you review your journal.

Step 3: Choose one word 

Choose a word {or phrase} that sums up the heart of your study. It could be grace, freedom, radiant, etc. I chose abide because that's the common thread I keep coming back to.  

With your extra fine point Sharpie doodle your word with a very loose hand. Do this quickly. Don’t over think. Remember, this is all about the process of connecting the dots, not so much the product.

Step 4: Doodle the words 

As you review each week's page doodle the words and/or phrases that you want to remember, connecting it to your word, or big idea. 

As I reviewed my page from week 3 First, in week 3 my verse was John 15:5. Spend time in the Bible, with God. Time. Just sit and be quiet and still. Don’t plan, or make lists, or ask for stuff, simply spend time.

so I just doodled spend time and drew a little clock. 

Spending quiet time with God in His Word reminded me of Week 7 {again}

so I simply wrote: and I become radiant.

That reminded me of last week when I was so stuck, 
so I journaled 2 Corinthians 12:9

I was reminded that it's only in my weakness that His power is made perfect. 
So I wrote this:

Then I've been binge watching Christine Caine lately
and this sermon really stuck with me. 
She talked about being lead by God and drawn by Him,
letting Him do the work in all areas of life, 
instead of being driven by my own desires and will and wanting what I want.
It was good. You should listen. It stuck with me.

After reviewing Week 5, I was reminded that Christ has already set me free,
He did all this to set me free, but I still have to fight and stand firm every day in order to remain free and not be "yoked" again. I have a choice to make in order to remain free.

and the only way I can remain free is by abiding in him.
It's all connected. It kind of blows my mind...

Step 5: Turn your acrylics into watercolors.

This is fun. Because acrylics are opaque and would cover up your beautiful Sharpie doodles, we’re going to turn our acrylics into watercolors.

*A word on paint* I've been getting a lot of questions about which kind of paint I use. The answer: whatever I have. Usually that means acrylic paints from the craft store. Like these:

First pick your palette of colors and squirt a little of each color onto plate. 

Then dip your paintbrush into your water and add a touch of acrylic paint. Mix it up really well, until the result is a transparent, watercolor-like substance.

Start painting little bits of each color all around your doodles. If it covers up your doodles completely, add more water.

Add water to each of the colors on your palette and start filling in spaces around your doodles.

Cover the page with each color in your palette.

Step 6: Paint the details. 

Paint the details with regular acrylic paint.

Step 7: Add white ink.

By now you should know how much I love white ink. I can’t get enough. Use the smallest brush you have, dip it into the ink, and add more details to your page, here and there, until it feels finished to you.

Now share with us {please!} on our private Facebook page. Share what you're learning, how you're growing and what you'll take-away from the workshop.

Melissa and I have more plans to continue creating with you, but for now finish up your journal. Doodle your take-aways, and share, share, share. I can't wait to see what you come up with!