Friday, January 8

Faith Art Friday: Start Faith Art Journaling for under $20. Today.

Each Friday Melissa and I invite you to join us on our blogs to play and explore our faith + creativity. We post a faith art journaling prompt and our response, along with a few tips, tricks, and ideas. Then *and this is the best part* we meet to share our journals and responses in our private Facebook group. This group is such an encouragement to us.  Everyone is welcome here, simply request access, and we will invite you to join.
Come learn, create, and share with us.

Welcome back.I loved seeing all of your words and hopes and dreams for the year in our Facebook group. If you haven't shared yet, please do. We love seeing what you are making and what God is doing in your life. 

I keep hearing from you that supplies are the biggest barrier to getting started creating. I get it. When I go into the craft store, or browse through Amazon, the sheer volume of supplies for art journaling can be overwhelming, and so can the cost. 

I have a little secret to tell you, that took me years of trips to the craft store and lots of money to learn.  And I hate to be the one to break this to you, but...

Better supplies won't make you a better artist. 

They really won't. Spending more money on supplies will not make your time creating more rich or satisfying or any better. I know cause I've tried and I have boxes and bins of stuff I've never used as proof. Supplies are simply a tool to get to the making part. Don't let supplies stop you! 

This is for you. Today. {Not tomorrow.} 
Because you were made to make stuff.

I created today's tutorial, Faith Art Journaling for under $20, to encourage you to create with whatever you have. I want to make this simple, accessible, affordable {and fun} for everyone. That includes you. and your kids. and your neighbor down the street. 

It doesn't have to be this big huge commitment of time and space. If you could hear my video, you would hear my 4 year asking me for a snack and me stopping to get him one, and then stopping to break up a fight between them, and then my 7 year old getting out the markers and making right beside me. 

So let's talk materials first, and then we'll start on today's prompt. The materials this week are the exact same as last week for one addition: white ink.


1. A Piece of Paper

I use this journal: 

I like it because the pages are thick.

This one is good, too:

And this one:

Use what you have and what you like best. You can use watercolor paper, 
or card stock, or copy paper. I encourage you to experiment with 
different weights and brands of paper to see what you like. 

2. Water 

3. A small, a medium, and a large sized brush

You don't need fancy brushes for playing and experimenting.
This is a nice little set:

4. A paper towel

5. An Extra Fine Tip Sharpie

You can get them pretty much anywhere, or order them by the dozen here: 

Yes, 24 colors for $3.99! Like I said, you don't need fancy supplies to make art. You just need to use what you have and show up. These are about the cheapest you can go.

These are a fun, inexpensive pack, too:

And I also love these: 

I'm using Crayola today because I want to 
show you that you don't need fancy stuff to create.

Now that we have our supplies, let's start. I love today's prompt. Don't let it scare you, this doesn't have to be a big, life-changing event. It can be something that you are thankful for, a verse that you keep coming back to, or what your word (or verse) for the year means and looks like in real life.

For me, my word was uncomfortable. I've been working hard to be really comfortable these last few years. I've had small kids. My husband has been in school and working full time.  It's been a stressful season of life. and I think I've kind of hunkered down and done what I've had to do during those times. 

But as I read the gospels and look at the life of Jesus and his best friends, he was constantly calling them into awkward, unknown, uncomfortable situations. The kind of situations I avoid. And I know that LIFE in Him begins at the end of my comfort zone.

I'm standing right in the middle of my comfort zone. It is very clearly marked with a circle in the sand. Jesus is standing just beyond my circle. And if I want to follow Him, and really experience the LIFE that he promises, the life that is real LIFE, I have to make a choice.
I can't stay comfortable AND follow him. Like the rich young ruler, like James & John who left their comfortable nets. 

When I was a Young Life leader in college, my leader used to tell me to get uncomfortable every day. Talk to someone new, do something you don't want to do, listen to the still small voice and follow it. The best advice for living life. ever.

The more I walk with Jesus, the more I think that following Him has less to do with being nice and following rules, and more to do with my willingness to be uncomfortable. 
to step outside of myself for Him.

I'm tempted to call it brave, but brave makes me think of David and Goliath, when Jesus may just want me to knock on my neighbor's door to say hello, or engage in a conversation that's not on my self-centered agenda, or dare to talk to God about the places in my heart that seem dead.

I just know that uncomfortable will look completely different from the plans I have.
Uncomfortable and unknown are the only place I am aware of my need for Him. 
Of course I always need Him, but I forget so quickly as soon as I get comfortable. 

I chose this verse today:

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, 
and no mind has imagined what 
God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9

I love this verse. It's in reference to Jesus coming to Earth, how everyone was expecting an earthly king to rule and reign on earth, and they missed it. They missed God, right before their very eyes, because He looked different than their expectations.

This verse so applicable to us today. To me. My eyes haven't seen, my ears haven't heard, my mind can't even imagine what God has for me. And it is guaranteed to be different than what I expect or imagine. If I'm not careful, if I'm not willing to get uncomfortable, I will miss it too. When it's right in front of my face.

Father God give us eyes to see you. Give us ears to hear you. Give us hearts and minds that are willing to let go of OUR expectations, to get uncomfortable, so that we can know you, Jesus. Amen.

So, I made a video. It's awkward. It was really hard. But, the more I make these tutorials, the more dumb it seems to use photos, when I can just communicate so much better with video. I can talk to you. And I like to talk. And I don't like to write. 

Here is my first video. I started it 5 years ago, when I was young and naive. I hope you like it. My main point... Just get started. Just make something already. And come and share with us okay? Okay. Here goes...

Now share with us right here. 


Friday, January 1

Faith Art Friday: January 1, One Little Word Watercolor Tutorial

Happy New Year!
Welcome to our very first Faith Art Friday of the year.
I'm so glad you showed up.

Each Friday Melissa and I will meet on our blogs to post our journaling responses, along with a few tips, tricks, and ideas. 

Then *and this is the best part* we'll meet (that means you too) with our journals and responses in our private Facebook group. This group is such an encouragement.  
Learn, create, share with us.

I've prepared a really fun, simple tutorial for us today, 
with very basic, inexpensive supplies.*

*Side note: 
I'm starting here because I know that supplies can be roadblock to actually creating. I keep hearing this from you over and over again.  I want to scale that wall to get you making and creating and playing, without the distraction and expense of fancy supplies.

My joy is play. I love to play with color, line, texture, shape.
Honestly, something unexplainable awakens inside of me when I make time to play. When I just. show. up.
So simple. So hard. Right?

And it is fun by myself, but it is way more fun with you. 
As soon as I start to play, I just want to invite everyone I know to come out to play with mebecause that's even more fun. Let's get started.