Are your layers showing?

A true artist is always working the layers to develop something more beautiful than what they are looking at in that moment. Just as God is constantly refining us with lessons and daily experience, so do we as artists constantly refine our techniques to reveal the beauty that we know is possible.

5 flowers blooming in my garden right now

Spring You can smell it in the air Tiny green buds appear on each branch of every tree along my walk – evidence that a blooming is about to take place. Yet I find myself impatient. As much as I love those first signs of spring, the green that begins to break through the ground and…

Make Your Mark: Finding Your Creative Voice and a random act of art

  Mark making is an integral part of a mixed-media painting. Without it, the colors are simply that…color. No interest beyond the initial image. No texture. Nothing to make the viewer look closer at what is beyond the surface.  This concept transfers remarkably well into how we present our faith and beliefs to those around…

3r’S DIY journal

Art journaling is one of my recent passions. I just love the simple act of creating every day. Think of it like a diary, a place where you can pour out your heart and soul. Where you can put onto a page some of the things you simply can’t form into words. I’ve created pages…

THIS IS WAR! Taking Your War Room on the Road

  video at the bottom -enjoy! For me, Morning Prayer time has a way of morphing into something it shouldn’t be: a long list of what I have to do that day. I like to focus on prayer first thing because if I don’t the day takes over, and before I know it I am…

Finishing your flag: embellishments and beyond

I’m terribly sorry about yesterday’s video not being available. Sometimes LIFE happens, you know what I mean? We are on the final day of creating our prayer/intention flags. Up to now we have painted, papered, sewn and pondered intentions. Today we will add the finishing touches. You know, those pieces that just make it stand…

Day 3: Integrating Fabric into your project

As we progress through building our prayer/intention flags, one has to wonder…is there anything you can’t do? I’m sure there is a yes answer in there somewhere, but not when it comes to fabric. Materials of all sorts have been added to a multitude of projects, and for various reasons. I absolutely love to add…

#2 – Adding another Layer: Paper

Today we are going to add a second layer to our prayer flag projects. Rule of thumb in mixed media is 6 layers of…whatever. It can be a combination of various paints and fabric pieces, ink layers or embellishments, modeling paste through stencils, and even clay pieces hung from a chain. But today we are going…

Prayers and Intentions for 2017: an art tutorial

Resolutions Whether you are one to participate in this New Year tradition or not, you have to see the value in at least thinking about it. If you were to make a resolution, what would it be? Lose weight Pray more Keep the house cleaner Spend more time with family Build a business Actually read…

Creating Reminders of love

When I consider what Christmas is all about, what all of the running around and stressing out over gifts, and food, and lost time, I realize when it comes down to the nitty gritty – it’s all about LOVE. It began with the unconditional and sacrificial love of God and continued into what we “practice”…

Mastering the Blank Page: 3 techniques to get you started.

  Ask any creative and they will tell you the hardest part of a project is the beginning: getting started. It’s the blank page that they feel most intimidated by.  I get it. The one thing that I have learned is you have to start, in order to finish. And that means putting pen to…

you ARE a creative

Faith is just about knowing something unknowable. It is acting upon that belief to affect the outcome of each and every moment of your life. {2 Peter 1:5-6} I love beautiful things I’ll bet you do too I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t want to be an artist, to create…