2019 monthly calendar made in my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal with theme of mid-century modern & using banner stencil. Biggest Stencil Sale of the year!
I’ve been reminded to look back in order to move forward. At first it sounded counter-intuitive and non-productive, but after doing it, I see the value of taking a fresh look at what I have, what I’ve done, and stop to look, listen, and be grateful. It was the prompt I needed to Live this moment, to be present without the pressure to perform.
Aging Gracefully & Artfully … or at least trying to. I knew it would happen one day, I just didn’t know when. Recently, someone who had met me in person after connected with me online said I didn’t look like my profile picture. Sigh. That photo was taken five years ago. There are things I love about aging. I’m learning a lot all the time: becoming more grace-giving, forgiving myself and others, holding things more loosely, and letting go easier, trusting God – His love for me and others. There is a new sense of freedom, comfort and courage in… Read More
We are Anointed 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 & Acts 10:37-38 Mary Brack invited me to write a guest post for her Lent Words 2018 Bible Challenge and gave a choice of words. I encourage you to visit her blog http://www.foundonbrighton.com/ to learn more about the words, Lent, and be blessed by the artful devotionals. I chose the word “Anointed” because it is one of those words that was not used much at all in my conservative evangelical upbringing and I want to understand its meaning more. Another reason the word intrigues me is I want to learn the connection with anointing… Read More
Enter into the Mystery E – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal To enter means: to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to come upon the stage, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make record of, to occupy or take possession. ~ from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary I’ve been thinking about what it means to enter into the mystery of God. On one hand it feels a bit like free falling into the unknown, but how can I say no to drawing into more of experiencing God? Letting go… Read More
What to do when you don’t like a journal page? In the past I wanted all my journal pages to be just right, without mistakes, but found that way of thinking limited my risk-taking in art-making. This tendency toward perfectionism put pressure on me when I should’ve had freedom. So much of the art making process is about a mindset, a way of thinking, about having fun. Thankfully I grew out of that way of thinking into “You can always gesso (put a paint base) over it.” That is true. Some of my most messed up pages have been painted… Read More
The Mystery of Destiny “D” in A-Z of Mystery Journal As I’ve been thinking about the meaning of destiny recently, it seems to come up everywhere, in what I’m reading, listening to, watching. That’s pretty typical I think. It’s like if you’re looking to buy a new car and have a particular one in mind, then suddenly you notice them everywhere. But really, the subject of Destiny has come up more now than ever, and I sense being a part of something bigger than myself. Here is the definition of Destiny: des-tin-y: something that happens to a particular person or… Read More
The Mystery of Creativity “C” in A-Z of Mystery Journal Any time I get to comment, visually or in words, about Creativity it is a pleasure. The challenge is how to choose what will go on the page. There are so many wonderful quotes by inspirational people, and so much possibility. When looking up the definition, any time the word “create” was used, I referred to that definition and included some of those words to expand and clarify the definition: cre-a-tiv-i-ty – the state or quality of having the power to cause to come into being as something unique -… Read More
The Mystery of Beauty “B” in A-Z of Mystery Journal There is no end to the mystery of beauty. It keeps us coming back for more, layers upon layers, from the beauty of a new day, and a new life, to the glory of a sunset, finishing well… I found the “B” Beauty of Mystery hard to nail down. Approaching the page, would it be best to focus on the beginning of beauty, sunrise colors, early growth, the colors of a newborn baby and a young leaf, or the complexity of something beautifully aged, in full bloom, going out with… Read More
An A-Z of Mystery – My Word of the Year When I start a journal based on a word, like the A-Z of Mystery, I look up the definition: Mys-ter-y – something difficult or impossible to understand or explain; any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation; obscure, puzzling quality or character arousing curiosity or speculation. For each letter of the alphabet representing an aspect of mystery, I’m choosing words that can never be fully understood, expressed or experienced. There is always more, and that is one of the charms of mystery that keep us coming back. My pages… Read More