"Holy Spirit, think through me till your ideas are my ideas." ~Amy Carmichael

" Holy Spirit, think through me till your ideas are my ideas.”

~ Amy Carmichael

Thursday, June 16, 2016

From Coloring Page to Personalized Cards

I wanted to make some personalized cards, so I decided to use one of my coloring page drawings from the just released NEW coloring book: Colorful Blessings ~ Celebrating Everyday Wonders (see link below). 

I am quite pleased with the results. It was easy to do and easily personalized. You may want to give it a try, giving your own personal message to someone you love. 

Here are the steps to make the cards:
1. Tear out the coloring page from Colorful Blessings ~ Celebrating Everyday Wonders coloring book.
2. Color the houses with colored pencils in the color of your choice. Note, I didn't color the leaves because I was going to cut the houses out and draw trees etc. on the actual cards. 

3. Cut out the houses.

4. Using a few sheets of white card stock paper, cut paper in half and/or in fourths, and fold in half to make cards. 

5. Cut any other shapes from found papers such as the hearts I cut out here from painted tissue paper.

6. Glue houses onto card stock. Glue Hearts or other shapes you've cut.

7. Add your own lines, doodles and text with black drawing pen. It may be helpful to lightly draw and write first with pencil. Trace over it with pen. Let it dry thoroughly, and erase the pencil lines.

8. Bless someone's day be writing in the card and sending it to that special someone.

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Colorful Blessings ~ Celebrating Everyday Wonders Coloring Book
Regular White Card Stock
Colored Pencils
Glue Stick
Black drawing pens such as Micron
Pencil and white eraser
Envelopes (optional)

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

YOU are an Artist!

This week I was invited to speak at a school chapel. It is not often I speak to children, but I got excited and knew what I wanted to talk about: How to stay an artist when you grow up, and for those older attending: rekindling the artist within.  Here's a bit of what I shared. It began with some questions:

Have you ever made a drawing or painting or sculpture? 
Have you ever written a story or a poem?  
Have you ever sang a song, or danced, or acted, or made a video? 
Have you ever thought of a new idea?


Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."

The definition of an artist on Google is:
  • A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
  • A person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
  • A person skilled at a particular task or occupation. “A surgeon is an artist with a knife.”
Other words for artist are: designer, originator, creator.

Photograph by Heidi Helser

God made you an artist. How do I know? God is the great Creator, and says in the Bible, Genesis 1:26-27 NLT

“God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us… So God created human beings in his own image….male and female he created them.”

We are made creative in God’s image! God, our Great Creator has created such variety and amazing beauty all around us. Look at the birds. Each particular type of bird builds the same type of nests according to their instincts, but we have creative choices of how to design and build a house. God invites each of us to co-create with Him.

The enemy wants to rob us of our creativity. He cannot create, but only destroys and twists the beauty already created. He lies and says, “You aren’t creative.” “Don’t waste your time and energy on making things.” “You aren’t good enough.” “You can’t draw.” “That’s just for children.” Lies!

If we believe the lies, we eventually stop noticing the wonder of God’s creation and beauty around us. We lose our sense of wonder of creation and awe of God. We can justify it as "growing up."

But then once in awhile there comes this longing of the heart, this little niggling that dares to say, “There must be more…” “Oh God, is there more to life?” God invites us to become like a child again, to discover, to be full of wonder, to experience the "more."

When I was a young mom, my children kindled my sense of wonder. Each time they discovered something new, I entered into that discovery with them, through the eyes of a child, like the first time, with awe and wonder. 

A child is constantly engaging the imagination. Last time my grandson came to the door for a visit, he was a train. I was greeted with "Choo, choo." Smiles and hugs.

In Mark 10:14-16 The Message Bible, Jesus tells his disciples, “These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.” When I imagine myself in the scene as a child, I see how Jesus loves. I can experience Jesus love.

In becoming like a child again, the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary. I notice the beauty of light as it plays on my morning cup of coffee. I feel joy as the birds are singing. I wonder at the stars in the sky. I am amazed at the growth of a seed into an edible plant or colorful flower. A walk on the beach is like heaven...

Here in the United States, school is just getting out for the summer. 

May this season hold blessing for you, blessing of becoming like a child, with permission to PLAY...