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Stickerless Smile

All day I watched as I Voted posts filled my social media feeds. Friends shared selfies with circle or oval stickers pressed to their clothing. One picture showed Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter with stickers on their noses.

I planned to walk to my polling place and vote, but that did not happen. Morning rain cleared as I headed to the grocery store for much-needed provisions. Returning home I had less than an hour before another commitment that would continue past 7pm when the polls closed.

My daughter graciously unloaded and put away groceries as I drove to vote solo, a change from this year. I did not need any literature and quickly checked in, removing my ID from my wallet. Yearly pleasantries were exchanged with my favorite poll worker, as the man checking me in waited patiently then asked me to state my address.

I took the paper ballot and sat at a table behind a cardboard privacy shield. Looking over the ballot, I took deep breaths. Voting always reminds me of how not right everything is. I colored the ovals of my choices and walked to the scanner, which was sporadically spitting ballots back for retrys.

It’s been doing that all day.

Waiting for my ballot to scan I noticed that the exit poll worker’s hands were conspicuously empty, and that no one was getting a sticker.

Wait! Are there no stickers?

We’re all out. Someone left to go get more.

Inside my head I heard, Noooo! I really want a sticker! Tears stung my eyes, cluing me to the fact that I was experiencing feelings that were probably not about the sticker. I refrained from repeating the other words springing to mind.

I feel disenfranchised!

That would have been making light of a serious scenario, comparing myself to someone who was actually deprived of the right to vote. Though, in hindsight it feels a completely appropriate initial response, because these days if you vote and don’t get a sticker or post a selfie on social media, did you really vote?

Outside the polling place, I told one of the workers who held an armload of sample ballots, They were out of stickers! How can I prove that I actually voted?

She felt my pain and mentioned that people had been taking selfies in front of the signs.

Which I did.

Returning home, I expressed disappointment to my daughter who offered comfort in the form of suggesting I create an I Voted sign out of M&Ms. Which I did.

I left to fulfill my evening obligation. My husband voted, and daughter accompanied.

They brought me a sticker, which I made into a page in my Art Journal.

I am thankful for thoughtfulness, the ability to vote, laughter, M&Ms, a fun daughter, a conscientious husband, for scraps of paper and cardboard tissue boxes with designs on them and glue.

I am also thankful for a space to share my stories and for people who care to read them.

Breathe

The base for this art Journal page was taken from a Real Simple magazine. I loved the paragraph about breathing and the image of roses.

I layered paint around the edges and then etched the swirls with a skewer. I marked where it felt right and left the rest blank.

I need this reminder often, and the process of creating this page was calming and provided opportunity to just breathe.

 

Bonus Feature

For all of my kind, faithful readers, here is a bonus art journal page created last year on a piece of paper. I thought I might frame it, didn’t.

One of the reasons I bought myself a bound journal is because I have so many single pages falling out of books and piles everywhere, and I thought it would be fun to have them all collected in one space.

I taped it opposite today’s page in my art journal. That way I can take it out if I ever decide to do something else with it.

I have to say, I really love the way this looks together. I had no idea where I would be this year when I played with collage last fall. It is all just casting it on the waters and seeing what returns.

Happy casting!

Harvest

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. Psalm 126:5,6

Day 1. Early Autumn

Day 31. Harvest

 

I love how this project began and ended with fall-themed scenes.

While the official month of creating is over, by no means am I finished creating. It has been such a fun joy to prioritize making art each day and sharing it with all of you. I have been humbled by your feedback and blessed by your encouragement.

I step into November with deep gratitude and much reflection. Stay tuned to see what’s up next!

Celebrate

Today in 2 Chronicles I read about how the Israelites were to celebrate the Passover and other feasts and festivals.  Celebrate is the perfect word for this Tuesday in wedding week.

I created this page while waiting to drive my kids to school. It is simple with lots of white space. I plan to fill in later with wedding things that I am not ready to share here now.

Here is how it looks opposite yesterday’s page. So festive!

Tomorrow is the last day of October and my last art journal page of this experiment. It is also the day before wedding festivities begin! Exciting times!

Marry

Today’s reading in Deuteronomy had the word marry in it. It was in the context of what not to do in a list of regulations (7:3 for the curious), but it was there. Since it is wedding week, I find it kind to art journal marry.

The morning got off to a good start. Phone calls with two sisters, a birthday text and clothing text exchange with another, asking my daughter to take pictures of me in my wedding outfits to send to my fashion advisor. . .

A phonecall at 10:17 alerting me to the fact that I was missing a 10:00 appointment for my daughter. While asking her to snap pictures of me, time was ticking away past when I should have had her somewhere. Thankfully, we were able to redeem some of it as we rushed out the door.

That is what found me cutting and gluing in a waiting room.

Here is the result.

It’s perfect.

Flock

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly, not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 NLT

Here is today’s word and page. The verse says it all. This is truly where I am right now in life. Posting this from my phone and signing off to spend the evening with my love, after I read to a child, of course.

Animals

He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Acts 10:11,12

Today’s word is animals. 

I did not begin the page until after 10pm. This weekend before the wedding has been full.

As I thought about what to do, I had a serious idea. However, looking through pictures caused me to go with playful instead. It was a much better choice for my heart this evening.

Here is the beginning.

And this is the end. The blue couch was my inspiration, and the rest of the picture evolved from there. I think it’s pretty fun!

Sun, Moon, Whirlwind

The sun and moon stood still in the sky as your brilliant arrows flew and your glittering spear flashed. Habakkuk 3:11 (NLT)

With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey. 3:14, (NLT)

Today was hard to choose. There were a lot of words in Habakkuk 3, but it came down to experiences and feelings that I had this week. Sun. Moon. Whirlwind.

On Thursday while driving my son to school we were caught between a stunning sunrise and peaceful full moonset. In that moment I remembered the same ride the year before. It was a moment that felt frozen in time, and I wanted to mark the feeling.

That is the divide on the paper. The in between.

But I was also so drawn to whirlwind. As I went back and forth, overthinking it, my youngest said, Why don’t you just do them all?

Not sure how I felt about that, I pondered it on the morning dog walk. The feeling of whirlwind was strong, and it was right in the midst of the peace I felt over the sunrise and moonset. That inspired its placement.

Here is the final page with added touches. My kids had a lot of imput like, Watch me suck the light and life right out of the room.

That statement was curious to me. I added the light at the tail, because as the whirlwind draws light in, it spreads it around on the other side.

And, yes, there were references to the digestive system, as well.

My husband looked at the page and asked if it is how I am feeling. Truthfully, yes, it is.

And I am so grateful for a place to create and process the feelings.

Wind

 The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles.  Ecclesiastes 1:6 (NLT)

Today I had a field trip to the pumpkin patch with my youngest. I decided to get right on my art at breakfast. I began with white pencil on this page drawing swirls of wind and the word wind.

I painted over it with watercolors.

The picture came into focus.

More character emerged.

Texture and glitter completed the page.

I am pleased with the results. And tired at the end of this long day! Do I end every post with that statement?

I have more ideas for this page, but for now I am calling it finished.

Good night!